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    Left-Congress-ISF alliance to kick off Bengal campaign with mega Kolkata rally

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    • Of the 30 Assembly seats, five are reserved for the Scheduled Caste candidates. The voting hour has been increased by one hour in view of COVID-19. The counting of votes will be held on May 2, the commission said.

      Polls will be held for 234 seats in Tamil Nadu with the Congress-DMK and BJP-AIADMK alliance being the major groups contesting against each other. The Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre and the AIADMK-led government in the state can sense the ascendance of the DMK and seem determined to base their strategy on issues such as OBC reservation and religion-related controversies.

      For Assembly poll 2021, the number of polling booths in Kerala has been extended from 21,498 to 40,771. The counting of votes will be held on May 2. According to the commission, of the 140 Assembly seats, 14 seats are reserved for SC category and two are reserved for ST category candidates.

      The BJP has set a target of winning 100-plus seats in the 126-member assembly. It currently has 61 members in the House while its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front have 14 and 12 seats respectively.

      “Can Amit Shah please clarify if CAA will be implemented all-India or only in Bengal?” Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi asked on Friday.

      If introduced, West Bengal will be the first state to use the application in a full-fledged manner during an election process. "It's in the planning stage. Nothing has been finalised yet. We hope this will help us conduct free and fair polls," the ECI official said.

      Either newly registered parties or those which have not secured enough percentage of votes in the assembly or general elections to become a state party, or those which have never contested elections since being registered are considered unrecognised parties.

      Around Rs 100 crore of Trinamool’s Rs 143 crore corpus came through electoral bonds alone, as per the party’s annual audit report submitted to the Election Commission of India. Trinamool is locked in an intense election battle with the BJP, known to heavily fund every election.

      Days after its top bureaucrats attracted disciplinary action for allegedly blocking the voting rights of more than 3.6 lakh young people, Andhra Pradesh revenue officials have now rejected the application of the state election commissioner himself to include his name on the voters’ list.

      Advocates Sunil Kumar and Vikram Dua are representing the compliant Rajesh Lilothia, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha Election as a Congress candidate against Hans Raj Hans from North West Delhi seat. Hans Raj Hans won the election, whereas Rajesh Lilothia finished third.

      Most of the seats BJP won in 2019 came from the Junglemahal region and the northern part. The party also won a few seats in the eastern part of Bongaon, Barrackpore and Hooghly. Its performance was dismal in Kolkata region and the central part of the state which are TMC strongholds and have a sizable Muslim population.

      "Even after the Bihar Assembly elections, the decline in BJP's performance after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is visible and significant. On the contrary, in 2019 the BJP had won 392 segments. As I have pointed out the MGB lost to the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) by a whisker of 0.03 per cent," Chidambaram said in a tweet.

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