New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a mega rally at the iconic Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata to pitch for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming assembly polls in the state. Ahead of PM Modi's address, veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty on Sunday joined the BJP, boosting the saffron party camp before the beginning of the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021.

While PM Modi addressed a mega rally in Kolkata, Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched a door-to-door campaign in poll-bound Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Shah also held a roadshow in Kanyakumari for the by-elections and asserted that the AIADMK-BJP alliance form the next government in Tamil Nadu.

Here are the highlights of the day:

17:40 pm: Also Read -- West Bengal Polls: At Kolkata mega rally, PM Modi slams didi for betraying Bengal, calls for 'asol parivartan'

16:11 pm: India knows about a syndicate that is Modi and Amit Shah's syndicate, says Mamata Banerjee.

16:11 pm: 'Khela hobe'! We are ready to play. I am ready to play one-on-one... If they (BJP) want to buy votes, take the money and cast your vote for TMC, says Mamata Banerjee.

16:11 pm: Poribortan (change) will happen in Delhi, not in Bengal. He (PM Modi) said there is no women security in Bengal but look at UP, Bihar and other states. Women are safe in Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee.

15:43 pm: Just In: PM Modi' address concludes.

15:42 pm: You've pushed Bengal towards separation instead of development, and thus the lotus is blooming. You've divided people on religious lines, and thus the lotus is blooming: PM Modi

15:42 pm: I have known Didi since ages. She is not the same person who raised her voice against the Left. She speaks someone else's language now and is being controlled: PM Modi

15:36 pm: These people are experienced people and play a lot! They have done innumerable corruption and looted the people of Bengal. They have even looted the relief money sent for Amphan: PM Modi

15:35 pm: TMC ka khela khatam, vikas shuru...vote for BJP fearlessly, vote against bad governance: PM Modi

15:35 pm: My opponents say that I work for my friends. Who we grow up with are our best friends. I grew up in poverty hence I understand the plight of poor people living in every corner of India. I work for my friends and will continue to do so: PM Modi

15:31 pm: Your (Mamata Banerjee's) scooty took a turn towards Nandigram instead of going to Bhawanipore. Didi, I wish everyone well and don't want anyone hurt. But what can I do if the scooty is destined to fall in Nandigram?: PM Modi

15:31 pm: Some days back, when you (Mamata Banerjee) rode a scooty, everyone was praying that you are not hurt. It is good that you didn't fall, otherwise, you would have made enemy the state where the scooty was manufactured: PM Modi

15:19 pm: The people of Bengal had chosen you as 'Didi' but then why did you remain the pishi of a nephew? The people of Bengal are asking only this one question from you: PM Modi

15:10 pm: They made promises to work for 'Maa, maati, manush'. But you tell me, has TMC been able to bring change in the lives of common people here in the last 10 years?: PM Modi

15:05 pm: You know it very well how the democratic system has been destroyed here. BJP will strengthen this system. We will bring the change to re-establish public belief in government systems, in the police, and the administration: PM Modi

15:01 pm: I have come here to make you believe that we'll work hard for farmers, businessmen and the development of sisters and daughters. We will live every moment to fulfill your dreams: PM Modi

14:59 pm: I have come here to make you believe in 'Asol Poribortan'. Belief in Bengal's development, in change of Bengal's situation, in increasing investment and industries in Bengal and in the reconstruction of Bengal: PM Modi

14:57 pm: The next 25 years are very important for the development of Bengal. The development here in the next 5 years will lay the foundation for State's development in the next 25 years: PM Modi

14:56 pm: Bengal trusted Mamata Banerjee to bring in change but she betrayed its people, insulted them: PM Modi

14:52 pm: The dream of 'sonar bangla' will be fulfilled. Today, I have come here today to assure you of Bengal's development, to increase investment here, to protect Bengal's culture and to bring change: PM Modi

14:50 pm: In this Assembly elections, there are TMC, Left and Congress, and their anti-Bengal attitude on a side. On the other side, there are people of Bengal: PM Modi

14:45 pm: Bengal wants 'shanti', 'sonar Bangla', 'pragatisheel Bangla': PM Modi

14:43 pm: 'This times, it's TMC vs Bengal's janata in polls': PM Modi

14:41 pm: This Brigade Parade Ground has been witness to many great leaders and also witnessed those who have disrupted West Bengal's progress. People of Bengal never left their hopes for change: PM Modi

14:40 pm: PM Modi thanks those who have turned up in thousands to participate in the BJP rally.

