I have been asked questions recently about the Test match that was played in India – Vivian Richards

I have been asked questions recently about the Test match that was played in India the second and third Test match against England. And I am a little confused about the question really because there seems to be a lot of moaning and groaning about the wicket that they were playing on. I just felt that the ones who are moaning, in my opinion, should realise that there are times that you’re going to get a seaming track, a ball that is basically jumping off a good length and everyone thinks that’s a problem for batters. There are times batters sometimes cope with that.

Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS – Narendra Modi

Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free!

Dr Naresh Trehan lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi who led the vaccine drive

Dr Naresh Trehan also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi who led the vaccine drive on Monday as he took his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. “This is a very significant, confident-building exercise that the PM has done. This is a sign of true leadership for those above 60 and 45-with-comorbidities that if the PM can take it [Covaxin], the vaccine should be safe,” Dr Trehan said. PM Modi was administered Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin at AIIMS in Delhi on Monday morning.

Sanjay Raut says Sharad Pawar should lead UPA

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said there is a need to restructure the UPA, and the new alliance should be led by a senior leader like Sharad Pawar as many regional parties are not ready to work under the leadership of the Congress. The future of this alliance would depend on the sacrifice and liberality of the Congress, he said. He added that there was no National Democratic Alliance (NDA) left in the country as its allies have quit it, but similarly, the existence of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is not visible as it has very few parties now.

All rumours about vaccines should be put to rest now – Dr Naresh Trehan after PM Modi took the COVID Vaccine

Thousands of people have already taken Covaxin. It has been proven to be safe. There have been no serious adverse events. The controversy is over which should not have happened in the first place. This is a national issue. ll rumours about vaccines should be put to rest now. It’s safe. No need to fear Covaxin. If the new wave is allowed to take over, don’t think India will be able to afford that. Moving up vaccination dates to March 1 has been a good move. Anyone who is vulnerable or above 6 should come forward and take the Covid-19 vaccine.

Many regional parties are not ready to work under the Congress leadership in the UPA – Sanjay Raut

The allies have left the NDA and there is no such alliance now. In the same way, there are very few parties left with the UPA. Many regional parties are not ready to work under the Congress leadership in the UPA. Therefore, to create a group against the incumbent government, there is a need to go for the restructuring of the UPA. This new alliance should be led by a senior leader like Sharad Pawar. If that happens, then many more parties can join the alliance in the future. But this is not possible without the consent of Congress. This future of the (restructured) alliance will depend on the sacrifice and liberality of the Congress.

India might be able to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 in the next six months – Dr Naresh Trehan

India might be able to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 in the next six months if people are vaccinated as per the target set by the Centre, Dr Naresh Trehan of Medanta Hospitals told India Today as the next phase of vaccination commenced in the country on Monday. In an interview to media, Medanta Hospitals Chairman and Managing Director Dr Naresh Trehan noted that significant immunity has been seen in clusters in India, and added, “Herd immunity has not been achieved in India yet, but we can attain it in the next six months if we get enough people vaccinated as per the target.”

Today, Delhi is Deaf and Dumb – Sanjay Raut

The Sena leader said that he has been witnessing a change in the political atmosphere of Delhi now. “Today, Delhi is deaf and dumb and there are no activities in the national capital. There are a few people who are speaking. The people of the party who are in majority have no freedom of speech. They don’t have the freedom to meet each other and they don’t even smile after looking at us,” he said. They fear that if they wave at us, the move might get captured on CCTV, he added.

Congress cannot be selective in fighting communalists – Anand Sharma

Congress cannot be selective in fighting communalists but must do so in all its manifestations, irrespective of religion and colour. The presence and endorsement West Bengal PCC President is painful and shameful, he must clarify. Congress’ alliance with parties like ISF and other such forces militates against the core ideology of the party and Gandhian and Nehruvian secularism, which forms the soul of the party. These issues need to be approved by the CWC.

I always tell this to Uddhav Thackeray that he should go to Delhi now – Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut said he feels that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should be in Delhi for national-level politics now. “I always tell this to Uddhav Thackeray that he should go to Delhi now. The nation is waiting for you and it needs you. Opposition parties, regional parties want leadership and such leadership can be seen in Maharashtra,” he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah received the first shot of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Union Home Minister Amit Shah received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Shah was administered the vaccine under the supervision of a team of doctors led by Naresh Trehan. Shah has been holding public rallies and meetings in poll-bound states, including West Bengal, where elections are set to take place in March-April. The senior BJP leader had tested positive for the virus in August last year. He underwent treatment at Medanta Hospital and was discharged after he tested negative. He was later admitted to the AIIMS for post-COVID treatment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi today said, “Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS.” Modi also lauded the doctors and scientists of the country and said they have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19. “Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19,” Prime Minister Modi wrote on Twitter.

