Noted scientist and a senior member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Mahavir Narwal, whose daughter Pinjra Tod activist Natasha Narwal remains in jail, died of the novel coronavirus infection on Sunday, family sources said.
Building a strong narrative over the years against the AIADMK and BJP-led governments in Tamil Nadu and the Centre, DMK president M K Stalin reaped huge success in Assembly polls.
When BJP fielded Vanathi Srinivasan as its candidate for the Coimbatore South assembly seat in Tamil Nadu, the party was betting on a dedicated worker who was also popular among the masses.
The tradition of celebrities, including actors and cricketers, joining politics and contesting polls has a fair bit of history in Indian politics.
Actor-politician Kamal Haasan undertook a 170-km political tour from Rameswaram to Madurai in February 2018. The reason - he had to announce the name of his party, Makkal Needhi Maiam, which means "People's Justice Centre".
In the last leg of campaign for the April 6 Tamil Nadu election, a 'son' is rising in the ranks of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or DMK, whose poll symbol is the rising sun.
The BJP's Sarbananda Sonowal became Chief Minister of Assam after the party swept the north-east state in the assembly election in 2016. Mr Sonowal is contesting from Majuli constituency.
One of the five MPs roped into Bengal elections as a candidate, Locket Chatterjee today is the most visible woman leader in the BJP's Bengal team. The actor-turned politician has been with the party since 2015, after a brief association with the Trinamool Congress.
Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin, 68, faces his first Tamil Nadu election since his father and iconic politician M Karunanidhi - popular to his supporters as "Kalaignar" - died in 2018. But it is by no means his first solo outing - he led the DMK to a sweep in national elections just a year later in 2019.
KK Shailaja, Kerala's Health Minister, starts her day by meeting visitors at her home in Kannur's Mattannur, now her constituency for the April 6 election. Mattannur is a CPI(M) stronghold where state minister EP Jayrajan won with a margin of around 40,000 votes in the last election.
Union Minister Babul Supriyo, a two-time MP from Asansol, has been drafted by the BJP as it stakes its most popular Bengal faces in this election.
The strongman of Nandigram -- the place which catapulted Mamata Banerjee to the Chief Minister's chair -- and her minister-cum-right-hand man for years, 50-year-old Suvendu Adhikari is now her bitterest foe and angriest challenger back where it all began. Nandigram.
Suvendu Adhikari -- friend-turned-bitter foe of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee -- rarely made national headlines when he was with the Trinamool Congress. But his exit from the party, induction in the BJP and now the face-off with Ms Banerjee from Nandigram, have suddenly made him a household name, especially with the buzz over in the coming elections in the state.
Himanta Biswa Sarma is the BJP's first big catch in its mission to win elections in states where it started with little or no presence. What the ruling party is hoping to achieve with Suvendu Adhikari in Bengal, was a script first used with spectacular results in Assam in 2016.
Edapaddi Palaniswami had the challenge of leading the AIADMK government after the party lost the charismatic and powerful J Jayalalithaa in 2016. Jayalalithaa -- "Amma" to the AIADMK ranks - enjoyed rare devotion of her party men, who even genuflected to her photos.