Assembly Elections 2021 dates LIVE: EC announces poll schedule for West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry

West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 Dates, Schedule Live News Updates: The Election Commission (EC) is currently announcing the schedule for upcoming Assembly elections in four states and one Union Territory (Puducherry).

Assembly Elections 2021 Dates Live Updates: The Election Commission is currently announcing the schedule for upcoming Assembly elections in four states and one Union Territory (Puducherry).

Polls are to be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry. After the Bihar assembly elections, which were held in November 2020, elections to these states will also be held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Election Commission is expected to implement a similar protocol for voting.

The election campaign in the poll-bound states has already started with leaders from different political parties, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing public rallies.

The Election Commission will announce schedule for elections in West Bengal, Puducherry, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam today. Follow this space for LIVE updates.

“Adequate CAPFs deployment shall be ensured during elections. All critical, vulnerable polling stations identified and an adequate number of CAPFs will be deployed,” CEC Sunil Arora was quoted as saying by ANI.

Guidelines to be followed for the upcoming elections:

*Door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to five persons including candidate.

*Roadshows allowed

*Separate norms for suspected Covid-19 patients.

*Polling officials to be vaccinated.

During the press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that a total of 824 assembly constituencies will be going for polls during the upcoming elections. “As many as 18.68 crore electors will cast vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry,” Arora said.

“In the thick of the pandemic, ECI started test trials with elections to 18 seats to Rajya Sabha. After that, came the challenge of the Bihar elections, it was indeed a watershed moment for ECI. It proved to be a litmus test,” says Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner. 

Paying tributes to Covid warriors, Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner of India said: “Our tributes to the COVID warriors, doctors, paramedics, nurses, researchers, scientists and all our officials on election duty who are located on the frontline: Sunil Arora Chief Election Commissioner of India.”

Election Commission of India announces poll schedule for 4 states and one Union Territory (Puducherry). 

The Election Commission will shortly announce poll dates for the states of West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry. EC officials have reached the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

The Tamil Nadu government has also announced a new gold loan waiver scheme. The announcement comes just hours before the announcement of poll dates by the Election Commission. 

Ahead of the Election Commission’s announcement of poll dates, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday announced a hike in wages of daily wage workers under the West Bengal Urban Employment Scheme. 

“I am pleased to announce a HIKE in the wages of daily wage workers under WB Urban Employment Scheme…a total of 56,500 workers (40,500 unskilled, 8000 semi-skilled, 8000 skilled) will benefit from this. These wages are in parity with rural workers’ enhanced pay (MNREGA unskilled & semi-skilled). Budget provision for this step has been made available for both FY21 an FY22,” Banerjee tweeted.

In the run-up to the upcoming assembly elections in the state, BJP chief J P Nadda Thursday launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla manifesto crowdsourcing campaign’ in Kolkata to seek suggestions from people in West Bengal. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and party’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya were also present on the occasion.

After launching the campaign, Nadda said the BJP is making efforts to work toward making ‘Sonar Bangla’, with the inclusion of contributions of Swami Vivekanand, Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Syama Prasad Mukherjee and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in the prestigious history of West Bengal.

The ‘Pawri’ fever appears to have spread beyond the internet, to the very real world of politics. After film personalities, sportspersons and netizens from India and Pakistan did their bit to popularise the trend, it found an echo at a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Anandpuri, West Bengal. During an election meeting, BJP chief JP Nadda used the meme’s catchphrase to reference push the party’s promise of ‘parivartan’ and the video has now gone viral. You can watch the video here.

Keen to wrest power from the ruling AIADMK in the forthcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, the DMK has started distributing application forms seeking aspirants wishing to contest the polls on the party’s symbol –the ‘rising sun’. The process of handing out application forms has been underway since February 17.
 
Sources said more than 5,000 applications have been distributed, so far. The party had, in a release, said those who wish to contest from general constituencies have to pay 25,000 rupees and those seeking to enter the fray from seats reserved for women or minorities would have to shell out Rs 15,000. Read our full report here.

In Bengal, companies of central security forces began arriving this week. It was reported that by February 25, at least 125 companies will arrive in the state to maintain law and order during the election campaign. According to Election Commission (EC) officials, there will be 60 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 30 companies of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), 25 companies of the Border Security Force (BSF) and five companies each of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

On Monday, the Election Commission said the dispatch of central police forces to West Bengal was done as part of a routine exercise and wasn’t limited to one state. Companies of central forces were sent to each of the four poll-bound states, including Assam, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, the EC said.

While terms of the legislative assemblies of the four states are coming to an end in May-June, elections are also being held in Puducherry where President’s Rule has been imposed after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government resigned earlier this week ahead of a vote of confidence. 

Polls are to be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry. After the Bihar assembly elections, which were held in November 2020, elections to these states will also be held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Election Commission is expected to implement a similar protocol for voting.

The Election Commission will announce the schedule for Assembly elections in West Bengal, Puducherry, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam today at 4.30 pm. Polls are to be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry.

The Election Commission will announce the dates at 4.30 PM today.

The terms of the legislative assemblies of the four states are coming to an end in May-June.

In Puducherry, President’s Rule has been imposed and the assembly kept under suspended animation after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government resigned earlier this week ahead of a vote of confidence.

In Bengal, companies of central security forces began arriving this week. It was reported that by February 25, at least 125 companies will arrive in the state to maintain law and order during the election campaign. According to Election Commission (EC) officials, there will be 60 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 30 companies of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), 25 companies of the Border Security Force (BSF) and five companies each of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Whereas, in Tamil Nadu, keen to wrest power from the ruling AIADMK in the forthcoming elections, the DMK has started distributing application forms seeking aspirants wishing to contest the polls on the party’s symbol – the ‘rising sun’. The process of handing out application forms has been underway since February 17.

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