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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
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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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Assembly Election Live Updates: Health Ministry to mask PM picture on vaccine certificates; Mamata Banerjee's tests detected injuries to her ankle, right shoulder, neck, says doctor; 'Nothing will break her will,' TMC after attack on Mamata;  Sitting BJP MLA in Assam denied ticket, says will quit

22:32 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Kerala polls: Woman gets IUML ticket after 25 years

For the first time in 25 years, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a key ally of the Congress-led United Democratic Front, is fielding a woman candidate in the April 6 assembly elections in Kerala. Noorbina Rasheed is among the 25 candidates announced by the party on Friday, as it dropped two tainted MLAs, including former minister V K Ibrahim Kunju. Eight sitting MLAs have been fielded by the party, besides former Malappuram MP and senior party leader P K Kunhalikutty, who resigned his Lok Sabha seat recently to throw his hat in the state poll arena. --PTI

20:49 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Former Kerala Congress leader Vijayan Thomas joins BJP

Former Kerala Congress leader Vijayan Thomas, who was a general secretary in the party, joined the BJP here on Friday. The BJP has been looking to make inroads among the Christian voters in the southern state. It may field Thomas, who hails from the minority community which has a sizeable presence there, in the assembly polls. Elections in the state are scheduled to be held on April 6. Thomas took a swipe at his former party, claiming that it does not have a regional-party presence in many parts of the country and that its leadership does not know what is happening. --PTI

20:10 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Here's today's election wrap

DMK leader MK Stalin on Friday released its 173 member candidate list. Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan announced the second list of party's candidates. Haasan will be making his electoral debut contesting from Coimbatore South constituency. Trinamool Congress delegation of six MPs in a formal complaint to the Election Commission of India alleged a “deep rooted BJP conspiracy” behind the attack on CM Mamata Banerjee. The Indian Union Muslim League, an ally of the Congress in Kerala, announced candidates in 24 of the 27 seats the party is contesting this time.

19:32 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Mamata Banerjee discharged from hospital

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was discharged from hospital on a wheelchair at 7 pm on Friday. As she stepped out of the hospital in a wheelchair, Banerjee waved towards her supporters and headed straight to her Kalighat house. State Minister Firhad Hakim and her nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee were present. Doctors said swelling has subsided and she is in less pain.

"She has been discharged on her request with some medical advice. The temporary plaster has been removed. Her injuries have recovered. She is stable and has been asked to review in seven days. Some restrictions has to be followed," said SSKM Director Manimoy Bandyopadhyay.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was admitted to hospital with injuries to her left ankle and pain in chest, shoulders after a group allegedly slammed the door of the car on whose footboard she was standing to greet people. --Sweety Kumari's report

18:39 (IST)12 Mar 2021
PM Modi is working while Didi is falsely claiming credit for central schemes: Smriti Irani

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for getting her photos clicked and affixed to posters claiming credit for central schemes started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and wondered whether the people of the state would vote for "such a daughter" who unleashes violence on mothers and masses. Taking a dig at TMCs poll slogan 'Bangla Nijer Meyeke Chai' (Bengal wants its daughter), Irani wondered if the people would want return of a regime that unleashes political violence on people of the state. --PTI

18:11 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Suvendu files nomination from Nandigram, says ‘100 per cent’ confident of victory

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.

16:38 (IST)12 Mar 2021
ECI might punish police personnel in charge of Mamata's security for lapse in Nandigram: Official

The Election Commission of India (ECI) might punish police personnel in charge of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's security for a lapse leading to her injury during campaigning in Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district, a senior election official said on Friday. 

The ECI is waiting for reports from the state government and the two observers appointed for the upcoming assembly elections before deciding on the punishment, he said. "There was definitely a lapse on the part of the police personnel who were in charge of the chief minister's security. Anyone shouldn't penetrate the security circle around the CM. We are waiting for reports from the state government and the observers before taking a decision," the ECI official told PTI. --PTI

16:01 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Sonia, Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Sachin Pilot among Cong's list of star campaigners in Bengal

Congress releases list of 30 star campaigners for West Bengal. The list includes Party's interim chief Sonia Gandhi, ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh and party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Sachin Pilot, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Abhijit Mukherjee and Mohd Azharuddin.

