Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Elections 2021

Kamal Haasan loses in Coimbatore South to BJP's Srinivasan

CHENNAI: Superstar and Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) founder, Kamal Haasan lost the Coimbatore South seat by a margin of 1,500 votes against BJP women's wing national President, Vanathi Srinivasan.

Mamata cancels all 'big rallies' in Kolkata amid Covid surge

KOLKATA: Considering the steep rise of Covid cases in the city, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has cancelled all 'big rallies' in Kolkata and has slashed the timing of the rallies in the districts.

Assam records over 82% turnout across three-phase poll

GUWAHATI: Over 82 per cent of the 2,33,74,087-strong electorate cast their votes in the three phase election to the 126-member Assam Assembly, officials said on Wednesday.

Assam minister Sarma barred from campaigning for 48 hrs: EC

NEW DELHI: Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sharma has been barred from campaigning for 48 hours from Friday for threatening opposition leader Hagrama Mohilary of the Bodoland People's Front, the Election Commission announced.

BJP to win 26 seats in Bengal, 37 in Assam in first phase: Shah

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the BJP would win 26 of the 30 seats in West Bengal and 37 of the 47 in Assam where polling was held on Saturday in the first phase of the Assembly polls.

Over 77 % turnout in first phase of Assam Assembly polls

GUWAHATI: Over 77 per cent of Assam's 8,109,815 voters cast their votes on Saturday in the first phase of the state's Assembly polls which were conducted in 47 of the 126 Assembly constituencies, election officials said.

Nearly 80% turnout in first phase of Bengal polls 

KOLKATA: Amid sporadic incidents of violence, an estimated 79.79 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 5.30 pm in the first phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal on Saturday, the Election Commission (EC) officials said here.

55.76% polling in Bengal in 8 hours amid skirmishes

KOLKATA: Eight hours after voting began for Assembly polls on Saturday, West Bengal seems to be showing an unprecedented enthusiasm for the electoral exercise, with around 55.76 per cent voter turnout already recorded in the first phase of polling.

Voting begins for 1st phase of Assam assembly polls

GUWAHATI: The voting for the first phase of Assam assembly elections began on Saturday morning amid tight security, an official said.
Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of the polling stations well before the voting for 47 of the total of 126 assembly seats opened at 7 a.m.

Election Commission launches three mobile apps- DC urges people to avail maximum benefits

KAPURTHALA: Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Deepti Uppal has asked the residents of the district to avail maximum of the three different app launched by the Election Commission of India for the convenience of the voters.

Sharad Pawar to campaign for Trinamool in Bengal

NEW DELHI: Despite being part of the Congress-Sena-NCP alliance in the Maharashtra government, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, who was named star campaigner in West Bengal from the MVA, Pawar will be campaigning for Trinamool Congress next week after Holi.

By-elections to 1 LS, 2 Assembly seats in K'taka notified

BENGALURU: The Election Commission notified by-elections to one Lok Sabha seat and two Assembly seats in Karnataka on April 17 to fill the vacancies, an official said on Tuesday.

ABP-C voter survey proves Aam Aadmi Party will form government in Punjab: Raghav Chadha

CHANDIGARH: Reacting to the public opinion to form the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab in the 2022 elections as per the survey conducted by ABP C-voters, AAP Punjab co-incharge Raghav Chadha said that the Aam Aadmi Party is the first choice of the people of Punjab, which the people see as the only credible alternative that can bring a real change.

Free and fair elections a distant reality in West Bengal, says Trinamool memorandum to EC

NEW DELHI: A delegation of Trinamool Congress leaders on Friday met the Election Commission and said that the "partisan and biased approach" of the poll panel has made "free, fair and transparent elections" in West Bengal a distant reality.

BJP's candidate selection goes awry, supporters stage protests in Bengal

KOLKATA: Barely a few weeks ahead of the crucial West Bengal assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s senior leadership is in a soup as the selection of a few candidates in first four phases went awfully wrong in some of the seats in Bengal.

Suvendu confident to defeat Mamata, urges people to have faith

KOLKATA: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari on Sunday challenged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that he would defeat the Trinamool Congress supremo in East Midnapore's Nandigram in the Assembly elections.

Mithun Chakraborty joins BJP rally in Kolkata

KOLKATA: National Award winning Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty on Sunday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s mega show at Kolkata's iconic brigade parade ground.

Observers will face action for laxity in duty : CEC

NEW DELHI: Ahead of Assembly elections in four states and a Union Territory in March-April, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Wednesday warned of strict action against the observers in case of "lax in performing duties".

Priyanka to begin Assam campaign from Monday

NEW DELHI: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be campaigning in Assam for two days from Monday where the Congress-led alliance is contesting against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

49% people in Kerala 'not satisfied' with Amit Shah's work, only 16.99 percent likes him: Survey

NEW DELHI: Almost half of a group of people in poll-bound Kerala expressed their dissatisfaction with the work of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the IANS C-Voter Opinion Poll survey said.

