b i g h i t t e r s o f t h e day CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI ■ ■ vijayawada l monday l may 03, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION Tamil nadu west bengal kerala assam DMK [131 plus alliance 25] 156 (+58) AIADMK [70 plus Alliance 8] 78 (-58) TMC 213(+2) BJP 77 (+74)others 2 LDF 99(+8) UDF 41 (-6)BJP 0 (-1) NDA 74(0) UPA 51 (0)others 1 swing factor swing factor swing factor swing factor AIADMK: 33.5% (-7.4%) DMK: 37.7% (+6.3%) TMC: 47.9% (+3%), BJP: 38.1% (+28.1%), CPI(M): 4.7 (-15%) CPI(M): 25.1% (-1.6%), Congress: 24.8% (+1%) BJP: 11.3% (+0.7%) BJP: 32.2% (+2.7%), Cong: 29.7% (-1.2%), AIUDF 8.8% (-4.2%), AGP: 8.3% (+0.2%) 234 292 140 126 M K Stalin Mamata Banerjee Pinarayi Vijayan Top section shows the number of seats in which a party or alliance is leading or has puducherry been declared the 30 winner by the EC. NRC+ 16 (+4) The bottom part DMK+ 8 (-9)others 6 indicates share of votes won and the swing factor brackets. Cong: 15.5% (-15.1%), AIADMK: 4.2% swing invalid as Figures (-12.2%), BJP: 12.6 (10.2%), NRC: 27% of 11:30 pm (-1.1%), DMK: 18.7% (9.8%) ZERO Sarbananda Sonowal Is the score card of the once mighty CPI(M)-led Left Front in Bengal. Its alliance partner, the Congress, too got zilch. In Puducherry, the AIADMK lost all the five seats it contested in saffron curve flattened after a decade in waiting, son rises on the dmk horizon S K U M A R E S A N @ Chennai IT was a well-fought battle, defying predictions of a “clean sweep” and springing quite a few surprises in the process. Out of power for a decade, the DMK finally managed to dethrone its Dravidian rival by a comfortable margin. MK Stalin, who has been waiting in the sidelines for the last several years, is all set to swear-in as the eighth Chief Minister of the State. At 68, he would be the oldest firsttime Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. This is the first time in 25 years that the DMK has secured a majority on its own. For AIADMK, the defeat was not as bad as predicted. It would be the strongest AIADMK Opposition in the history of State Assembly, which indicates that the anti-incumbency factor was not as close as it was predicted. The biggest takeaway, however is this: Tamil Nadu has, once again, decisively, shut the doors on the so-called “Third Front.” Self-proclaimed centrist Kamal Haasan’s party, MNM, scored a duck, with even the actor himself losing the race. Instead, Seeman’s Naam Tamizhar Katchi emerged as the underdog, in the third place. BJP put up a poor show compared to its national rival Congress. However, the saffron party did manage to get MLAs elected into the State Assembly after decades. The Congress, meanwhile, put up an impressive show, winning 16 out of the 25 seats in which it contested. “This is a vote for change,” says veteran journalist G Kubendran. “Caste politics has been voted out, Congratulations to Mamata Didi... The Centre will continue to extend all possible support to the West Bengal Government to fulfil people’s aspirations and also to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic Narendra Modi, PM DMK president MK Stalin pays respects at Karunanidhi memorial at Marina in Chennai on Sunday night after his election victory | ashwin prasath as sitting ministers including MC Sampath, CVe Shanmugam and KC Veeramani have lost despite the last-minute internal quota given to Vanniyars.” Edappadi K Palaniswami, however, managed to retain his Kongu belt forte. The same pro-AIADMK sentiment did not resonate in Southern districts, considered to be a bastion of O Panneerselvam. The capital city and its surrounding districts gave a resounding mandate to DMK, with the party winning almost all seats here. “The election victory is the result of hardwork put in by Stalin,” said another scribe, T Koodalarasan. This election will go down in history for one more reason, for the thumping victory of Udhayanidhi Stalin, the heir-apparent of the DMK. The winning mojo rubbed off on Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha bypoll too, with Congress candidate Vijay Vasanth leading the race. nda scripting history in puducherry Puducherry: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), for the first time in history, is set to form the government in Puducherry, a Congress bastion. The alliance, led by All India NR Congress (AINRC), is projected to win more than 15 seats in the 30-member Assembly. While the AINRC won 10 seats, the BJP has won three and is leading in three seats. It is to be noted that most of the BJP candidates who won were Congress turncoats wi n n ers U dhayan i dh i Stal i n 93,285 Beat Kassali A V A of PMK by 69,355 votes from Chepauk (TN) By-election results Parliamentary constituencies Winner AP (Tirupati) YSRC Karnataka (Belgaum) BJP Kerala (Malappuram) TN (Kanniyakumari) Previous position Retains seat Beats Congress