15:22 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam files his nomination from Bodinayakanur

Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam files his nomination from Bodinayakanur. "Today I've filed my nomination from Bodinayakanur. I've been a winning candidate for the past 2 times. I've done all works in the constituency. People are satisfied with my work so I've been given this seat again. I hope this time too people will support me," said Panneerselvam.

14:11 (IST)12 Mar 2021
In its complaint to EC, TMC delegation allege 'BJP conspiracy' behind Mamata attack

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.

13:44 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Kamal Haasan to contest from Coimbatore South assembly constituency

Actor Politician Kamal Haasan will be contesting from the  Coimbatore South assembly constituency for his Makkal Needhi Maiam party in the upcoming Tamil Nadu polls. Makkal Needhi Maiam will contest from 154 segments out of the 234 constituencies in the polls.MNM inked an agreement with actor-politician Sarathkumar’s All India Samathuva Makhal Katchi and Indiya Jananayaka Katchi to jointly fight the polls.

13:22 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Just In| Suvendu Adhikari files nomination from Nandigram constituency

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Friday filed his nomination from the Nandigram constituency, where he is pitted against Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee filed her nomination for the seat on March 10. While touring the constituency today, Adhikari expressed confidence in the locals saying that they will defeat TMC and BJP will emerge victorious in the upcoming Bengal polls by a “huge margin.Suvendu Adhikari after filing his nomination on Friday. (ANI)

13:12 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Candidate List: DMK retains most sitting MLAs, senior ministers

Stalin released the list of all 173 candidates for the elections, retaining most sitting MLAs including seniors Durai Murugan, K N Nehru, K Ponmudi and MRK Panneerselvam-- all former ministers, besides others.

13:09 (IST)12 Mar 2021
MK Stalin to contest from Kolathur constituency 

DMK President M K Stalin on Friday released the list of all 173 candidates for the upcoming Tamil Nadu polls, nominating himself from the Kolathur constituency once again. 

Addressing a press conference at the DMK headquarters Anna Arivalayam here, Stalin said he will file the nomination, which started Friday in the poll-bound state, on March 15 and embark on the next leg of the campaign.

DMK President MK Stalin on Friday
12:53 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Just In| DMK releases 173 member candidate list 

DMK leader MK Stalin on Friday released its 173 member candidate list. The party has given several seats to former ministers and senior leaders. Udhayanidhi Stalin has been fielded from Chepauk-Triplicane constituency. This comes after the party sealed its seat sharing deals on Thursday.

12:27 (IST)12 Mar 2021
BJP will win Bengal by huge margin, no question of any competition, says Suvendu Adhikari

BJP's Suvendu Adhikari on Friday said that there was no question of any competition against BJP and that his party will emerge victorious in the upcoming Bengal polls by a "huge margin." "I'm confident people will support BJP & bring it for real development in West Bengal. There is no question of any competition. BJP won 18 Parliamentary seats in 2019 & it will form a strong govt this time with a huge margin, ANI quoted.

12:23 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Need to remove TMC to bring change in Bengal, says Suvendu Adhikari

BJP’s Nandigram candidate, set to face Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming Bengal polls on Friday said that “to bring change, we need to remove this TMC.” “TMC has turned into a private company, where only 'Didi' and 'Bhaipo' can speak freely,” Adhikari added. 

12:03 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Government officials cannot be appointed as State Election Commissioner, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that government officials cannot be appointed as State Election Commissioner. Only independent persons have the power to do so.

10:58 (IST)12 Mar 2021
'My relationship with them is very old, they will defeat Mamata': Adhikari on Nandigram voters

As he is set to file his nomination for the Nandigram seat on Friday, BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari took a jibe at his opponent Mamata Banerjee, saying that she only remembers them every 5 years when polls come. “'My relationship with them is very old. Mamata Banerjee remembers them every 5 years when polls come. They will defeat her. I am also filing my nomination, I am a voter of Nandigram, ' Adhikari said as he met locals in the constituency today.

10:52 (IST)12 Mar 2021
Suvendu Adhikari to file Nandigram seat nomination today

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari is set to file his nomination on Friday for the deeply contested battleground constituency of Nandigram in the upcoming Bengal polls. Before filing, he participated in a 'havan' in Nandigram. Adhikari, who defected from Trinamool Congress will fight Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for his seat.

Adhikari at Nandigram on Friday

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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