LIVE: Mamata questions rationale behind 8-phase assembly polls in Bengal

Mamata Banerjee
Assembly Election Dates Announcement LIVE updates: The Election Commission of India has announced the schedule for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry Assembly elections. While 294 Assembly seats are slated to go to polls in West Bengal, 234 seats are up for grabs in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry.

While West Bengal will go to polls in eight phases, Assam will see three-phase voting starting March 27. Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held on April 6.

During the press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that a total of 824 assembly constituencies will be going for polls during the upcoming elections. "As many as 18.68 crore electors will cast vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry," Arora said.

In West Bengal, a party has to get 148 to attain the majority. Earlier, the election was held between April 4 and May 5 in 2016, where the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee was re-elected in Vidhan Sabha.

In Kerlala, a party has to bag 71 seats to form a government. In 2016, the election was held on May 16, where the Left Democratic Front (LDF), led by CPI(M) won the election, and on May 25, Pinarayi Vijayan was sworn in as the chief minister of the state.

Assam Assembly comprises 126 seats. A party has to garner 64 of them to get a majority. Earlier, the Assam Assembly election was held between April 4-11 in 2016, where Sarbananda Sonowal led-BJP was able to overthrow Congress party under Tarun Gogoi in the state.

Tamil Nadu elections will be held for 234 seats. The term limits of the fifteenth Tamil Nadu legislative assembly will end on May 24, 2021.

Puducherry is currently under the President's rule.

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Tamil Nadu election: Will start the election campaigning on March 3, says Kamal Haasan

I will start the election campaigning on March 3rd. I will speak about alliances once it is finalised. Party will announce the first list of candidates on March 7th: Kamal Haasan, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief

Tamil Nadu election 2021: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives in Thoothukudi

West Bengal: BJP office in Baranagar area of North 24 Parganas district vandalised

West Bengal: BJP office in Baranagar area of North 24 Parganas district was vandalised last night. BJP alleges TMC's role behind this. One of the miscreants was beaten up by BJP supporters, later rescued by Police & taken to Police station. A Police complaint lodged by BJP.

Tamil Nadu election 2021: BJP, AIADMK duscuss seat-sharing for the state assembly polls

Tamil Nadu: MoS MHA & BJP's state election in-charge G Kishan Reddy and state BJP chief L Murugan met CM Edappadi K Palaniswami & Deputy CM O Panneerselvam at their respective residences today & discussed seat-sharing for the state assembly polls.

5 assembly polls to begin Mar 27, WB to have 8 phases, counting on May 2

Voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27, with West Bengal hosting eight phases over a month, while votes in the four states and one union territory will be counted on May 2, the Election Commission said on Friday.
 
As many as 18.68 crore voters will be eligible to cast their votes at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 assembly seats across Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. Read on...

EC has tried to help BJP: Cong leader on eight-phase polls in West Bengal

With the Election Commission (EC) announcing eight-phase Assembly polls in West Bengal, senior Congress leader Tariq Anwar alleged on Friday that the poll panel has tried to help the BJP.

 
Voting for the Assembly polls in four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry will begin on March 27, with West Bengal to witness the maximum of eight phases of polling continuing till April 29, the EC announced on Friday. Counting of votes for the four states and Puducherry will be taken up on May 2. Read more

Ahead of polls, Tamil Nadu provides 10.5% sub-quota for most backward Vanniyar community

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Friday passed a bill providing internal reservation of 10.5 per cent for Vanniyars, a most backward community in government jobs and in admission to educational institutions.
 
The sub-quota move follows agitations by the Pattali Makkal Katchi, an ally of the ruling AIADMK, demanding quota for Vanniyars and more than ten rounds of talks between the government and the party representatives since December last.
 
The bill, piloted by Chief Minister K Palaniswami, was passed, shortly before the Election Commission announced the schedule for the assembly elections in the state.

5 assembly polls to begin Mar 27, West Bengal to have eight phases, counting on May 2

Voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27, with West Bengal conducting the maximum eight phases continuing till April 29, and votes for the polls in the four states and one union territory will be counted on May 2, the Election Commission said on Friday.
 
As many as 18.68 crore voters will be eligible to cast their votes at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 assembly seats across Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. READ MORE...
 

Gujarat local bodies polls: Campaigning ends, voting on Feb 28

Campaigning for polls to various local bodies of Gujarat ended on Friday evening with voting scheduled for February 28. Counting of votes for elections to 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats will take place on March 2, a release by the State Election Commission said.
 
