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Assembly Polls: Victory for Mamata in West Bengal, BJP in Assam and Puducherry, LDF in Kerala and DMK-Congress alliance in Tamil Nadu

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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the Centre, has been beaten squarely by the All India Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee in the general election to the West Bengal Assembly.

This is AITC’s third consecutive victory in Bengal Assembly election.

Till 7 pm on Sunday 2 May 2021, AITC was leading in 192 and had 21 of the 292 seats when the counting of votes was still in progress

The Bharatiya Janata Party was way begind, leading in 75 seats and winning three seats (73).
The Left parties and Indian National Congress failed to open their account.

In Tamil Nadu, Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), in alliance with Congress, will replace the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) ruling the State for 10 years. DMK alliance was ahead in 112 constituencies while ally Congress was leading in 16 seats.

The AIADMK was leading in 75 seats and had won two seats while the BJP was leading in three of the total 234 seats.

The Left Democratic Front in Kerala created history by retaining power in the state where goverments change every five years. The LDF won 44 seats and was ahead in 49 while the opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front bagged 17 seats and was leading in 25 seats of 140 seats. The BJP failed to open its account.

In Assam BJP was on its way to form the Government. The ruling BJP alliance with AGP and UPPL has given a drubbing to the Congress party’s grand alliance in Assam.

Voting held in 1.5 lakh Polling Stations across 475 Assembly Constituencies

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New Delhi: Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry that went for single-phase Assembly polls on Tuesday, recorded about 70, 65, and 78 per cent voting till 6 pm, according to the Election Commission.

With Tuesday’s polling, the voting process has concluded in three States – Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry.

The voter turnout declined in comparison to previous Assembly polls when Kerala registered nearly 76 pc polling, Tamil Nadu 75 and Puducherry 84 per cent voting.

West Bengal, on Tuesday went for the third of the eight phases polling on Tuesday. The State recorded 78 per cent voting while Assam recorded 79 pc voter turnout till 6 pm in the third and final phase of polling.

Bengal had recorded more than 80 pc polling in the earlier two phases, while voter turnout in Assam was almost the same as in the previous phases.

General election to the Legislative Assemblies of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry, 2021

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal

Poll EventsPhase-I (30 ACs)Phase-II (30 ACs)Phase-III (31 ACs)Phase-IV (44 ACs)Phase-V (45 ACs)Phase-VI (43 ACs)Phase-VII (36 ACs)Phase-VIII (35 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification02.03.2021(Tuesday)05.03.2021(Friday)12.03.2021(Friday)16.03.2021(Tuesday)23.03.2021(Tuesday)26.03.2021(Friday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)
Last date of making nomination09.03.2021(Tuesday)12.03.2021(Friday)19.03.2021(Friday)23.03.2021(Tuesday)30.03.2021(Tuesday)03.04.2021(Saturday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)
Date of Scrutiny10.03.2021(Wednesday)15.03.2021(Monday)20.03.2021(Saturday)24.03.2021(Wednesday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)05.04.2021 (Monday)08.04.2021 (Thursday)08.04.2021(Thursday)
Last date of withdrawal12.03.2021(Friday)17.03.2021(Wednesday)22.03.2021(Monday)26.03.2021(Friday)03.04.2021(Saturday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)12.04.2021(Monday)12.04.2021(Monday)
Date of Poll27.03.2021(Saturday)01.04.2021(Thursday)06.04.2021(Tuesday)10.04.2021(Saturday)17.04.2021(Saturday)22.04.2021(Thursday)26.04.2021(Monday)29.04.2021(Thursday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)

  Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Assam:

Poll EventsPhase-I (47 ACs)Phase-II (39 ACs)Phase-III (40 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification02.03.2021 (Tuesday)05.03.2021 (Friday)12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination09.03.2021 (Tuesday)12.03.2021 (Friday)19.03.2021 (Friday)
 Date of Scrutiny10.03.2021 (Wednesday)15.03.2021 (Monday)20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal12.03.2021 (Friday)17.03.2021 (Wednesday)22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll27.03.2021 (Saturday)01.04.2021 (Thursday)06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)02.05.2021 (Sunday)02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)04.05.2021 (Tuesday)04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

 Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Kerala

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 140 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

 Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Puducherry

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 30 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 234 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Election Commission announces Assembly election in 4 States and 1 Union Territory

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New Delhi: Election Commission of India on Friday 26 February announced the schedule for General election to the Legislative Assemblies of four States – Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengaland Union Territory of Puducherry.

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal: 

Poll EventsPhase-I (30 ACs)Phase-II (30 ACs)Phase-III (31 ACs)Phase-IV (44 ACs)Phase-V (45 ACs)Phase-VI (43 ACs)Phase-VII (36 ACs)Phase-VIII (35 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification02.03.2021(Tuesday)05.03.2021(Friday)12.03.2021(Friday)16.03.2021(Tuesday)23.03.2021(Tuesday)26.03.2021(Friday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)
Last date of making nomination09.03.2021(Tuesday)12.03.2021(Friday)19.03.2021(Friday)23.03.2021(Tuesday)30.03.2021(Tuesday)03.04.2021(Saturday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)
Date of Scrutiny10.03.2021(Wednesday)15.03.2021(Monday)20.03.2021(Saturday)24.03.2021(Wednesday)31.03.2021(Wednesday)05.04.2021 (Monday)08.04.2021 (Thursday)08.04.2021(Thursday)
Last date of withdrawal12.03.2021(Friday)17.03.2021(Wednesday)22.03.2021(Monday)26.03.2021(Friday)03.04.2021(Saturday)07.04.2021(Wednesday)12.04.2021(Monday)12.04.2021(Monday)
Date of Poll27.03.2021(Saturday)01.04.2021(Thursday)06.04.2021(Tuesday)10.04.2021(Saturday)17.04.2021(Saturday)22.04.2021(Thursday)26.04.2021(Monday)29.04.2021(Thursday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)02.05.2021(Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)04.05.2021(Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Assam: 

