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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Assembly Elections Puducherry: Polling for 30 assembly seats will be held on 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. In the Union Territory of Puducherry Polling for 30 assembly seats will be held on 6th April. The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced this yesterday. Of the 30 Assembly seats, five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates. 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.

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.

Assembly Elections Kerala: Polls will be held in a single phase on 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. The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in a single phase on 6th 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.

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.

Assembly Elections Tamil Nadu: Polls will be held in a single phase on 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. The assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held in a single phase on 6th 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.

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.

BJP hit out at Mamata Banerjee, saying Bengal wants its Own Daughter not Pishi

BJP on Saturday launched a poster to counter Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) campaign slogan “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay” (Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter). BJP’s poster says, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi” and has the faces of the party’s female leaders from Bengal. ‘Pishi’ is the Bengali word used for paternal aunt. The BJP tweeted the poster with the slogan in Bengali, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi”. Several BJP leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, have used ‘pishi-bhaipo’ jibe to hit out at the Bengal CM and her nephew, alleging them of dynasty politics.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Himachal Pradesh: 5 Congress MLAs Suspended for Entire Budget Session for Manhandling Governor Bandaru Dattatreya

Unruly scenes were witnessed on the first day of the budget session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly here on Friday when protesting MLAs of the opposition Congress tried to stop Governor Bandaru Dattatraya from leaving the premises after he delivered his address in the House. The agitating members blocked Dattatraya’s exit from the building and later his vehicle for around 10-15 minutes. Both the Congress and ruling BJP members later traded allegations of manhandling and assault during the commotion. Speaker Vipin Parmar said the Congress MLAs, including Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, were suspended on a motion moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj.

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.

Tejashwi Yadav’s RJD to Contest Assam State Assembly Elections in alliance with Like-Minded Parties

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday said his party will contest the upcoming Assam Assembly polls in alliance with “like-minded” parties. Yadav, during his first visit to Guwahati, said he has already spoken to Congress and will hold talks with the AIUDF later in the day to formalise the alliance. “There are around five per cent Hindi-speaking people from Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. We have considerable number of such people in 11 seats, but we’ll contest only where chances of winning are high,” Yadav said.

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.

Dissenters in Congress (G23) shared Public Platform in Jammu

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, leadership, while at the same time, sharing a piece of advice for the young generation. Congress dissenters were addressing the event in Jammu at a time when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was busy campaigning in Tamil Nadu.

Congress and the DMK began seat negotiations for the coming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu

Congress and the DMK began seat negotiations for the coming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu on Thursday in which the former asked its partner for at least 54 seats, two Congress leaders said on the condition of anonymity. With elections due in less than two months, former Kerala chief minister Oomen Chandy and Congress’ chief of communications Randeep Surjewala held talks with DMK leaders in Chennai. DMK chief Stalin didn’t participate in these talks.

Bodoland People’s Party (BPF) president Hagrama Mohilary says his party is ready to join hands with the regional parties, except the BJP

Ahead of the Assam Assembly election, Bodoland People’s Party (BPF) president Hagrama Mohilary says his party is ready to join hands with the regional parties, except the BJP and its allies. Mohilary said this while attending a meeting of the central working committee (CWC) of BPF in Udalguri on Thursday. He exhorted the party workers to reach the field with new vigour and enthusiasm. Former Bodoland Territorial Council (now BTR) chief Mohilary said BPF will contest in all the 12 Assembly constituencies under the Bodoland Territorial Region in the ensuing Assembly election.

Election dates for 4 States & 1 UT likely to be announced today in Election Commission Press Briefing at 4.30 pm today

The Election Commission of India will hold an important press conference at 4:30 pm on Friday. The poll panel may announce dates for elections to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry today. It may be noted here that elections are due in four states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam and in the union territory of Puducherry. Election campaigning is already underway at a hectic pace in all four states and the UT of Puducherry.

'Metro Man' E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala

‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala

‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan formally joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Malappuram on Thursday in presence of Union Minister RK Singh. Sreedharan joined the party during BJP’s ongoing Vijaya Yatra led by Kerala BJP Chief K Surendran. Ahead of Assembly elections in Kerala, former Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan on February 18 announced that he will join the BJP. “Metro man Sri E Sreedharan joins BJP at Mallapuram in the presence of Union Minister Sri RK Singh during Kerala Vijaya Yatra led by K Surendran,” senior BJP leader BL Santhosh tweeted.

