.Geneva, Switzerland
Family members, wearing protective suits, perform the last rites of a person who died of COVID-19, at a crematorium, in Jammu. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • At a time when India was facing an aggressive second wave of coronavirus, large political rallies were held in four states and a UT
  • Kumbh Mela congregation was allowed in Uttarakhand's Haridwar
  • Factors behind India's COVID spike also included coronavirus variants spreading in the country

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
The Supreme Court on Monday heard a plea of the Election Commission. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@ANI)

  • The EC had filed a plea against the Madras High Court over the latter's "murder charges" remarks against the poll body
  • The HC had criticised the EC over failure to maintain COVID-19 protocols during poll campaigns
  • SC told the election body to take the remarks in the "right spirit"

Mamata Banerjee-led is well on its way to another emphatic victory in West Bengal. (Photo credit: Hasan Zaidi)

  • Exit polls predicted a close match two days ago between Mamata and the BJP
  • Mamata Banerjee has gone on to win even more seats than five years ago. Two more
  • The TMC has won or is leading in 213 of the state’s 294 seats. The BJP is way behind at 77

Mamata Banerjee needs to get elected to West Bengal Assembly within six months. (Photo credit: Twitter/@MamataOfficial)

  • In order to continue as Chief Minister, Banerjee has to get elected to assembly within six months. 
  • In a way Banerjee is in the same situation as she was after the 2011 elections
  • That time she did not contest though she led the party to trounce the Left

Pinarayi Vijayan is Kerala's Chief Minister and veteran CPI (M). (Photo Credits: Twitter/ Pinarayi Vijayan)

  • Pinarayi Vijayan started off as a handloom worker
  • He went on to get a bachelor's degree in economics and eventually rose to the highest public position in Kerala
  • Vijayan is married to Kamala and has two children

.Guwahati, Assam, India
BJP candidate Himanta Biswa Sarma shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting voteat a polling station, during the third phase of Assam Assembly elections. (PTI Photo)

  • The BJP-led alliance is heading for a win in Assam
  • The BJP and its partners have won 26 seats and leading in 51 others
  • The Congress-led 'Mahajot', which is leading in 46 of the 126 seats

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Polling officials at a polling booth in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram. (PTI Photo/File)

  • The LDF won 94 seats, with the UDF winning 40
  • The CPI(M) emerged as the single-biggest party with 62 seats
  • The Congress won 21 seats, while the BJP didn't win a single seat

.Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Polling was held in 8 phases in West Bengal. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Counting of votes began at 8 am
  • The first two hours, since the counting began, saw a close fight between the TMC and the BJP
  • Despite the gruelling, long-drawn campaign, the voters' turnout was a robust 80%

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses to the people of West Bengal virtually for the last two phases of election campaigning during the ongoing state assembly polls. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • "It's ok. Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want.", said Mamata Banerjee
  • She said that she struggled for Nandigram because she fought for a movement
  • "We won more than 221 seats & BJP has lost the election", she added

Prashant Kishor started working for the TMC at the request of party supremo Mamata Banerjee soon after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

  • Prashant Kishor started working for the TMC in 2019 
  • This happened soon after the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls 
  • In 2019 LS polls, BJP won 18 of the 42 seats