Poll EventsPhase-I (47 ACs)Phase-II (39 ACs)Phase-III (40 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification02.03.2021 (Tuesday)05.03.2021 (Friday)12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination09.03.2021 (Tuesday)12.03.2021 (Friday)19.03.2021 (Friday)
 Date of Scrutiny10.03.2021 (Wednesday)15.03.2021 (Monday)20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal12.03.2021 (Friday)17.03.2021 (Wednesday)22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll27.03.2021 (Saturday)01.04.2021 (Thursday)06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)02.05.2021 (Sunday)02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)04.05.2021 (Tuesday)04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Kerala: 

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 140 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the LegislativeAssembly of Puducherry: 

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 30 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

Schedule for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu: 

Poll EventsSingle Phase (All 234 ACs)
Date of Issue of Notification12.03.2021 (Friday)
Last date of making nomination19.03.2021 (Friday)
Date of Scrutiny20.03.2021 (Saturday)
Last date of withdrawal22.03.2021 (Monday)
Date of Poll06.04.2021 (Tuesday)
Date of Counting02.05.2021 (Sunday)
Date of completion04.05.2021 (Tuesday)

People’s Government in the 10th Century

India History

Uttaramerur Inscription

“We, the members of the assembly of Uttaramerur Caturvedimangalam, made this settlement for the prosperity of our village in order that wicked men may perish and the rest may prosper”, reads the inscription which details how village government would be elected from among the people and what tasks it would perform.

The inscription even carries the name of the scribe who wrote it. “At the order of the greatmen, sitting in the assembly, I the Arbitrator Kadadippottan Sivakkuri Rajamallamangalapriyan, thus wrote this settlement”, it says.

As India moves forward to create an Indian building for the Indian Parliament, we recall the nature of government by the people that existed in in pre-British, pre-Muslim India. Such government forms were especially prevalent in the dakkan, more so in the region of Tamilnadu that was far more developed than the rest of the country in terms of trade, industry and commerce. Governance was in the hands of people, detailed rules and regulations were in place to elect representatives of the people. Here is a sampler from the rules and regulations to be found in the ‘Uttaramerur Inscription’. This was inscribed on the walls of the assembly hall of the temple at Uttaramerur. Uttaramerur or Uthiramerur as it is known, is today a small panchayat town in Kancheepuram district in Tamilnadu. This was originally a brahmin settlement, established through a brahmadeya grant in about the year 750 of the current era by the Pallava king Nandivarman 2. The brahmins of the Shrivaishnava sect lived here. The name of the settlement, as mentioned in the inscription from the 10th century current era is ‘Uttaramerur Chaturvedi Mangalam’.

This inscription is divided into short paragraphs, duly headlined to ensure ease of reading. It talks of ‘We, the members of the assembly of Uttarmerur-caturvedimagalam’. The inscription talks of having drawn up a ‘settlement…for choosing once every year …members for the ‘“Annual Committee”, “Garden Committee”, and “Tank Committee”’.

It says that the settlement of Uttaramerur-caturvedimangalam was divided into thirty wards.

Residents of each ward would assemble and choose. Then it lays down the qualifications of the candidates that were to be chosen. The candidate had to have the following qualifications:
-own tax paying land,
-live in a house build on his own site,
-be of less than 70 years of age but above 35,
-must be capable of teaching the Mantrabrahmana,
-should be conversant with business and –should be virtuous,
-possess honest earnings.

The inscription also lists ‘disqualifications’ in someone standing for elections. The conditions were strict and a person suffering from such disqualification would also disqualify a host of his relatives— essentially his entire family. The list of disqualifications included:
-a person who has not submitted his accounts and his relatives. The relatives who would be disqualified because someone had not submitted his accounts included
-sons of the younger and elder sisters of his mother
-sons of his paternal aunt and maternal uncle
-utrine brother of his mother
-utrine brother of his father
-his utrine brother
-his father in-law
-utrine brother of his wife,
-husband of his utrine sister,
-sons of the utrine sister et cetera et cetera.
Also disqualified was someone who had committed incest or ‘the first four of the five great sins’.
-Being ‘foolhardy’ was also a disqualification
-Someone who was a thief was disqualified
-A person who had eaten forbidden things was disqualified.
-All such disqualifications were for ever.

Mode of Election
The election was to be held by placing the names of the candidates in a pot. The pot would then be brought before the assembly at a particular time when all priests of the settlement were instructed to be present as also all members. The eldest of the priests would then stand up so as to be clearly seen by everyone. A young boy would then be asked to shake the pot, pick out one of the names, hand it over to the priest. The priest would take it in his hand, clearly showing to the assembly that he did not hold anything else in his hand. Then, holding it aloft for everyone to see he would open the ticket, read out the name of the candidate thus chosen. A similar procedure would be followed for all the 30 wards.
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Duration: the committees thus formed would endure for 360 days and then retire.


We have republished this post, which is being read with interest on social media.

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