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Assembly Elections 2021 Live Updates: EC imposes Section 144 of CrPC in all 31 Bengal constituencies voting tomorrow

West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu Election 2021 Live Updates: The high octane campaigning for Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and third phase of Bengal ended on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Guwahati, New Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: April 5, 2021 9:58:40 pm
election 2021, state assembly election 2021, election 2021 live, west bengal election 2021, assam election 2021, west bengal election 2021 dates, mamata banerjee, mamata banerjee election 2021Elections 2021 Live Updates: The results of the Assembly polls to West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry will be declared on May 2.

Assembly Elections 2021 Live Updates: Describing all 31 West Bengal assembly constituencies where polls are set to be held on Tuesday as ‘sensitive’, the Election Commission of India (ECI) Monday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, an official said. The order prohibits public gatherings in the constituencies spread across three districts  when the third phase of elections will be held in the state.

The ruling AIADMK on Monday approached the Election Commission demanding to revoke elections in Kolathur, Chepauk, Katpadi, Tiruvannamalai and Trichy West constituencies alleging malpractices like money distribution in these seats, ANI reported.

Meanwhile, addressing a rally in Hooghly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed confidence in her chances to win the upcoming state election, saying, “I will win Bengal on one leg and in the future, will get victory in Delhi on two legs.” Banerjee also slammed the BJP for not being able to find a local candidate to contest polls. “They don’t have any locals, all their people are borrowed from either TMC or CPM,” she added.

The high octane campaigning for Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and third phase of Bengal ended on Sunday. In Tamil Nadu, the campaign ended at 7 pm with the stage now set for the polling on April 6 to decide between the hat-trick victory for the AIADMK or the return of DMK after a decade in opposition.

Bengal, where the campaigning ended at 5pm, witnessed an array of national leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president JP Nadda, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath among others vigorously holding rallies in the past few days.

In Kerala too, massive road shows and long rallies were witnessed in the final weeks of campaigning. While Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took out a roadshow in northern Kozhikode district and in Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan led a massive one at Dharmadam in Kannur, his home constituency.

 

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21:58 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Jaya Bachchan in Kolkata to rally in support of TMC candidate Aroop Biswas

Samajwadi Party MPJaya Bachchan came to Kolkata to attend a rally in support of Trinamool Congress candidate Aroop Biswas for the ongoing Assembly Eklections in West Bengal.

21:44 (IST)05 Apr 2021
EC imposes Section 144 of CrPC in all 31 Bengal constituencies voting tomorrow

Describing all 31 West Bengal assembly constituencies where polls are set to be held on Tuesday as ‘sensitive’, the Election Commission of India (ECI) Monday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, an official said. The order prohibits public gatherings in the constituencies spread across three districts  when the third phase of elections will be held in the state.

17:11 (IST)05 Apr 2021
No one ever succeeded by intimidating Bengalis: Jaya Bachchan

In an apparent dig at the BJP, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan said on Monday that no one has ever succeeded by "intimidating" Bengalis.

Addressing a press conference at the Trinamool Congress headquarters here, the veteran actor hailed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, asserting that she was fighting a battle all alone for democracy in Bengal.

Bachchan said that she was in West Bengal to campaign for the TMC on the instruction of her party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

"Mamata is fighting all alone against the atrocities, and for democratic rights of the people of Bengal. Her leg is broken, but she is still fighting," Bachchan said. --PTI

15:45 (IST)05 Apr 2021
2,813 model code of conduct violation cases reported in Assam

Altogether 2,813 cases of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violation have been reported since the announcement of the election to the 126-member Assam Assebly, Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said on Monday. The campaigning for the third phase of the Assembly election to be held on April 6 ended on March 4. At least 1,347 complaints were received online through the cVigil app and 1,466 were received offline through Form B9 and 947 of the complaints received online have been already disposed of, he said. --PTI

14:07 (IST)05 Apr 2021
TN: AIADMK approaches EC to revoke elections in 5 seats, alleges malpractice

The ruling AIADMK on Monday approached the Election Commission demanding to revoke elections in Kolathur, Chepauk, Katpadi, Tiruvannamalai and Trichy West constituencies alleging malpractices like money distribution in these seats, ANI reported.

13:29 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Why have 8 phase election during Covid: CM Mamata Banerjee in Hooghly

Highlighting the ongoing rise in coronavirus cases, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the authorities for conducting an eight phase long election. “What was the need for an eight-phase election? It was done by BJP Mandal. Given the present situation (COVID), shouldn't they have wrapped up the election within a short period of time?

13:26 (IST)05 Apr 2021
BJP has borrowed all people from TMC, CPM: CM Mamata Banerjee in Hooghly

Addressing a rally in Hooghly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that BJP cannot find a local candidate to contest polls as “they don't have any locals, all their people are borrowed from either TMC or CPM.” Banerjee also said that those “can't say Sonar Bangla properly,cannot rule Bengal.”

