BJP national president JP Nadda released party's manifesto for Assam polls in Guwahati on March 23. Union Agriculture Minister Jitendra Singh, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were also present. Assembly elections in Assam will be held in three phases beginning from March 27. Counting of votes and announcement of result will be done on May 02.
Ahead of Assam Assembly elections, BJP high command held a meeting at party president JP Nadda's residence on the morning of March 13. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Minister Jitendra Singh attended the meeting. Talking about the meeting, Assam BJP chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass informed that there will be a meeting of BJP parliamentary board at 5 pm. Ranjeet Kumar Dass said, "It was an informal meeting for the first phase of Assam elections, with Home Minister and BJP president. There will be a meeting of the parliamentary board at 5 pm, in the presence of Prime Minister." Assam will go to polls starting from Mar 27 to April 06.
In what is being called a historic win, the Trinamool Congress defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party's formidable election machine to defend the West Bengal throne. BJP's campaign was led by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and the party had set a target of 200+ seats. However, it could not even breach the 100-mark, winning 77 constituencies. TMC bagged 213, however, Mamata Banerjee lost the Nandigram fight to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari. The Congress and Left were completely wiped out. What does the Bengal verdict say about politics, elections, and issues? Watch this analysis with CVoter founder and pollster Yashwant Deshmukh.
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BJP president JP Nadda alleged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's involvement in post-poll violence and said her silence for 36 hours is in itself is a proof. "The manner in which massacre and brutal killings took place and the manner in which the acting CM stayed silent for 36 hours speaks of her involvement. Mamata ji's silence speaks about her involvement and she starts her third term with blood on her hands," said Nadda.
As Assam awaits to see who its next chief minister will be, Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma rushed to Delhi on Saturday to hold talks with the BJP’s leadership; Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that there is still a shortage of vaccine doses against the coronavirus disease in the capital; At least 10 workers died in a quarry in Andhra Pradesh's Kadapa district after a large quantity of explosive material ignited. This and more news at 2PM.
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Union Minister Smriti Irani arrived in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi to meet the family members of deceased BJP MLA Dal Bahadur Kori, who died of COVID-19. She hugged his wife and consoled her, at the latter's residence. She is on a visit to her Amethi constituency to assess the ground situation of COVID management.
As official trends show Bharatiya Janata Praty (BJP) is set to retain power in Assam, BJP workers celebrated by distributing sweets at party office in Guwahati on May 02. In the 126-seat Assam Assembly, BJP is leading in 57 seats with its allies ahead on around 20. Voting for these elections took place in three phases between March 27 and April 6.
Assam's Sonitpur experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on the morning of April 28. The tremors were felt even in Guwahati which is more than 180 km from Sonitpur. A residential building in Beltola town of Guwahati was also impacted by the earthquake. The Lakshmi Apartment has been damaged with several cracks following the earthquake. Fearing their lives, the residents of the apartment building are moving out. The building was later inspected by the officials of police and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force).
BJP leader Baijayant Jay Panda spoke on the EMV controversy in poll-bound Assam. He said that the truth on the incident involving an EVM in Karimganj had been revealed in the enquiry by the Election Commission. “There is absolutely no involvement of BJP and any political motive,” Panda said. He claimed that an official vehicle broke down, so they were offered help by another vehicle. A video surfaced on social media purportedly showing EVM in a BJP candidate’s car. The incident took place following the second phase of polling in Assam on April 1. Election Commission has suspended four officials including the presiding officer in the matter.
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After an EVM and EC officials were spotted in BJP candidate's car, it steered controversy followed by series of allegations. BJP in-charge in Assam, Baijayant Panda said that whenever Congress sees its defeat, they make such allegations. "It was case of car breaking down and offered help, there was no political intent behind it," said Baijayant Panda. "I urge people to read the report released by Election Commission. Perhaps there were some protocols that were not followed, result of which EC has taken punitive action on officials and ordered re-polls in that booth," added Panda.
A video surfaced on social media purportedly showing EVM in BJP candidate's car following second round of polling in Assam. Assam in-charge of BJP Baijayant Jay Panda claimed that "one of the official vehicles broke down and they were offered some help by another vehicle." The Election Commission has suspended four officials in the matter.
As trends indicated BJP's return to power in Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the counting of votes is still going on but it is clear that the BJP is forming government in the state. Sonowal attributed the performance of BJP to "public cooperation". According to Election Commission, BJP and its allies were leading on nearly 80 seats in the 126-member Assam Assembly.