Prashant Kishor has joined Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as his Principal Advisor

Political strategist Prashant Kishor has joined Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as his Principal Advisor. The development comes a year ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab. The state will go to polls in early 2022. Kishor had handled the party’s poll campaign in Punjab in the 2017 assembly polls. He had also managed Narendra Modi’s campaign for prime ministership in 2014 general elections. Singh took to Twitter to make the announcement and said he was looking forward to working together with Kishor for the betterment of Punjab.

Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history – Donald Trump

Joe Biden has had the most disastrous first month of any president in modern history. It was Trump’s first major public appearance since leaving office. Trump particularly pointed to the emerging border crisis in the US, criticizing Biden’s immigration policy and calling it a betrayal of America’s core values. Already the Biden administration has proven that they are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat on Monday, in a bid to forge unity among secular parties in the upcoming assembly polls. Yadav appealed to the people from Bihar domiciled here to vote for the ruling TMC. He, however, refrained from responding to questions about if RJD will contest elections in alliance with the TMC, and said that the upcoming polls will be a fight for saving “ideals and values”. “Our party’s stand is to provide full support to Mamata ji,” he said.

AIADMK top leadership held seat-sharing talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah

The AIADMK top leadership held seat-sharing talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday for the Tamil Nadu Assembly election. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswsami, who is the AIADMK joint coordinator, and his deputy O Panneerselvam, who is the party’s coordinator, called on Amit Shah at a star hotel in Chennai late on Sunday. The talks that started around 10 pm were on for two hours, a day after the AIADMK and the BJP initiated the parleys.

Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee Srabanti Chatterjee joined BJP

Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee Srabanti Chatterjee on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. The actor was welcomed in the party by BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and the party’s state president, Dilip Ghosh. “We welcome Srabanti Chatterjee to our party. People from various walks joined the BJP today,” Mr Ghosh said. The 35-year-old actor has been a part of many Bengali movies including ‘Fidaa’, ‘Mon Jaane Na’, and ‘SOS Kolkata’. He has also worked in Ekta Kapoor’s popular daily soaps like ‘Bandini’, ‘Na Aana Is Des Laado’, and ‘Adaalat’.

Uttam Kumar Reddy asked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to immediately release data pertaining to unemployment in the State

Stating that the number of unemployed youths in Telangana has doubled over the last seven years under the TRS government, TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, on Sunday, asked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to immediately release data pertaining to unemployment in the State. He told cadre that a victory in the Graduate MLC elections was critical for the survival of the party. He asked them to enlighten the public about the “divisive” politics of the BJP.

Though I was there in the TMC, I chose to defect as I want to work for the people of West Bengal – Srabanti Chatterjee after joining BJP

With Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee joining the BJP, it was clear that she will contest the poll scheduled in eight phases starting this month. Joining the saffron camp the Bengali actor said that she is ready to contest the poll and left the party’s senior leaders to decide the rest. “Though I was there in the TMC, I chose to defect as I want to work for the people of West Bengal,” asked the 33-year-old actor. Asked about whether she will work with Tollywood director Raj Chakraborty who had joined the ruling Trinamool Congress last month to which the ‘Amanush’ actress said that politics and acting in films are two different things.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hopeful of poll alliance with Kamal Haasan’s Party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) in Tamil Nadu

After receiving encouraging response in Gujarat civic polls, AAP is planning to enter the TN election ring in alliance with the Kamal Haasan’s party. Assembly elections in the southern state will be held on April 6. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is said to be on terms with Haasan. As a goodwill measure, the Delhi government recently announced setting up a Tamil academy in the national capital to help spread Tamil culture. Appreciating this, Haasan congratulated Kejriwal on Twitter.

Actor Kamal Haasan has not become a famous figure now, or only in Tamil Nadu – Aam Aadmi Party Senior Leader Satyendar Jain

Actor Kamal Haasan has not become a famous figure now, or only in Tamil Nadu. He’s a renowned and respected personality in the entire country for the last 30 years. Everything is possible. The work of a lighthouse is to show direction to the ships, not capture their place. We are making lighthouses and showing people the right direction and helping them get salvation from corrupt politicians. We were outsiders there. But people vote for the work you do. There is no outsider or insider. We are all Indians. Wherever we fight and win elections, local governance will be completely handled by locals. We will guide them and give them the AAP model of governance and development.