While the BJP is riding high after winning all six civic corporation polls held recently, the Congress believes the hike in fuel prices and public disenchantment with the ruling party will turn the tide.
 
On the last day of campaigning, Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil led a road show in Navsari, while Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Paresh Dhanani, took part in a motorcycle rally in Amreli.

Puducherry election 2021 on April 6, result on May 2; All you need to know

Puducherry Assembly election will be held in a single phase on April 6, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday. Puducherry election result will be declared on May 2.
 
 
-Date of issue of gazette notification: March 12
 
-Last date of nomination: March 19
 
-Scrutiny of nomination: March 20
 
-Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 22
 
-Dates of polling: April 6
 
-Date of counting: May 2

'Are Bengal poll dates announced as per suggestions of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah?' asks Mamata Banerjee

Tamil Nadu election 2021 on April 6, result on May 2; know full schedule

Tamil Nadu Assembly election will be held in a single phase on April 6, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday. Tamil Nadu election result will be declared on May 2. The term of the state's 15th legislative assembly will end on May 24, 2021. Voting to take place for 234 seats in Tamil Nadu.
 
Since 1967, Tamil Nadu has been ruled by either the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) or the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Although both the parties have fought Assembly elections in alliance with other parties, the alliance parties were not part of the state government. Since then, everal new parties and third fronts have emerged, claiming to be a credible alternative to these parties.

West Bengal election 2021 in 8 phases from March 27; counting on May 2

West Bengal Assembly election will be held in eight phases from March 27, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday. West Bengal election result will be declared on May 2. The ruling Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee has pitched this election as a contest between the people of Bengal and ‘outsiders’. Meanwhile, political pundits expect Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s meteoric rise in the state. However, it is yet to be seen what role the Left-Congress-Indian Secular Forum play in terms of bagging a share of the votes.
 

Centre can't misuse their powers for a State election: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

LIVE: Mamata questions rationale behind 8-phase assembly polls in West Bengal

West Bengal election 2021 LIVE: Polling in 8 phases from March 27

West Bengal election 2021: Full schedule

1st phase: March 27
2nd phase: April 1
3rd phase: April 6
4th phase: April 10
5th phase: April 17
6th phase: April 22
7th phase: April 26
8th phase: April 29
Counting on May 2

Puducherry election 2021: Election will be held in a single phase; Know the full schedule

Puducherry election 2021: Full schedule

-Date of issue of gazette notification: March 12
 
-Last date of nomination: March 19
 
-Scrutiny of nomination: March 20
 
-Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 22
 
-Dates of polling: April 6
 
-Date of counting: May 2

Tamil Nadu election 2021: Election will be held in a single phase; Know the full schedule

The election for  234 seats in Tamil Nadu will be held in a single phase.

Tamil Nadu election 2021: Full schedule
 
-Date of issue of gazette notification: March 12
-Last date of nomination: March 19
-Scrutiny of nomination: March 20
-Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 22 
-Dates of polling: April 6
-Date of counting: May 2

Kerala election 2021: Election will be held in a single phase; Know the full schedule

Here's the election schedule for the state of Kerala:

-Date of issue of gazette notification: March 12
-Scrutiny of nomination: March 20
-Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 22
-Dates of polling: April 6
-Date of counting: May 2

Assam election 2021: Assam phase 1 on March 27, counting on May 2, says EC

Assam election 2021: Assam phase 1 on March 27, counting on May 2, says EC

Kerala election 2021 on April 6, says ECI

Kerala election 2021 on April 6, says ECI

Model Code of Conduct to come into force immediately: Sunil Arora

Model Code of Conduct to come into force immediately after the announcement of the election dates: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner

Assam Election 2021: Polling to be held in 3 phases

Assam Election 2021: Polling to be held in 3 phases

Polling booths to be equipped with sanitizers, soaps, water: CEC Sunil Arora

Polling booths to be equipped with sanitizers, soaps, water: CEC

This will be my last press conference as chief election commissioner, says Sunil Arora

This will be my last press conference as chief election commissioner, says Sunil Arora

Election FAQ: What is the Model Code of Conduct?

The Model Code of Conduct (MCC for short) is a set of rules put in force by the Election Commission of India to guarantee free and fair elections. It is a set of norms which has been evolved with the consensus of political parties who have consented to abide by the principles embodied in the said code and also binds them to respect and observe it in its letter and spirit.

