Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: TMC demands removal of Deputy EC Sudeep Jain, accuses him of being ‘biased’
West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu Election 2021 Live Updates: The Election Commission has announced the poll schedule for four states and one Union Territory, in which West Bengal will vote in eight phases, Assam in three, and Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry together on the same day.
Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: The ruling TMC in West Bengal Thursday demanded the removal of Sudeep Jain, the deputy election commissioner in-charge of the state, accusing him of being biased against it and breaking norms of the federal structure. Besides, the Shiv Sena today announced that it will not contest the upcoming West Bengal polls and extended its support to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “Looking at the present scenario, it appears like a ‘Didi vs all’ fight. All ‘M’s – Money, Muscle, and Media are being used against ‘M’amata Didi,” Sanjay Raut tweeted, adding that the party stands in solidarity with Banerjee.
The BJP, meanwhile, will hold a meeting today finalise the list of candidates for the upcoming assembly election in West Bengal and Assam. The party prepares to draw up a list of 60 candidates for the first two phases of the Assembly polls starting March 27, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has said. On Wednesday, the party held another round of its election committee meeting at its party office in Hastings before central and state leaders left for Delhi.
Down south, the saffron party has announced E Sreedharan, popularly known as the ‘Metro Man’, as the the party’s chief minister candidate for the upcoming Kerala Assembly elections. Sreedharan, 88, joined the BJP last week. BJP state president K Surendran, currently on a state-wide political tour, Vijay Yatra, announced the decision. “The party will soon release a list of other candidates as well,” he said.
Ahead of Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, political parties have launched their campaigns to woo the voters. Follow the latest news and developments
Heated campaigns by heavyweight leaders and speculations on pre-poll alliances kept the political temperature up in the poll-bound states Tuesday.
While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath trained guns on the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government for practising “appeasement politics”, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said her party would roll back Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) if voted to power in Assam.
Down south, AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran played down speculations of an alliance between his party and AIADMK while in Kerala, a CPI(M) MLA and the DYFI all-India president were sent to judicial custody in connection with a case in 2009.
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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