Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala and former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh have tested positive for Covid-19 on April 16. Taking to Twitter, Surjewala informed about his health and requested everyone who came in contact to isolate and take necessary precautions. Meanwhile, Congress MP and former Madhya Pradesh CM Digvijay Singh also tweeted that he is under self-isolation at his home in Delhi after testing positive.
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BJP MP Manoj Tiwari was seen flouting the Covid-19 protocols during his Barrackpore rally, on April 15, as he placed himself atop a truck mask-less between the heavy crowd. When asked about the protocol breach, Tiwari said that "as someone comes close to me I will wear it (mask)". However, in his tweet featuring the rally's video, he urged people to follow the Covid-19 guidelines.
The Election Commission of India on April 15 gave notice to BJP leader Sayantan Basu following inflammatory remarks over the Cooch Behar CRPF firing incident at a poll rally in Baranagar. The remarks were in violation of the model code of conduct and provisions of the Representation of the People Act. In addition, the body gave a deadline of 24 hours to explain his stand.
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The Election Commission of India on April 15, put an end to all the speculations of uniting the remaining four phases of assembly elections in West Bengal. The officials stated that polling for the remaining phases will be held as scheduled. Besides, an all-party meeting will be conducted on April 16, conducted by the West Bengal Chief Electoral officer Aariz Aftab. Reportedly, the votes will be counted on May 2.
Owing to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the Jammu and Kashmir Union territory, the government has postponed the Darbar move- a century-old practice of biannual shift of governance from Srinagar to Jammu. Moreover, the Lt Governor of J&K announced that the Secretariat will be functional in both Srinagar and Jammu ensuring smooth governance. The decision will eliminate the risk of travel and ensure safety, he added.
A village in the Damoh district of Madhya Pradesh has gone into a self-imposed lockdown after four Covid-19 related deaths in the area. The 3,500 residents of Hinota Kalan village are avoiding all public rallies and gatherings organized by leaders for the upcoming by-polls in the district on April 17. Moreover, they agitated at the government's Covid-19 management protocols and they decided to shut down all shops over the weekend.
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BJP MP Dr Nishikant Dubey demanded an immediate arrest of Congress MLA Irfan Ansari in connection with the puja performed on April 14, at Baidyanath Dham temple in Jharkhand's Deoghar. Dubey claimed that the entry of non-Hindus is forbidden in temple, just like the access to Mecca's Kabba is declined for non-Muslims. However, responding to dubey's claim, Ansari said that he is been visiting Lord Shiva's temple since his childhood.
Amid the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, the CPI(M) has cancelled to hold big rallies. The party on April 14 stated to conduct only door-to-door and social media campaigning for the remaining phases of the West Bengal Assembly elections. CPI(M) leader Md Salim stated, "We will undertake door to doors and small group meetings with all Covid-19 measures in place." Meanwhile, ruling TMC has blamed the Centre for the crisis.
Due to the conflicts between several Party's workers, Kolkata recorded multiple complaints of vandalism and bomb attacks in Behala area. Several cases have been reported by the CPM-ISF combine of Sanjukta Morcha at Survey park and Tijala, said police officials. However, Around 18 CRPF companies has been deployed in the city while 13 will keep monitoring the sensitive areas, and five will guard EVMs at the poll centres.
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Candidates contesting in UP's Panchayat elections have involved even stray dogs in their campaigning. Reportedly, two candidates from Rae Bareli and Ballia districts stuck their posters and pamphlets on stray dogs and let them roam around. However, this out-of-the-ordinary move has received flaks from animal activists. Meanwhile, the candidates said the dogs were not harmed in anyway, rather were cared. Notably, the Panchayat elections will… read-more
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