West Bengal: 1st List of TMC Candidates Soon

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee is likely to release the first list of candidates for the upcoming West Bengal assembly election 2021 on Monday. In West Bengal, the assembly election in the Trinamool Congress-led state will be held in eight phases. The voting for phase 1 for 30 constituencies will take place on March 27, voting for phase 2 for 30 constituencies will be held on April 1.

Mamata Banerjee is due to meet RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

Mamata Banerjee is due to meet RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, leader of the opposition in the Bihar Assembly constituency, in the morning. After that, the Chief Minister will sit with the members of TMC’s election committee around 12.30 PM. It is expected that she may announce the first list of TMC candidates for the West Bengal assembly election 2021 around 5 pm.

Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust collected over Rs 2,100 crore for the construction of a grand Ram temple

Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has informed that it has collected over Rs 2,100 crore for the construction of a grand Ram temple in the ancient holy city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh. With this, the 44-day fund-raising campaign for the Ram Temple construction has come to an end on Saturday, the Supreme Court-mandated Trust said. Prior to the crowdfunding campaign launch on January 15, the Trust had projected an estimate of Rs 1,100 crore for the Ram temple complex construction, but it has received Rs 1,000 crore more than what was projected.

Vivian Richards has slammed the criticism of the pitch that was on offer for the Pink–ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad

Legendary West Indies batsman Vivian Richards has slammed the criticism of the pitch that was on offer for the Pink–ball Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, saying it’s not surprising to see a turning track in “spin land”. Richards urged the moaning and groaning from former England cricketers to stop and said the visitors should look to improve and rise above the challenges. The Pink-ball Test ended inside 2 days with India thrashing England by 10 wickets in Ahmedabad. England struggled to put bat to ball against Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin as the two Indian spinners ran through the visiting batting line-up. England were bundled out for 112 and 81 across two innings as the Test match ended in little more than 5 sessions.

P C George’s Janapaksham party is likely to join the NDA in Kerala

Ahead of the assembly election, P C George’s Janapaksham party is likely to join the NDA. P C George is trying to become an ally of NDA after the local leaders of Congress opposed his entry into the UDF. He said that the political decision on this will be declared on February 27. The Congress leaders said they will field a parallel candidate if P C George is made an ally. With this, UDF offered to support him if he contested as an independent candidate. But P C George was not interested in this offer and decided to check other ways.

We’re Political rivals but I appreciate that he doesn’t hide his true self – Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped effusive praise on Ghulam Nabi Azad, the senior Congress leader returned the favour on Sunday. “I like lot of things about many leaders. I’m from a village and feel proud of it … even our PM hails from village and used to sell tea. We’re political rivals but I appreciate that he doesn’t hide his true self. Those who do, are living in bubble,” Azad said.

2, 31,86,362 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections – Assam Chief Electoral Officer

Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khare has said that 2, 31,86,362 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections. Of the total, 5,05,874 are in the age group of 18-19 years, while the number of ‘Doubtful’ or ‘D voters’ stands at 1,08,596. While there has been an overall increase of 32,38,672 voters compared to the 2016 polls, the total electors aged over 80 years this time is 2,90,677.

Amit Shah will attend public and organisational programmes in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will attend public and organisational programmes in Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on Sunday, informed an official statement. At 10:30 AM, the Union Minister will hold a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Puducherry Core Committee meeting. The meeting will take place in Karaikal. At 11.30 AM, he will address a public meeting in Karaikal. At 1:30 PM, he will attend a BJP Puducherry Mandal and Office bearers meeting in Karaikal, Puducherry.

Grateful to him (Rahul Gandhi) for driving the tractor for farmers and swimming in the sea for fish workers – Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Rahul Gandhi’s expertise in scuba diving has been the talk of the town in Kerala. His venture into the deep sea with YouTube channel ‘Fishing Freaks’ has been happily lapped up by social media. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is rarely sarcastic, expressed ‘gratitude for Rahul’s love for Kerala.’ “Grateful to him for driving the tractor for farmers and swimming in the sea for fish workers,” he said. The CM’s one-liner jibe against Rahul too has spread like wildfire on social media with ‘explainers’ by Left handles, on how Congress and UPA have deceived fish workers in policy matters. However, even political observers who are sympathetic to the Left do not dismiss Rahul’s pivotal role in Kerala politics.

