Thursday, May 06, 2021

Assam Congress chief resigns over party's 'poor performance'

GUWAHATI: Congress' Assam unit President Ripun Bora resigned on Sunday, taking moral responsibility to the party's defeat in the Assembly elections.

Three of five BJP MPs bite the dust in Bengal

KOLKATA: While the Trinamool Congress is close to attaining a three-fourth majority in the Assembly elections in West Bengal, three of the five heavyweights of the BJP have fallen prey to the deluge of the ruling party.

K'taka Cong terms Kerala, Bengal poll results 'gamechanger'

BENGALURU: Buoyed by the victory of the Congress and the DMK alliance in Tamil Nadu, and Trinamool Congress retaining power in West Bengal, Karnataka leader of the opposition, Siddaramaiah on Sunday described these election results as 'a new game' in the country.

BJP-led NDA returns to power in Assam for 2nd time in a row

GUWAHATI: The ruling BJP-led NDA returned to power in Assam for the second consecutive term as the "Mitrajot" secured 68 seats in the 126-member assembly, election officials said on Sunday midnight.

BJP confident of forming govt in Bengal by winning 200+ seats

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has claimed that the party would form the next government in West Bengal by winning more than 200 seats, even as all exit polls except two suggested a win and hat-trick for the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government.

TN allows movement of poll officials, agents on May 2

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday said complete lockdown will be there on counting day on May 2 but movement/transport of officials, political party functionaries, counting agents and others will be allowed.

Sneak peek into Kerala exit polls 'predict' Left's return

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even though the official announcement of the various exit polls done especially by TV channels in Kerala will be officially out on Thursday after 7 p.m., the preliminary indications say the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government stands a good chance to create electoral history by becoming the first government to retain power.

EC censors all victory processions after poll results

KOLKATA: In the wake of uncontrolled increase of Covid cases across the country, the Election Commission (EC) has banned all kinds of victory processions after the poll results are declared on May 2. The commission has also put a cap on the number of persons assisting the candidates at the counting halls.

Will it be Pinarayi Vijayan's last cabinet meeting?

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Wednesday in Kerala for several decades is an important day as far as the respective State government is concerned as it's on this day the State cabinet led by the Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues and the Chief Secretary sit down to take important decisions concerning the state.

EC releases 318 companies of forces before 8th phase of Bengal polls

KOLKATA: The Election Commission of India has released 318 of 1,071 companies present in the state before the crucial eighth phase of the election scheduled on April 29 when 35 assembly constituencies spanning across four districts will go for polls. These forces have been sent back from Bengal.

Be strict with hoarders of essential medicines: PM to States

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday requested the States to deal strictly with hoarding and black marketing of essential medicines and injections. Chairing a meeting of Chief Ministers of high burden states, Modi said that the Railways and the Air Force have been deployed to reduce travel time of oxygen tankers. The Chief Ministers of 11 states and Union Territories which have reported the maximum number of cases recently were present at the meeting.

Chhattisgarh ex-minister starts free Covid care centre

NEW DELHI: Former Chhattisgarh Minister and senior BJP leader Brijmohan Agrawal has set up a 200-bed Covid care centre near the state capital providing free treatment to the patients.

Delhi govt reached out, but yet to receive oxygen: Ganga Ram Hospital 

NEW DELHI: Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Chairman D.S. Rana on Tuesday reiterated the urgent need of oxygen for Covid patients admitted in his hospital's ICU, warning they could be in jeopardy if fresh supplies were not provided urgently.

SC seeks reply on plea seeking setting up of transgenders' welfare board

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from Centre and others on a plea seeking directions to establish a transgenders welfare board to address their social welfare issues.

West Bengal gears for fourth phase of Assembly polls

KOLKATA: 44 assembly constituencies of five districts in West Bengal will go for the fourth phase of the polls on Saturday. Considering the incidents of violence during the third phase of polling, the Election Commission has made an extensive arrangement to avoid any kind of untoward incidents.

IAF to use AI-aided tech for threat monitoring in captive networks: Chief

NEW DELHI: Artificial Intelligence-assisted next-gen technologies would be employed for threat monitoring in the Indian Air Force's captive networks, including the current network upgrades, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria said on Monday.

Share of Muslim votes may be a deciding factor in Bengal polls

KOLKATA: Perhaps no one has done so much as chief minister Mamata Banerjee to consolidate minority votes in West Bengal but before elections for 75 seats in the crucial third and fourth phase of the election, in which minority votes might be a deciding factor, she is perhaps a bit scared about the probable split in minority votes that might not work in her favour the way it happened in the last two elections in the state.

