Election Highlights: Suvendu files nomination from Nandigram, says ‘100 per cent’ confident of victory
West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu Election 2021 Live Updates: From today, nominations will be opened in Tamil Nadu and they can be filled till March 19.
By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, New Delhi |
Updated: March 13, 2021 9:32:27 am
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari
Assembly Elections 2021 Live Updates: 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.
Actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan is set to make his electoral debut, contesting from Coimbatore South constituency in the April 6 Tamil Nadu assembly elections. The Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) president made the announcement in Chennai on Friday, while releasing the second list of his party’s candidates.
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.
Banerjee’s health condition has “improved slightly”, doctors said on Friday. Banerjee on Thursday said that she hopes to recover soon and may use a wheelchair to campaign for the Bengal polls starting March 27. Banerjee also appealed to her party cadres to remain calm.
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Election LIVE updates: Statewise seats distribution.
In Tamil Nadu, DMK President M K Stalin on Friday released the list of all 173 candidates for the upcoming Tamil Nadu polls, retaining several sitting MLAs and senior ministers. Stalin will once again contest from Kolathur constituency while his son Udhayanidhi will make his electoral debut from Chepauk-Triplicane. This comes after DMK and AIADMK on Thursday sealed their seat sharing deals to directly fight from 173 and 178 constituencies respectively. From today, nominations will be opened in Tamil Nadu and they can be filled till March 19.
Responding to the letter sent by Trinamool Congress over the Nandigram incident in which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was injured yesterday, the Election Commission of India said it was unfortunate that the letter was "full of insinuations and averments", news agency ANI reported. The poll body's response comes after TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee held it responsible for the lapse in security of Mamata.
Amid an exodus of Trinamool Congress leaders to the BJP, the party on Wednesday yet again a suffered a major setback ahead of the Assembly elections as State minister Bachchu Hansda and TMC MLA Gouri Sankar Dutta, who did not receive a ticket to contest in the upcoming Assembly polls, joined the BJP. In another poll-related news from the state, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, who released the TMC manifesto on Tuesday, filed her nomination from the Nandigram assembly seat on Wednesday.
In Tamil Nadu, TTV Dhinakaran's Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam released its first list of candidates for the upcoming assembly elections on Wednesday. In Kerala, the CPM also released its list, which includes health minister K K Shailaja, former Rajya Sabha MP P Rajeev excise minister T P Ramakrishnan among others. The DMDK on Tuesday walked out of the NDA alliance for the upcoming Tamil Nadu polls as it failed to reach an agreement on seat sharing with the ruling AIADMK. Party leader Vijayakant said that despite several rounds of talks the ruling party didn't agree to their seat-sharing demand. The two parties failed to make an agreement as the DMDK had been demanding a higher number of seats than what was offered by the ruling party.
Coming to Assam, the passing away of Gogoi Senior has left the Congress without a chief ministerial face, and the void is most apparent in this Upper Assam constituency, that votes on March 27, in the first phase of the elections.
Meanwhile in Kerala, implementing its two-term limit policy for the first time,the ruling CPM released its list for the Kerala elections benching 33 of its sitting MLAs on Wednesday. While six ministers have been re-fielded, along with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, among the five denied tickets was Finance Minister Thomas Isaac.
In poll-bound Tamil Nadu, the ruling All India Anna David Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Wednesday released its second list of candidates for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly election. Including the first list which was released a couple of days ago, as many as 27 former ministers have been renominated.
The party will contest on its ‘Two leaves’ symbol in 177 constituencies across the state and nine in Chennai.
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