Assembly Elections 2021 Live Updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday promised people in poll-bound Kerala that the minimum income guarantee scheme (NYAY) are going to be “tested” within the southern state if Congress-led UDF is voted to power

Meanwhile, days before the primary phase of the Assembly elections in Assam, BJP president J P Nadda on Tuesday released the party’s manifesto in Guwahati. The party made 10 commitments, including working towards a “corrected NRC”, which might protect “genuine Indian citizens” and “detect infiltrated people”.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in West Bengal today, where he will address a rally in Gosaba and later hold a roadshow in Medinipur. The BJP released its manifesto for Bengal on Monday, making a slew of promises for ladies , SC/ST communities, youths and intellectuals. The Congress’ manifesto, released on an equivalent day, made eight distinct promises for the people and focused on long-term development.

In other news from the state, senior BJP leader O Rajagopal told The Indian Express the Left “seems to possess an edge” this election, and other people are scared of associating with Congress as “it may be a sinking ship”.

In Tamil Nadu , Udhayanidhi Stalin, who is contesting his maiden election from the Chepauk-Triplicane Assembly seat, in an interview to The Indian Express, spoke about the DMK’s “strong anti-BJP principles”, and said, “It is true that they will do anything, but we’ll handle it, we’ll face such threats. Nobody can buy DMK MLAs.”

The four states and one Union Territory (Puducherry) attend polls this summer; the primary phase of elections in West Bengal and Assam will begin on March 27. The results are going to be declared by the committee on May 5.

Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry said that Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu accounted for 80.90% of latest cases reported in last 24 hours.