After voting for the Assembly Elections 2021 in five states, now everyone’s eye is counting the votes. Today, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry assembly elections will count the votes and the election results will also come. The Election Commission has announced a three-pronged plan to address the threat of coronavirus during the counting of votes. Order more counting halls, ban public ceremonies outside the centers and allow entry of candidates or polling agents only if they are fully vaccinated or have RT-PCR negative reports.
The Election Commission issued a statement saying that on the basis of broad guidelines, a comprehensive Covid-19 related comprehensive plan for counting system at the state level will be prepared, local arrangements will be taken into consideration.
Political situation of West Bengal
The main contest in this election in West Bengal is being seen between the ruling party TMC and the BJP. Whereas TMC is trying hard to stay in power, while the BJP wants to win power in West Bengal for the first time.
Mamta Banerjee’s party TMC won the maximum 211 seats in the 2016 assembly elections. While Congress-44, Left-26 and BJP managed to win 3 seats. A majority of 148 seats in the 294-member assembly is required.
Political equation of Tamil Nadu
All the 234 seats in Tamil Nadu were voted in a single phase on April 6. There was a lot of enthusiasm among the voters about the election and 71.43 percent of the people voted here.
This election is witnessing a tough fight between AIADMK and BJP’s ruling coalition and DMK-Congress in the state.
In Tamil Nadu, it is a five-pronged battle, although the main contest is between the AIDMK and the DMK. Along with this, the fight is also between Chief Minister Adapadi Palaniswami and MK Stalin. This is also due to the vacant space left by the death of two strong leaders of the state, Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi.
The AIADMK is headed by Tamil Nadu E. Palaniswamy, with 234 assembly seats. The AIADMK and its coalition parties won 134 seats in the 2016 assembly elections. DMK stood second with 98 seats. There are many smaller parties in the state including the Congress along with the DMK. Formation of government in Tamil Nadu requires 118 seats.
Political situation of Kerala
Like Tamil Nadu, Kerala also held elections on 6 April in a single phase. 73.58 per cent of the people in Kerala exercised their franchise. In all 140 assembly seats of the state, 2.74 crore people exercised their franchise.
PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah rallied fiercely towards the BJP to take over the power of Kerala. At the same time, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also worked hard as the main opposition party.
In the 2016 assembly elections, LDF-91 and Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) won 47 seats. 71 seats are required to form a government here. The state has Pinarayi Vijayan CPI (M) -led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government.
BJP’s credibility at stake in Assam
All 126 seats in Assam were voted in three phases. The first phase of voting took place on March 27, the second on April 1 and the third on April 6. In Assam, there is a close contest between the BJP-led NDA and the Congress alliance.
The Congress is in the fray this time with the Bodoland People’s Front, All India United Democratic Front and the Left parties, while the BJP is contesting along side the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).
At present, there is a BJP government in Assam. In the year 2016, BJP won 86 out of 126 seats. This time the BJP is facing a big coalition of 8 parties led by the Congress. Of which, Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF is also included. In Assam, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi rallied fiercely. At the same time, PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda gave a lot of public meetings. The issue of CAA and laborers working in tea plantations was the most talked about in Assam. At the same time, the Congress also promised five guarantees for the state.
Latest status of Puducherry
Like Tamil Nadu and Kerala, elections were held in Puducherry in a single phase. Puducherry polled all 30 assembly seats on 6 April. 81.64 per cent of the people in the state cast their votes.
Just before the assembly elections in Puducherry, the Narayanasamy-led Congress government came to a minority. Chief Minister Narayanasamy lost the trust vote in the House and he had to resign before voting on the confidence motion and the Congress government fell.
In fact, due to the resignation of Congress MLAs and one MLA from outside supporting DMK, the government of the Union Territory was reduced to a minority.
In the last election, Congress contested 21 seats and won 15 seats. The All India NR Congress contested 30 seats and won only eight seats. Others had seven seats in their accounts. Here 16 seats are needed for the majority.
The politics of Puducherry is also quite interesting. The reason for this is that the Congress is no longer in power there. The BJP is keen to form a government in this small state with the help of Congress rebels.