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Assam: The phenomenon called Himanta Biswa Sarma

HBS successfully plotted a BJP coup in Arunachal Pradesh. He toppled the Congress in Manipur, stitching up a BJP-led alliance in 2017. He cut political deals leading to a non-Congress government in Meghalaya too. In Nagaland, HBS was instrumental in making rival fronts tie up with the BJP
Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)
Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)
Updated on May 03, 2021 10:18 AM IST
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By Zia Haq

How TMC pulled off a massive win against formidable BJP

TMC successfully used a combination of Asmita, messaging about successful delivery of welfare schemes and a strategic campaign against anti-incumbency to defeat a formidable campaign launched by the BJP, according to party members and election strategists involved in the campaign
TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during an interaction with media in Kolkata on Sunday, May 2. (PTI)
TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during an interaction with media in Kolkata on Sunday, May 2. (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2021 10:13 AM IST
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By Sunetra Choudhury

West Bengal polls: BJP poll machine fails to deliver in its ‘final frontier’

  • In West Bengal in 2021, it didn’t. And it didn’t because the script collided with another script, offered by the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) — of a woman chief minister who was rooted to the soil, of Bengali sub-nationalism resisting central encroachment
BJP supporters at a rally in Kolkata on April 5. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)(AP)
BJP supporters at a rally in Kolkata on April 5. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)(AP)
Published on May 03, 2021 08:30 AM IST
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By Prashant Jha, New Delhi

What the verdict means for Rahul Gandhi: Uncertainty looms after setbacks

The outcome of assembly elections in four states — West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala — and the Union territory of Puducherry will have an impact on the political fortunes of both national and state leaders in the months and years ahead.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (File photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (File photo)
Published on May 03, 2021 08:18 AM IST
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What the verdict means for Pinarayi Vijayan

Pinarayi Vijayan breaks trend, becomes key Left leader
The victory will boost Pinarayi Vijayan’s position in the party.(File photo)
The victory will boost Pinarayi Vijayan’s position in the party.(File photo)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:10 AM IST
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What the election verdict means for Mamata Banerjee

  • Didi emerges as a formidable regional leader
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will emerge from this assembly elections as one of India’s most powerful regional leaders (ANI Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will emerge from this assembly elections as one of India’s most powerful regional leaders (ANI Photo)
Published on May 03, 2021 08:07 AM IST
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What the election verdict means for Amit Shah

  • A political blow to Amit Shah despite an all-out battle
Union home minister invested tremendous political energy, predicted over 200 seats for the BJP(ANI Photo)
Union home minister invested tremendous political energy, predicted over 200 seats for the BJP(ANI Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2021 10:26 AM IST
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What the verdict means for MK Stalin: Ends 40-year wait for power

The outcome of assembly elections in four states — West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kerala — and the Union territory of Puducherry will have an impact on the political fortunes of both national and state leaders in the months and years ahead.
DMK president MK Stalin. (File photo)
DMK president MK Stalin. (File photo)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:01 AM IST
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What the election verdict means for PM Modi

Bengal loss may leave PM Modi with more challenges.
Narendra Modi has shown he can never be underestimated, but for once, despite the party’s win in Assam(PTI)
Narendra Modi has shown he can never be underestimated, but for once, despite the party’s win in Assam(PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:21 AM IST
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Sonia Gandhi congratulates Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin for poll win

The counting of votes, which began at 8 am on Sunday, is still being counted in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi speaks in a video message in New Delhi. (PTI)
Congress leader Sonia Gandhi speaks in a video message in New Delhi. (PTI)
Published on May 03, 2021 07:24 AM IST
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TMC covers ground after Lok Sabha polls fright

  • The trends indicate that the TMC has made gains since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the BJP has lost ground.
At an AC-wise level, the TMC and BJP lead in 164 and 121 ACs in 2019, while the Left-Congress alliance lead in nine. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
At an AC-wise level, the TMC and BJP lead in 164 and 121 ACs in 2019, while the Left-Congress alliance lead in nine. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:32 AM IST
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By Abhishek Jha, Roshan Kishore, New Delhi

Pro-incumbency stops 2019-like roll out

  • The decision of the DMK and the AIADMK to contest more seats in these elections than in 2019 has also yielded different results in terms of strike rates.
One of the reasons behind the AIADMK’s relative comeback -- it has still lost the elections with a big margin between 2019 and 2021 -- could be the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
One of the reasons behind the AIADMK’s relative comeback -- it has still lost the elections with a big margin between 2019 and 2021 -- could be the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:33 AM IST
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By Abhishek Jha, Roshan Kishore, New Delhi