13:22 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Will win Bengal on one leg: Mamata Banerjee in Hooghly

Addressing a rally in Hooghly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday expressed confidence on her win in Bengal, saying, “I will win Bengal on one leg and in the future, will get victory in Delhi on two legs.”

12:08 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Kerala witnesses massive roadshows marking finale of open campaign for assembly polls

Massive road shows and  long rallies, led by top national and state leaders on Sunday marked the finale of the weeks-long high-octane open campaigning for the April 6 Assembly polls in Kerala.

Despite a ban imposed by the Election Commission on the customary crowded culmination of the open poll campaigning in view of the COVID-19 situation, mass participation of party workers could be seen in the final events in most of the 140
constituencies.
    
 Known as "Kottikalasham" in local parlance, the finale of the open poll campaigning used to be a jamboree in the southern state in which every political party would try to show off their strength by bringing a maximum number of supporters to add colour to the show.

Party workers also held small fire fireworks display and burst crackers in some places.

11:06 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Campaigning for last phase of Assam polls ends

Campaigning for the third and last phase of the Assam assembly elections ended on Sunday.The fate of 337 candidates, including NEDA convenor and state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, will be sealed in EVMs in 40 constituencies on April 6.
The seats, spread across 12 districts including three in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), witnessed last-minute canvassing by candidates, including 25 women, before the end of campaigning.
    
Modi, who had campaigned in all three phases,addressed two rallies at Kokrajhar and Tamulpur, both in BTR,and highlighted the signing of the Bodo Accord and development initiatives of the BJP.

11:03 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Assam elections: To BJP or not to BJP? Bodoland’s dilemma

On April 1, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the stage to address a large rally in Kokrajhar town in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), Honok Khaklary, a 40-year-old Bodo car mechanic, was among those cheering.

“It’s great that the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) has gone with the BJP. Hagrama (Mohilary, leader of the Bodoland People’s Front) has done nothing for us. Roads, water supply, infrastructure… all need development in the region. The BJP will bring progress, peace,” said Khaklary.

The single largest tribal community in Assam, Bodos constitute over 5-6% of its population. Following years of insurgency, the narrative in the Bodoland region is now seeing a major churn, as the BJP tries to make an entry. (Read Abhishek Saha's report here) 

10:00 (IST)05 Apr 2021
BJP indulged in negative campaigning in Assam, claims Congress

Senior Congress leader Jitendra Singh on Sunday claimed that the BJPs campaign in Assam has been full of negativity and the language used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during canvassing was aimed at dividing the Assamese society. Asserting that the Congress-led Grand Alliance will sweep the assembly polls in the state, Singh alleged that the recent incidents such as reduction of punishment of the BJP minister Himanta Biswa Sarma proved that the Election Commission is acting "like the agent" of the saffron party.

Addressing a joint press conference of the constituents of the 10-party opposition grouping before closing of the campaigning for the third and final phase of elections on April 6, the AICC's in-charge of Assam claimed that the Grand Alliance is on its way to accomplish the target of winning 101 seats in 126-member assembly. (PTI)

09:08 (IST)05 Apr 2021
In Kerala’s din, a mother seeking justice, a wife calling for peace

From the distance it looks like a cross. But it’s just a long pole with a crossbar, on both sides of which hang two small, white frocks with marks that look like blood stains. Accompanying it are half-a-dozen people who make up the campaign team of the woman who has been dubbed the ‘Walayar mother’, and who is contesting as a candidate from Dharmadam, the CPM fortress from where Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is standing for re-election.

Long way from home, in Walayar, a town near Palakkad on the Tamil Nadu border, she hands out pamphlets — to everyone, in shops, those walking past her. They stop, listen, but few engage with her. Making a halt at a bus stop on the highway connecting Dharmadam to Kozhikode in the south and Mangalore in the north, she says in simple, clear Malayalam: “I want justice. I was promised justice by the CM, but the government is protecting the police officers who subverted the investigation into the rape and murder of my two children aged 9 and 11.”

Three months apart in 2017, her two daughters had been found dead under dubious circumstances. Following protests, arrests were made, but the men were later acquitted, with the court saying the prosecution had failed to prove its case against them. In January this year, the Kerala High Court found serious lapses in the probe and ordered a retrial. The state government has since handed over the case to the CBI. (Read  Amrith Lal's report here)

06:10 (IST)05 Apr 2021
Five rallies, one road show, minor blip: Himanta Biswa Sarma’s extra day out

With the Election Commission cutting down the ban on him campaigning from 48 hours to 24, senior BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma counted down the end of Assam’s poll campaign with a series of rallies.

The ban, following Sarma’s threat to put Bodoland People’s Front chief Hagrama Mohilary behind bars on an NIA case, had been announced on Friday. After it ended on the completion of 24 hours, on Saturday evening, with the EC accepting his apology, Sarma took to the streets almost immediately, with a massive rally in the state capital Guwahati.

