Election 2021 Highlights: BJP has put up ‘Indian democracy for sale’, says Kerala CM
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday alleged that the BJP has put up Indian democracy for sale, while the Congress has reduced itself to goods that are up for sale.
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Updated: March 17, 2021 9:24:37 am
Assembly Elections 2021 Live Updates: 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.
Upping the ante against the Opposition, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Tuesday alleged that the BJP has put up Indian democracy for sale, while the Congress has reduced itself to goods that are up for sale. Ahead of the state elections, Vijayan said in many states, people had elected the Congress to power, but they “sold themselves to the BJP.”
Swapan Dasgupta, a BJP candidate for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly election, Tuesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha a day after the Trinamool Congress cited constitutional rules to say a nominated member of the upper house could not join a political party.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hit back at Mamata Banerjee, saying that the allegations she made about Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Purulia on Monday do not hold much significance. “We have run the govt from 2014 till now under PM Modi’s leadership. People have supported us. We got more number of seats in second term. Had we not run govt properly then we wouldn’t have achieved such majority in 2019 polls,” he said.
Earlier during the day, the Congress Tuesday released its manifesto for Tamil Nadu Assembly elections at its party office in Chennai. Tamil Nadu Congress President KS Azhagiri said 500 youth in every district will be given training for government jobs. “We will also provide for tax exemption for startups and new entrepreneurs for at least 5 years.” he said.
Swapan Dasgupta resigns from Rajya Sabha after BJP names him as candidate for West Bengal polls; Congress releases manifesto for Tamil Nadu elections; top BJP leaders hold rallies in Bengal.
Suvendu Adhikari, who has been pitted by the BJP against Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, Monday said he has sought rejection of West Bengal chief minister's nomination for not declaring six criminal cases against her while filing her papers. In his complaint to the Election Commission, Adhikari, a former confidante of Banerjee, claimed she concealed the information about five cases filed against her in Assam and another lodged by the CBI in West Bengal.
Union Minister Amit Shah on Monday trained his guns at an injured Mamata Banerjee and said that the West Bengal Chief Minister is in pain, but is not concerned about the pain of families of 130 BJP workers killed in Bengal. "Mamata Banerjee is in pain, but what about pain of families of BJP workers killed in Bengal?" he asked while speaking at a rally in Ranibandh in Bengal.
Addressing a public rally in Jhargram virtually after his helicopter developed a technical snag, Shah highlighted designated schemes for the tribal community of the state. "If elected, under Stand Up India Scheme Rs 100 crores will be allocated to make the tribal community atmanirbhar," Shah said.
Simultaneously, addressing a public meeting in Purulia on Monday, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the TMC government will remain in power and will continue to give free ration to Bengal residents. This is Banerjee's second public address after she suffered an injury in Nandigram.
In another development, Bahujan Samaj Party will contest assembly polls in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry on its own, party chief Mayawati announced on Monday. “Assembly elections are set to take place in many states of the country. Our party is contesting elections in Kerala, West Bengal, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu on its own. We will not form an alliance with any party in these four states," she said while addressing a press conference on the birth anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
Former BJP leader and Union minister Yashwant Sinha, who joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday was appointed as the party’s vice-president, ANI reported. Sinha would also become a national working committee member in the party.
After weeks of heated deliberations, the Congress Sunday announced candidates for 86 of the 92 seats it is contesting in Kerala. Candidates for the remaining six seats will be declared after further discussions with the national leadership, state Congress president Mullappally Ramachandran said in New Delhi.
The party has fielded all its sitting legislators, except K C Joseph. There is a clear generational shift, with 46 persons out of the 92 in the age group of 25-50. Besides, 50% of the candidates are first-timers.
AMONG the many small political outfits in the Tamil Nadu electoral race, with a support base that can swing results, is the Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK), led by a former film director who also has roots in the Dravidian movement: Seeman.
Like it has done for several elections now, the NTK has announced candidates for all the 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, half of them women. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the party, that has never tied up with any other outfit, got 4% of the votes (more than the Left, Dalit parties).
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