Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: Several Trinamool Congress MLAs and leaders, who were denied a ticket for the upcoming assembly elections, joined the BJP on Monday.
The list includes three-time MLA from Singur Rabindranath Bhattacharya, TMC’s candidate from Malda’s Habibpur Sarala Murmu, four-time MLA from Satgachia in South 24 Parganas Sonali Guha, Basirhat Dakshin (North 24 Parganas) MLA Dipendu Biswas, Shibpur MLA Jatu Lahiri and Sankrail MLA Sital Kumar Sardar. Bengali film actress Tanushree Chakraborty, too, joined the saffron party.
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, national vice-president Mukul Roy, Suvendu Adhikari and Locket Chatterjee welcomed the leaders to the saffron camp.
M K Stalin-led DMK Monday signed the seat-sharing agreement with CPI(M) and allotted them six seats for the upcoming polls in Tamil Nadu. The deal was signed by DMK president MK Stalin and CPI(M) state secretary K Balakrishnan at the DMK headquarters in Chennai. Capping of the seat sharing, DMK has allotted 54 seats to its allies. Congress has received 25 seats, other allies VCK, CPI, CPI(M), MDMK have received 6 each.
Meanwhile, DMK on Sunday released its manifesto on Sunday for the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, promising to revive the economy, improve agriculture and farming productivity, focus on health and education, urban and rural development and, abolition of manual scavenging. Stalin also promised a Rs 1000 monthly allowance to homemakers with ration cards.
Addressing a poll rally in Thiruvananthapuram in poll-bound Kerala, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said CPI(M)-led LDF and Congress-led UDF factions have a healthy competition between them but for doing scams, not for taking Kerala forward. “When UDF comes to power, it commits solar scam and when LDF comes to power, it does Dollar, gold scams,” ANI quoted Shah as saying.