Both the TMC and the BJP are two sides of the same coin – West Bengal CPI(M) secretary Surya Kanta Mishra

Both the TMC and the BJP are two sides of the same coin. Their agenda is to divide people on communal lines and rule the masses. We have seen how TMC leaders are joining the BJP lock, stock and barrel. Except for the chief minister and some of her leaders, the rest have switched over to the BJP. Both the TMC and the BJP now stand unmasked. We need a government which can fill up all the vacancies in state government jobs and semi-government sectors within a year. Neither the TMC nor the BJP can do it. Only the Left and secular forces are capable of it.

We will fight the polls with the symbol of a ship – Lurinjyoti Gogoi

The symbol of a “ship” has been allotted to the newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) for the three-phase assembly elections in Assam. Addressing a press conference here, AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the Election Commission of India (ECI) allotted the party symbol to the regional party on Saturday. “We will fight the polls with the symbol of a ship. Ship signifies our economy, culture, civilisation and trade along the Brahmaputra.

BJP government has no concern for the commoners – Lurinjyoti Gogoi

Even though the BJP government is vocal on sabka saath, sabka vikash at meetings and in writings, the skyrocketing prices of all commodities have exposed its anti-people stance. This is glaringly visible now that the corporate-friendly BJP government has no concern for the commoners. Or else, it would have taken some measures to bail out the common people from the wreath of high prices.

The rise in price is 100 per cent – Lurinjyoti Gogoi

Now rice is sold at Rs 45 per kg against Rs 25 in April, 2016. The percentage of rise in price is 80. At present per kg of pulses (dal) is Rs 88 against Rs 45 in April 2016, and the rise is 95.56 per cent. Mustard oil is sold at Rs 160 per litre now against Rs 90 in April 2016, and the rise is 77.78 per cent. Onion is sold at Rs 40 per kg now against Rs 20 in April 2016. The rise in price is 100 per cent. Potato is sold at Rs 32 per kg now against Rs 22 in April 2016, and the rise in price is 45.45 per cent.

We’re hopeful that people of State will give a befitting reply to BJP in this Assembly election – Lurinjyoti Gogoi

AJP (Assam Jatiya Parishad) president Lurinjyoti Gogoi has said that the people of the State have been facing a tough time due to hike in prices of all essential commodities, besides that of fuel and construction materials. Challenging the ruling coalition in the State, Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “We’re hopeful that the people of the State will give a befitting reply to the BJP in this Assembly election.” Meanwhile, the Kamrup (M) district unit of the AJP took out a procession from Lachitghat at Machkhowa to the office of the Deputy Commissioner against the exorbitant rise in prices of all essential commodities.”

Convoy of Lurinjyoti Gogoi, President of newly floated Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) attacked

The convoy of Lurinjyoti Gogoi, the president of the newly floated Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP), was on Sunday came under attack allegedly by supporters of the BJP in Nalbari district ahead of the assembly election. The police said that investigation into the matter has started. Though no one was injured in the incident which took place in Kalag area, one car of the convoy was damaged, AJP spokesperson Ziaur Rahman claimed.

After E Sreedharan joined BJP more dignitaries will formally join the party at Tripunithura during Vijaya Yatra

After E Sreedharan joined BJP last week, the party men in Ernakulam are elated to know that more dignitaries will formally join the party at Tripunithura during Vijaya Yatra on Sunday evening. Sources said retired judges from the high court, two former IPS officers and members from the transgender community are expected to be inducted into the party at a public function.

Kamal Hassan’s 3rd front is not getting much attention from media

Now Kamal Hassan’s 3rd front is not even getting much attention from media as well as people, not only because his party doesn’t have a cadre or structure but also because of the utter failure of the 3rd front in previous elections. Moreover, Kamal Hassan was never a mass hero or a leader. His intellectual rants are either ignored or objected to by the masses. His comments against religion abhorred by a section of the people. It is to be noted that the media gave a good share of screen time for his party during the 2019 LS elections and despite that his party failed miserably. Because of all these reasons, Kamal’s third front is not at all taken seriously by the people of Tamil Nadu.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Assam on Monday (March 1) to campaign for party candidates

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Assam on Monday (March 1) to campaign for party candidates

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Assam on Monday (March 1) to campaign for party candidates for upcoming Assembly election. People aware of the development told Hindustan Times that Vadra will first visit the Kamakhya temple, a well-know pilgrimage site in Guwahati, and then proceed to other cities for campaigning. Vadra will be campaigning in other parts of upper Assam, including Tezpur, where she will address a rally on March 2. She will be in the state for two days.

