These will be the first set of assembly elections to be held in the country since those in Bihar in October-November last year and the second state polls amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
These will be the first set of assembly elections to be held in the country since those in Bihar in October-November last year and the second state polls amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.(PTI/ File photo)

TN, Kerala, Puducherry go to polls on April 6, Assam on and Bengal from March 27

Assembly Election Dates 2021: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Trinamool Congress (TMC) are among the major political parties which will contest these elections in these four states and the Union territory.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:04 PM IST

The Election Commission of India announced the poll schedule for the assembly elections that will be held for 126 constituencies in Assam, 140 in Kerala, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 294 in West Bengal and 30 in Puducherry as the terms of their assemblies are set to come to an end in May and June. However, President's Rule has been imposed in Puducherry and the assembly kept under suspended animation after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government failed to win the trust vote earlier this week.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Trinamool Congress (TMC) are among the major political parties which will contest these elections in these four states and the Union territory. In Tamil Nadu, the ruling AIADMK and the BJP have joined hands and the opposition DMK will fight the assembly election with the Congress once again. Mamata Banerjee-led TMC and the BJP will be fighting it out in West Bengal as the ruling party will look to retain the state with the central party confident of snatching away power.

Kerala will see the Left Democratic Front (LDF), which is led by the Communist Party of India(Marxist) or CPI(M), cross paths with the United Democratic Front (UDF) led by Congress These coalitions have held power in the southern state alternately over the last four decades. The LDF had won the 2016 Kerala assembly election as it won 91 out of 140 seats. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has an incumbent government in Assam with the party’s Sarbananda Sonowal as the chief minister. In the last assembly polls in 2016, the BJP formed its maiden government in the northeastern state after defeating the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

These will be the first set of assembly elections to be held in the country since those in Bihar in October-November last year and the second state polls amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


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  • FEB 26, 2021 05:23 PM IST

    West Bengal to go to polls on March 27

    West Bengal will go to polls in 8 phases. Poll dates are March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29. Results will be announce on May 2.

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:22 PM IST

    Puducherry to go to polls on April 6

    Voting for Puducherry assembly elections in single phase on April 6

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:20 PM IST

    Elections in Tamil Nadu to be held on April 6

    Elections in Tamil Nadu will be held in single phase, on April 6

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:19 PM IST

    Kerala to go to polls on April 6

    Voting for Kerala assembly elections in single phase on April 6

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:18 PM IST

    Assam to go to polls on March 27

    Assam assembly polls to be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:15 PM IST

    'This is my last press conference': Announces CEC Sunil Arora

    Election commissioner Sunil Arora said that Friday's press conference would be his last before his tenure in his office gets over. He thanked the media persons for their support.

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:13 PM IST

    'All poll officials will be vaccinated against Covid-19 before elections': Sunil Arora

    "All poll officials will be vaccinated against Covid-19 before elections for five assemblies," says Sunil Arora.

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:08 PM IST

    Volunteers to assist those with Covid symptoms, PWD voters, elderly

    "Drinking water, toilets, power supply, waiting areas will be made available in all polling stations. Additionally, soap, water, sanitizer etc will also be available. PWD voters, senior citizens and those who have Covid symptoms will be assisted by volunteers at the polling station," says Sunil Arora.

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:06 PM IST

    'Election after election, MHA has supported ECI': Sunil Arora

    "Election after election, the commission has been getting support from the MHA in the form of deployment of central forces," says Sunil Arora.

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:04 PM IST

    'Webcasting arrangement in place at polling stations in critical and vulnerable areas:' Sunil Arora

    "Webcasting arrangement has been put in place at polling stations in critical and vulnerable areas," says Sunil Arora.

  • FEB 26, 2021 05:02 PM IST

    'Nearly 18.68 crore electors to vote in 4 assembly elections': Sunil Arora

    "Nearly 18.68 crore electors to vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 seats in 4 assembly elections," says Sunil Arora.

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:56 PM IST

    'Roadshows allowed, subject to norms': Sunil Arora

    "Roadshows will be allowed, they will be subject to norms. Polling time has been extended by an hour and door-to-door campaigning has been restricted to 5 people," says. CEC

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:55 PM IST

    'Positive environment due to vaccine rollout': Sunil Arora

    "Vaccination drive has made situation more conducive for elections, everyone on poll duty declared frontline worker for vaccine purpose," says Sunil Arora.

