Tue, Feb 28, 2017 | updated 11:06 PM IST

Crucial by-polls in TN, WB, Maharashtra and Tripura today

Updated: Nov 19, 2016 08:20 IST

Mumbai [India], Nov. 19 (ANI): Crucial by-polls will be held in four states -- Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Tripura and West Bengal today and all arrangements have been made by the Election Commission to conduct them in a free and fair manner amid tight security.

In Tamil Nadu, polls will be held in Thanjavur, Aravakurichi and Tiruparakundram. In all, eighty one candidates are in the fray from the AIADMK, DMK, BJP and MDMK.

Votes will be counted on Tuesday and the results will be announced on the same day. Voting will start at 7 a.m. and end by 5 p.m.

In Thanjavur, 276 polling booths have been set up for 268516 voters, in Aravakurichi, 245 polling booths have been set up for 200347 voters and in Tiruparakundram 291 polling booths have been set up for 285980 voters.

Live webcasting of the voting process in 96 booths in Aravakurichi, 275 booths in Thanjavur, and 254 booths will be monitored.

Fourteen candidates for Thanjavur, 39 for Aravakurichi and 28 candidates for Tiruparakundram are contesting the election.

The elections in Thanjavur and Aravakurichi were postponed after huge seizure of money by election commission flying squads during the election in May this year.

In Maharashtra, polling will take place for six legislative council seats and two local body seats (Bhandara-Gondia and Yavatmal from the Vidarbha region).

Counting of votes would be taken up on November 22.

By-polls will also be held in two Lok Sabha constituencies and one Assembly constituency in West Bengal.

By-polls will be held in Cooch Behar and Tamluk Lok Sabha constituencies and in Monteswar Assembly constituency.

The Trinamool Congress, BJP, Left Front and Congress have fielded their candidates in all three seats.

A by-election in Cooch Behar was necessitated by the death of TMC MP Renuka Sinha, while the by-election in Tamluk in East Medinipur district was caused by the resignation of TMC MP Suvendu Adhikari who also won the assembly poll and joined the state cabinet as transport minister.

The by-poll to Monteswar Assembly seat in Burdwan district is due to death of TMC MLA Sajal Panja.

In Tripura, by- elections will be held in the assembly constituencies of Khowai and Barjala.

In Khowai, out of 52 polling booths 10 booths have been designated as 'A' category, while remaining 42 have been designated as 'B' category. In Barjala, 12 of the 48 polling stations have been designated as 'A' category, while the remaining 36 have been designated as 'B' category.

Security measures have been beefed up with the deployment of central paramilitary forces in all sensitive polling stations in both constituencies.

For each constituency there are around 39,000 voters. According to political observers, the electoral battle will be among three forces i.e. TMC, BJP and CPI (M).

In the 2013 assembly elections, Barjala was captured by Congress candidate Jitendra Sarkar who later joined the CPI (M).

The Khowai constituency fell vacant after CPI (M) MLA Samir Deb Sarkar died a few months back.

The counting of votes will take place on November 22. (ANI)

Darjeeling (West Bengal) [India], Feb 28(ANI): West Bengal CID has arrested one person from Panitanki Indo-Nepal border on Tuesday for allegedly trafficking two girls.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met a group of over 100 youth and children from Jammu and Kashmir, who are currently touring different parts of India as part of the initiative "Watan Ko Jaano."

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 28 (ANI): The External Affairs Ministry Secretary (Economic Relations) Amar Sinha on Tuesday stated that a joint coordination committee will be created by India and Israel to plan out high level political visits between both nations.

Full Story >>

Panji (Goa) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The Women Organisation Ranaragini appealed to the Goa State Commission for Women on Tuesday to remove all contraceptive advertisements on Kadamba buses and other public places featuring actress Sunny Leone to save women from embarrassment.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid, whose presence as a speaker at a cultural event at Ramjas College triggered a spiral of violence at the Delhi University, has come out in support of Gurmehar Kaur and students of the Delhi University condemning former cricketer Virendra Sehwag's tweet saying he represents BCCI and not India.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Reacting to the recent controversy surrounding the Ramjas College scuffle, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday alleged the "far" left affiliated political parties are trying to impose its ideology over Delhi University.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has written to Facebook India, urging the social media giant to take prompt action against individuals who were involved in harassing Gurmehar Kaur, who launched a social media campaign in support of students of the Delhi University.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb 28 (ANI): Expressing his concern over the scuffle that took place at Ramjas College, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala today slammed members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the All India Students Association (AISA), describing them lumpen elements who will not be tolerated.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): A day after Union Minister Kiren Rijiju termed anyone who attempted to break the nation as 'anti-national', Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shatrughan Sinha, known for his outspoken personality said that no one had the right to brand any citizen as such.

Full Story >>

Kannur [Kerala], Feb. 28 (ANI): A Malayalee priest, who is accused of raping a minor in Kannur, Kerala leading to her pregnancy, has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days.

Full Story >>

Madurai (Tamil Nadu), Feb.28 (ANI): 'Kolaveri Di' fame star Dhanush appeared before the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday in connection with an elderly couple's claim that he's their biological son.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): In wake of the recent clashes that broke out between the students of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and All India Student Association, FTII Chairman Gajendra Chauhan on Tuesday urged students to stay away from political issues and concentrate on their studies.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Relentless in his attack on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who has attacked the Left for misleading people amid the raging controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, Bollywood lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar asserted that the former was 'grossly biased'.

Full Story >>

Malayalam actress breaks silence post-assault

Updated: Feb 28, 2017 18:25 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The noted Malayalam actress, who was abducted and assaulted by a gang in Kochi on February 17, has broken her silence and has thanked everyone for their support even as she said she will always rise above the difficult times.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): The Parliament Standing Committee on Home Affairs on Tuesday raised concerns over the scuffle that took place in Ramjas College between the members of ABVP and AISA and the alleged rape threats received by Kargil martyr's daughter Gurmehar Kaur.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): In the wake of the ongoing controversy post last week's scuffle at Delhi University's Ramjas College, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) will be organizing a peaceful demonstration on March 2 in order to restore peace on the campus and to call for exclusion of the Left wing.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb.28 (ANI): Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) wants to impose its regressive ideas on the country.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi on Tuesday said expression of views must be restricted if it goes against national interest.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 28 (ANI): Following complaints that female students and media persons were harassed by police personnel during the violent clashes at Ramjas College on February 22nd, the National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued a notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner.

Full Story >>

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb.28 (ANI): Launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that the former did not even discuss about the Naga Peace Accord with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh.

Full Story >>