We have to sit down & draw a strategy for win – Raashid Alvi

We have to sit down & draw a strategy for win – Raashid Alvi

Every party has a grassroots leader. BJP fights every election in the same manner. Be it a small election or the genral. The efforts & hard work their leadership puts in is remarkable. It is not just about leadership. Everyone in the party has to focus to win. We have to sit down & draw a strategy for win.

Poonjar MLA P C George has decided to contest alone in the upcoming assembly polls

After the UDF shut its doors on P C George, the Poonjar MLA has decided to contest alone in the upcoming assembly polls. However, George has not ruled out gaining support of NDA in the coming days. George, who was keen to become an ally of the UDF, slammed Oommen Chandy for being a stumbling block between him and the UDF. George was of the opinion that it was Chandy who was instrumental in not allowing him an entry to the UDF. He also ruled out joining the LDF.

Addressing a rally in Jammu, Ghulam Nabi Azad was all praises for Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Addressing a rally in Jammu Azad was all praises for Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in Jammu. Praising Modi for being true to his roots, he said it was something which he really liked despite being rivals on political grounds. Weeks ago, the Prime Minister had also broken the barrier of political rivalry as he bid an emotional farewell to former J&K CM Ghulam Nabi Azad just before his term as a Rajya Sabha MP expired. Some of the ’23 dissenters’ led by Ghulam Nabi Azad along with Manish Tewari, Anand Sharma, Vivek Tankha, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Raj Babbar, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibal held a ‘Shanti Sammelan’ in Jammu, as part of a 3-day visit in Jammu to chalk out the future course of action and hold several public meetings.

I won’t cooperate with UDF who are supported by Jihadis – PC George

I will contest from Poonjar as the candidate of Kerala Janapaksham (Secular). Anyone can support me. BJP, UDF or LDF, any front can extend support to my party. I have held talks with Twenty 20. They are contributing a great service. At present, I have no plans to hold talks with any other fronts. Muslim League is a good political party in UDF. But they are being controlled by the Jihadis. Even Congress leaders are unable to take a decision. I won’t cooperate with UDF who are supported by Jihadis. Cheaters are leading the front.

In a Democracy, no one is talking about the needs and Problems of People – Tejashwi Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on February 28, Sunday, launched a blistering attack on Bharatiya Janata Party asserting that no one was discussing unemployment and problems of people and were trying to divert attention from the real issues. “Talk about the concerns of youth, jobs of the unemployed, about the interest of jawans. In a democracy, no one is talking about the needs and problems of people, about farmers, and unemployment. Instead of this, talks are being o issues that are sure to divert attention from the real issues”, read Yadav’s tweet.

Oommen Chandy blocked my entry to UDF. He is plotting against Ramesh Chennithala – PC George

MLA PC George has vowed that he will contest from Poonjar constituency again. He alleged that UDF cheated him and asserted that he won’t join any front for the Assembly polls. “Oommen Chandy blocked my entry to UDF. He is plotting against Ramesh Chennithala. I will make more revelations about Oommen Chandy in the press meet scheduled on Wednesday,” PC George added. He also revealed that UDF held talks on fielding him as an independent candidate from Kanjirappally. The MLA raised sharp criticism against UDF over this matter.

We have got 30 seats as per our choice – Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui

We have got 30 seats as per our choice – Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui

We have already sealed our alliance with the Left Front. We have got 30 seats as per our choice and are in talks regarding three-four more. The discussions are still on with the Congress as the seat-sharing deal is still not clear. In total, from both the parties, we had demanded around 70 seats, including the Nandigram seat. We don’t want to derail this alliance, but we have our demands. We are accommodative and flexible. We want the alliance with the Congress to get concluded as early as possible.

PC George hinted that Pinarayi Vijayan will not welcome him to LDF

PC George has hinted that Pinarayi Vijayan will not welcome him to LDF as he supports VS Achuthanandan. While responding to plans to join NDA, PC George stated that he will think about it if K Surendran invites him. P C George had joined as an ally of NDA during the previous Lok Sabha polls and also became part of the election campaign for K Surendran in Pathanamthitta. However, NDA could not make expected success in the polls. With this, P C George left the front calling it a temporary system.