DMK President MK Stalin hits out at Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami for Raising Retirement Age

DMK president MK Stalin on Thursday hit out at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami for raising the retirement age of government employees to 60 years, saying the announcement was made with an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. Though increasing the retirement age of state government employees was welcome, it appears that the announcement was made with the elections in mind, Stalin alleged. “Raising the retirement age is welcome, albeit the announcement made for the election,” the DMK leader said in a Facebook post on Thursday. He said the Chief Minister should have fixed the age criteria of 60 years when he had increased the retirement age to 59 from 58 years in May last year.

Setback for Mamata as sitting MLA from Mangalkot Siddiqullah Chowdhury will not contest from his own constituency

In yet another setback for Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress ahead of the assembly polls in West Bengal, Siddiqullah Chowdhury – the sitting MLA from Mongolkot in East Burdwan district – has announced that he will not contest from his own constituency. Chowdhury said he has informed the Trinamool Congress chief about his decision, brought on by the problems constricting his district of East Burdwan and some party leaders not performing the way they should.

Arvind Kejriwal took part in a roadshow in Surat, Gujarat after performance in Corporation Elections

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took part in a roadshow after the Aam Aadmi Party’s electoral success in its debut electoral local body polls. Making inroads in Gujarat politics, the AAP won 27 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). Addressing AAP’s newly elected corporators in Surat, Kejriwal slammed the BJP saying they are not doing great and there are a lot of issues.

MK Stalin’s DMK willing to contest on 190 Seats in Tamil Nadu Polls

DMK is aiming to field at least 190 candidates, which is more than 80% of seats in the 234-member assembly, on its ‘rising sun’ symbol in the forthcoming assembly election. The candidates contesting on the rising sun symbol could include allies, including MDMK, VCK and Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi, said sources in the DMK and the allies.

Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule – Prime Minister Narendra Modi while on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

Prime Minister Narendra on Thursday (February 25) took a dig at the Congress, saying that the party is prone to lying and that he was shocked at Rahul Gandhi’s “will make fisheries ministry” remark. “Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule. They are gold, silver and bronze medal winners in telling lies,” said the PM. He said that Puducherry deserved a government that is commanded by the people of Puducherry and not a small group of Congress leaders sitting in Delhi. PM Modi is on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives.

West Bengal Elections CM Mamata Banerjee Rides Electric Scooter to Protest against Fuel Price Hike

West Bengal Elections: CM Mamata Banerjee Rides Electric Scooter to Protest against Fuel Price Hike

In a unique protest against fuel price hike, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday rode pillion on an electric scooter to state secretariat Nabanna. Banerjee was seen sitting behind state minister Firhad Hakim, who rode the battery-powered electric scooter. With a placard protesting against the petrol price hike hanging around her neck, helmet-clad Banerjee waved at people on both sides of the road during the five-km-long journey from Hazra More to the state secretariat.

West Bengal Elections: BJP President J P Nadda launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ campaign

With an eye on Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal, the BJP on Thursday launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ campaign to unseat the ruling Trinamool Congress government from power in the state. BJP president J P Nadda, who had arrived in the state on Wednesday night, launched the campaign along with an election manifesto crowdsourcing campaign in West Bengal. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and the party’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya were also present on the occasion.

Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal slammed the hue and cry over naming the Motera stadium as Narendra Modi Stadium and noted that credit must be given where it is due

Ex-IAS officer Shah Faesal slammed the hue and cry over naming Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium as Narendra Modi Stadium and noted that credit must be given where it is due. The massive 132,000-seater that has been built at the spot where the erstwhile Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium used to stand at Motera was christened after PM Modi and is now the world’s largest cricket arena as part of a larger Sardar Patel Sports Enclave which Amit Shah claims is capable of hosting the Olympics with just 6 months notice. The stadium was inaugurated by President Kovind and the Home Minister on Wednesday ahead of India’s pink-ball Test against England.

