Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Calcutta HC orders strict compliance with COVID protocol during campaigning

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Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Hearing two PILs in this regard, a division bench presided by Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan ordered that all district magistrates will ensure that the guidelines laid down by the Election Commission of India and Chief Electoral Officer are strictly implemented in true letter and spirit and if necessary, with the aid of the police authorities

Mamata Banerjee, who was barred from the campaign until 8 pm today wasted no time in getting back on the campaign trail. She used the day time to hold a silent dharna in the heart of Kolkata.

Sushil Chandra, who assumed charge as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday, said he would like to ensure that the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal are held in a very peaceful and fair manner so that voters in even the vulnerable areas can cast their votes

Amit Shah on Tuesday campaigned in the Hill region of Bengal. The Home Minister flayed the sate government run by the TMC and also laid out a host of promises for the Hill tribes, who had backed BJP in the Lok Sabha polls

Narendra Modi wants to bring rule of law while Banerjee wants to bring syndicate's rule, Amit Shah alleged at a rally in Bidhannagar.

The Congress-led 'Mahajoth' or Grand Alliance of Opposition parties in Assam on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission urging it to maintain transparency and impartiality during the counting of votes on 2 May.

The alliance, comprising the Congress, AIUDF, BPF, CPM, CPI, CPI(ML) Liberation, RJD, Anchalik Gana Morcha, Adivasi National Party and Jimachayan Peoples' Party, urged the EC to direct all the returning officers to furnish table- wise details of officials engaged in the counting of votes to all the contesting candidates.

AIUDF candidate Karim Uddin Barbhuiya claimed that "five-six BJP contestants" in the just-concluded Assam Assembly elections have contacted the party promising support to the Congress-led Grand Alliance of which Badruddin Ajmal's outfit is a constituent.

The BJP has rubbished the claim.

BJP president JP Nadda, taking at dig at TMC's 'khela hobe' (game will be played) slogan, said on Tuesday that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's plight is that of a "defeated player".

Shah said that the ruling TMC 'selectively' took back cases filed during the 2017 Darjeeling violence. He promised that if BJP was voted to power, it will take back all FIRs against Gorkhas within a week.

Ghosh has been asked to respond to the notice and make his stand clear on his remarks by 10 am on Wednesday.

Change Mamata Didi and bring a BJP CM, the party will provide the status of Scheduled Tribe to 11 castes of Gorkha community, said the home minister on Tuesday in Darjeeling.

In its order against the TMC supremo, the EC cited her repeated jibes against the central forces questioning their political neutrality, and her appeal to minority voters not to divide their votes between different political parties.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee began a dharna on Tuesday at Gandhi Murti in Kolkata, ANI reported, as a mark of protest against what she called the Election Commission's "unconstitutional decision" to bar her from campaigning for 24 hours in the ongoing state Assembly polls.

Taking to Twitter, the TMC supremo on Monday said, "To protest against the undemocratic and unconstitutional decision of the Election Commission of India, I will sit on dharna tomorrow at Gandhi Murti, Kolkata from 12 noon."

The poll panel's order had come after Mamata's remarks against central forces and a statement which had alleged religious overtones.

"Commission hereby condemns such statements potent with serious law and order problems across the state and sternly warns Mamata Banerjee and advises her to desist from using such statements while making public utterances during the period when Model Code of Conduct is in force," the commission said in its order.

Assembly polls in West Bengal began on 27 March, and the remaining four of the eight phases of elections will be held between 17 and 29 April.

Members of the Trinammol Congress joined Mamata in slamming the poll panel for its decision on her.

Coming down heavily on the EC, TMC national vice-president Yashwant Sinha said every institution of democracy has been compromised.

"We always had a doubt about the impartiality of the EC. But, today it has shed whatever pretence it had. Now it is clear that EC is acting at the behest of Modi/Shah and under their direct order. Every institution of democracy is compromised today. What hope do we have?" he tweeted.

Echoing him, other senior leaders of the party claimed that the poll panel was behaving like a "wing of the BJP" and its decision smacks of authoritarianism.

Derek O'Brien, the ruling party's Rajya Sabha MP, said it was a black day for India's democracy.

"EC stands for Extremely Compromised. 12 April is a BLACK DAY in our democracy. Always knew we were winning Bengal," O'Brien tweeted.

Another party leader, Kunal Ghosh, said the decision to ban the TMC chief from campaigning for 24 hours is "atrocious and smacks of authoritarianism".

"The EC is behaving like a wing of the BJP. The ban is atrocious and smacks of authoritarianism. The sole aim of the EC is to stop Mamata from campaigning as the BJP has already sensed defeat. This shameful," he stated.

The BJP, however, welcomed the decision and accused TMC of vitiating the poll discourse.

"The EC did the right thing. The way TMC leaders are instigating the people against the EC and the central forces is unacceptable," BJP leader Sourav Sikdar said.

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