Maoists in Chhattisgarh have released CoBRA jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, after keeping him in their custody for five days; The Supreme Court dismissed two separate pleas filed by the Maharashtra government and former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh challenging CBI probe against him; Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tested positive for the coronavirus disease. All this and more news at 9 PM.
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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 Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan cleared that there is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccine in the country. He said, "Issue is about better planning and not the shortage of doses". "Till now we've provided 13,10,90,000 doses to states and union territories. On one hand, we have states like Kerala where there is zero wastage (of vaccine) and on the other hand, we have several other states where there still is 8-9% of wastage. As per data till 11 am today, unutilised doses available with states/UTs is over 1,67,20,000. This month - till April end - 2,01,22,960 doses will be provided to states/UTs. This clearly shows that issue is about better planning and not the shortage of doses," he added.
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).
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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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan cast his vote at a polling booth in Pinarayi on April 06. A total of 2.74 crore voters are exercising their franchise to decide the fate of 957 candidates in the..