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Assembly elections 2021: Key developments | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: With less than two weeks to go for the elections, the campaign in four poll-bound states and one Union territory was in full swing.
In West Bengal, TMC chief Mamata Banerjee campaigned with the injured leg as BJP’s senior leadership targeted her in a series of rallies across the state.
The polling for the assembly elections in four states and one Union territory is scheduled to start from March 26. In West Bengal, the elections polling would be conducted in eight phases, while in Assam the entire exercise would require three phases. In Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, the polling would conclude in a single phase.

Here is a look at the top developments.

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Suvendu seeks rejection of Mamata’s nomination for “suppressing” info on criminal cases

Suvendu Adhikari, the BJP candidate against Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram, Monday said he has sought rejection of the nomination of the West Bengal chief minister for not declaring six criminal cases against her while filing her papers.


TMC government will deliver ration at your doorsteps, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee while addressing a public meeting in Purulia on Monday said that Trinamool Congress (TMC) government will deliver free ration to the people of West Bengal at their doorsteps if voted to power.


‘Cong following in Jinnah’s footsteps instead of Mahatama Gandhi’

Instead of following Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals, the Congress is following in “Jinnah’s footsteps”, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, asserting that it will “destroy” the country.

Addressing three back-to-back election rallies on his first campaign for the BJP candidates in poll-bound Assam, the senior BJP leader said that Congress has failed to carry out any developmental work in the Northeastern states since Independence.

“Congress is not following in Mahatma Gandhi’s footsteps. Congress and Rahul Gandhi are following in Jinnah’s footsteps,” he said.


AIUDF seated on the lap, Cong talking of secularism: Shah in Assam

Hitting out at the Congress over its poll alliance with the AIUDF in Assam, Union home minister Amit Shah said the grand old party is “shamelessly” talking of secularism and culture preservation even as it has Badruddin Ajmal’s outfit “seated on its lap”.

“Assam elections will not just ensure that the BJP stays in power, but will also guarantee the preservation of the state’s culture, traditions and civilisation,” he stated.


Twitter announces initiatives to tackle polls-related misinformation

Ahead of assembly elections, Twitter announced a slew of initiatives in a bid to protect public conversation and tackle poll-related misinformation.

The measures include an information search prompt with the Election Commission of India (@ECISVEEP) and State Election Commissions to provide reliable information around the elections, a custom emoji to encourage participation, a series of pre-bunks and debunks to tackle election-related misinformation, and a youth discussion series titled #DemocracyAdda aimed at voter literacy and civic participation among young Indians for the upcoming elections.


BSP to contest assembly polls in 3 states, UT on its own

BSP president Mayawati announced that the party would contest the assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry on its own, saying it had a “bitter experience” of aligning with other parties in the past.

“We are working internally on the elections. We do not reveal our strategy,” Mayawati said.

Mayawati asserted that the BSP would perform well in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. However, she did not clear the party’s stand regarding the assembly polls in Assam.


‘Metro Man’ Sreedharan launches campaign, says BJP fighting polls on the development plank

Launching his campaign, BJP candidate in Palakkad ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan said the party is fighting the elections on the plank of development and reasserted his claim that the NDA will form the government in Kerala after the April 6 Assembly polls.

He attacked the state’s ruling LDF, alleging that it was a government hit by corruption, scandals and nepotism.


CM Palanisamy, Stalins file nominations

Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palanisamy filed his nomination papers on Monday for the April 6 Assembly elections from the Edappady constituency. He contested the seat in all elections since 1989 and won in 1989, 1991, 2011 and 2016.

DMK President MK Stalin filed his nomination papers for the Kolathur constituency at the Greater Chennai Corporation Zonal Office.

(With inputs from agencies)

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