DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ASSAM 126 seats BJP BJP+ 76 (3) 74 (60) COVIDWATCH March 31 DECISION 2021 TAMIL NADU 234 seats Cong+ 982 2.17 17,512 March 31 76 (136) 49 1.22 158 (89) PUDUCHERRY 30 seats 3,453 March 31 May 1 2,579 19,588 March 31 0.29 May 1 UDF LDF 8 (15) 99 (91) COVIDWATCH 0.25 1.54 KERALA 140 seats Cong+ NRC+ 16 (8) COVIDWATCH 0.02 May 1 DMK+ AIADMK+ 51 (26) COVIDWATCH 0.12 May 1 `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 WEST BENGAL 292 seats* TMC REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MAY 3, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES 214 (211) ● 41 (47) COVIDWATCH 127 1.99 1,379 March 31 May 1 0.19 2,653 2.23 35,636 ■ GrowthRate(7-dayCDGR) ■ DailyCaseCount Results and leads up to midnight on Sunday. Elections were held in 292 out of 294 seats in West Bengal. Figures in parentheses are for 2016. For both 2021 and 2016, only seats won by major parties have been listed. In Assam, AIUDF and Cong, and BJP and AGP, fought in alliance; in 2016, AIUDF and Cong fought separately. Growth rate of Covid-19 cases: 7-day compounded daily growth rate (CDGR). Daily case count data from May 1. Source of Covid-19 data: Central, state governments. Bengal decides: Didi, not Modi BIG WIN FOR INCUMBENTS IN BENGAL, ASSAM, KERALA; DMK WINS TAMIL NADU Mamata takes TMC to historic victory, but loses her own seat SOS is refrain within as Congress continues downward march RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & SANTANU CHOWDHURY MANOJ C G KOLKATA, MAY 2 MAMATA BANERJEE made history in 2011, ending the 34-year rule of the Left Front. A decade later, she made history again, roaring to a third term in spectacular fashion, fighting back anti-incumbency, a wave of desertions from her party, and a giant BJP election machinery led personally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. In an ironic twist to the Trinamool Congress’s triumph, however, Banerjee herself lost — she was edged out narrowly by herlieutenant-turned-BJPleader Suvendu Adhikari, whom she had chosen to confront in his stronghold of Nandigram. Adhikari defeated Banerjee by 1,956 votes, as per data on the Election Commission website at CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NANDIGRAM ON COUNTING DAY PAGE 5 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Mamata Banerjee at a post-victory press conference in Kalighat, Kolkata, on Sunday. With her is her nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee’s daughter. Partho Paul Bengal defeat robs BJP of planks, boosts Mamata, federal pushback RAVISH TIWARI & LIZ MATHEW ` 54 per kilo NEW DELHI, MAY 2 ` 82 per kilo ALTHOUGH FIVE states went to the polls, for the BJP, West Bengal was the grand prize it pulled out all the stops for: from a supercharged campaign led by Prime MinisterNarendraModi,withal- ` 98 per kilo ` 60 per Dozen In Assam, BJP returns to power; mandate by people to ‘protect culture’, says Sarma GUWAHATI, MAY 2 CM Sonowal at party office in Guwahati Sunday. PTI CM Sarbananda Sonowal told the press in his brief first reaction on the poll results. Sonowal won from Majuli. In a statement intheevening,hethankedPrime Minister Narendra Modi for his “dynamicleadershipandunconditional help that he has been rendering to the state of Assam since 2014”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 most the entire Cabinet and the BJPtopbrassropedin,toapointed attackthattargetedTMC leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeeandframedthe contestas“ModivsDidi.” For the party, a West Bengal win would have helped plant its flag in a state it has long coveted, demoralised a shrinkingOppositionandhelped it to argue that it had secured publicaffirmationwhen it’s seen floundering in the face of the unprecedented Covid crisis. But that didn’t happen. Banerjee, who herself lost the election, led her CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 As LDF bucks trend, storms back to power, why this is Vijayan’s win SHAJU PHILIP Vijayan first CM in four decades to retain power THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 2 THE CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) came back to power in Kerala on Sunday with a decisive win, breaking the state's long tradition of the incumbent government being unseated ABHISHEK SAHA THE BHARATIYA Janata Party (BJP), together with its allies, is all set to return to power in Assam for a second consecutive term. Despiteaspiritedfightbythe Congress-led grand alliance or mahajot, the counting trend clearly shows the stage set for BJP's victory. In the run-uptothe elections, the party used the rhetoric of polarisation, overcame political opposition to the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, and trumped anti-incumbency withsuccessfulimplementation of a series of welfare schemes. “People of Assam have elected aBJP government forthe secondtime,”incumbentAssam NEW DELHI, MAY 2 every five years. That the LDF