As five states of India is undergoing assembly elections, BJP chief JP Nadda said the party is confident of gaining power. He added that signals from West Bengal clearly states that BJP is walking towards victory. "In Tamil Nadu, under the leadership of AIADMK we are forming the government. The signals in the two phases of West Bengal clearly have shown that BJP is heading towards victory," said BJP's JP Nadda in Chennai. He added, "In Assam, we are retaining the government of NDA along with UPPL and AGP. In Puducherry also we are making a clear way of formation of the government. In Kerala, we will be a formidable force."
Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on April 03 held a roadshow in Bodinayakanur in Theni district. Panneerselvam offered prayers at a temple before the roadshow. Large number of people turned up to support AIADMK. Elections in Tamil Nadu for 234 seats will be held on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday attacked the DMK-Congress combine over "corruption and dynasty" and said only the AIADMK-BJP alliance can "protect" those who believe in the culture of Tamil Nadu. "Only the AIADMK-BJP alliance can protect Tamil Nadu's fishermen, unemployed youth, women, and all those having faith in Tamil Nadu's culture," he said in Chennai. Watch the full video for more details.
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Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth casts his vote in Chennai as polling underway in Tamil Nadu. Rajinikanth was seen at a polling booth in Stella Maris College. Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan, who is contesting from the Coimbatore South assembly constituency, also cast his vote. The MNM chief's daughters actors Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan also exercised their votes. Former Union Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram cast his vote in Tamil Nadu’s Kandanur. Polling across 234 assembly constituencies in 38 districts of Tamil Nadu is underway in the state. A total of 3,998 candidates are in the poll fray. In order to combat the Covid-19 spread, the number of polling stations has been increased to 88,937. Watch the full video for more.
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DMK president MK Stalin cast his vote at polling booth in Siet College in Chennai on April 06. 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 02.
Ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin held a massive roadshow in Perambalur on April 01. Scores of people and workers joined roadshow to get glimpse of their favourite politician. However, nobody was bothered about the persisting pandemic. Social distancing norms and other COVID guidelines were flouted. State Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in April 06.
Former Maharashtra chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis lambasted on Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi and said that the Congress and Gandhi family want to create an atmosphere of negativity. He also asked Priyanka Gandhi that if she ever discussed COVID related issues with government in Maharashtra where 38 to 40% of total COVID deaths are in Congress ruled Maharashtra.
BJP and Congress are involved in a fierce war of words over the Covid situation in the country. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi said that the Prime Minister should understand that constructive criticism is good in a democracy and urged him to listen to suggestions being given by opposition leaders. Priyanka said that opposition is giving suggestions as there are certain things that the government has not done and it is their duty to bring it to light. BJP leader Sambit Patra hit back saying that the Gandhis are trying to play politics over the issue. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Former Maharashtra chief minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, on April 21, said that Nashik oxygen tranker gas leak is 'terrible' and demanded detailed inquiry in the incident. "What happened in Nashik is terrible. It's being said that 11 people have died which is very disturbing. I demand that the other patients be helped and shifted if needed. We demand a detailed inquiry," said Fadnavis.
Singur, once the hotbed of political dynamics in West Bengal now bears the melancholy of farmers who ended up being in a Catch-22 situation. Even after getting back their land after Tata Motors' exit, Singur farmers stand clueless as land is turning barren. They are looking forward to getting a solution between industry and agriculture. Even after a decade has passed since the project was suspended, leaving 997.11 acres barren in Singur, the area is still known as 'Tata Nano factory'. It consists of three panchayats namely Kejidi, Gopalnogor and Beraberi. Now farmers carry out potato farming in some portions of this land in small quantity. The protest commenced due to forced land acquisition by the then Left Front government for building Tata Motors car industry. The stir of 2006 in Singur soon turned into a historic anti-land acquisition movement by the farmers that received foremost support from Trinamool Congress and later by other political parties and intellectuals crossing state as well as international borders. The movement ended in 2011. Singur anti-land acquisition movement is one of two major movements that propelled Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to dethrone the 34 years old mighty Left Front rule from Bengal. The other movement that was instrumental to pave the way for the TMC government was the 2007 Nandigram agitation. The snatched land was given back to the farmers legally in 2016 after Supreme Court's verdict. However, the major concern of farmers now remains how to make the land cultivable. Probir Patro, one of the many whose land was snatched during the agitation received it back after SC's order in 2016, however, he is in a 'Catch 22' situation now. Despite having their own land the farmers cultivate on other's land for livelihood. Along with this another section of farmers coexist in Singur who calls themselves 'farmers of yesteryears' and currently have settled for other means of livelihood, through which they somehow manage to earn their day-to-day meal. Against the two heavyweights, CPI(M) has fielded 28-year-old Srijan Bhattacharya as its candidate from Singur. The candidates here have vowed for industrialisation, development as well as agriculture while addressing their public meetings.