Left-Congress-ISF alliance kicked off their campaign for the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections

Left-Congress-ISF alliance kicked off their campaign for the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections on Sunday with a mega rally at Kolkata’s famed Brigade Parade Ground. The venue has been popularised by the state’s Left Front for hosting massive rallies over the years. Supporters gathered by the lakhs to support the alliance. The introduction of the ISF has turned the election from a bi-partisan battle to a triangular face-off involving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Left-Congress-ISF alliance.

I am Bengal’s Daughter – Mamata Banerjee

“I am Bengal’s daughter. I am in politics for 40 years. I know every district, every assembly seat. Whatever you do, I will smash your conspiracy. People of Bengal will rule Bengal. People of Bengal will avenge this insult of eight phase polls,” Mamata Banerjee told media. Beside multiple phase elections in many districts, what has angered Mamata Banerjee is the deployment of two special police observers to the state, including Vivek Dubey. “He was here in 2019 also and we know all the drama he did and games that he played.” she said.

People say ‘G23’, I say Gandhi 23 – Raj Babbar spoke at Shanti-Sammelan

In the first-ever show of strength, the dissenters in the Congress (G23) shared a public platform in Jammu and participated in the Shanti Sammelan, raising internal issues of the Congress like party becoming weak in the past decade. “People say ‘G23’, I say Gandhi 23. With the belief, resolve & thinking of Mahatma Gandhi, this nation’s law & Constitution was formed. Congress is standing strongly to take these forward. ‘G23’ want Congress to be strong,” Congress leader Raj Babbar said in Jammu.

I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win – Mamata Banerjee

Has this been done with the advice of Modi and Amit Shah? Has this been done to facilitate their campaigning? So that they can finish Assam and Tamil Nadu before coming to Bengal? This won’t help BJP. We will demolish them. I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win… and then Modi and Shah, you watch the battle in the 2024 general elections. We will fight it and how. They are diving people on lines of Hindu-Muslim. The game is on. We play and win. They are dividing the entire country. But let me tell you, I know Bengal very well.

Those who call it as “ rebels” mislead you – Sanjay Jha on G-23 Group

The G-23 is a passionate, resolute, committed and experienced Congress team that cares deeply for the future of the Congress party. It needs your support if you want a dynamic, secular, liberal, progressive India with good governance. Those who call it as “ rebels” mislead you.

Election Commission has been unfair to West Bengal – TMC leader Sougata Roy

The Election Commission has been unfair to West Bengal. If elections in Tamil Nadu and Kerala can be held in one day and Assam in three days then why elections should be held in West Bengal in eight phases? This will cause immense problem to the people of the state. For one month all activity will come to standstill. Development work will stop. Really do not know why the election commission did all this but we strongly oppose it.

I know the amount of money that was thrown at MLAs in MP & Rajasthan – Rahul Gandhi

I know the amount of money that was thrown at MLAs in M.P., Rajasthan, we’re talking massive amounts of money. When you have a party that is fighting elections with thousands & thousands of crores & other parties are not allowed to raise finance. Now India is entering a phase quite like when we were fighting the British that we cannot rely on the institutions to protect our democracy anymore, we can only rely on the people of the country. We can keep doing reservations but unless Indian men start to view Indian women with the same lens that they view themselves, the real change is not going to happen.

R Sarath Kumar (AISMK Founder) met Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) Chief Kamal Hassan to initiate alliance talks

All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) founder and actor Sarath Kumar met with Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief and actor Kamal Hassan to initiate alliance talks. Previously an AIADMK ally, Sarath Kumar on Friday announced that AISMK will contest the upcoming election with Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi (IJK) headed by Perambalur MP, TR Pachamuthu. It is to be noted that IJK was part of the DMK alliance in the Lok Sabha polls.

Election Commission appointed two special police observers – Vivek Dubey and MK Das – for West Bengal

The EC has appointed two special police observers – Vivek Dubey and MK Das – for West Bengal. With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the state. West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and BJP in the fray. While Mamata Banerjee is seeking her third consecutive term, BJP has set a target of winning 200 seats in the 294-member state Assembly.

West Bengal: ABP News C-Voter Survey Found 38% Voters Feel Unemployment is One of Major Concerns in State

Looking at the current situation, the main issue of West Bengal is unemployment. ABP News C-Voter survey found out that 38 per cent voters feel that unemployment is one of the major concerns in the state. 17 per cent respondents of the survey said that issues such as electricity, water and road are of prime importance. 14% felt Coronavirus pandemic is important while 12% voted saying corruption is major issue in West Bengal. Remaining respondents also said that other issues such as CAA, illegal immigration, education, law and order are also important.