Kamal Haasan loses Coimbatore south to BJP’s Vanathi by a thin margin

  • Kamal Haasan, who made his electoral debut with the TN assembly elections, made a surprise move by choosing Coimbatore (south) as his constituency while he was expected to contest from Chennai.
As per official data from the Election Commission of India as of 10 pm, Srinivasan was leading with 45,932 votes, Haasan 45,042 and Jayakumar 39,413. (ANI Photo)
As per official data from the Election Commission of India as of 10 pm, Srinivasan was leading with 45,932 votes, Haasan 45,042 and Jayakumar 39,413. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 03, 2021 06:31 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Chennai

Violence breaks out, BJP party office torched in Bengal

  • Houses and vehicles of some Bharatiya Janata Party candidates were allegedly attacked and a party office at Arambagh was set on fire.
A BJP party office at Arambagh was set ablaze where the party’s candidate Madhusudan Bag defeated TMC’s Sujata Mondal by around 7,100 votes.. (ANI Photo)
A BJP party office at Arambagh was set ablaze where the party’s candidate Madhusudan Bag defeated TMC’s Sujata Mondal by around 7,100 votes.. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 03, 2021 06:18 AM IST
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Mamata Banerjee, a street fighter who’s now beaten Left, Right, Centre

  • The TMC chief may now aspire for a greater national role: in challenging Centre and seeking a bigger role for states, or working with non-BJP forces to create a political coalition for 2024
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee during a roadshow in Kolkata. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(HT_PRINT)
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee during a roadshow in Kolkata. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:31 AM IST
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By Prashant Jha, New Delhi

After victory, Mamata Banerjee says will move top court against poll body

  • “I had been saying that BJP won’t even get 70 seats. Even if they manage 75-80 seats, it is because of the ECI. Central forces tortured people in villages and didn’t allow people to vote freely. They posted officers of their choice and resorted to hooliganism,” Banerjee said.
A three-member Trinamool Congress delegation also met chief electoral officer Aariz Aftab in Kolkata on Sunday to ask for a recount of votes in Nandigram, where Banerjee lost. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(PTI)
A three-member Trinamool Congress delegation also met chief electoral officer Aariz Aftab in Kolkata on Sunday to ask for a recount of votes in Nandigram, where Banerjee lost. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(PTI)
Published on May 03, 2021 05:50 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, New Delhi/kolkata

Assam polls: Congress decision to move candidates to resort turns out premature

  • On April 10, the BPF shifted 8 candidates to a resort in Chhattisgarh. On April 9, the AIUDF shifted 18 of its candidates toJaipur . On April 22, the Congress shifted over 60 of its candidates to Sonapur. But on Sunday, the Opposition performed poorly.
The Congress won just 23 seats in Assam. (ANI Photo)
The Congress won just 23 seats in Assam. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 03, 2021 04:19 AM IST
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By Utpal Parashar, Guwahati

Spotlight is on future roles for Sarbananda Sonowal, Himanta Biswa Sarma

  • The campaign season has been marked by speculation of Sonowal possibly getting a role in the Union government and Sarma taking his place as CM, particularly since the BJP did not name a CM candidate outright.
Sonowal and Sarma themselves have dismissed the talk of their future role as media speculation and stressed that they work as a team. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Sonowal and Sarma themselves have dismissed the talk of their future role as media speculation and stressed that they work as a team. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Published on May 03, 2021 04:13 AM IST
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By Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi

Assam Election: Trends suggest deepening polarisation across state

  • The Congress, the main opposition party that ruled the state for 15 years from 2001 to 2016, has managed a seat share in the region of 20% for the fourth consecutive time in these elections.
To be sure, the 2021 political alignment in the state was very different from 2016 and 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
To be sure, the 2021 political alignment in the state was very different from 2016 and 2019. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:37 AM IST
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By Roshan Kishore, Abhishek Jha, New Delhi

Left Front wins a war, but also loses a crucial battle

  • The victory in Kerala is the most significant electoral gain for the Left since it lost Bengal in 2011
Left supporters celebrate the party’s win in Kerala. (ANI Photo)
Left supporters celebrate the party’s win in Kerala. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 03, 2021 03:31 AM IST
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By Ramesh Babu, New Delhi

Polls and Covid-19: 5 regions, 5 big spikes

  • In all five – Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal – the seven-day average of new cases has increased at a rate more than twice that of the national average in the past week, shows an analysis by HT.
The two eastern states – West Bengal and Assam – have seen their cases rise most from this group, 54% and 76% respectively. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
The two eastern states – West Bengal and Assam – have seen their cases rise most from this group, 54% and 76% respectively. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:31 AM IST
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By Jamie Mullick, New Delhi