Modi to address rallies in poll-bound Kerala, TN

CHENNAI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in poll-bound Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Friday.

Delhi L-G chairs DDA's 2nd meet on Master Plan-2041

NEW DELHI: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday chaired an advisory council meeting on the draft Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) - 2041 framed by Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

BJP expels 7 more leaders for contesting against party candidates

GUWAHATI: The ruling BJP in Assam on Sunday expelled seven more leaders from the party for six years for contesting as Independent candidates against the party's official candidates after being denied tickets, party sources said.

BJP to win 26 seats in Bengal, 37 in Assam in first phase: Shah

Election Commission launches three mobile apps- DC urges people to avail maximum benefits

KAPURTHALA: Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Deepti Uppal has asked the residents of the district to avail maximum of the three different app launched by the Election Commission of India for the convenience of the voters.

 UP panchayat poll schedule announced

LUCKNOW: The State Election Commission of Uttar Pradesh has announced the schedule for the panchayat elections.

Under BJP, Assam's GSDP fell from 15.67% to to 6.3%: Congress

GUWAHATI: Former Maharashtra CM and incumbent PWD Minister Ashok Chavan claimed on Tuesday that Assams GSDP growth rate nosedived from 15.67 per cent to 6.3 per cent in five years of BJP rule in the state.

All Trinamool turncoats not given tickets, BJP to tell angry workers

NEW DELHI: In an attempt to pacify agitated workers in West Bengal, the BJP has prepared a list of TMC leaders who joined the party recently and were denied tickets to contest the Assembly polls. BJP leaders will explain to the workers that tickets were given only to those with a high chance of winnability.

BJP claims victory in Goa municipal polls

PANAJI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday claimed to have swept the elections to the six municipal councils and one municipal corporation poll.

I-T steps up vigil on cash movement ahead of Assembly polls

NEW DELHI: During the course of election surveillance being carried out for the ensuing Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the Income Tax Department on March 16 conducted search actions on five premises in Chennai.

Even Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein used to have elections: Rahul

NEW DELHI:Elections are not just about voting, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, noting that even Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi used to have and win polls.

Swapan Dasgupta resigns from RS

NEW DELHI : Swapan Dasgupta, the BJP candidate from Tarakeshwar Assembly constituency in West Bengal, on Tuesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha after the Trinamool Congress (TMC) pointed out that a nominated member can not join a political party.

Gehlot govt admits phone tapping during political crisis

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan BJP on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Ashok Gehlot government after it accepted phone tapping during the political crisis of July last year. It accused Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of "crossing all limits and bypassing laws" just to "save his chair".

Privatisation hurts public- benefits only a handful of cronies: Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday attacked the BJP government over privatisation of airports by commenting on social media: "They don't know how to build but sell."

Mamata, on wheelchair, leads 5-km long roadshow in Kolkata

KOLKATTA: A day after being discharged from the state-run SSKM Hospital, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday took part in a roadshow here, along with her nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee.

Chit fund money will be returned: Suvendu promises

KOLKATA: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari on Friday said chit fund money would be returned to the duped investors in West Bengal if the saffron brigade comes to power in the 2021 Assembly polls.

Trinamool to gain most after Nandigram incident

NEW DELHI: Trinamool Congress is the biggest beneficiary of the Nandigram incident where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed she was attacked as part of a conspiracy.

BJP announces 3 candidates for Assam, 2 for Bengal

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Wednesday announced the names of three candidates for Assam and two for West Bengal Assembly polls. Polling will be held in the second phase on April 1 on these five seats in two states.

Tirath Singh Rawat to be next Uttarakhand CM

NEW DELHI: Tirath Singh Rawat, the BJP MP from Pauri Garhwal, has been appointed next Chief Minister of Uttarakhand.

BJP releases list of star campaigner for Bengal, Assam

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released a list of 'Star Campaigners' for West Bengal and Assam Assembly polls. Prime Minister NArendra Modi will lead the party's campaign in both the states.

Delhi govt presents Rs 69K Cr 'Deshbhakti' Budget

NEW DELHI: Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday presented a Rs 69,000 crore Budget for 2021-22 in the Assembly, and said it was themed on "patriotism".

Uttarakhand CM summoned to Delhi by BJP leadership

DEHRADUN: The BJP high command on Monday called Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to New Delhi in the face of the serious discontent within a section of the state party MLAs and MPs who are bitterly opposed to his style of functioning, top party sources said here.

Show of strength: Raje warns Gehlot, silences anti-faction

JAIPUR: Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje showed her strength and warned the incumbent Gehlot government during her two-day religious sojourn in the eastern belt of the state. She also took on her anti-faction in a fiery speech.

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