Discussions have been held with Kamal Hassan over a Possible Alliance – AISMK Founder Sarath Kumar

Speaking to the media, Sarath Kumar said, “The chief minister will be decided only after winning.” The actor added that the discussions have been held with Kamal Hassan over a possible alliance and he is expecting a positive response. All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi’s Sarath Kumar, however, said that the talks with MNM were incomplete after meeting Kamal Haasan on Saturday. The actor-turned-politician claimed that his party could do good for the people of the state and vowed to bring a dynamic manifesto.

RSS to Destroy the Institutional Balance in the Country – Rahul Gandhi

A nation is balanced between its institutions. If the balance is disturbed, the nation is disturbed. That is the central idea….Over the last 6 years, there has been a systematic attack on elected institutions and the free press that hold the nation together. Democracy doesn’t die with a bang, it dies slowly. I am sad to tell you that democracy in Indis is dead, it does not exist. The concentration of capital has combined with the RSS to destroy the institutional balance in the country.

Assam: ABP News C-Voter Opinion Poll Predicts BJP To Return To Power

ABP C-Voter Opinion Poll suggests that BJP is most likely to return to power in Assam Assembly polls with saffron party expected to bag 42 per cent vote share. Meanwhile, Opposition Congress might get 31 per cent vote share in the Assembly polls, while other parties and independent candidates can get 27 per cent vote share. In 126 member Assam Assembly, BJP is most likely to get somewhere between 68-76 seats which is a massive range to sweep the elections. On the other hand, Congress stands second in the race with 43-51 seats.

Sarath Kumar appealed to the people to not accept cash for votes

All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi’s Sarath Kumar, however, said that the talks with MNM were incomplete after meeting Kamal Haasan on Saturday. The actor-turned-politician claimed that his party could do good for the people of the state and vowed to bring a dynamic manifesto. Further, Sarath Kumar appealed to the people to not accept cash for votes, pointing out that the resolve of the public to not accept such bribes could lead to a change. Earlier on Saturday, Sarath Kumar announced an alliance with SRM Group Paarivendhar’s Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi. Sarath Kumar, along with his wife Radikaa, also met expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala at her residence on Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary.

India is entering a phase very much like the British era – Rahul Gandhi in Tamil Nadu

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi today attacked the BJP government in Thoothukudi saying that there has been a systematic attack on elected institutions and free press in the last six years. ”India is entering a phase very much like the British era. We cannot rely on the institutions to protect our democracy anymore. We can only rely on the people of the country.” alleged Rahul Gandhi while interacting with lawyers at VOC College in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. During the interaction, Rahul Gandhi termed the CAA discriminatory on many counts. He also said that Congress is opposed to farm laws and is fighting against them.

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK)to field candidates from 23 constituencies as a part of AIADMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu

In the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly election, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) has field candidates from 23 constituencies as a part of the AIADMK-led alliance. It is pertinent to note that DMK drew a blank in both the 2016 TN Assembly polls as well as the 2019 Lok Sabha election. At present, it has a lone MP in the Rajya Sabha- former Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss.

NDA allies BJP & AIADMK met to discuss seat-sharing ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Tamil Nadu

As the race to the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections heats up, NDA allies BJP and AIADMK met on Saturday to discuss the seat-sharing ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on Sunday. BJP leaders, including MoS G Kishan Reddy and state president L Murugan met TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami and Dy CM O Panneerselvam at their respective residences on Saturday to discuss the seat-sharing for the first phase of the Assembly polls. The NDA allies’ meeting over seat-sharing comes after the Election Commission revealed the dates of Assembly elections scheduled to be held in April and May in five states – Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, and Assam.

Prashant Kishor calls West Bengal Elections ‘a Key Battle for Democracy

Election strategist Prashant Kishor took to Twitter on Saturday to call the West Bengal elections ‘a key battle for democracy.’ His tweet comes a day after the Election Commission released the dates for the assembly polls in four states, including West Bengal, and a Union Territory. Prashant Kishor’s company, Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), is assisting Mamata Banerjee’s TMC in formulating a strategy to stop the BJP from coming to power in West Bengal.