CPI(M) alleged that Rahul Gandhi’s attack against Left was similar to that of the words being used by the BJP to flay the party

Kerala’s ruling CPI(M) on Wednesday accused former Congress president Rahul Gandhi of talking like “a recruitment agent of the BJP”, a day after the Congress leader lashed out at the state government over various issues including the gold smuggling case. In a statement, the CPI(M) state secretariat claimed Gandhi did not even make a weak criticism of the BJP in his speech at the Congress rally on Tuesday. “He spoke like a recruitment agent of the BJP. It was shocking,” the party said. The CPI(M) and Congress are allies in Bengal but clearly at each other’s throats in Kerala.

RSS worker was killed in a clash between two groups in Kerala’s Alappuzha district

RSS worker was killed in a clash between two groups in Kerala’s Alappuzha district

A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker was killed in a clash between two groups in Kerala’s Alappuzha district on Wednesday night. According to police, the deceased man has been identified as Nandu. Multiple media reports said that Nandu was killed in the clash between the RSS and Social Democratic Party of India in Nagamkulangara near Cherthala. The SDPI is the political offshoot of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI). Nandu was attacked with sharp objects. He was taken to a nearby hospital but he succumbed to injuries, police said, adding that 6 SDPI workers have been taken into custody.

Farmer Leader Rakesh Singh Tikait may be arrested in connection with an attempt to murder and rioting case of 2012

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Singh Tikait, who is due to address rallies in Madhya Pradesh on March 8 to drum up support against the Centre’s new farm laws, may be arrested in connection with an attempt to murder and rioting case of 2012. According to a BKU functionary, Rakesh Tikait will address farmer rallies in Sheopur, Rewa and Dewas on March 8. Tikait had led a BKU protest against a power plant in the Jaithari area, which turned violent, leading to injuries to policemen and torching of vehicles. Over 100 people, including Tikait, were arrested under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with armed weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC, an official said.

A call would be made for taking farm protests to the Parliament – Rakesh Tikait

The BKU leader has recently warned that the farmers would march to the Parliament if the three agricultural laws are not taken back. Tikait said, “A call would be made for taking farm protests to the Parliament.” He claimed that farmers would do farming on the lawns located near Parliament and when the crop would mature, the government could analyse the financial yield of the crop.

Our aim is to build a corruption free and developed Bengal – BJP President JP Nadda

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Thursday launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ initiative to collect public opinion for its election manifesto in the upcoming Bengal Assembly Election. The drive will see BJP asking people to write their demands for the next state government. The saffron brigade will have 30 thousands drop boxes in 294 constitutencies of the state. “Through this drive we’ll welcome priceless opinions of the humble Bengali citizens. Our aim is to build a corruption free and developed Bengal,” Nadda said in Kolkata.

Owaisi’s first rally in Kolkata cancelled as the city police denied permission

AIMIM supremo Asaduddin Owaisi’s first rally in Kolkata, scheduled to be held on Thursday, has been cancelled as the city police denied permission for it, party sources claimed. Owaisi was scheduled to kick off his party’s campaign ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections with the rally in Metiabruz area of the city. AIMIM state secretary Zameerul Hasan said the police did not give them permission for the rally. AIMIM has already come up with posters for the planned programme.

Many times, we eat the fish but we will not understand the hard work behind – Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi turned seafarer and pulled the net with local fisherman in high sea here to get a taste of their life and understand the issues facing them. In an emotional talk with thousands of fisherfolk, including women gathered at the Thangassery beach in this southern coastal district, the Nehru scion said he admired and respected what the fishermen do. “I understand and respect what you do. I admire what you are doing. Many times, we eat the fish but we will not understand the hard work behind and how it reached our plate,” Gandhi said.

Congress now finding fault with Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on South Indians taking issues more seriously than those from North

Not just the BJP, but a section in the Congress are also now finding fault with Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on South Indians taking issues more seriously than those from the North, exposing a division in the party over the former party chief’s stand on issues. On a day Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala targeted the BJP for its criticism of Rahul on the issue, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma openly expressed his opposition to the remarks and said the party never “disrespected a region” and Rahul should clarify his statement to clear “conjecture or misunderstandings”.