Mamata Banerjee wins Bengal but loses Nandigram; Opposition demands free vaccines for all | Top news

Here are the top headlines: 1. India fights back COVID's deadliest week yet as the nation records more than 26 Lakh new cases, and over 24,000 deaths reported in the past 7 days. 2. PM Modi reviews COVID crisis in the country, asks the industries to use any spare plant of nitrogen for generating oxygen amidst the oxygen crisis. 3. Shaken by heart rending Oxygen crisis in the country, the top court now schools the Netas. SC directs Centre and states to cooperate and solve the crisis by May 3rd. 4. Delhi begins to gear up for the third phase of the vaccination drive, but Mumbai is still not ready. BMC declares no drive amidst vaccine shortage. 5. The Centre announced a vaccination drive for all, wherein anyone above the age of 18 years is eligible to get a vaccine jab amid the ongoing COVID crisis in the country. The opposition parties have now once again joined hands and have written to PM Modi, demanding free vaccines for all in the country. 6. 143 districts in India are currently under lockdown amid the COVID spike, but Centre rules out nationwide lockdown. 7. After the Madaras HC termed EC as a murderer, Congress has now come out and is slamming the Election Commission. Congress leader Ajay Kumar has appealed to all the political parties to file a complaint against EC in the Supreme Court, for conducting elections amid the COVID spike in the country. and has urged the political parties to slap criminal charges against the EC. However, members of the Congress party are yet to respond on the matter. 8. Didi sweeps Bengal but loses from Nandigram constituency. The TMC has alleged tampering and is now demanding a recount.