One of the key leaders of the BJP campaign, and a possible CM candidate, Sarma spent Sunday addressing a road show at Bijni, followed by public meetings at Dudhnoi, Borkhetri and Hajo. Finally, in the afternoon, Sarma called it a day with a rally at Jalukbari, his own constituency.  Read More

01:29 (IST)05 Apr 2021
TMC goons will meet fate of criminals in UP: Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said “goons” belonging to the TMC would meet the fate of gangsters and criminals in his state and would be sent to prison within a month once the BJP comes to power in West Bengal.

“Once the BJP forms a government in Bengal, the TMC goons will meet the same fate as the goons in UP. They will be on their knees after poll results. Goons sheltered by the TMC will be tracked and sent behind bars within a month of the formation of the new government. We will punish those who are a part of the syndicate raj and demand cut money [commission] from people,” Adityanath said at a public meeting in Jangipara in Hooghly district. Read More

01:16 (IST)05 Apr 2021
God or superhuman?: Mamata targets Modi for poll win prediction

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wondered if Narendra Modi was “a god or a superhuman” after the prime minister predicted a BJP triumph in the ongoing Assembly elections, six phases of which remain.

“What do you [Modi] think of yourself, are you a god or a superhuman? How he is announcing that they [BJP] will win and will come to the oath-taking ceremony? He is threatening our officers to get the data ready. This is illegal and unconstitutional. He cannot instruct our officers. If I instruct Delhi’s officers, what will happen?” Banerjee said, referring to Modi’s remarks at recent public meetings that he will attend the oath-taking ceremony of the BJP government in the state and request it to implement the PM Kisan Nidhi scheme as early as possible. Read More

00:57 (IST)05 Apr 2021
PM insulting women with Didi O Didi digs at Mamata, says TMC

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday accused Narendra Modi of using a mocking tone to address Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at BJP’s election rallies, alleging that the prime minister was insulting the women of the state.

At a press conference, senior TMC leader and state minister Shashi Panja said, “Today, we are all perturbed that the prime minister and home minister of the country are not respecting their positions. The prime minister is speaking in a leering, joking tone much of a hater of women he is. It is quite unfortunate that. It is clear from his speeches how the prime minister is using this kind of language.” Read More

00:33 (IST)05 Apr 2021
New audio tape reveals Mamata Banerjee, her nephew Abhishek are involved in coal smuggling scam: Suvendu Adhikari

Referring to an audio tape which surfaced on Sunday, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari launched a scathing attack on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, alleging that they were involved in the coal smuggling case in the state.

The audio tape carries the recording of a purported conversation between an unidentified person and Ganesh Bagaria, an aide of Anup Majhi who is an accused in the coal pilferage scam. Read More

22:30 (IST)04 Apr 2021
April 6 polls: Campaign ends in TN, all eyes on polling

he high octane campaign for the April 6 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections ended on Sunday at 7 pm, with the stage now set for the polling on April 6 which will decide whether it will a hat-trick of terms for the AIADMK or the return of DMK after a decade in opposition. The Election Commission said items and cash totally worth over Rs 428 crore have been seized in the run-up to the polls. --PTI

22:29 (IST)04 Apr 2021
BJP chief Nadda hits out at Congress over taking on Naxalites

BJP chief J P Nadda on Sunday hit out at the Congress party over Naxalism saying there have been 'questions' of it taking a soft line with Naxalites. Condemning the killing of jawans in Chhattisgarh by Naxals and condoling their deaths, the top Saffron party leader asserted that the Centre would stand by the families of the soldiers. --PTI

Be it the run-up to a state assembly election or Lok Sabha polls, central agencies have a knack of knocking on the doors of Opposition leaders in the states they control.

In poll playbook: Central agencies come knocking on Opposition’s doors

The Income Tax department’s raids Friday on DMK leader Stalin’s daughter Senthamarai in Tamil Nadu and the Enforcement Directorate’s attachment of properties Saturday of TMC leaders Kunal Ghosh and Satabdi Roy in West Bengal fit a pattern.

Be it the run-up to a state assembly election or Lok Sabha polls, central agencies — from the ED to CBI to I-T — have a knack of knocking on the doors of Opposition leaders in the states they control. The agencies deny Opposition allegations that their actions are prompted by politics, but over the years a pattern has emerged.

Amid Covid-19 surge, over 20 poll observers’ tests return positive

More than 20 poll observers in West Bengal have tested positive for Covid-19 since the end of the second phase of the Assembly elections on April 1, Election Commission (EC) officials said on Saturday. The statement came even as the state reported over a thousand new Covid cases for the third straight day.

Sources in the Commission said some of the 20 tested positive before they joined duty while most were part of the poll process and are now in isolation. The observers will soon be replaced, they added.

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