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Election Commission of India on Friday  announced the schedule for assembly polls in five states – Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry and model code of conduct comes into force with immediate effect.

“Elections will be held in 824 assembly constituencies in the 5 states. The counting day for all 5 states is May 19,” chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi said during a press conference.

Elections will be held from April 4,2016 to May 16,2016 in all 5 states  and Counting of votes for all states to be on 19th May

.The terms of these five assemblies will end in April and May.

The Model Code of Conduct will be enforced with immediate effect and the governments of the poll-bound states as well as the Centre would not be able to announce any new schemes or programmes that may influence the voters.

Assam elections in two phases from April 4,2016

Voters: 1.98 crore

Polling botths: 25000

Phases: 2

Assam elections will be held in two phases and first phase will be held on 4Th April  for 65 constituencies |

Second will be on 11th April 2016 61 constituencies..

Assam has 126 assembly constituencies.The BJP is expected to emerge as largest party in Assam, where the Tarun Gogoi government is in power.

Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has tied up with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Chief MInister Tarun Gogoi is facing 15 years of anti-incumbency.

Tamil Nadu has 234 assembly constituencies

West Bengal elections  in 6 phases

Voters: 6.55 crore

Polling booths: 77247

Constituencies: 294

Phases: 6



Six phase of elections will be held for 293 assembly constituencies in West Bengal

First phase of West Bengal elections on April 4,2016

Second Phase of WEst Bengal elections on April 11,2016

Third Phase of West Bengal elections on April 17,2016

Fourth Phase of West Bengal elections on 21

Fifth Phase of West Bengal elections on 25,2016

Sixth Phase of West Bengal elections on April 30,2016

In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress will make a comeback. In Tamil Nadu, chief minister Jayalalitha will fight DMK-Congress aliance.

Kerala elections will be held in One phase
Kerala has 140 assembly constituencies and elections will be held in one phase .

Puducherry has 30 constituencies  polls to take place in one phase, date of polling is 16th May


Tamil Nadu polls to take place in one phase, date of polling is 16th May. Tamil Nadu has 234 constituencies

More than adequate central paramilitary forces to be deployed. As far as possible, in WB and Assam, all polling locations to be monitored by Central Police Forces: CEC

5 central observers in each district to oversee election process. An effective monitoring of preventive actions against anti social elements commences today: CEC

Will ensure that no one is prevented from expressing their mandate by way of intimidation or such means: CEC
Over 17 crore voters will exercise their franchise in 824 constituencies.

The terms of the five assemblies are ending in April and May.

New voters can be enrolled until 10 days from the last date of nomination, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said in New Delhi.

The Election Commission will be setting up special polling station at leprosy treatment centres this time.

For the first time a symbol for NOTA is being provided, which is designed by NID, Ahmedabad.

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Senior CPI-M leader Md Salim tested for Covid +ve

He said that the decision also aimed at avoiding all kinds of risks of infection amongst his friends, family and neighbours.

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Kolkata, Aug 4 : Senior Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader from West Bengal Mohammad Salim has tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday night.

The ex-MP tweeted, “I have tested positive for Coronavirus with very mild symptoms but I got myself admitted into a hospital as per the advice of my attending doctor”.

He said that the decision also aimed at avoiding all kinds of risks of infection amongst his friends, family and neighbours.

Senior Congress leader from West Bengal Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wished a speedy recovery to Md Salim. “Get well soon,” Adhir tweeted.

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Karnataka Governor tests negative after recent meeting with CM

Yediyurappa, 77, and daughter B.Y. Padmavati who also tested positive, are under treatment at a private hospital though they are asymptomatic with mild symptoms.

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Bengaluru, Aug 3 : Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has tested negative for coronavirus, three days after meeting Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa who was diagnosed positive on Sunday, an official said on Monday.

“The Governor has undergone a corona antigen test and tested negative,” said a communique from the Raj Bhavan.

The Chief Minister, along with Home Minister Basavaraju Bommai, had called on the Governor last week to discuss the Covid situation in the state and measures being taken to contain the pandemic spread.

“The Governor’s ADC and Personal Secretary Tejas Bhatti have also undergone antigen tests, and were found to be negative,” the communique said.

Yediyurappa, 77, and daughter B.Y. Padmavati who also tested positive, are under treatment at a private hospital though they are asymptomatic with mild symptoms.

“The Chief Minister is doing fine and spoke with the hospital staff. He also held an informal meeting with the team of doctors and nurses treating him at breakfast and enquired about their work conditions and the pressure they have been under since the pandemic broke out in March,” an official said.

Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar, who is himself a medical practitioner, said: “The Chief Minister has a mild cough while his chest and respiratory system are normal.”

As the minister has been meeting Yediyurappa regularly in connection with the Covid crisis management in the state, he gave his swab sample for the test and will be in home quarantine.

Sudhakar had tested negative after his father, wife and daughter tested positive on June 22-23 and had isolated himself for over a week at home in the city.

Though the Chief Minister was mostly at his official residence since Friday, National Education Policy draft committee chairman K. Kasturirangan called on him that day.

The Chief Minister had also been to the Electronics City earlier that day to inaugurate the new building of the Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (Keonics), where he came in contact with many people though he wore a mask and maintained physical distancing.

Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan and other officials had accompanied him.

On July 30, the Chief Minister flagged off the tunnel boring machine for the second phase of the metro rail project at the city centre, where people were present in large numbers.

Meanwhile, best wishes and “get well soon” poured from all over the country for the his quick recovery.

Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Ashwath Narayan, Bengaluru Mayor M. Goutham Kumar and others wished Yediyurappa a speedy recovery.

Yediyurappa is the fourth minister in the state to test coronavirus positive after Forest Minister Anand Singh, Tourism Minister C.T. Ravi and Agriculture Minister B.C. Patil last month.

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Bengal BJP urges Mamata to withdraw statewide lockdown on Aug 5

“The state government should not create an environment in which people can’t celebrate the occasion of Bhoomi Pujan,” Ghosh said.

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Kolkata, Aug 3 : The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) West Bengal unit has appealed to the Mamata Banerjee-led state government to withdraw the statewide lockdown on August 5, the day on which the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ for the proposed Ram temple is scheduled in Ayodhya.

“Earlier also the dates were changed four times. There is no harm if it is changed once more. It’s a historic occasion and a proud day for all of us. We have urged the West Bengal government to reconsider and withdraw its decision of enforcing a lockdown on August,” said BJP’s state President Dilip Ghosh.

He said the people of Bengal are already saddened by the pandemic and the state government should not increase their burden any further.

“The state government should not create an environment in which people can’t celebrate the occasion of Bhoomi Pujan,” Ghosh said.

Earlier, the state government had declared a statewide lockdown on seven non-consecutive days in August. The first lockdown of the month is slated to be enforced on Wednesday (August 5).

The state BJP also urged people to play conch shells and ring bells to celebrate the occasion on August 5. In the evening, it requested people to light up earthen lamps or diyas at every home to mark the celebration.

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