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: Arrangements to be in place for candidates to file nominations online

Arrangements to be in place for candidates to file nominations online for five assembly polls, voting to be allowed for extra one hour: EC

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: Polling time extended by an hour

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: Polling time extended by an hour

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: Polling time extended by an hour

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: Polling time extended by an hour

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: Adequate CAPFs deployment shall be ensured during elections

Adequate CAPFs deployment shall be ensured during elections. All critical, vulnerable polling stations identified and an adequate number of CAPFs will be deployed: Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner

Assembly election 2021 LIVE updates: Term of Assemblies are as follows

Term of Assam assembly up to May 31, no. of assembly seats 126, SC-8, ST-16; Term of Tamil Nadu- May 24, no. of seats 234, SC-44, ST -2; Term of West Bengal assembly till May 30, seats 294, SC-68, ST-16; Kerala assembly-1 June, seats-140, SC- 14, ST-2; Puducherry seats-30 SC-5, ST-nil: CEC Sunil Arora

Special Central Observers to be deployed for keeping a track on expenses: CEC Sunil Arora

Special Central Observers to be deployed for keeping a track on expenses: CEC Sunil Arora on Assembly elections 2021

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: Web casting, CCTV, videography of voting to be done, says Sunil Arora

Web casting, CCTV, videography of voting to be done, says Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: Door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to five persons including candidate

Door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to five persons including candidate, road shows can be held: EC on five upcoming assembly polls

Nearly 18.68 cr electors to vote at 270,000 polling stations for 824 seats in 4 assembly elections

Nearly 18.68 cr electors to vote at 270,000 polling stations for 824 seats in 4 assembly elections: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.

Assembly elections 2021 LIVE: Special Central Observers to be deployed, says CEC

Special Central Observers to be deployed for keeping a track on expenses: CEC

Voting to take place for 126 seats in Assam, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 294 in Bengal, 140 in Kerala, 30 in Puducherry

Voting to take place for 126 seats in Assam, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 294 in West Bengal, 140 in Kerala, 30 in Puducherry: Election Commission

Postal ballots facility has been extended as an option for senior citizens, employees of essential services

Assembly elections 2021 LIVE: Postal ballots facility has been extended as an option for very senior citizens, employees of essential services, says Sunil Arora

State elections 2021 LIVE: States can make local variations in the guidelines, says ECI

States can make local variations in the Covid-19 guidelines of Election Commission, says Sunil Arora, CEC

Poll workers have been declared frontline workers

Poll workers have been declared frontline workers

Assembly elections 2021 LIVE: All poll officers to be vaccinated, says Sunil Arora

Assembly elections 2021 LIVE: All poll officers to be vaccinated, says Sunil Arora

Assembly elections 2021 LIVE: Maximum 1000 voters per polling boot

Maximum 1000 voters allowed per polling booth, says CEC Sunil Arora

ECI pays tribute to Covid warriors

Our tributes to the Covid warriors, doctors, paramedics, nurses, researchers, scientists and all our officials on election duty who are located on the frontline: Sunil Arora Chief Election Commissioner of India
 

State elections 2021 LIVE: Total of 824 Assembly Constituencies going to polls

Total of 824 Assembly Constituencies going to polls in five states: Sunil Arora

Elections in Bihar amid pandemic was 'watershed moment'

"In the thick of the pandemic, ECI started test trials with elections to 18 seats to Rajya Sabha. After that, came the challenge of the Bihar elections, it was indeed a watershed moment for ECI. It proved to be a litmus test," Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner. 

CEC Sunil Arora says EC team has visited Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry

CEC Sunil Arora said that Election Commission team has visited Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry to review poll preparedness

State elections 2021 LIVE: Polling likely to conclude before CBSE exams

State elections 2021 LIVE: Polling likely to conclude before CBSE exams

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: CEC Sunil Arora says Bihar election was a litmus test for ECI

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE: CEC Sunil Arora says Bihar election was a litmus test for ECI. 

Election Commission of India announces poll schedule for 4 states and one Union Territory

Election Commission of India announces poll schedule for 4 states (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam) and one Union Territory (Puducherry). 

 

Assembly Elections 2021 dates LIVE: ECI presser begins

Assembly Elections 2021 dates LIVE: ECI presser begins. Chief election Commissioner Sunil Arora is addressing the media.

Election 2021 schedule LIVE updates: ECI presser to begin shortly

Election 2021 schedule LIVE updates: Election Commission presser shortly to announce poll dates for Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry.

