New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The elections in four states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and one Union Territory of Puducherry is getting closer as the first phase of the 8-phase West Bengal Elections commencing from March 27. Political parties are trying their best to woo the voters in the poll-bound states. Almost every party has also announced their list of candidates making it clear what the political battle will look like in each state.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi will undertake a two-day visit to Assam for the party's election campaigning. Rahul is scheduled to visit Assam for two days on March 19 and 20. Today the former Congress chief interacted with college students at Lahoal, Dibrugarh. After that, he addressed a tea estate workers rally at Dinjoy, Panitola block. Later on, the Congress leader will address a public meeting at the town field in Doom Dooma, Tinsukia. On March 20, Rahul will address a rally in eastern Assam. Meanwhile, the TMC parliamentary delegation of Saugata Roy, Mahua Moitra and Yashwant Sinha will meet the Election Commission in Delhi on Friday to discuss free and fair polling in West Bengal.

Here are the Highlights from Assembly Elections 2021:

4;15 pm; You (Mamata Banerjee) painted this land with blood. More than 130 BJP workers died here. You have no right to speak about ‘maa, maati and manush': Madhya Pradesh CM and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Patashpur, Midnapore

3:55 pm: You'll have to take PM Modi's vaccine against COVID. He's elected PM. Speaking against him is speaking against democracy. Speaking against him is speaking against Bharat Mata. Pakistan & Bangladesh don't have vaccine so you'll have to take PM Modi's vaccine: Suvendu Adhikari, BJP

3:45 pm: AIMIM West Bengal state in-charge Zamirul Hasan quits the party. He is joining a separate party 'Indian National League' that will support CM and TMC leader Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.

3:35 pm: All India NR Congress releases a list of candidates for #PuducherryElections2021. Former Chief Minister N Rangasamy to contest from Thattanchavady and Yanam.

3:25 pm: AIADMK candidate Saidai Duraisamy and DMK candidate Ma Subramanian, contesting from Chennai Saidapet assembly constituency, campaigned in Chennai today, ahead of Tamil Nadu elections

3:10 pm: PM talks about 'Make in India', but if you check mobile phones, shirts, you'll find 'Made in China' on them, instead of Made in Assam & India. But we want to see Made in Assam & India. This can't be done by BJP as they only work for industrialists: Rahul Gandhi in Dibrugarh

3:00 pm: For the tea industry, we will start a special ministry to solve all your issues. Our manifesto is in consultation with tea tribe, people, and not framed behind closed doors: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Dibrugarh, Assam

2:45 pm: BJP promised Rs 351, but gives Rs 167 to Assam tea workers. I'm not Narendra Modi, I don't lie. Today, we give you 5 guarantees; Rs 365 for tea workers, we'll stand against CAA, 5 lakh jobs, 200 units free electricity & Rs 2000 for housewives: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in Dibrugarh

2:30 pm: West Bengal: Sankar Ghosh, a BJP candidate draws graffiti and plays drum during campaigning in Siliguri ahead of state assembly elections.

2:15 pm: Our election manifesto promises 50 lakh employment opportunities for youth. Also, there'll be incentives for youth entrepreneurs. Standard of govt. schools would be lifted to that of international standards: Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief Kamal Haasan on release of party manifesto

1:59 pm: BJP manifesto for West Bengal assembly elections will be released by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on 21st March at Kolkata: Kailash Vijayvargiya BJP Central Observer for West Bengal

12:55 pm: Another meaning of TMC is Terror, Murder, Corruption. I'm warning TMC goons that when Didi leaves on May 2, they will be taught a lesson and none will be spared. BJP won't let this jungle raj continue: MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at a rally in Midnapore, West Bengal

12:40 pm: Assam: BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma holds roadshow from Sonaram Field to DC Kamrup office to file nomination for Jalukbari assembly constituency

12:35 pm: Democracy means-voice of Assam should control Assam. If we don't include students then there can be no democracy.Youth should actively participate in politics&fight for Assam when you feel State is being robbed. You'll have to fight with love not with stones, lathis: Rahul Gandhi

12:30 pm: Delhi: TMC delegation comprising of Saugata Roy, Mahua Moitra and Yashwant Sinha arrive at the Election Commission to discuss issues related to 'free and fair elections in West Bengal'

12:25 pm: You think democracy is declining. Youth is unemployed, farmers are protesting, CAA is there. We can't ask the people of Assam to forget their culture, language if they come to Delhi. One force,born in Nagpur, trying to control the whole country: Rahul Gandhi in Dibrugarh, Assam

12:10 pm: West Bengal: TMC replaces candidates in Nadia District’s Kalyani Constituency (No. 92), North 24 Pargana District’s Ashoknagar Constituency (No. 101) & Amdanga Constituency (No. 102) and Birbhum District’s Dubrajpur Constituency (No 284)

12:00 pm: Kolkata: TMC candidate from Kamarhati, Madan Mitra reaches Enforcement Directorate office after he was summoned by the agency, in connection with Sarada scam

11:50 am: Mamata Banerjee isn't liking that elections in West Bengal are being held in a democratic way. Using some 'ghuspatis' and Pakistanis', the candidates are being stopped, but police are taking no action: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram

11:45 am: West Bengal | What happened to the United Front she (Mamata Banerjee) spoke about in 2019? Earlier too, she had claimed she would remove BJP from the Centre: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram

11:30 am: 'Poribortan'(change) is Mamata Banerjee's slogan; why are you copying Mamata Banerjee?... After winning Bengal, we will jump to Delhi & shake BJP: West Bengal CM & TMC leader Mamata Banerjee in Kharagpur yesterday. 

11:15 am: The BJP will release its poll manifesto for West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 on March 21. The manifesto will be released by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, reports News18.

11:03 am: Shortly after she was nominated as the BJP candidate from the Chowringhee assembly seat in the city, Sikha Mitra, wife of late Congress leader Somen Mitra, on Thursday said her name was announced without consent and she will not enter the poll fray, reports PTI.

10:54 am: A total of 345 contestants, including four ministers and the deputy speaker, are in the fray for 39 constituencies going to polls in the second of the three-phased Assam Assembly elections on April 1.

10:35 am: BJP candidate from North Howrah Assembly constituency Shri Umesh Rai conducts door-to-door campaign ahead of Bengal Polls

10:15 am: Thiruvananthapuram: Malayalam actor Krishna Kumar, who is contesting from Trivandrum Central constituency, campaigns door to door. "We need a lot of changes in Trivandrum, like bus stops with toilet & baby feeding facilities, also need to solve drainage & garbage issues," he says

10:00 am: Trinamool Parliamentary delegation comprising of Saugata Roy, Mahua Moitra and Yashwant Sinha to meet Election Commission in Delhi today to discuss issues related to 'free and fair polling in West Bengal'

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan