Election Live Updates: Alleging that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was the BJP’s “political tool” to divide society for votes, Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi today said that if the Congress-led alliance comes to power in Assam it will not allow its implementation and make the state government party to the ongoing case in the Supreme Court to oppose the controversial law. The Congress is contesting the forthcoming polls as a part of the “Grand Alliance” along with the AIUDF, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), CPI(M), CPI, CPI-ML and the Anchalik Gana Morcha.
In Tamil Nadu, DMK today announced the list of 173 candidates for April 6 Assembly elections. Party chief MK Stalin will contest from Kolathur and son Udhayanidhi from Chepauk- Triplicane. Filing of nominations for Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry Assembly elections has commenced today. The last date of filing of nominations is March 19. Yesterday, political parties in Tamil Nadu finalised their seat-sharing deal after several rounds of negotiations spanning over weeks. While AIADMK will contest on 178 seats, DMK will contest from 174 constituencies.
In West Bengal, BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari today filed his nomination from Nandigram. He will take on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from the constituency. Adhikari was accompanied by Union Minister Smriti Irani and Dharmendra Pradhan. Meanwhile, a TMC delegation today met Election Commission officials in New Delhi. They alleged that the EC had replaced ADG Law & Order and DG and the incident happened immediately after that. The TMC leaders claimed that the entire responsibility is with the ECI to prove where were the lapses. TMC leader Partha Chatterjee also questioned the silence of PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah over the alleged attack on Mamata Banerjee.