Election Highlights: Amma washing machine, travel concession for women in AIADMK manifesto
Earlier today, in her first public appearance after she was injured while campaigning in Nandigram, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee led a roadshow on a wheelchair from Mayo Road to Hazra in Kolkata.
By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, New Delhi |
Updated: March 15, 2021 9:51:37 am
AIADMK releases its election manifesto in Chennai (ANI photo)
Assembly Elections Highlights: Ruling AIADMK has released its election manifesto in Chennai. Among its promises are Amma washing machines, travel concessions for women, implementation of the Amma banking card scheme and dual citizenship for Sri Lankan Tamils. At least one person from each family will be provided a government job, the party has said.
Reacting to the injury sustained by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, the Election Commission, acting on recommendation of its observes, has removed the DM and SP of East Midnapore and the senior police officer in charge of Mamata Banerjee’s security. EC has also said that Banerjee was not attacked in Nandigram.
BJP has announced names of 63 candidates for polls in West Bengal. Union minister Babul Supriyo will contest from Tollygunge in Bengal while MP Swapan Dasgupta will contest from Tarakeshwar. BJP also announced names of candidates for Assam, Kerala and Tamil Nadu polls while Congress announced 86 names for Kerala Assembly polls and 34 candidates for Bengal.
Meanwhile, addressing a public meeting at Margherita in Assam, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said Congress practises divisive politics and only NDA can deal with the issue of infiltration. He says, “Can Rahul, who has taken Badruddin Ajmal’s support, protect Assam from infiltration? Can Assam be safe with Badruddin? Give us another five years, infiltration will be a thing of past in the state,” he said.
Assembly Election Live Updates: AIADMK releases its election manifesto in Chennai; EC removes DM and SP of East Midnapore and the senior police officer in charge of Mamata Banerjee’s security; BJP announces names of candidates for Bengal, Assam, TN and Kerala Assembly polls; Congress list out for Kerala and Bengal; Track latest updates here
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Trinamool Congress has cancelled the release of its election Manifesto, scheduled to be announced on Sunday. The manifesto release has been postponed twice now after it was canceled for the first time on March 11.
In Bengal, in her first public appearance after she was injured while campaigning in Nandigram, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday led a roadshow on a wheelchair from Mayo Road to Hazra in Kolkata. Banerjee is expected to deliver a speech thereafter. The TMC supremo suffered injuries on her left leg, right shoulder, forearm and neck as she fell on Wednesday and was recently released from the SSKM hospital.
Earlier today, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari took a jibe at his mentor-turned-advisory Mamata Banerjee on Sunday calling her an opportunist who had no right to seek votes from the locals of Nandigram. "Those who gave promotions to the officers behind the 2007 Nandigram police firing had no rights to seek votes," Adhikari said. This comes after the TMC supremo paid tribute to the agitators who were killed in the Nandigram firing, saying that she chose to fight against “anti-Bengal forces'' from the "historic" constituency as a mark of respect for the victims.
Yesterday, BJP's central election committee held its meeting to finalise its remaining candidates for the Assam and West Bengal assembly polls, with top party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attending it. This is the second CEC meeting over the assembly polls in four states, that also include Tamil Nadu and Kerala, besides the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Meanwhile, terming the report submitted by the West Bengal government on the alleged attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram on March 10 as "sketchy", the Election Commission on Saturday asked Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to elaborate it. The chief secretary has been asked to furnish details like how the incident took place and who could be behind it by Saturday, according to a poll official.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Friday filed his nomination from the Nandigram Assembly constituency against his mentor-turned-opponent Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, and said he was "100 per cent" confident of his win. Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Smriti Irani also took part in the rally before Adhikari filed the nomination papers. "I am 100 per cent confident of my victory in Nandigram. The people of the area are with me. I am the son of the soil," he told reporters.
Two days after CM Mamata Banerjee suffered an injury in Nandigram, Trinamool Congress delegation of six MPs in a formal complaint to the Election Commission alleged a “deep rooted BJP conspiracy” behind the attack and asked for an “immediate and unbiased” investigation of the same. The delegation includes TMC MPs Dereck O'Brien, Saugata Roy, Satabdi Roy, Kakoli G. Dastidar, Pratima Mondal and Santunu Sen.
The BJP’s West Bengal campaign is composed of many parts. A crucial one is the little-known Shiv Prakash, an RSS pracharak deputed to the party in 2014 soon after he had overseen its sweep of Western Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. With former ABVP leader Arvind Menon, Prakash has set the framework for the BJP in the state, working behind the scenes.
In December, Prakash, 53, was asked by BJP president J P Nadda to move his headquarters from Delhi, and give “special attention” to Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, besides West Bengal. However, in the high-stakes battle for Bengal, he has been practically permanently stationed in Bengal. “After coming to the BJP I have spent more than 60% time in the state,” Prakash told The Indian Express.
The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the second largest party in the Congress-led UDF, on Friday announced candidates for 25 Assembly seats, fielding a woman after more than two decades.
The party’s tally in the alliance, meanwhile, is up to 27, from 24 in the last elections, after the exit of the Kerala Congress (M) and Loktantrik Janata Dal from the UDF. The candidates for two seats (Chadayamangalam and Punalur) would be announced later.
The Congress, which is contesting at least 90 seats, has not announced its list of candidates yet.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal goes into the Assembly elections at the head of a government that has held firm ground even as the state battled contentious issues like the preparation of the National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. He spoke to The Indian Express on Thursday night at his official residence in Guwahati on a wide range of issues pertaining to his government and the elections. Excerpts:
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