BJP Announces List of Candidates for Assembly Elections
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-03-2021; Prominent economist Ashok Lahiri and Swapan Dasgupta, Rajya Sabha MP were among the 63 candidates the BJP announced on Sunday for the third and fourth rounds of the polls on April 6 and 10.
- BJP has released the names of 112 candidates for Kerala, where it will run in 115 of the 140 assembly seats, 17 names for Assam and 63 candidates for the third and fourth phase of the West Bengal elections.
- Mr Lahiri, Member of the 15th Finance Committee, former Chief Economic Advisor to the Indian Government and former Lecturer at the Delhi School of Economics, will run in the Alipurduar constituency in North Bengal.
- The economist who also co-authored the book India Decide, Elections 1952-89 with David Butler and Prannoy Roy, is the most surprising inclusion on the BJP list.
- Mr. Dasgupta will contest from the Tarakeswar Assembly headquarters in the Hooghly district.
- The list included four MPs, including Mr. Dasgupta. Union Minister and Asansol MP from Lok Sabha Babul Supriyo will compete from Tollygunj headquarters in South Kolkata, MP Locket Chatterjee from Hooghly Lok Sabha from Chunchura and MP from Cooch Behar Nisith Pramanik from Dinhata.
- The Trinamool Congress nominated only one MLA.
- The BJP also gave the ticket to dissident Trinamool congressional leaders who recently switched sides. The most important of them is former minister Rajib Banerjee, who will contest from Domjur in Howrah. From Singur Rabindranath Bhattacharya’s (88) quadruple TMC MLA will compete from the same seat. Diamond Harbor TMC MP Dipak Halder, who left the party a few weeks ago, received a ticket from the same seat.
- Prominent names aligned by the party in Kerala include “Metroman” E Sreedharan of Palakkad and former Union Minister KJ Alphons of the Kanjirappally assembly.
- The BJP today announced a list of 17 candidates for the Tamil Nadu Assembly vote to be held on April 6. AIADMK had assigned 20 seats to the party.
- Hours after DMK MP for Thiruparankundram P. Saravanan joined the BJP, the national party rewarded him with a ticket to contest the Madurai North Constituent Assembly. Mr. Saravanan was elected to the State Assembly after a vote. This time, the DMK denied him a fine. Saravanan is the second DMK MP to switch to BJP. Formerly Thousand Lights MLA K. Selvam had joined the BJP, but the seat has now been given to actor and politician Khushbu Sundar.
- BJP Tamil Nadu President L. Murugan said Selvam did not want to contest.
- According to the list announced by the BJP, Mr. Murugan will run in the Dharapuram constituency (reserved). He will compete against Kayalvizhi Selvaraj of the DMK.
- Vanathi Srinivasan has been nominated for Coimbatore South, where she will face congress actor and politician Kamal Haasan and Mayura Jayakumar.
- Ms. Khushbu Sundar, who had campaigned in Chepauk-Triplicane as the electoral leader will face N. Ezhilan, MD, from the Thousand Lights constituency DMK.
EC suspends two IPS officers for failing to protect Mamata Banerjee during the Nandigram incident
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-03-2021; The Election Commission on Sunday ordered the suspension of two IPS officials for failing to protect West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in an incident in Nandigram on March 10 that left her wounded.
- Ms. Banerjee was campaigning for the current state assembly elections when she was allegedly pushed around by unidentified individuals, leaving her with leg injuries.
- The EC met on Sunday to discuss reports submitted by West Bengal Chief Secretary and Special Observer General Ajay Nayak and Police Special Observer Vivek Dube on the incident, the EC said in a statement.
- After considering the reports, the BOI ordered the removal and suspension of West Bengal Security Director Vivek Sahay and Purba Medinipur Police Superintendent Pravin Prakash.
Antila Scare: Vaze sent into NIA custody
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-03-2021; A special court referred Deputy Police Inspector Sachin Vaze to the custody of the National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Sunday through March 25 in connection with the recovery of an explosives-laden car that was found abandoned next to the residence of Mukesh Ambani on February 25.
- The SUV car was found with 20 jelly sticks on February 25 and police said the car was stolen from the Airoli-Mulund bridge on February 18.
- Mr. Vaze was arrested under sections 286 (negligent conduct in relation to explosive substances), 465 (sanction for infringement), 473 (making or possessing a false seal, etc., with intent to commit an infringement punishable in another way), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) 120 B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and the Explosives Act.
- The owner of the car, Mansukh Hiren, an auto parts dealer, was found on March 5 in Kalwa Creek. The case was transferred from Maharashtra police to the NIA on March 8. On March 12, a Thane court rejected Mr. Vaze’s bail before his arrest for Hiren’s murder.
- Mr. Vaze is known as a “Encounter specialist” for the Mumbai police. He was suspended for 17 years after being arrested for the death in custody of 27-year-old software engineer Khwaja Yunus. But he was released on bail after 58 days in detention.
- He was reinstated in June 2020 citing the need for officers in the force. He led Raigad police team to arrest Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami in the death case of architect Anvay Naik and was investigating the falsification of TV rating points as a officer of the criminal branch.
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