ABP C-Voter West Bengal Elections 2021 Opinion Poll: Mamata Banerjee Likely To Return To Power with 148-164 Seats

ABP News Opinion Poll data shows that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to get tough competition with the BJP as saffron party’s aggressive campaigning in West Bengal might give it significant inroads in the state. As per the survey, which was conducted days ahead of poll announcement, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC will return to power in the West Bengal and is likely to bag somewhere between 148 to 164 seats in the 294-member legislative assembly.

DMK formed a seven-member committee to discuss seat-sharing talks with Congress and other allies

DMK formed a seven-member committee to discuss seat-sharing talks with Congress and other allies. Party General Secretary Duraimurugan said the panel would be headed by Treasurer T.R. Baalu. K.N. Nehru, I. Periyasamy, K. Ponmudi, Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan, Organising Secretary R.S. Bharathi and E.V. Velu would be part of the team, he added. Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Oomen Chandy, and Dinesh Gundu Rao met DMK representatives on Friday to negotiate seat-sharing talks and as per reports, Congress raised a demand for 54 seats as opposed to 41 that it contested from in the previous election.

If Election Commission doesn’t provide Justice to the People, where will the People go – Mamata Banerjee

With all due respect to the Election Commission, I want to say that questions are being raised on why elections will be held in so many phases in Bengal while other states will be voting in one phase. If EC doesn’t provide justice to the people, where will the people go.

ABP C-Voter West Bengal Elections 2021 Opinion Poll: BJP expected to increase its tally by winning somewhere close to 92-108 seats

As per the survey, which was conducted days ahead of poll announcement, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC will return to power in the West Bengal and is likely to bag somewhere between 148 to 164 seats in the 294-member legislative assembly. TMC, however, will get a close competition with BJP which is expected to increase its tally in state assembly by winning somewhere close to 92-108 seats. It is to be noted that the saffron party managed to win only 3 seats in West Bengal in 2016 Assembly polls.

Assembly Elections Assam: State will go to polls in three phases on 27th March and 1st and 6th April

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. Assam will go to polls in three phases on 27th March and 1st and 6th April. Following the announcement, while talking to the Media persons the Chief Election Officer of Puducherry Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the India Toy Fair 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the India Toy Fair 2021 via video conferencing. “Toys play a significant part in the development of a child’s mind and also help improve psychomotor and cognitive skills in children. In his Mann ki Baat address in August 2020, the Prime Minister had said that toys not only augment activity but also give flight to aspirations,” read the press release by Prime Minister’s Office. Noting the importance of toys in the holistic development of a child, the Prime Minister has earlier also emphasized boosting toy manufacturing in India. The India Toy Fair 2021 is being organized in line with this vision of the Prime Minister.

Assam has 1.08 lakh D or doubtful voters who will not exercise their franchise in the voters forthcoming assembly polls

Assam has 1.08 lakh D or doubtful voters who will not exercise their franchise in the voters forthcoming assembly polls to be held in three phases on March27, April one and April six, Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said on Saturday. The figure of D-voters has decreased in comparison to the number of 1.13 lakh provided in the state assembly last year. The Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora during his visit to the state in January had said that the names of those persons not figuring in the National Register of Citizens(NRC) but is there in the electoral roll can exercise their franchise. Doubtful voters are those persons who are identified during electoral roll revision as D-voters, cases of which are pending with the Foreigners Tribunals or declared as foreigners by the Tribunal.

Assembly Elections West Bengal: Polling in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on 27th March and 1st, 6th, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 26th and 29th April

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. Polling in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on 27th March and 1st, 6th, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 26th and 29th April. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive the CERAWeek global energy and environment leadership award

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive the CERAWeek global energy and environment leadership award during an annual international energy conference next week. The prime minister will also deliver the keynote address at the CERAWeek Conference-2021, which will be held virtually from March 1 to 5, its organiser, IHS Markit, said on Friday. Prominent speakers at the conference include US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry, Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and founder of Breakthrough Energy Bill Gates and president and CEO, Saudi Aramco, Amin Nasser.

Bodoland People’s Front snaps ties with BJP, Joins Mahagathbandhan Ahead of Assam Elections 2021

Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has joined mahagathbandhan ahead of the Assam Elections 2021. The mahajath consisted of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation, and the Anchalik Gana Marcha (AGM). Bodoland People’s Front has now joined the alliance. The grand alliance was formed in January with Congress, AIUDF, Communist Party of India, CPI (Marxist), CPI (Marxist-Leninist) and Anchalik Gana Morcha. BPF president Hagrama Mohilary, the former chief executive member (CEM) of Bodoland Territorial Council (now Bodoland Territorial Region), made the announcement on Saturday.