West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: EC on Thursday sent a strongly-worded letter to the TMC on its memorandum over injuries to Mamata during campaign, saying it looks ‘undignified to even respond’ to allegations that the poll panel is doing things at the behest of a ‘particular party’
West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: 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”.
Responding to the TMC’s letter over the Nandigram incident in which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was injured on Wednesday, the Election Commission of India said “It’s unfortunate that it is full of insinuations and averments,” said reports.
The EC further said ‘the unfortunate incident needs to be inquired into with promptitude and dispatch”, but added that it is completely incorrect to state that EC has taken over law and order machinery in the name of conducting elections and appropriated the whole governance structure.
The Congress and DMK reached an agreement on seat-sharing for the Puducherry Assembly elections. The Congress will contest in 15 Assembly constituencies, the DMK will field candidates in 13 seats, while the CPI and VCK will contest in one constituency each, said reports.
Union minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said the return of the Sarbananda Sonowal government in Assam with a decisive mandate is a foregone conclusion due to the all-round development carried out by it in the last five years and restoration of peace in the state.
Singh, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), also said that the BJP-led government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi had successfully pulled Assam out of a long nightmare of insurgency, road blockades, violence and misgovernance.
“If you ask the common man in the streets, he will tell you without any doubt that the return of the BJP government is a foregone conclusion,” he told reporters.
The AMMK has released its second list of 50 candidates, and TTV Dhinakaran will be contesting from Kovilpatti constituency in Thoothukudi.
A delegation of six TMC MPs will meet the Election Commission in Delhi on Friday over Tuesday’s incident in which West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee suffered injuries, said TMC leader Partha Chatterjee.
AIADMK MLA MSR Rajavarman on Thursday switched over to the rival Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam camp, a day after the ruling party did not re-nominate him from his Sattur constituency in southern Tamil Nadu. The AIADMK immediately expelled him from the party for anti-party activities, the party said in a statement.
In a video message from the hospital, West bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that she has sustained bone and ligament injury. Banerjee urges TMC workers and the public to maintain peace and says she will be joining the field and resume meetings after resting for a few days, adding that she use a wheelchair if needed.
The Union Health Ministry has applied filters in its Co-Win platform in poll-going states and a Union Territory to exclude the picture of the prime minister from the COVID-19 vaccine certificates, sources told news agency PTI on Thursday.
In a letter to the Election Commission on 9 March, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan is learnt to have said that “technical measures to comply with the directions of EC have been explored promptly.” “Necessary filters” in Co-WIN have been applied for the vaccination centres situated in the four states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Union Territory of Puducherry, as suggested by the Commission”.
Opposition Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala has approached the Election Commission against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi VIjayan for allegedly violating the model code of conduct in his press meets after the declaration of the 6 April Assembly polls.
In a letter sent to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Chennithala said the Chief Minister had held media conferences on 4 and 6 March at the CPM headquarters during which he announced new activities and policies of the government.
The Trinamool Congress slammed the Election Commission for failing to provide security to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was injured during election campaign in Nandigram on Wednesday, and said the EC cant shun responsibility as it is in charge of law and ordersituation in the poll-bound West Bengal.
Accusing the EC of acting “as per orders” of the BJP leaders, the TMC delegation after meeting the EC officials, alleged that the “Election Commission did nothing despite there being reports of a possible attack on Banerjee”.
The BJP unit in West Bengal has written a letter to Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal on alleged attack on Mamata Banerjee on Thursday and demanded a proper investigation.
BJP’s West Bengal unit president said on Thursday that it needed to be seen whether the incident was a “well-scripted drama” to garner votes.
A BJP delegation will also meet the commission to demand a proper inquiry into the incident. The party had earlier alleged that Mamata was “spreading lies about attack for politics”.
A Trinamool Congress’ delegation will meet Election Commission officials in Kolkata on Thursday to file a complaint about the alleged attack on party chief Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram yesterday.
Ghosh is likely the first sitting JNUSU president to contest Assembly elections. Member of CPM’s student wing SFI, she became the president in 2019.
Only 23 sitting MLAs including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have found a place in the new list of candidates.
The TMC supremo sustained injuries on her left leg and waist as she fell on the ground after she was allegedly pushed by unknown miscreants while campaigning for Assembly elections in Nandigram.
Preliminary medical tests conducted on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee late on Wednesday night detected severe bone injuries in her left ankle and foot, and injuries in right shoulder, forearm and neck, a senior doctor of the state-run SSKM hospital said.
Doctors at the hospital decided to closely monitor Mamata, who has been complaining of chest pain and breathlessness since the alleged attack at Nandigram in Purba Medinipore district earlier in the evening, for the next 48 hours, he said.
The Trinamool Congress chief has slight fever and has been shifted to a special ward at the hospital’s VVIP Woodburn Block soon after the MRI at the Bangur Institute of Neurosciences, he added.
“We will keep her under observation for the next 48 hours. There will be more tests needed to be done, and after evaluating her condition we will decide on our next course of treatment,” a doctor, part of the team treating Banerjee, told PTI.
Doctors conducted x-ray on the chief minister as soon as she was taken there from Nandigram in Purba Medinipur district on Wednesday night.
She is undergoing treatment at the 12.5 special cabin of Woodburn Block of the SSKM hospital. The state government has constituted a team of five senior doctors to treat her.
The team consists of one cardiologist, an endocrinologist, a general surgery doctor, an orthopedist and a medicine doctor.
The TMC supremo sustained injuries on her left leg and waist as she fell on the ground after she was allegedly pushed by unknown miscreants while campaigning for assembly elections in Nandigram.
Earlier, she had filed her nomination to contest the ensuing assembly elections from Nandigram seat.
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