UPA may form govt in Tamil Nadu with 150+ seats win

NEW DELHI: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is likely to sweep the Tamil Nadu assembly with a projected win on 158 seats, which is a growth of 60 seats over what it won in 2016 assembly elections, whereas the vote share is also supposed to rise by 2 per cent, as per the IANS C-Voter Poll Survey.

TMC likely to get 156 seats in Bengal, BJP 100 out of 294 seats

NEW DELHI: It is a straight war between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP in West Bengal, which voted left parties to power, for many decades since independence. Though, it seems the TMC has a clear edge in this political fight, BJP is not far behind and likely to make a huge dent in the political equation of the state.

Punjab’s 38 IAS and 16 IPS officer appointed as Election Observers for poll-bound five states: CEO Dr. Raju

CHANDIGARH: Election Commission of india today appointed 38 IAS as general Observers and 16 IPS officer of Punjab as Police observers for poll bound five states Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Union Territory Puducherry.

Bengali film actress Payel Sarkar joins BJP

KOLKATA:Star wars continue in poll-bound West Bengal as the Mamata Banerjee-led ruling Trinamool Congress and its arch rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are busy roping in film stars and actors in their respective political folds ahead of the forthcoming state Assembly elections.

Coal scam case: CBI searches 13 locations in poll-bound Bengal

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Several teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday launched search operations at 13 locations in poll-bound West Bengal, including the premises of coal mafia Jaidev Mondal in an ongoing probe into the coal scam case involving the coal mafia Anup Majhi, who is still on the run, sources said.

Bypolls to 1 K'taka Legislative Council seat on March 15

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Thursday announced bypolls to one Karnataka Legislative Council seat on March 15.
The seat fell vacant after the death of Karnataka Legislative Council Deputy Chairperson S.L. Dharme Gowda (64), who was found dead near a railway track at Gunasagara in Kadur taluk in December last year.

Andhra govt petitions SC to defer Panchayat polls

AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh government has challenged the High Court's green signal to conduct rural local bodies elections through a special leave petition in the Supreme Court.

Tamil Nadu Assembly polls to miss star power this time

NEW DELHI: Once dominated by former matinee idols like late MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalitha or DMK's writer-politician M Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics is likely to miss the star power in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Karnataka: Voting underway for local body elections

BENGALURU: Amid fears of a second wave of Covid-19, polling was underway on Tuesday in the first phase of the two-phased Karnataka local body elections in 2,930 gram panchayats.

Karnataka set for gram panchayat elections on Dec 22

BENGALURU: Amid reports that a section of candidates was trying to get elected unopposed, the Karnataka State Election Commission notified that 1,17,383 candidates remained in the fray for the first phase of gram panchayat elections to be held on Tuesday.

J&K DDC final phase: 41% polling in 6 hours

JAMMU: The eighth and last phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a voter turnout of 40.91 per cent across 28 constituencies spread over different districts in six hours on Saturday, officials said.

J&K DDC polls: 26.07% votes polled in 4 hrs in last phase

JAMMU: The eighth and last phase of District Development Council (DDC) elections in J&K recorded a voter percentage of 26.07 per cent across across constituencies spread over different districts of Jammu & Kashmir in the first four hours of polling till 11 a.m. on Saturday, officials said.

K'taka SEC countermands 13 gram panchayat seats

BENGALURU: Taking a serious note of auctioning of gram panchayat seats that reported in few districts, Karnataka State Election Commission countermanded elections to 13 constituencies of Sindigeri gram panchayt in Kurgod Taluk of Ballari district on Friday.

Election Commission of Pak announces bypolls

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to immediately hold bypolls in eight constituencies of national and provincial assemblies, which have been pending in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

J&K DDC 7th phase polls: 47.43% votes cast in 6 hours

JAMMU:The seventh phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir recorded a voter percentage of 47.43 across constituencies spread over different districts of Jammu and Kashmir in the first six hours of polling till 1 p.m. on Wednesday.

Kerala civic polls: Voting underway in third phase

THIRUVANANTHPURAM:The third and final phase of the civic polls in Kerala began at 7 a.m. on Monday in the northern districts of Kerala.Malappurram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod districts go to the polls, while the other 10 districts had polls on December 8 and 10.

51.5% polling recorded in Phase 6 of DDC polls across J&K

JAMMU: The State Election Commissioner (SEC), K K Sharma on Sunday said that the people have once again reaffirmed their faith in democratic system by actively participating in the process underway to strengthen the same.

J&K DDC 5th phase polls: 43.27% polling in 6 hours

JAMMU:The fifth phase of the District Development Council (DDC)elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded a voter percentage of 43.27 across different constituencies spread over several districts till 1 p.m.

Kerala civic polls: 16% turnout in 2 hrs in Phase I

THIRUVANANTHPURAM:Over 16 per cent polling were recorded in the initial two hours in the first phase of elections to the local bodies in five districts of Kerala on Tuesday morning, amid fears in many quarters about the impact of Covid on voting percentage.

J&K DDC polls 4th Phase: 41.94% votes polled in 6 hours

JAMMU:The fourth phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded a voter percentage of 41.94 across the constituencies in several districts till 1 p.m.