What led to the Congress-led Puducherry govt's fall ahead of Assembly elections in the Union Territory? A big factor happens to be the former LG and celebrated top cop Kiran Bedi who was unceremoniously removed by the BJP. And also BJP's own ambitions to gain a foothold in the union territory that has been a Congress stronghold. We explain.
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Tamilisai Soundararajan was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, besides her existing charge as Telangana Governor. CM V Narayanasamy was also present at the ceremony. Kiran Bedi was recently removed as the Lt Governor of Puducherry. Removal of Bedi came ahead of Puducherry Assembly polls.
Kiran Bedi has been removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy has welcomed the decision and said this was the victory of the people. He said that Bedi had constantly interfered in the working of the government and blocked several welfare schemes. Narayanasamy added that Bedi’s removal came after several protests against her style of functioning. Meanwhile, Bedi posted a message on Twitter thanking the Central government and added that all she did was her sacred duty. This comes as the Congress government is now facing a battle for survival in the state after the resignation of four MLAs. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Telangana Governor and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan cast her vote at a polling station in Virugambakkam in Chennai on April 06. Congress leader Karti Chidambaram also cast his vote at polling booth number 276 in Tiruppathur in Sivaganga district. 234 seats are undergoing voting in the state today.
The voting for Assembly elections is underway in Puducherry on April 06. All India NR Congress chief N Rangaswamy visited Appa Paithiyam Swamy Temple and offered prayers today. Then, he cast his vote at Govt Boys Middle School in Thilaspet. Rangaswamy is contesting Puducherry elections from Thattanchavady and Yanam constituencies. Meanwhile, BJP Puducherry president V Saminathan exercised his right to vote today. He is candidate from Lawspet constituency. 30 constituencies are undergoing voting to choose 15th Puducherry Assembly today.
Strict restrictions will be implemented in Maharashtra from April 14 8pm due to surge in COVID-19 cases. State DGP, Sanjay Pandey in a press conference, informed that if anyone has any emergency, they will be allowed movement. "Shops selling essential items and public transport will remain operational. There is no provision of movement passes this time. We have given instruction to all our units that if anyone has an emergency they should be allowed movement," said Maharashtra DGP.
Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela on April 12. COVID protocols were flouted as devotees performed the rituals. Appreciating the efforts of police, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that as it was a peak day therefore, it was hard to make people follow it. DGP Ashok Kumar said, "Maha Kumbh has been challenging for the country, Uttarakhand Police is comparatively small in strength but Maha Kumbh takes place on that very scale. It was a challenging day for us. The crowd is a little less due to COVID. We have tried our best that the behaviour is right and COVID protocols are followed. Today is a peak day so it is not possible to make them follow protocols. The footfall is 50% less than what we were expecting this year due to COVID pandemic." Uttarakhand has over 7,000 active cases in the state.
Uttarakhand Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar chaired review meeting with officials over 2021 Haridwar Kumbh Mela at Police HQ in Dehradun on February 19. State DGP discussed crowd control, transportation and police deployment with State officials in the meeting. While speaking to ANI, Kumar said, "Officials from border states and Central agencies met over arrangements related to Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 today. Issues of crowd management, law and order, transportation and COVID protocols discussed. No VIP movement will be allowed on main 'Kumbh Snan' Day." The grand Kumbh Mela will start from April 01 to April 30 in Haridwar.
Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava urged Delhiites to follow the restrictions imposed by the Union Territory Government for their own betterment. "We are responsible for the current situation, everybody knows about COVID appropriate behavior, if situation like this arise than people are also responsible for it," said Shrivastava. The Delhi Police Commissioner added that self-isolation is the best possible solution against COVID-19. "I urge everyone to avoid themselves from uneven movements and social gathering," he said. Delhi reported over 16,000 COVID-19 cases on April 15.
After Delhi government announced 'weekend curfew' in national capital amid surge in COVID-19 cases, the delhiites on April 15, welcomed the Union Territory govt's decision. Delhi has reported 16,699 fresh COVID-19 infections on April 15. As per the new guidelines applicable till April 30, or till further order, all shopping malls, gymnasiums, spas, auditoriums, assembly halls, entertainment parks and similar places will be closed.
Halfway through the West Bengal Assembly polls, the Election Commission of India has got a new chief. On April 13, Sushil Chandra took charge as the 24th CEC, succeeding Sunil Arora. On the latter's last day in office, the EC barred Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours. Chandra became an Election Commissioner in 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. He will now oversee voting in the remaining 4 phases in Bengal, as well as declaration of results of elections in 4 states and 1 Union Territory. Watch the full video for more.
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External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar met Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France in New Delhi on April 13. Le Drian is on a three-day visit to India from April 13-15. It will be the first high-level physical interaction between India and France since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indo-Pacific will be the key focus of discussions between the two ministers. During his visit, the French Foreign Minister will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India and France enjoy a strategic partnership since 1998 which has been marked by regular high-level exchanges and growing cooperation in diverse areas. Watch the full video for more.
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