14:37 pm: PM Modi begins his address with 'Bharat Mata ki Jai', 'Vande Mataram' chants

14:31 pm: PM Modi begins his address at Brigade Ground

14:30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Brigade Parade Ground.

14:29 pm: Also Read -- 'What's wrong with it': Suvendu Adhikari's 'Kashmir remark' kicks off political slugfest in West Bengal

14:01 pm: Just In: PM Modi has landed in Kolkata and is on his way to Brigade Parade Ground.

Landed in Kolkata. On my way to the massive party rally. Looking forward to being among Party Karyakartas and the wonderful people of West Bengal, he tweeted.

13:56 pm: Also Read -- West Bengal Polls 2021: Actor Mithun Chakraborty joins BJP ahead of PM Modi's mega rally

13:43 pm: TMC is not a political party, it has become a private limited company. Its chairman is called Mamata Banerjee and its MD is Tolabaaz Bhaipo, says Suvendu Adhikari.

13:11 pm: BREAKING: Actor Mithun Chakraborty joins Bharatiya Janata Party at PM's rally at Brigade Parade Ground.

12:47 pm: West Bengal: Actor Mithun Chakraborty on stage at PM Narendra Modi's rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

12:19 pm: According to an ANI report, over 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city for security purposes.

12:18 pm: Tamil Nadu: Union Home Minister Amit Shah holds roadshow in Kanyakumari.

11:53 am: Today, we have started our door to door campaign by visiting 11 homes here. Appeal to all to ensure the win of NDA candidate Pon Radhakrishnan from Kankyakumari Lok Sabha seat in by-polls, says Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Suchindram.

I am confident that the AIADMK-BJP-PMK government will be formed in Tamil Nadu, he added.

11:17 am: Tamil Nadu: Union Home Minister Amit Shah offers prayers at Suchindram Temple in Kanyakumari.

10:33 am: Congress has finalised the seat-sharing deal with DMK. It will contest on 25 seats and on the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat. 

"BJP by entering into an alliance with AIADMK, its intention is to finish off AIADMK. They want to kill all opposition parties and have 'one party-one man rule' in the country. Congress, DMK, Left, VCK will sweep these elections," news agency ANI quoted Tamil Nadu Congress in-charge Dinesh Gundu Rao as saying.

10:09 am: Chennai: Congress leaders arrive at DMK headquarters for a meeting on seat-sharing for the Tamil Nadu polls.

9:50 am: Also Read -- Tamil Nadu Polls 2021: Congress-DMK seat-sharing pact finalised? Reports suggest announcement soon

9:22 am: If they (Trinamool Congress) come back to power, West Bengal will become Kashmir, said Suvendu Adhikari, BJP candidate from Nandigram, during his speech at Muchipara on Saturday.

9:14 am: Kolkata: People have started arriving at Brigade Parade Ground for PM Modi's rally today.

8:27 am: Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP National General Secretary and Central Observer for West Bengal met Mithun Chakraborty at the latter's residence in Kolkata's Belgachia on Saturday.

8:14 am: Also Read -- West Bengal Polls: BJP releases first list of candidates, Suvendu to fight Mamata in Nandigram

8:03 am: Shah is also expected to hold a roadshow in Kanyakumari where by-elections are slated to take place.

7:56 am: Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah launch a door-to-door campaign in Tamil Nadu and Kerala today to pitch for the BJP.

7:49 am: The elections in West Bengal are seen as a triangular contest between the BJP, TMC and Congress-Left alliance.

7:42 am: In reply to PM Modi's mega rally, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will hold a 'Padyatra' against LPG price hike in Siliguri today.

7:35 am: Several celebrities, including Mithun Chakraborty, will likely attend the event. Media reports suggest that the veteran actor might also join the saffron camp today.

7:28 am: PM Modi's rally is a part of the "Parivartan Yatra" launched by the BJP in West Bengal. "Prime Minister will set the tone of the election campaign with a rally at Brigade grounds," the BJP has said.

7:21 am: PM Modi will address a public rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata today for West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma