President Kovind, PM Modi paid homage to BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. PM Modi paid his tribute to Ambedkar while addressing the Association of Indian Universities. He also took to twitter saying Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India. VP Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Ambedkar at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to the Father of Indian Constitution. BSP supremo Mayawati remembered Ambedkar's legacy on his birth anniversary. DMK chief MK Stalin paid a floral tribute to BR Ambedkar at Koyambedu in Chennai. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on 14 April, 1891 in Mhow of Madhya Pradesh. Termed as the father of Indian constitution, he always worked for the welfare of deprived people. Ambedkar was conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990.
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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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The Election Commission of India imposed a ban on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for 24 hours from campaigning in any manner from 8 pm of April 12 till 8 pm of April 13. The ban came over her communal remarks during a speech. ECI also responded to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's reply over her appeal for votes along communal lines and said, "It is self-evident from the perusal of all reports that allegations mentioned in your hand-written note are factually incorrect, without any empirical evidence whatsoever and devoid of substance." However, Mamata Banerjee announced protest against EC's decision. She will sit on 'dharna' tomorrow from 12 noon at Gandhi Murti in Kolkata.
In a shocking incident, the EVMs and VVPATs were found at the residence of a TMC leader in Uluberia at Howrah district of West Bengal amid Assembly elections. According to Election Commission of India (ECI), "The Sector Officer has been suspended in the matter. It was a reserved EVM that has been removed from the election process and severe action will be taken against all involved. ECI stated, "Tapan Sarkar, sector officer of Sector 17 in AC 177 Uluberia Uttar at Howrah district, went with Reserve EVM and slept at a relative's house. This is a gross violation of EC's instructions for which he has been suspended and charges will be framed for major punishment. The Sector Police attached to Sector Officer has also been directed to be suspended. The said EVM and VVPAT have been taken out of the stock and shall not be used in the polls. General Observer Neeraj Pawan has checked the intactness of all seals. These EVMs have now been stored in a separate room in Observer's custody."
A BJP delegation including party's general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya met Chief Election Commissioner of India (ECI), Sunil Arora on March 04. Speaking on the meeting, Vijayvargiya said, "In Hubli, Mamata Banerjee said that we will play. What does 'play' means? It means occupying the polling booth, intimidating voters and no fair elections. TMC wants to try to 'play' all this and keeping this in mind, we have informed the Election Commissioner about all the information...They are also violating code of conduct of elections." West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in 8 phases, from March 27 to April 29, 2021.
Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora, on February 26 informed that Assam assembly elections will be held in 3 phases starting from 27 March, second phase polling on 01 April and the last round taking place on 06 April, with the results being declared on 02 May.
Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sunil Arora informed that Kerala goes to polls on 06 April in single phase and the counting of votes will be held on 02 May. "The date of issuing the notification is 12th March, scrutiny of nomination is 20th March and last date of withdrawal of candidature is 22 March," he said.
President Ram Nath Kovind paid tribute to father of nation at Raj Ghat on his death anniversary on January 30. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Leaders present there..