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:54 PM IST

    'ECI started test trials with elections to 18 seats to Rajya Sabha': Sunil Arora

    "In the thick of the pandemic, ECI started test trials with elections to 18 seats to Rajya Sabha. After that, came the challenge of the Bihar elections, it was indeed a watershed moment for ECI. It proved to be a litmus test," says Sunil Arora.

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:46 PM IST

    'Due to Covid, we have decreased the number of polling stations in each state': Sunil Arora

    "Due to Covid-19, we have decreased the number of polling stations in each state," says Sunil Arora. "This means we would need many more polling and security personnel," he added.

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:44 PM IST

    'All polling stations are on ground floor': Sunil Arora

    "All polling stations are on ground floor. This is non-negotiable," says Sunil Arora.

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:40 PM IST

    'Proud of you': CEC praises those responsible for successful conduct of Bihar polls

    Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora praises the officials responsible for conducting the Bihar assembly elections successfully.

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:25 PM IST

    These to be 2nd round of elections after Covid, Bihar polls were held in Oct

    This is the second round of assembly elections which will be held during the coronavirus pandemic after the polls in Bihar in three phases through October and November last year.

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:19 PM IST

    Legislative assembly terms to end in May, June

    The terms of the 5 legislative assemblies in the states of Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and union territory Puducherry-- will end either in May or in June this year.

  • FEB 26, 2021 04:13 PM IST

    EC to announce poll schedule at 4.30pm

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) will be addressing a press conference to announce the poll schedules for Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry at 4.30pm.

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Women show their voter ID cards as they stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the 5th phase of West Bengal assembly polls, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country at Ranaghat in Nadia on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO.)
Women show their voter ID cards as they stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the 5th phase of West Bengal assembly polls, amid a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country at Ranaghat in Nadia on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO.)

Fifth phase of polls peaceful in Bengal, stray violence reported in 2 districts

PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2021 12:11 AM IST
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is contesting 291 of the state’s 294 seats this year, leaving the three hill seats of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong to the two factions of the GJM that are supporting chief minister Mamata Banerjee in the other seats of north Bengal.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public rally ahead of the sixth phase of assembly elections at Galsi in East Bardhaman on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public rally ahead of the sixth phase of assembly elections at Galsi in East Bardhaman on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)

Mamata Banerjee slams poll panel for curtailing campaign for last 3 phases of polls

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 09:44 PM IST
The Commission had on Friday banned rallies, public meetings, street plays and nukkad sabhas between 7 pm and 10 am every day starting Friday. It also increased the silence period from 48 hours to 72 hours for the last three phases.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally, in Asansol on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally, in Asansol on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

At West Bengal rally, PM Modi says 'TMC broken, Mamata Banerjee sensing defeat'

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 08:07 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the people of Bengal have united against you (Mamata Banerjee) in this election and will give you a certificate of 'former chief minister' on May 2.
People in queues to cast their vote showing voter ID cards during the fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 in Salt Lake.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
People in queues to cast their vote showing voter ID cards during the fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 in Salt Lake.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

West Bengal 5th phase election concludes with high turnout of women voters

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 07:05 PM IST
A firing by central forces was reported in Deganga constituency of South 24 Parganas following which the commission sought a report.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee paints during a sit-in dharna to protest against Election Commission's decision to impose a 24 hours ban on her election campaigning, in front of Gandhi statue at Mayo Road, in Kolkata. (Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee paints during a sit-in dharna to protest against Election Commission's decision to impose a 24 hours ban on her election campaigning, in front of Gandhi statue at Mayo Road, in Kolkata. (Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)

BJP calls for EC action on Mamata’s clip. It’s the 5th demand in last 17 days

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 03:13 PM IST
The Election Commission has heard increasing number of complaints from the BJP and the TMC since the beginning of electoral season.
"I can say that after the elections are over, BJP will not even get 70 out of total of 294 seats," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.(AFP)
"I can say that after the elections are over, BJP will not even get 70 out of total of 294 seats," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.(AFP)

