Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: O Panneerselvam files nomination from Bodinayakanur; AIADMK to contest from 178 seats – India News , Firstpost

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: While the AIADMK is eyeing a record third straight term, the DMK is keen to dethrone its traditional rival and stage a comeback to the ruling saddle after a gap of a decade

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: While the AIADMK is eyeing a record third straight term, the DMK is keen to dethrone its traditional rival and stage a comeback to the ruling saddle after a gap of a decade.

Makkal Needhi Maiam’s Kamal Haasan will contest from Coimbatore South assembly constituency in the Tami Nadu Assembly election. The party has released a first list of 70 candidates who will contest in the single phase polls.

The BJP leader on Friday said that there was no question of any competition against BJP and that his party will emerge victorious in the West Bengal Assembly polls by a “huge margin”.

He further criticised the government for lack of employment opportunities in the state. ‘To bring change, we need to remove TMC,’ said BJP’s Nandigram candidate.

He further claimed that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee only remembered the people of Nandigram ahead of elections and asserted his victory from the constituency.

Arch-rivals DMK and AIADMK on Thursday almost sealed their seat-sharing deals with allies for the coming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu on the eve of opening of nominations, with both set to contest in over 170 segments each out of the total 234 at stake.

TMC turncoat Suvendu Adhikari participated in a ‘havan’ in Nandigram on Friday. He will file his nomination as the party’s candidate from the constituency today.

The Election Commission on Thursday sent a strongly-worded letter to the Trinamool Congress on its memorandum over injuries to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during campaign, saying it looks “undignified to even respond” to allegations that the poll panel is doing things in the state at the behest of a “particular party”.

The EC said at the outset, it needs to be stated that injuries sustained by Mamata at Nandigram “is indeed an unfortunate incident and deserves to be inquired into with promptitude and dispatch.”

“Having said that it is rather unfortunate that the memorandum in question is full of insinuations and averments, which in fact questions the very basis of creation and functioning of Election Commission,” the letter said.

It is completely incorrect to suggest that the Election Commission has taken over the law and order machinery in the state in the name of conducting elections and appropriated the whole governance structure, the poll panel said.

“This virtually tantamounts to undermine the very foundation of the Constitution of India, the most sacrosanct document in democratic polity. The Commission does not appropriate or take over the day-to-day governance of any state including West Bengal,” it noted.

The EC said, “It looks undignified even to respond to the allegations of all this being done on the behest of a particular political party, etc”.

The poll panel said West Bengal Director General of Police Virendra was not removed summarily and without any application of mind.

“It was the outcome of the recommendation given by Special Observers Ajay Nayak and Vivek Dube. In fact, yesterday also when the Commission became aware of the unfortunate incident from the electronic media, report was immediately sought from the Chief Secretary, West Bengal and from both the Special Observers, at present in West Bengal, within 48 hours. Till such time the reports are available to the Commission it will not be possible to draw any empirical conclusion let alone start linking it to the removal of earlier DGP Virendra,” the poll body noted.

The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered removal of Virendra as the Director General of Police of poll-bound West Bengal with immediate effect, and appointed P Nirajnayan in his place.

The TMC supremo alleged on Wednesday that she suffered injuries in her left leg after being attacked by “four-five men” in Nandigram during election campaign.

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