monDAY In a league of their own 03 Compared to Sarbananda Sonowal, Pinarayi Vijayan and Mamata Banerjee faced heavy odds. As for MK Stalin, he can become DMK’s undisputed leader may, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard O X Y G EN CRISIS PM reviews strategies Govt is working on converting nitrogen plants into those generating oxygen A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS Page 8 l New Delhi l l J8.00 PAGES 12 M K Stalin Tamil nadu west bengal kerala assam DMK+ 157 (+59) ADMK+ 77 (-59) MNM 0 Others 0 TMC 214(+3) BJP 76 (+73)others 2 LDF+ 87(+3) UDF+ 42 (-3)BJP 0 others 11 NDA 72(-2) UPA 52 (+1)others 2 234 292 140 126 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(MP) 4.7 (-15), Congress 3 (-9.3) 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%) 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%), INRC: 27% of 10:30 pm (-1.1%), DMK: 18.7% (9.8%) ZERO Mamata Banerjee Pinarayi Vijayan 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. The BJP lost its sole seat in Kerala to score a duck this time saffron curve flattened 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 Mamata tsunami in Bengal; BJP manages to hold Assam 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 H Khogen Singh, Pranab M o n d a l & P r a s a n ta M a z u m d a 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. Narendra Modi, PM 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 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 KA M AL HAA S AN E Sreedharan 45,042 50,220 lost to Congress’ Shafi Parambil 3,859 votes from Palakkad (Kerala) lost to BJP’s Vanathi Srinivasan by 1,114 votes from CBE South (TN) Parliamentary constituencies Winner AP (Tirupati) YSRC Karnataka (Belgaum) BJP Kerala (Malappuram) TN (Kanniyakumari) Party position Retains seat Beats Congress IUML (UDF) Retains seat Leading in Cong race Assembly constituencies Karnataka (Maski) Cong Madhya Pradesh (Damoh) Maharashtra (PandharpurMangalvedha) Mizoram Rajasthan (Rajsamand) Rajasthan (Sahada) Rajasthan (Sujangarh) Telangana (Nagarjuna Sagar) Uttarakhand (Ganga Pancholi) Cong Party position Previous MLA was disqualified Retains seat Beats Congress Leading in race Leading in race BJP Leading in race ZPM BJP Cong Cong Retains seat Retains seat Retains seat Retains seat TRS Retains seat BJP Leading in race Winner Gujarat (Morva Hadaf) BJP Jharkhand (Madhupur) Karnataka (Basavakalyan) JMM BJP 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 Exp r e ss N e ws S e r vic e @ Kolkata Rahul Gandhi, Cong leader Nandigram, the epicentre of the high-octane West Bengal Assembly elections in East Midnapore, witnessed a nailbitter 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 1,622 votes was announced. The Trinamool then said from its official Twitter handle, “The counting process for Nandigram has not been completed. Please do not speculate.” P8 Few takers for NOTA losers By-election results quick bYtes Ais h e G h o s h 24,818 lost to TMC’s Hareram Singh by 46,184 votes from Jamuria (WB) The ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) option was exercised by about 1.22% voters in Assam, 0.5% in Kerala, 1.3% in Puducherry, 0.78% in Tamil Nadu, and 1.1% in West Bengal as last reports came in EC upset over processions The EC complained to parties that its ban on victory processions during and after counting of votes is being flouted, and directed them to restrain their workers from violating Covid19 norms after a decade in waiting, son rises on the dmk horizon S KU M ARE S AN @ 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, as sitting minis- DMK cadre at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai is jubilant as the party leads in most constituencies in the State on Sunday | ashwin prasath ters including MC Sampath, CVe Shanmugam and KC Veeramani have lost despite the last-minute i n t e r n a l q u o t a g ive n t o 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. 360o coverage: p7&8 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 winners U d h aya n i d h i S ta l i n K K Shailaja 93,285 Beat Kassali A V A of PMK by 69,355 votes from Chepauk (TN) H I M ANTA S AR 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) Brand Pinarayi helps LDF script rare history, retain power in Kerala B S r e e j a n @ 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. A CPM member takes out a solo celebration in front of AKG The LDF win is a personal victory 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 also a big factor. It also helped Pinarayi grow to become a cult Amid O2 crisis Centre urges HC to recall contempt warning E X P RE S S NE W S S ER V I C E @ New Delhi The shortage of medical oxygen continued to grapple Delhi on Sunday as several hospitals treating Covid-19 patients raised alarm over their depleting oxygen storage. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Sunday asked the Delhi government to file a reply to a Centre’s plea seeking recall of a court order to supply the entire oxygen allocated to the national capital. The court, which held a special hearing on a holiday issued a no, tice to the Delhi government on the Centre’s applica- tion and asked it to file its response by Wednesday . The HC was hearing an application by the central government seeking recall of its May 1 order directing supply of the entire 490 MT of oxygen allocated to Delhi and warning of contempt action for failure to do so. The bench had said the Centre should ensure that Delhi receives its allocated volume of oxygen “by whatever means” and warned that failure to do so could lead to contempt action. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Centre’s officials are working hard and such orders would have a de- moralising effect on them and urged the court to consider modifying its order. Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government, opposed the contentions in the application, saying the allocated amount of oxygen was never made available to the city . With agency inputs 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 Delhi Covid watch may 1 Positive cases Recovery Active cases Deaths Containment zones Tests Positivity rate may 2 25,219 27,421 96,747 412 39,556 79,780 31.61% 20,394 24,444 92,290 407 42,098 71,997 28.33%
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