Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: JP Nadda to hold rallies in Bengal's Hooghly, Pursurah and Bally today

10:47 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP gets chance to make inroads, but prevailing in coastal state seems improbable

Even as the BJP has commanded significant support in North India and has made inroads in East and Northeast India, the South and especially the state of Kerala has evaded the Saffron wave.

However, notwithstanding the subsequent poll losses, a look at the party's performance since the 2014 general elections show that slowly but steadily, the BJP has been building its support base in the coastal state. The party has been fortifying efforts in Kerala and has managed to improve its vote share. It has also managed to attract professionals to its folds, including former railway engineer E Sreedharan, who became famous for spearheading the construction of Konkan Railway and Delhi Metro.

From the Sabarimala issue to the allegations of 'corruption' under subsequent governments, BJP leaders are sounding the right note during the campaign trail. The party has been insisting that it can secure a win in the state even though the Left Democratic Front has refused to take the BJP as a serious contender in the poll.

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10:31 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Heavy security in Nandigram, 22 companies of central forces to be deployed

Twenty-two companies of central forces will be deployed in Nandigram for the Assembly polls, an Election Commission official said on Tuesday.

The Nandigram seat, which is witnessing a fierce battle between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her one-time lieutenant-turned-foe BJP's Suvendu Adhikary, has a total of 355 polling booths and 75 percent of them will have webcasting facility.

The EC has also decided to deploy a 22-personnel quick response team (QRT) at Nandigram on the election day, the official told PTI.

09:40 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

DMK's A Raja gets EC notice for remarks against CM

The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to DMK leader A Raja for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami during an election campaign.

The former Union minister and DMK's "star campaigner" has been asked to respond to the notice by 6 pm on Wednesday.

Based on ground reports, the Commission said, it is of the view that "the contents of the speech made by you are not only derogatory but also obscene and lower the dignity of motherhood of women, which seems to be a serious violation of the provisions of Model Code of Conduct."

09:39 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

EC removes returning officer of Ballygunj, two others

The Election Commission on Tuesday removed three officials including the returning officer of the Ballygunj Assembly constituency in Kolkata, according to an order.

The two other officials are the Sub-divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of Haldia and the Circle Inspector (CI) of Mahishadal in Purba Medinipur district.

Arindam Mani, who has been posted in the same office for more than 10 years and is currently the returning officer of the Ballygunj seat, shall be transferred to a non-election post immediately, the EC stated in a communication to the West Bengal CEO.

09:37 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

JP Nadda to hold rallies in Bengal today

BJP national president JP Nadda will hold public rallies and roadshows in West Bengal on Wednesday. Ahead of the second phase of Assembly election  in the state, Nadda will be in Hooghly, Pursurah and Bally.

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Twenty-two companies of central forces will be deployed in Nandigram seat, which is witnessing a fierce battle between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her one-time lieutenant-turned-foe BJP's Suvendu Adhikary.

The EC has also decided to deploy a 22-personnel quick response team (QRT) at Nandigram on the election day, an official told PTI.

The EC has also constituted a team of officials who will supervise the proceedings in Nandigram on the poll day, he said.

The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to DMK leader A Raja for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami during an election campaign.

The former Union minister and DMK's "star campaigner" has been asked to respond to the notice by 6 pm on Wednesday.

Based on ground reports, the Commission said, it is of the view that "the contents of the speech made by you are not only derogatory but also obscene and lower the dignity of motherhood of women, which seems to be a serious violation of the provisions of Model Code of Conduct."

The Commission has given him "an opportunity to explain your position in this regard on or before 6 pm on 31 March, failing which the Commission shall take a decision without any further reference to you."

The notice said the EC received a complaint through the state chief electoral officer from the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), which alleged that Raja had made derogatory and scandalous speech against Palaniswami during an election campaign on 26 March at Thousand Lights assembly constituency.

The notice pointed out that the Central Crime Branch has registered a case under the Indian Penal Code and the Representation of the People Act, 1951 against the DMK MP.

The EC said that Raja had allegedly said that (DMK leader MK) "Stalin is a child of good relationship and good birth while Palaniswami is a child of bad relationship and a premature born child".

The EC also referred to some other remarks made by Raja against the chief minister.



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