Assembly Election 2021 Live Updates: The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in Nandigram assembly constituency in West Bengal”s Purba Medinipur district, a day ahead of the high- stakes elections here, a senior official said. Besides, the EC has also started air surveillance in the area with the help of a helicopter, he said. Meanwhile, BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said that the BJP government in Assam has fulfilled it promises of giving terrorism-free, protest-free and developed Assam. He urged voters to bless the BJP government to further make the state a symbol of development. He said that only BJP government can make Assam infiltration-free. He will also address rallies in Hajo and Sonapur in Dispur. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who could not reach Assam yesterday due to bad weather, today arrived in Assam and offered prayers at Kamakhya temple. He is campaigning in the state today for the third phase polls. For BJP, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal is also campaigning in the state.
Kerala BJP chief K Surendran today said that love jihad is a serious issue in the state for Christians as well. “Not just BJP and Hindus, the Christian community also feels that love jihad is a serious issue in Kerala. Many incidents have taken place but no enquiry took place…ISIS is targeting Hindu-Christian girls especially students. Why are they sending couples to Syria if there is no love jihad? In our manifesto, we have categorically clarified that we shall move for legislation if voted to power,” said K Surendran. With campaigning ending for the phase-2 polls in Assam and West Bengal, the focus has now shifted to constituencies going to polls in the third phase in these two states. In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today campaigned in Hooghly and Howrah. For BJP, party president JP Nadda also campaigned in the state. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will campaign in Tamil Nadu on 3rd April. She will visit Sriperumbudur where her father and former PM Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. She will also campaign in Kanyakumari district.
In Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami will campaign for the AIADMK candidates as well as for its allies. MK Stalin will also campaign for DMK candidates. In Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan will campaign for LDF candidates. Campaigning in Kasargod yesterday, the CM vowed to close the BJP’s account in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Kerala yesterday where he alleged a match-fixing between the LDF and the UDF. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi yesterday launched a scathing attack on the CPI(M)-LDF government, describing it as a dispensation of “frauds and scams”, which was following a “corporate” manifesto instead of the communist manifesto. She said the Left Democratic Front government hadsworn allegiance to the communist manifesto, but was actually following a “corporate manifesto” like the Modi government at the Centre. Meanwhile, the stage is all set for Phase-2 polls in West Bengal and Assam. The voting will be held tomorrow, i.e. April 1.