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Tuesday, 1 December 2020 TMC functionaries said that Suvendu had been “requested” to be present at Mamata’s Midnapore rally next week and was promised that he would have “an important role to play in selection of candidates for the assembly polls”. Saugata Roy, entrusted with the task of engaging Suvendu in talks and keeping him in the party fold, insisted that Suvendu was “very much with TMC”.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari held a roadshow in Kolkata's Digha on January 22. Former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari switched loyalty to BJP on December 19, last year. Bengal is going for polls in the mid of 2021.
Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that she would contest the upcoming state assembly election from Nandigram, now her former aide turned BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari has hit back. While Adhikari refused to confirm his candidature from Nandigram, he said that he would guarantee the victory of the candidate the BJP fields in Nandigram. ‘Mamata Banerjee has announced to contest from there, relying on 62,000 votes but I have 2.13 lakh people who chant 'Jai Shri Ram,’ Adhikari said. Meanwhile, in a fresh setback to the Trinamool Congress, Arindam Bhattacharya joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and said that he wants to join PM Modi’s mission of making an Atmanirbhar Bengal. Watch the full video for all the details.
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All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Rajib Banerjee resigned from the post of West Bengal Forest Minister on January 22. He handed over his resignation letter to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan. "I have resigned because of the way some of my colleagues criticized me, I couldn't accept it. The comments hurt me. The way honourable CM had removed me from the post was hurtful. Anyway, till today I am a party worker. I don't believe in predictions. No one knows about the future," said TMC leader Rajib Banerjee.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's grandnephew and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chandra Kumar Bose condemned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's behaviour after she refused to speak when 'Jai Shree Ram' slogans were raised during the celebrations of 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Victoria Memorial in Kolkata on January 23. He said, "Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stood for unity. He had people of all communities in Azad Hind Fauj. Whether you say 'Jai Hind' or 'Jai Sri Ram', I don't find difference. 'Jai Sri Ram' isn't a statement where one should react in allergic manner. So, I think the honourable Chief Minister (Mamata Banerjee) need not have reacted adversely to a slogan whether it's 'Jai Hind' or 'Jai Shree Ram'. This is not the day to do any politics. It is a day to celebrate, it is a day to pay homage to the soldiers and martyrs of Indian National Army."
A laser light show at Victoria Memorial portrayed the life of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose during the celebrations of his 125th birth anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar witnessed the spectacle. PM Modi is in Kolkata to celebrate 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Madan Mitra on December 19 mocked former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari, who joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah by saying TMC workers will celebrate gala evening today as 'we're free from the virus now'. He said, "I'm told that Suvendu said Trinamool Congress (TMC) did nothing for the last 10 years. If TMC had done nothing is last 10 years why were you silent? It's unfortunate. Today, there will be a gala evening for TMC workers as we're free from virus now."Along with Adhikari, 11 MLAs, an MP and a former MP joined BJP in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah rally in Medinipur.
Ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections, Home Minister Amit Shah on December 19 visited the state. While addressing a gathering in Medinipur, Shah said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will form the government with more than 200 seats in the state after the results of Vidhan Sabha election will be declared. "Senior party members are leaving TMC. Didi accuses BJP of inducing party members to defect. But I want to ask her when she quit Congress to form TMC, was it not defection? This is just the start. She will be left alone by the election," he added. Shah is on two-day visit in the state ahead for the West Bengal Assembly elections. Eleven MLAs, an MP and a former MP joined BJP in presence of Union Home Minister Shah in Medinipur.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah offered prayers at Siddheshwari Kali Temple in West Bengal's Midnapore on December 19. He also visited Devi Mahamaya Temple and offered prayers there. He was accompanied by BJP's general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. HM Shah is on a two-day visit to the state.
"Why would we merge with Congress party, they are too small in West Bengal," said Vice-President of West Bengal All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) Saugata Roy on January 19. "Adhir Ranjan's party is too small in West Bengal. They won only 2 seats here in Lok Sabha elections, why would we merge with them? They (Congress) should fight BJP on their own. There is no question of joining hands with Congress. TMC can fight BJP alone," said Roy.
Vice-President of West Bengal All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) Saugata Roy denounced Centre's decision to celebrate Subhas Chandra Bose's birthday as 'Prakram Diwas' and said it should be celebrated as 'Deshprem Diwas', and the state government will celebrate it that way. "We are not satisfied with Government of India's decision to celebrate Netaji's birthday as 'Parakram Diwas'. It should be 'Deshprem Diwas'. We believe Netaji deserves much better. We will observe this day on our own with Mamata Banerjee leading a procession in the state," said TMC's MP Roy.
The Congress proposed that the TMC should merge with it instead to put up a united fight against the BJP. The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May. "If the Left Front and the Congress are genuinely anti-BJP, they should rally behind Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the communal and divisive politics of the saffron party," senior TMC MP Sougata Roy said. Reacting to the TMC's proposal, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the West Bengal's ruling party for the growth of the BJP in the state. "We are not interested in aligning with the TMC. Why is the TMC now interested in an alliance with us after poaching our MLAs over the last 10 years. If Mamata Banerjee is in keen on fighting the BJP, then she should join the Congress as it is the only pan-India platform to fight against communalism," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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