won 99 out of 140 Assembly seats, eight seats more than what it won in 2016, makes this a victory of Pinarayi Vijayan, considering the LDF campaign revolved almost entirely around the Chief Minister. Addressing the press in Dharmadam, his home constituency, after the LDF win, Vijayan said, "This is a historic victory... In the last five years, the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Tamil Nadu, DMK staves off ADMK challenge, comes to power after a decade ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, MAY 2 DMK workers celebrate in Chennai on Sunday. PTI STAVING OFF a strong challenge from incumbent AIADMK, the alliance led by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Sunday won or has leads in 157 seats out of 234, paving the way fortheDMK’sreturntopowerafter a gap of 10 years. At the time of going to press, the DMK had won or was leading in 133 seats (up from the 89 seats it won in 2016); the Congress in 16 of the 25 seats it contested; Dalit Party VCK in four seats; and the CPM and the CPI in two seats each. Undertheleadershipof DMK chief M K Stalin, who is set to take charge as Chief Minister, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NCP loses Pandharpur Assembly seat, BJP says verdict against MVA govt’s record EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MAY 2 IN A setback to the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government, BJP’s Samadhan Autade defeated NCP's Bhagirath Bhalke in the bypoll to Pandharpur Assembly constituency in Solapur district. Autade won the seat by a thin marginof 3,733votesonSunday. As per the official figures, Autade secured 109450 votes while Bhalke got 105717 votes. Over 66 per cent turnout was recorded during polling in the constituencyonApril17,according to the Election Commission. The bypoll was being pro- Samadhan Autade. Express jectedbythecontestantsasatest of the MVA government’s popularity. The BJP and NCP werein a direct fight in the bypoll, which was necessitated by the death of NCPlegislatorBharatBhalkedue to Covid-19 in November last year. While NCP fielded Bhalke’s son Bhagirath, the BJP fielded Autade, who contested the 2019 Assembly poll as an independent candidate and the 2014 polls as a Shiv Sena candidate. “The victory of BJP candidate Autade in Pandharpur is a comment on the corrupt and noncompetent MVA government in Maharashtra,”Oppositionleader CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 YETANOTHERcountingdayand yet another demoralising defeat for the Congress. Since 2014, of the 40 Assembly elections held, the party, on its own, could win and form governments in only four states and a Union Territory. Aftertoday'sdefeatsinKerala, Assam, Puducherry and the wipeoutinWestBengal,Congress leaders across states are admitting,inhushedtones,thatthebigger worry is that the party is losing its legitimacy — moral and political—toleadtheOpposition at the national level as it is fast cedingspacetoregionalforcesin the fight against the BJP. The defeat, many party leaders said, is set to deepen internal turmoilandgiveanotherwindow forthedetractorsof seniorleader Rahul Gandhi, who had virtually ledtheparty’scampaigninKerala, fromwhereheisanMP.Hissister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had campaigned in Kerala and Assam. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Revisit vaccine policy, consider lockdown to curb virus: SC to Centre ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, MAY 2 THE SUPREME COURT Sunday called upon the Centre to revisit its vaccine procurement policy stating it would “prima facie result in a detriment to the right to public health which is an integral element of Article 21 of the Constitution”. It also urged the Centre and states “to consider imposingalockdowntocurbthe virus in the second wave in the interest of public welfare”. On lockdown, the Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said, “We are cognisant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalised communities… thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities.” Further, observing that no CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Foreign missions get help from Youth Cong, Govt says: ‘Don’t hoard oxygen’ EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 2 THE OXYGEN crisis in Delhi has opened up a new front between the Government and the Opposition Congress, this time involving two foreign missions. Andledtoanunusuallyundiplomatic message from the Government to “all high commissionsandembassies”:Donot hoard oxygen. This comes in the middle of a global Covid diplomacy push with India sending more than 6.5 cr vaccines to over 80 countries and around 40 nations, includingtheUS,sendingaidinthe form of oxygen and related equipment, like concentrators and tankers, and key drugs such as remdesivir. Sunday’s spat was sparked CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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