My phone is being tapped, will order CID probe: Mamata Banerjee

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee also claimed she has information that the "central forces are being involved in such acts with some agents".
PM Modi addressing a rally at Asansol. (YouTube/Narendra Modi)
PM Modi addressing a rally at Asansol. (YouTube/Narendra Modi)

Mamata Banerjee stood like a wall between Centre and people: PM Modi

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 02:01 PM IST
PM Modi while addressing a rally in Asansol said that due to TMC's lack of law and order a region brimming with potential has now become a hotbed for 'mafia raj. '
Security personnel conduct patrolling ahead of the 5th phase of West Bengal Assembly elections at Bidhannagar in Kolkata.(PTI)
Security personnel conduct patrolling ahead of the 5th phase of West Bengal Assembly elections at Bidhannagar in Kolkata.(PTI)

TMC leader accuses BJP of stone-pelting in Bidhannagar, claims 2 workers injured

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 01:39 PM IST
Earlier in the day, Bose visited the polling booth in East Calcutta Girls College in the Bidhannagar assembly constituency. He is contesting from Bidhannagar and is in a direct fight with BJP's Sabyasachi Dutta in the fifth phase of the West Bengal Assembly Election 2021.
South 24 Parganas: Security personnel stand guard at a polling station during the 5th phase of West Bengal state assembly pollson Saturday. (PTI)
South 24 Parganas: Security personnel stand guard at a polling station during the 5th phase of West Bengal state assembly pollson Saturday. (PTI)

West Bengal election phase 5 kicks off; Modi and Shah to campaign

PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 01:00 PM IST
The fifth phase of West Bengal assembly polls kicked off on Saturday morning with around 16% of voters turning out to cast their votes till 9 am
File photo: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (ANI)
File photo: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (ANI)

BJP writes to EC over purported audio clip of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 01:01 PM IST
The BJP had released an audio clip, alleging that it was a conversation between Banerjee and TMC candidate from Cooch Behar’s Sitalkuchi where four villagers died in firing by central forces on April 10.
A security personnel stands guard at a polling station during the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections in South 24 Parganas district. (PTI Photo)
A security personnel stands guard at a polling station during the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections in South 24 Parganas district. (PTI Photo)

West Bengal Polls Phase 5: Brisk polling, situation peaceful, say officials

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 12:10 PM IST
The next phase of polling in the West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 will be held on April 22.
Bimal Gurung, leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).(AFP PHOTO.)
Bimal Gurung, leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).(AFP PHOTO.)

BJP lacks influence on ground zero: GJM leader Bimal Gurung as voting underway

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 11:45 AM IST
The GJM has influence in around 15 assembly seats in Darjeeling hills, the Terai and Dooars regions in the foothills and plains.
Polling started in three assembly seats in Rajasthan at 7am amid strict adherence to Covid-19 protocol.(PTI photo)
Polling started in three assembly seats in Rajasthan at 7am amid strict adherence to Covid-19 protocol.(PTI photo)

By-polls on 3 assembly seats in Rajasthan underway

Written by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 08:32 AM IST
Chief electoral officer Praveen Gupta said all voters will undergo thermal scanning and will have to wear gloves and masks at polling booths to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Electronic Voting machines (EVM) and voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) units seen outside a polling station. (ANI)
Electronic Voting machines (EVM) and voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) units seen outside a polling station. (ANI)

Karnataka bypolls: Voting begins in Belgaum Lok Sabha seat, Maski, Basavakalyan

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 08:15 AM IST
Congress and BJP will go head-to-head in all 3 constituencies while JD(S) has limited itself to only Basavakalyan in the bypolls.
The West Bengal Election Phase 5 is being seen as a key battle for the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is looking to win more than 200 seats in the eastern state. (AFP Photo)
The West Bengal Election Phase 5 is being seen as a key battle for the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is looking to win more than 200 seats in the eastern state. (AFP Photo)

Voting underway in West Bengal Election Phase 5 in 45 seats

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2021 07:43 AM IST
Voting is being held across 45 constituencies in the districts of Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and a segment of Nadia, North 24 Parganas and Purba Bardhaman in Phase 5 of the West Bengal Assembly Election 2021.
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