Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: Congress releases first list of 13 candidates for Bengal elections
Prime Minister Modi has directed BJP leaders in West Bengal to ensure the party does not indulge in name-calling or abuses and keep the campaigning positive, according to sources.
By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, New Delhi, Puducherry |
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Polls are to be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry.
Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: The Congress Saturday released its first list of candidates 13 for the West Bengal elections. Earlier in the day, the BJP also released its first list of 57 candidates for the West Bengal Assembly elections later this month. The saffron party has pitted ex-TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.
Activist Akhil Gogoi, who is in jail since December 2019, will contest the upcoming elections in Assam as a candidate of his newly-floated political party Raijor Dal. Gogoi, who was booked under the stringent UAPA during the protests against the CAA in December 2019, will contest from Sibsagar, PTI reported.
Ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, the ruling AIADMK allotted 20 seats as well as the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat to its ally BJP after several rounds of negotiations.In a statement, signed by AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami, the party pledged full support to the candidates of the BJP in the polls.
Sources said the EC wrote to the Health Ministry on Friday reiterating its standing instructions against promoting the party in power through government means when the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was in force.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
Assam BJP on Friday evening released the first list of candidates for the upcoming state assembly polls. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will contest from Majuli and Jalukbari respectively, the constituencies they currently represent. State party president Ranjeet Kumar Dass will be contesting from Patacharkuchi constituency instead of Sarbhog seat, which he currently holds.
Meanwhile, days after Ghulam Nabi Azad praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader Friday said victory of the grand old party in the forthcoming state elections is a priority and that he will campaign wherever invited. "The victory of Congress party in the forthcoming state elections is a priority. I will be campaigning wherever I will be invited by the party or individual," Azad was quoted as saying by ANI.
Trinamool Congress Chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, earlier today, announced the names of candidates for 291 constituencies ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state. “Today, we are releasing a list of 291 candidates which includes 50 women, 42 Muslim candidates. On 3 seats of north Bengal, we not putting up our candidates. I will contest from Nandigram,” ANI quoted Banerjee as saying.
In Tamil Nadu, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Friday also released its first list of candidates. Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami will contest the polls from Edapaddi, while his deputy, O Panneerselvam is standing from Bodinayakanur.
Polling in four states and one Union Territory will be spread over a month between March 27 and April 29, and the results for all five Assemblies will be announced on May 2. West Bengal will vote in eight phases, Assam in three, and Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry in a single phase on the same day.
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