IUML (UDF) Retains seat Leading in Cong race Assembly constituencies Winner Gujarat (Morva Hadaf) BJP Jharkhand (Madhupur) Karnataka (Basavakalyan) JMM Karnataka (Maski) Cong Madhya Pradesh (Damoh) Maharashtra (PandharpurMangalvedha) Mizoram Rajasthan (Rajsamand) Rajasthan (Sahada) Rajasthan (Sujangarh) Telangana (Nagarjuna Sagar) Uttarakhand (Ganga Pancholi) BJP Cong Previous position Previous MLA was disqualified Retains seat Beats Congress Leading in race Beats BJP BJP Beats NCP ZPM BJP Cong Cong Retains seat Retains seat Retains seat Retains seat TRS Retains seat BJP Retains seat WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), YOUR LIFE COACH K K Sha i la j a H I M A N TA S A R M A 96,129 1,30232 beat Illikkal Augusthy of RSP by 60,963 votes from Mattannur (Kerala) beat Romen Borthakur of Congress by 1,01,911 votes from Jalukbari (Assam) Respect the verdict of people of Nandigram, but we have got a landslide victory... Bengal has saved India today — Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister quick bYtes I will be truthful to you, I will work for you, my thoughts and deeds would be for the people of this state M K Stalin, DMK chief We humbly accept the people’s mandate. Sincere gratitude to our workers & the millions of people who supported us on the ground. We will continue to fight for our values and ideals Rahul Gandhi, Cong leader Sonowal wins from Majuli Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal retained his Majuli seat, defeating Rajib Lochan Pegu (Cong) by 43,192 votes. Sonowal polled 71,436 votes (67.53%), while the Cong secured 28,244 votes (26.7%) Sonia dials mamata, staliN Seeking to build Opposition momentum, Congress president Sonia Gandhi called Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee and DMK head M K Stalin to congratulate them for their stupendous victories Mamata tsunami in Bengal; BJP manages to hold Assam H K hogen S i ngh , P r anab M on dal & P r a s anta M a z umda r @ New Delhi/Kolkata/Guwahati Soon after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee injured her left foot in Nandigram, allegedly at the hands of the Bharatiya Janata Party she often , referred to herself as a wounded Bengal tiger. Ranged against her was the combined might of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP chief J P Nadda and the seemingly unstoppable BJP election juggernaut. But in the end, it was the saffron party that was left to licks its wounds as Mamata won the election khela of the decade at a canter. At the time of going to the press the Trinamool Congress had won or was leading in 215 of the 294 Assembly seats in the state. The BJP, its principal rival, was way behind at 75 seats and far short from its projected 200. The election results were also a reversal of the 2019 Lok Sabha election results: when translated into Assembly seats, the BJP was ahead in 121. The 2019 results had upped the BJP’s tail and it had hoped to build on it to mount a challenge, after it made deep inroads into the Dalit-dominated Junglemahal and north Bengal. In Junglemahal, the BJP led in 21 of the 27 seats in 2019, in north Bengal the saffron party led in 35 of the 54 seats. But this time the results got reversed. The Trinamool won 20 seats in Junglemahal and 27 in north Bengal. TMC activists celebrate the party’s win in South Dinajpur district on Sunday | pti A prominent feature of the West Bengal elections was that it became a two-horse race between the Trinamool and the BJP, reducing the Left Front and the Congress as mere also-rans. The Left, which ruled the state for 34 years before Mamata’s advent, and the Congress failed even to open their accounts. Their candidates fell like nine pins even in their strongholds of Murshidabad, Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur comprising 49 seats. The Trinamool secured leads in 38 seats mainly because of consolidation of the minority voters, which are deciding factors in the region. The traditional minority vote bank of the Congress and the Left in the four districts shifted its loyalty to the ruling party because of the BJP’s Hindutva rhetoric. Continued on P8 Nandigram swung like a pendulum E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kolkata Nandigram, the epicentre of the high-octane West Bengal Assembly elections in East Midnapore, witnessed a nailbiting drama on who would be the winner—Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee or her once trusted lieutenant-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari. The drama continued till the last round when news of Mamata’s victory came in, but minutes later, Suvendu’s victory by 1,956 votes was announced. While the returning officer rejected Trinamool’s request for a recount, the party asked the chief election officer to reconContinued on P8 sider it. l o sers KAMAL HAASAN 51,481 lost to BJP’s Vanathi