A TMC candidate from West Bengal's Cooch Behar was allegedly attacked by BJP workers. The incident took place on Thursday while he was returning from an election campaign, Girindra Nath Barma, TMC candidate from Mathabhanga seat, sustained head injuries. TMC workers protested in front of SDO office and demanded EC's action against it. TMC took to twitter and lashed out at BJP over the incident. Polling for Mathabhanga will be held on Saturday in the fourth phase of elections. BJP has fielded Sushil Barman against TMC's Barman and CPIM's Ashok Barman. The eight-phase polling in West Bengal will conclude on April 29, results on May 2.
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An LDF supporter arrived at a polling booth in Pinarayi in Kannur to cast his vote. He donned red hoodies and red colour traditional dhoti. He shaved CPI (M) party logo on his head. Total of 2.74 crore voters are exercising their franchise to decide fate of 957 candidates. Kerala votes in a single-phase today with results scheduled to be announced on May 02.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers agitated at Ghatal during 2nd phase of West Bengal Assembly elections on April 01. They alleged that they were being stopped by TMC workers as they were on their way to cast their vote. Later, the security forces reached the spot and removed the road blockade. The eight-phase West Bengal polls will conclude on April 29.
As COVID cases are on uphill across country, several states have announced night curfew and partial lockdown. Police officials were on strict vigil in Kochi amid 2-week night curfew in the state. The decision was taken by a core committee of COVID-19 management headed, by the Kerala Chief Secretary, on April 19. Restaurants have been directed to restrict in-house dining to the barest minimum and focus on home deliveries and take-aways, which shall not be permitted beyond 9 pm. Tamil Nadu government has also implemented a partial lockdown between 10 pm and 4 am and full lockdown on Sundays. Shopping malls, eateries, vegetable and fruit shops, and other commercial establishments can allow only 50 per cent customers only till 9 pm.
Coronavirus cases continue to surge in the country. Amid COVID scare, Tamil Nadu government has intensified surveillance. On the orders of the District Collector, 29 monitoring teams have been set up to monitor Rameswaram. The team instructed locals about COVID SOPs and police kept a tab over the vehicular movement. Thermal screening of bus passengers were also done in the region. Tamil Nadu has 16,79,740 active cases as of now.
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli was at his hilarious best during the batting devastation caused by Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers against Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Maxwell smashed a brisk 78 off 49 (9 boundaries, 3 sixes) against Kolkata Knight Riders.
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A Chennai-based hospital invented unique way to diagnose COVID-19. With the help of NanoScience, KJ Hospital Research and Postgraduate Centre invented low-cost COVID detecting device. KJ COVID-19 tracker is a small equipment which resembles a normal human hand. It detects millivolt electricity when a person put his hand on the device. The whole process takes 3-7 seconds only. The overall efficiency rate of the KJ COVID -19 tracker is 98.2%.
Tamil actor-comedian Vivek, who died on the morning of April 17 due to cardiac arrest, was accorded full state honours with 72 guns salute in Chennai. Large numbers of people were present at the crematorium to pay their last respect. He worked in more than 200 films and also received prestigious Padma Shri award. He died at the age of 59 in Chennai.
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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