Assembly Elections 2021: Bengal vocal for local

  • Riding on a mix of welfare delivery, Bengali sub-nationalism, Banerjee’s own popularity and connect with the grassroots, and substantial minority consolidation, the TMC won — but Banerjee lost her own fiercely fought assembly battle in Nandigram
Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate their party’s victory in the assembly elections, in South Dinajpur district on Sunday. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate their party’s victory in the assembly elections, in South Dinajpur district on Sunday. (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2021 04:35 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, New Delhi

In Assam, UPPL pips BPF in Bodo areas; BJP makes inroads

On Sunday, all three of BPF’s ministers of the Sonowal cabinet lost their seats. The most prominent among the losers was Pramila Rani Brahma, a winner from Kokrajhar East continuously from 1991, who lost to UPPL’s Lawrence Islary.
On Sunday, the UPPL gave another jolt to BPF by winning 6 of the 12 seats in the region. The BPF, which had won all the 12 seats in the past three elections had to be content with just 4 while BJP made its presence felt by winning 2 seats. (PTI PHOTO.)
On Sunday, the UPPL gave another jolt to BPF by winning 6 of the 12 seats in the region. The BPF, which had won all the 12 seats in the past three elections had to be content with just 4 while BJP made its presence felt by winning 2 seats. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on May 03, 2021 02:09 AM IST
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No Left and Congress MLA in Bengal assembly for the first time

Prominent losers among Left candidates included Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Left students’ union president Aishe Ghosh at Jamuria in West Burdwan district. She contested the seat on a CPI (M) ticket.
The trend at 8 pm suggested that for the first time the Bengal assembly might have no Left and Congress MLA among its members. (HT PHOTO.)
The trend at 8 pm suggested that for the first time the Bengal assembly might have no Left and Congress MLA among its members. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on May 03, 2021 01:36 AM IST
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Didi braves BJP storm to pull off a win for the ages

On Sunday, the 66-year-old political maverick, who began her career as a youth leader and clawed her way up the ranks, pulled off an extraordinary victory that was as significant, if not more hard-fought, than her watershed 2011 ouster of the 34-year-old communist rule.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses supporters in Kolkata after her party’s victory in the assembly polls (PTI Photo)(PTI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses supporters in Kolkata after her party’s victory in the assembly polls (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2021 05:59 AM IST
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By Tanmay Chatterjee, Kolkata

BJP 1st non-Congress govt to win consecutive terms in Assam

  • The BJP on its own had won or was leading in 59 seats, while its alliance partner the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United Peoples Party Liberal (UPPL) were ahead in nine and six seats, respectively.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal takes questions from the media in Guwahati on Sunday. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal takes questions from the media in Guwahati on Sunday. (PTI Photo) (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2021 07:39 AM IST
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By Utpal Parashar, Guwahati

Once Mamata Banerjee’s victory ground against Left Front, Nandigram welcomes BJP

Nandigram went to the polls on April 1 and emerged as an epicentre of the toughest battle TMC and BJP fought in the eastern state. On the day of the big fight, Banerjee alleged that polls were being rigged. She visited a booth and stayed there for around two hours.
In the 2016 assembly election, Adhikari secured 67% votes in Nandigram while the BJP got only around 5% but the latter made deep inroads in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and won 29% votes in this assembly segment, nibbling primarily into the Left’s vote share. (PTI PHOTO.)
In the 2016 assembly election, Adhikari secured 67% votes in Nandigram while the BJP got only around 5% but the latter made deep inroads in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and won 29% votes in this assembly segment, nibbling primarily into the Left’s vote share. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on May 03, 2021 01:16 AM IST
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LDF’s response to crises led to its return to power in Kerala

The current LDF government’s tenure was among the most crisis-ridden in the state’s history
LDF supporters celebrate the party's victory during the election result day for the Kerala Assembly Polls, in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
LDF supporters celebrate the party's victory during the election result day for the Kerala Assembly Polls, in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2021 08:36 AM IST
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By Abhishek Jha, Roshan Kishore

BJP’s parachuting leaders fail to weather TMC storm

The BJP decided to field prominent candidates in the form of four parliamentarians, Dasgupta, Chatterjee, Supriyo and Nisith Pramanik for the polls.
Political analyst and CSDS’ former director Sanjay Kumar said the BJP made a very careful choice in fielding Lok Sabha MPs (PTI PHOTO.)(HT_PRINT)
Political analyst and CSDS’ former director Sanjay Kumar said the BJP made a very careful choice in fielding Lok Sabha MPs (PTI PHOTO.)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on May 03, 2021 06:22 AM IST
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By Deeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi
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