Battlelines drawn in Nandigram; DMK neta gets poll body notice; COVID surge in India | Top News

Here are the top headlines of the hour: 1. One day ahead of Phase 2 of voting, Battle lines drawn in Nandigram. Mamata invokes Hindu gotra, Bhartiya Janata Party sees sign of desperation. 2. Fresh elections controversy erupts in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee raises rigging charge, says ‘BJP goons are threatening voters’, BJP claims ‘Mamata afraid of defeat’. 3. DMK’s A Raja gets election commission notice over remarks on Election Commission and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s mother. Asked to explain before 6 PM today. 4. Centre sounds COVID upsurge alarm, says ‘Situation is going bad to worse’. 8 Maharashtra districts and Delhi among worst affected. 5. Despite surge in COVID cases, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister’s mask slips, social distancing too violated. 6. On a day when the High Court will hear Mumbai Top Cop’s plea, Maharashtra government orders probe in Param Bir Singh’s letter. Panel led by former judge to launch investigation. 7. Pakistan army pushes terror in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister offers dialogue, Imran Khan says ‘Want good relations with India’ in a letter to Prime Minister Modi. 8. A day after the ship goes upload in the Suez Canal, Officials confirm that Indian crew is in good health. Will sail to Europe if ship fit.