Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday released the election manifesto for the Bharatiya Janta Party for the upcoming Kerala Assembly elections, which promises new legislation for Sabrimala, at least one job for every family, six gas cylinders for BPL families and free laptops for high school students.
The manifesto promises housing, drinking water and power for all, legislation to put an end to Love Jihad, minimum wages in all sectors, ex-gratia of Rs 5,000 per month to a family if the sole breadwinner becomes ill and unable to work.
The country is facing unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases and due to it, Kerala Government imposed a nine-day lockdown to contain disease transmission in the second wave of COVID. On May 08, the streets wore deserted looked and remained silent in Thiruvananthapuram. Only essential services will be allowed during this period. The state-wide lockdown will be enforced from May 8 to 16, 2021.
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.
Sabarimala temple is now opened for monthly pooja and Vishnu festival from Apr 10. Devotees with RTPCR COVID negative certificate within 48 hours or completed two dozes of vaccination will be allowed from Apr 11 through online registration. The temple will be closed on Apr 18. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will visit Sabarimala Temple on Apr 11. He will return on Apr 12.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is attempting to break electoral tradition in the state and buck anti-incumbency in the assembly election. The opposition has targeted the Chief Minister and his government over issues like the gold smuggling case and the government’s handling of the Sabarimala issue. However, infighting within the chief opposition block and Vijayan’s reputation as a good administrator is likely to hold him in good stead. So can Vijayan retain the last Left bastion in the country? Or will UDF make a comeback in the state? Is the BJP a factor in the Kerala polls? Expert Pollster Yashwant Deshmukh answers all these questions in the latest episode of our election special show Poll Baazi.
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Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi in Thiruvananthapuram said that Congress-led alliance is sinking in Kerala and BJP will become the most credible alternative in the state. He also alleged that Congress and its state unit have different takes on Sabarimala issue. Elections for 140-member Kerala Assembly will be held on April 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over violence in the state. Javadekar slammed TMC over the attack on Union Minister V Muraleedharan. Earlier in the day, the minister’s convoy was attacked. Muraleedharan alleged that his convoy was “attacked by TMC goons”. Slamming Mamata over the violence, Javadekar alleged that the attack is a “conspiracy by Mamata Banerjee against BJP supporters”. Watch the full video for more details.
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Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar questioned the safety of common people in West Bengal after the attack on the convoy of Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan who was visiting Paschim Medinipur after post-poll violence was reported in several parts of the state. "If a minister's convoy can be attacked, then, who is safe in Bengal? This is state-sponsored violence. We condemn violence in Bengal. Special measures should be taken to bring the culprits to justice," said Union Minister Javadekar.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar rejected claims of shortage in Covid-19 vaccine supply. Javadekar accused the Maharashtra government of wasting five lakh doses during the vaccination process. This comes as health ministers of some states said that there is a shortage of vaccines and demanded more doses from the Centre. Maharashtra Health minister Rajesh Tope accused the Centre of supplying less number of vaccines. Tope said that the state has only two days of stock of Covid-19 vaccines. Watch the full video for more details.
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Union Minister and BJP leader Prakash Javadekar lashed out at Maharashtra government over extortion allegations against Anil Deshmukh and Sachin Waze case. "It is clear that Maharashtra's Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is actually 'Maha Vasooli Aghadi'. Its common minimum programme is 'collect money through police'," said Prakash Javadekar.
The election fever is going on in the country and election-bound states are all set to undergo polling on April 06. Ahead of Kerala Assembly polls, polling material were distributed to election officials of 40,771 polling stations in Kottayam on April 05. The state Assembly election will be held in a single phase today (April 06).
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on April 4 held a roadshow in Kannur. Several people turned up in his support. Elections for 140-member Kerala Assembly will be held on April 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.
Anannyah Kumari Alex, the first transgender candidate to fight the Kerala Assembly polls, backed out of the contest as the Democratic Social Justice Party (DSJP) nominee alleged she was facing stigma, gender discrimination and sexual harassment from her own party. "I withdrew because I am facing stigma, gender discrimination and sexual harassment from the Democratic Social Justice Party. They are trying to play with me to get more publicity,” said Alex. "They compelled me to talk bad things against PK Kunhalikutty and the present government. They were also compelled me to wear a 'pardah' or a 'burkha' at campaigning time,” she added. Elections for 140-member Kerala Assembly will be held in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 2. Watch the full video for more.
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BJP’s Kerala Chief K surendran has said that the party will bring ‘Love Jihad’ legislation if they are elected to power in the state. He further alleged that the ISIS is targeting Hindu and Christian girls in Kerala. ‘ISIS is targeting Hindu-Christian girls especially students. Why are they sending couples to Syria if there is no love jihad? Surendran said. The statement comes days ahead of polls in the state where the BJP is trying to make inroads. ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, who recently joined the BJP, had said that the BJP will emerge kingmaker in the state in the upcoming polls. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Speaking on 'Love Jihad', Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, V Muraleedharan on March 29 stated that mainstream parties should speak about the issue. "BJP didn't rake up this issue, it's been existing in society. Christian community is worried about marriages happening in the guise of love, which aims at conversion. Mainstream parties should speak about the issue," Muraleedharan told ANI. Earlier, Jose K Mani, the chairman of regional Christian party, raked up the alleged "love jihad" issue in comments ahead of the Kerala Assembly election.
Ahead of Kerala Assembly elections, a Youth Congress worker painted his house in Kochi's Vypin with faces of party leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Oommen Chandy, R Chennithala and promises from United..