Meeting elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, Puducherry: Highlights | India Information – Occasions of India

 Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, Puducherry: Highlights | India News - Times of India

2021-05-02 07:05:36

NEW DELHI: The outcomes for the meeting elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry are being declared on Sunday after over a month of hectic campaigning that was held beneath the shadow of a raging Covid-19 pandemic.
This is all it’s essential to know to make sense of the elections:
West Bengal
The polls
West Bengal has a complete of 294 meeting seats out of which two didn’t go to polls because of the demise of two candidates forward of the seventh section. Polling in these two seats can be held on Could 16.
Which means the magic determine {that a} celebration or alliance wants to realize to kind the federal government is 147.
Polling was unfold over eight phases – the longest electoral train within the state’s historical past – and the final spherical concluded on April 29.
The polling was rocked by political violence, which isn’t unprecedented within the politically risky state. Nonetheless, it was the Covid-19 pandemic that dominated the election season this 12 months. The big-scale political campaigning within the state, which is reporting a surge in circumstances like the remainder of India, got here beneath heavy criticism because of the flouting of Covid-appropriate norms.
The state recorded an general voter turnout of 81.87%, lower than 83% recorded in 2016.
The events
This 12 months, the competition within the state was primarily between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP.
The TMC, led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has been in energy since 2011.
The BJP, which was for lengthy a marginal participant in Bengal, has now taken heart stage following a buoyant efficiency within the 2019 Lok Sabha election and the fading footprint of the once-powerful Left alliance.
An alliance between the CPM-led Left, Congress and Indian Secular Entrance can also be within the fray. Nonetheless, the alliance is just not thought-about to be a big challenger in 2021.
The predictions
Exit polls have been divided over the election consequence, with just a few of them predicting a hung meeting and others giving an edge to both the TMC or BJP.
A ballot of 9 exit polls reveals that the state might be headed for a fractured mandate. In accordance with the mixture, the TMC would bag 141 seats whereas the BJP 138. The Left alliance can be a distant third with simply 13 seats.
Whether or not the predictions maintain true or not, it seems that the state is headed for a good contest.
Tamil Nadu
The polls
Polling was held for 234 meeting constituencies of Tamil Nadu in a single section on April 6.
The polling was largely peaceable aside from some sporadic incidents of violence.
A celebration has to safe no less than 118 seats to kind the federal government within the state.
The elections this 12 months have been marked by the absence of the 2 late Dravidian stalwarts J Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi.
The state recorded an general voter turnout of 72.81%, lower than 74.81% recorded in 2016.
The events
DMK and AIADMK are the 2 predominant rivals in Tamil Nadu politics and the 2021 contest was dominated by them.
The DMK is led by former chief minister M Karunanidhi’s son MK Stalin whereas the AIADMK is spearheaded by the incumbent CM Ok Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam.
The Congress and BJP, each of which have restricted political presence within the state, are in alliance with DMK and AIADMK respectively. Each Congress and BJP are junior companions within the alliance.
Two different fronts – TTV Dhinakaran-led AMMK and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan-led MNM – have been additionally within the fray this 12 months.
In 2016, AIADMK proved most exit polls improper after retaining energy within the state which is historically identified to not re-elect the ruling authorities.
The predictions
The exit polls have unanimously predicted a thumping DMK victory within the state.
A ballot of 5 exit polls predicts 174 seats for the DMK and 56 for the ruling AIADMK.
If the predictions maintain true, AIADMK will be unable to win a historic third straight time period within the state.
Kerala
The polls
Elections for the 140 constituencies within the southern state have been additionally held in a single section on April 6.
The 2 predominant alliances can be eyeing the bulk mark of 71 to have the ability to kind the federal government within the state.
Polling was largely peaceable aside from minor skirmishes and allegations of bogus voting reported from just a few locations.
The state recorded an general voter turnout of 74.57%, almost 3 share factors lower than the turnout in 2016.
The events
Kerala is traditionally identified for the bitter rivalry between the 2 predominant fronts CPM-led Left Democratic Entrance (UDF) and the Congress-led United Democratic Entrance.
This 12 months too, the competition is primarily between the LDF and UDF.
The BJP can also be assured of garnering extra seats this time from the lone seat – Nemom – it had gained in 2016.
The predictions
The exit polls have unanimously predicted that Pinarayi Vijayan will keep on as chief minister as his LDF would safe a cushty victory within the elections.
A ballot of 5 exit polls has predicted 88 seats for the ruling LDF and 51 for the UDF.
Both alliance’s victory would mark an vital second in Kerala politics.
An LDF victory can be uncommon in Kerala because the state has had a document of ousting the ruling alliance for the previous 40 years.
Alternatively, an LDF loss can be a giant setback for communism in India as Kerala is the one state the place the Left is in energy.
Assam
The polls
Assam has a complete of 126 seats which went to the polls in three phases.
A celebration or an alliance has to safe no less than 64 seats to kind a authorities within the state.
A significant controversy erupted this 12 months when the Election Fee ordered repolling for a polling station in Ratabari after reviews of an EVM being transported in a non-public car belonging to a BJP candidate.
Except for this, the polling was largely peaceable aside from sporadic incidents of violence and reviews of EVM malfunctioning.
The state witnessed an general turnout of 82.04%, down over 2% from the earlier election’s 84.72%.
The events
The competition in Assam is primarily between the ruling NDA led by the BJP and the rival UPA entrance led by Congress.
Not like the earlier elections, the BJP-led NDA this 12 months contains simply two different events – Asom Gana Parishad and UPPL.
BJP’s key ally Bodoland Folks’s Entrance (BPF) give up the NDA forward of polls to affix the Congress-led entrance.
The Congress is contesting the elections in alliance with Badruddin Ajmal’s All India United Democratic Entrance (AIUDF), Bodo Folks’s Entrance and three Left events.
The predictions
All exit polls have predicted that NDA will retain energy within the state this 12 months.
A ballot of 4 exit polls gave NDA 73 seats and the UPA 52.
Puducherry
The polls
Puducherry is a Union Territory that’s entitled by a particular constitutional modification to have an elected legislative meeting and a cupboard of ministers.
It has 30 meeting seats in whole and the winner of the elections should safe the magic determine of 16 to kind the federal government.
Puducherry voted in a single section on April 6 and the polling was principally peaceable aside from just a few minor scuffles.
The UT witnessed a voter turnout of 81.88% this 12 months, which was a 3.22% share factors dip in comparison with the earlier meeting elections.
The events
Like Assam, the principle contest right here is between the NDA and UPA. The NDA contains All India NR Congress, BJP and AIADMK whereas the UPA contains DMK and Congress.
Puducherry hogged the nationwide highlight simply weeks earlier than the meeting elections after the ruling UPA was struck by a spate of defections. This prompted a ground take a look at within the meeting, which the UPA misplaced.
Since then, the UT has been beneath President’s Rule.
This 12 months, the NDA is vying to come back again within the state beneath the management of the previous Chief Minister N Rangaswamy-led AINRC.
Former chief minister V Narayanaswamy, who misplaced energy simply earlier than the polls, didn’t contest this 12 months.
The predictions
All exit polls have predicted a transparent victory for the NDA.
A ballot of three exit polls predicted 21 seats for the NDA and simply 9 for the UPA.

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