Ahead of assembly polls Tamil Nadu CM waives loans taken by poor, SHGs

It is loan waiver season in Tamil Nadu ahead of the assembly polls. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday announced in the state assembly the waiving of loans taken by pledging ornaments by the poor and farm labourers and women self help groups from cooperative societies and cooperative banks.
 
Palaniswami said poor people and farm labourers are finding it difficult to pay back these loans taken to tide over their financial difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic period.
 
He said in order to help them out the government has decided to write off loans taken by pledging up to six sovereigns by poor and farm labourers from cooperative societies. Similarly, in order to help the women self help groups who are finding it difficult to pay back their loans taken from cooperative banks and cooperative societies, the government has decided to waive their loans, Palaniswami said.

Don't know if Mamata allowed opening of Jan Dhan accounts in West Bengal: Rajnath Singh

ECI to announce schedule for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry Assembly polls at 4:30 pm

The Election Commission of India is set to announce the schedule for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry Assembly elections today. While 294 Assembly seats are slated to go to polls in West Bengal, 234 seats are up for grabs in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry.
 

West Bengal people have made up their minds to oust Mamata didi and bring BJP: Rajnath Singh in Balurghat

Arvind Kejriwal holds a roadshow in Surat after AAP's performance in Gujarat local body polls

Arvind Kejriwal in Surat, discusses Assembly polls with local leaders

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reached Gujarat's Surat city on Friday to participate in a roadshow organised by the state party unit.
 
Scores of AAP leaders and workers welcomed Kejriwal at Surat airport. An AAP leader in Gujarat told IANS that from the airport the Delhi Chief Minister went to a government guest house.
 
"He met party leaders and workers and congratulated those who won municipal elections. A series of meetings are scheduled for today as every parry worker is enthusiastic and wants to meet him. He also reviewed the party's plans for the upcoming panchayat elections that will take place on February 28. A meeting is also scheduled to discuss strategies regarding preparations for state Assembly elections," said the AAP leader.

From Tumpa song to flash mobs, Left goes for a revamp in West Bengal

Comebacks in politics are not uncommon.
 
Winston Churchill’s Conservative Party lost the UK election in 1945 in a landslide, but came back with a narrow victory in 1951. Closer home, Indira Gandhi was virtually written off, after the Janata alliance crushed the Congress in 1977 due to excesses during the Emergency, but swept back to power in less than three years. In recent times, the resurrection of Mamata Banerjee’s political career in 2011 is the most successful comeback that Bengal has seen.
 
The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front, too, is working on a comeback script in the state. But the question is, can it do a Mamata? READ MORE...

 

Violence has defined the reign of Mamata Banerjee: Smriti Irani in Panchpota

This time, Lotus will blossom in West Bengal: Union Minister Smriti Irani in Panchpota

ECI will announce schedule for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry Assembly elections today

Election CommissionOf India (ECI) will​ announce the schedule for holding General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal today at 4:30 pm.

Ahead of poll dates announcement, Kerala parties exude confidence

The news that the Election Commission of India would be announcing the poll schedule on Friday has warmed up the traditional rival fronts in Kerala, who said that they are well on the course of winning the Assembly polls. Kerala has 140 Assembly seats, IANS reported.
 
The ruling CPI(M)-led Left Front after keeping a winning record in the December local body polls is nurturing high hopes of creating an electoral history by becoming the first government in the state to retain power.
 
The poll date will be announced when its' two political Yatras will end in two places and CPI(M) central committee member M.V. Govindan said they are confident of winning the polls .

Union Minister Smriti Irani rides a scooty during a roadshow of BJP in West Bengal

Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party announces six candidates for MLC polls

The ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) has announced six candidates for the forthcoming MLC elections under the MLA quota.
 
C Ramachandraiah, Mohammed Iqbal, Karimunnisa, Duvvada Srinivas, Challa Bhageedhara Reddy and Balli Kalyan Chakravarthy are the six nominees.
 
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy confirmed these candidates, said Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, political affairs adviser to the state government while announcing their names.

Puducherry election 2021: President's Rule imposed in the UT, Assembly under suspended animation

In Puducherry, President's Rule has been imposed and the assembly kept under suspended animation after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government resigned earlier this week ahead of a vote of confidence.

Election are due in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry

Election are due in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry

Assembly Election 2021 dates: ECI to hold a press conference at 4:30 pm today

Assembly Election 2021 dates: ECI to hold a press conference at 4:30 pm today

ECI to announce the schedule for Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry

Election Commission of India to announce the schedule for Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry.

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