Puducherry Polls Unique As Even Sitting CM Denied Ticket, PM Modi’s Volley of Barbs at Congress


He will speak at the rally to be held at the AFT Thidal, BJP sources said. The AINRC, which heads the NDA in the state, is contesting from 16 of the total 30 constituencies, while BJP is seeking election from nine seats and the AIADMK from five.

AINRC leader and former Chief Minister N Rangasamy is seeking election from two segments-Thattanchavady and Yanam. Elections in Puducherry will be held in a single phase on April 6.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is nursing a bad leg injury after an incident in Nandigram that the Election Commission has termed an ‘accident’, today said that she doesn’t hold the people from her constituency responsible.

“People of Nandigram was not be blamed for my injury… I still believe that some goons from outside this place had planned that attack on me,” She said while addressing in Tengua.

The WB chief minister was reportedly heckled by BJP supporters while she was on her way to her rally venue in Tengua. The saffron party workers also yelled Jai Shree Ram slogans as Banerjee’s covoy passed the ground where Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally was takign place. This is apparently the second time today that the WB CM has had to face hazing by BJP supporters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today targeted DMK’s A Raja for his unsavory remarks about Tamil Nadu CM EK Palaniswami and his mother, and said the comments showed the anti-women mindset of the DMK, as well as its alliance partner Congress. “They have launched their outdated 2g missile. Their target is women of Tamil Nadu. People of TN are noting everything. They will never tolerate insult to women of the state. Today, Congress and DMK have disrespected women,” he said at a rally in the state.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was heckled with Jai Shri Ram slogans by BJP supporters as she crossed the venue of union home minister Amit Shah’s roadshow in Nandigram today. Banerjee was proceeding to the venue of her own roadshow when BJP supporters chased her and raised the slogans. Banerjee and Shah are holding back-to-back roadshows in Nandigram today as the attention turns towards the electoral battle between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her protege-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari in the high-profile constituency.

Banerjee has been camping in Nandigram from Sunday and is holding an 8-km roadshow starting from Khudiram More to Thakurchowk in Nandigram Block 2, followed by public meetings. Amit Shah’s roadshow started from Bheturia at 12pm. Bollywood star Mithun Chakraborty too is also expected to conduct a roadshow in Nandigram ahead of polling.
Tuesday is the last day of campaigning for the second phase of the elections in Bengal on Thursday. While 39 assembly constituencies are going to polls in Assam in phase 2, 30 seats in West Bengal will be voting in the second phase of the election in the state.

Nandigram will witness the most high-profile contest of the state assembly elections with the Chief Minister taking on her former ministerial colleague Suvendu Adhikari, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December last year. Adhikari had earlier said that BJP will defeat Banerjee by over 50,000 votes from Nandigram.

PM Narendra Modi had addressed a public rally for Suvendu Adhikari earlier. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too had come to campaign in the constituency. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday address rallies in Kerala in the morning, and Puducherry and Tamil Nadu in the afternoon. The prime minister is going to hold the public rallies as a part of BJP’s campaign in the three poll-bound states.

Meanwhile, in Assam, BJP chief JP Nadda, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal will be holding campaign rallies on the last day of campaigning for phase-2.

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