Amid West Bengal polls, a TMC delegation will meet the Election Commission to highlight that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are "creating differences"among people of different caste and creed. TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee said, "We are going to highlight that PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are creating differences among people of different caste and creed. They are making provocative statements. We're also condemning PM Modi's way of delivering speech. It is below the standard of a Prime Minister. It is very unfortunate that Election Commission has not taken any cognizance of it till now."
Ahead of fifth phase of West Bengal polls, Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah held a massive roadshow in Islampur of Uttar Dinajpur on April 13. Score of BJP supporters and workers were present during the roadshow. However, social distancing norms were disappeared and many were seen without masks. The 5th phase of Bengal elections are secluded to be held on April 17.
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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DMK chief MK Stalin paid floral tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary at Koyambedu in Chennai on April 14. Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, was conferred with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award in 1990.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP K Kanimozhi, who has tested positive for COVID-19, on Tuesday cast her vote for the Tamil Nadu assembly elections while wearing a Personal protective equipment (PPE) kit. The DMK leader voted at a polling station in Mylapore. "I tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, I was advised to isolate. Have been receiving medical care in a hospital. I thank all those who have sent me messages and expressed concern for my well-being," the DMK leader had tweeted on Monday. Tamil Nadu went to polls on Tuesday in a single phase and recorded a voter turnout of 67.64 per cent. Watch the full video for more details.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a pot shot at BJP by saying that wherever the party and its ideologue RSS go, hatred starts to intensify there. He said, "People of Assam say their history and culture are being attacked. Tamil Nadu and Bengal are facing the same thing." The fifth phase of assembly polls will be held in West Bengal on April 17.
On the auspicious festival of Vishu, devotees offered prayers at Pazhavangadi Ganapathi Temple in Thiruvananthapuram on April 14. Festival celebrates harvest and marks the beginning of Malayalam year. Vishu is dominantly celebrated in states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
A closed circuit television camera captured a policeman thrashing staff and patrons at an eatery in Tamil Nadu on April 11. The incident reportedly occurred near Gandhipuram bus stand. The cop was seen hitting people with his cane. Reports suggested that the eatery was violating restrictions amid Covid-19 surge. Watch the full video for more.
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A police inspector thrashed passengers while they were eating food after 10 pm at a food stall in Coimbatore Gandhipuram bus stand. The incident got captured in CCTV. In the view of the rising COVID-19 cases, night curfew has been imposed in Tamil Nadu starting from 10 pm to 5 am. The step has been taken to mitigate the spread of contagious disease.
DMK president MK Stalin cast his vote at polling booth in Siet College in Chennai on April 6. He was accompanied by wife Durga Stalin and son Udhay Stalin. Elections are being conducted on all 234 seats in Tamil Nadu in single phase. The counting of votes and the declaration of results will be done on May 2.
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DMK chief MK Stalin had large shoes to fill after his father M Karunanidhi's death. He had taken the reins of the party even when his father's health condition was failing. Now, the DMK's future rests on his shoulder alone. We take a look at his life and political journey as Tamil Nadu heads to election in April.
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Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has allotted six seats to its ally Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) to contest in upcoming assembly elections. Thirumavalavan said, "It is important to go along with Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in this assembly polls as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are targeting Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the absence of Kalaignar and Jayalalithaa. We won't allow them to come to power and develop here. We shouldn't break DMK led alliance." "We have signed for 6 seats with DMK today," VCK chief added. Tamil Nadu will go to polls on April 6.
President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), MK Stalin on his 68th birthday, paid floral tribute to his father and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M Karunanidhi at his memorial in Chennai on March 01. Stalin also paid tribute to DMK founder CN Annadurai in Chennai today.
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh attacked West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over her dharna against EC's campaign ban. Ghosh blamed the Bengal CM for deaths in Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of polling. “She (Mamata) is targeting the Election Commission and giving direction to loot EVMs. Mamata Banerjee is completely responsible for the deaths (in Sitalkuchi). She is not following the decision taken by EC and is sitting on dharna. She, who protests against SC and the Constitution, will never follow law,” said Ghosh. Mamata is sitting on dharna next to a Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Kolkata's Mayo road. EC imposed a 24-hour ban on the TMC supremo from campaigning in any manner. Ban has been imposed over Mamata's remarks against the central forces. Meanwhile, EC also issued a notice to Ghosh for his remarks on the Sitalkuchi incident.
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Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi will visit Bangladesh on Mar 26. He'll be on two day visit to the neighbouring country. During his visit, he will be inaugurating Bapu Bangabandhu Digital Video Exhibition in Dhaka. High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, Vikram Doraiswami said, "It is celebration of 50 years bilateral relationship of India and Bangladesh. Bapu Bangabandhu was the younger contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi. It's been years since any Indian Prime Minister visited Bangladesh. The idea is to showcase the connectedness between our two cultures and histories. This is the first time any Indian dignitary to actually pay personal tribute to Bangabandhu at his Samadhi."
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar responded to alleged racism charges in the UK during the Rajya Sabha session on Monday. Jaishankar was responding to a question raised by BJP MP Ashwini Vaishnav. Jaishankar said that the issue will be taken up with the UK when required. "As a friend of the UK, we also have concerns about its reputational impact," Jaishankar said. "What I do want to say is that we have strong ties with the UK (and) we will take up such matters with great candour when required," he said. "I do want to say that as a land of Mahatma Gandhi, we can never ever turn our eyes away from racism wherever it is. Particularly so when it is in a country where we have such a large diaspora," he added. Watch the full video for more details.
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Actor Anupam Kher attended an event organised to mark the launch of MK Gandhi's iconic march to Dandi in 1930 to symbolically break the malicious salt law imposed by the British. Kher said that it was a day to thank the lakhs of people who had made the ultimate sacrifice to liberate India. The actor warned that freedom, won after such hardships, shouldn't be taken for granted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also graced the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'. Watch the full video for more.
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Ahead of assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, political parties have been actively campaigning in the state. Taking a jibe at Sonia Gandhi and MK Stalin, Home Minister Amit Shah during his rally in Villipuram said that Sonia Gandhi is worried to make Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister while MK Stalin is worried to make Udhayanidhi the Chief Minister. "On one side, there's AIADMK and NDA thinking about welfare of the poor while DMK and Congress on the other end are corrupt and follow politics of divide and rule," Amit Shah added.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a road show in West Bengal's Siliguri on April 12 ahead of fifth phase of assembly elections. With no social distancing, a large number of supporters came for Shah's..