Srinivasan by 1,728 votes from CBE South (TN) E S r eedha r an S w a pan D a s gu p ta 50,220 89,214 lost to Congress’ Shafi Parambil 3,859 votes from Palakkad (Kerala) lost to TMC's Ramendu Sinharay by 7,484 votes from Tarakeswar (WB) Brand Pinarayi helps LDF script rare history, retain power in Kerala B S r ee j an @ Thiruvananthapuram RIDING on the pro-incumbency wave, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) won the Assembly elections bagging 99 out of 140 seats. The LDF tally, which matches that of A K Antony-led UDF in 2001, is remarkable as it is rare for an incumbent government to win more seats than the last time. The LDF win is a personal victory A CPM member takes out a solo celebration in front of AKG Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday | Vincent Pulickal for Vijayan as the CPM and CPI had benched many senior leaders including eight ministers to make room for newcomers. The resounding win in UDF strongholds underlines the theory that votes were cast for the good work of the government rather than the merit of individual candidates. The UDF, which tried to put up a strong fight with young faces, failed to cash in on the strategy . A mix of policies with the right combination of development and welfare measures helped the LDF. These include the implementation of Nava Kerala Mission projects, bringing radical changes in health and education sectors and housing for the poor, etc. The efficient handling of crises such as Nipah, flood and Covid was another big factor. It also helped Pinarayi grow to become YSRC breaks record, retains Tirupati Govt postpones Inter exams E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The ruling YSRC on Sunday retained Tirupati Lok Sabha seat (SC reserved) by winning the bypoll with a thumping majority of 2.71 lakh votes, which is more than the victory margin it secured in the 2019 general elections. YSRC candidate M Gurumurthy maintained lead from the first round of counting itself and secured more votes than former Union minister and TDP nominee Panabaka Lakshmi in all the seven Assembly segments falling under Tirupati parliamentary constituency . The YSRC vote share had gone up by more than 1 per cent compared to the last elections proving that Chief Minister YS BYPOLL RESULT M Gurumurthy YSRC 6,26,108 Panabaka Lakshmi TDP 3,53,792 Jagan Mohan Reddy’s popularity remains as high as in 2019 mostly due to the plethora of welfare schemes launched by his government. While Gurumurthy secured more than 6.26 lakh votes of the total 11 lakh polled in the bypoll, the TDP stood at a distant second with 3.53 lakh votes. The BJP-Jana Sena Party combine failed to put up a strong fight and could get just a little over 56,000 votes while the two other national parties — the Congress and the CPM — P4 polled less than NOTA. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Vijayawada The State government has finally postponed the Intermediate examinations, which were scheduled from May 5 to 19. The move comes days after the High Court directed the government to reconsider its decision to hold the exams in view of surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. All the opposition parties strongly demanded that the government cancel the SSC and Intermediate exams in the best interest of students and the staff. With the postponement of ex- ams, the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) announced holidays for all junior colleges in the State from May 3 to till the announcement of fresh exam dates. All the teaching and non-teaching staff should attend the colleges as and when the new exam dates are announced, a release by the BIE said. Announcing the postponement of Intermediate exams, Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh said the decision was taken respecting the High Court’s suggestion. New Intermediate exam dates will be announced once normalcy is restored, he said. P3 a cult figure among Keralites. The strategic retreat by the front in the Sabarimala women’s entry issue also helped. Pinarayi 2.0 will have to deal with tough challenges from Day One. The biggest worries will be the worsening Covid situation and empty coffers. Pinarayi has sought the support from all including the Opposition to take the state forward. NATIONWIDE may 1 MAY 2 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 4,01,993 2,99,988 3,523 3,92,488 3,07,865 3,689 Docs in UK offer telemedicine for India Indian-origin doctors in the UK on Sunday said they are in the process of rapidly expanding their telemedicine project through collaborations with Indian hospitals as part of a wider COVID India Appeal. STATEWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths may 1 19,412 11,579 61 may 2 23,920 11,411 83 Active cases in AP stand at 1,43,178 and the Covid-19 toll is 8,136
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