While speaking to ANI, BJP chief JP Nadda on April 13 said, "She (Mamata Banerjee) can go (to Cooch Behar), it's democracy but she said nothing about Anand Burman, a 22-yr-old youth who was killed. We spoke about everyone, the four people who were killed, Anand Burman, and even the Bihar SHO who was beaten to death in Uttar Dinajpur. She is the CM but she said nothing. She looks at everything through the glasses of politics. We look at society from a development point of view and we speak of taking everyone together."
Halfway through the West Bengal Assembly polls, the Election Commission of India has got a new chief. On April 13, Sushil Chandra took charge as the 24th CEC, succeeding Sunil Arora. On the latter's last day in office, the EC barred Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from campaigning for 24 hours. Chandra became an Election Commissioner in 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. He will now oversee voting in the remaining 4 phases in Bengal, as well as declaration of results of elections in 4 states and 1 Union Territory. Watch the full video for more.
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While addressing a public conference in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas on April 13, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took a jibe at state CM Mamata Banerjee for protesting against EC's decision for banning her from election campaigning over violation of Model Code of Conduct. He said, "You talk nonsense about our Prime Minister. Why do you blame him for everything? I have also been a Chief Minister, I know how a CM should behave...Election Commission has banned her for 24 hours citing Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violation. She's now against the EC. Didi, can you spare anyone?"
Poll strategist and TMC advisor Prashant Kishor's chat with a few journalists about the electoral battle in West Bengal has sparked a storm. The Bharatiya Janata Party released snippets of the conversation which was conducted on the Clubhouse app. BJP claimed that Kishor admitted that in TMC's internal surveys, the saffron party is winning. The election strategist hit back, asking BJP to release the full conversation, and reiterating that the party won't even cross the 100-mark in polls. So which side is accurately describing the ground situation? Watch CVoter founder and psephologist Yashwant Deshmukh decode dynamics of the Bengal battle.
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Over CM Mamata Banerjee's protest against Election Commission's decision of banning her from election campaigning, BJP chief JP Nadda on April 13 took a jibe and said that she thinks that she is alone the truthful one. "EC is an independent body. They might have done it by noticing something. But Mamata ji's stand is that if you listen to her then everything is fine but if you don't then everything is wrong, that she alone is the truthful one. That's not the case," said JP Nadda.
Telugu New Year 'Ugadi' is being celebrated today. MoS Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy celebrated the festival at BJP Telangana state office. BJP workers also participated in the ceremony. According to the Hindu calendar, Gudi Padwa and Ugadi are celebrated on the first day of the year.
Singur, once the hotbed of political dynamics in West Bengal now bears the melancholy of farmers who ended up being in a Catch-22 situation. Even after getting back their land after Tata Motors' exit, Singur farmers stand clueless as land is turning barren. They are looking forward to getting a solution between industry and agriculture. Even after a decade has passed since the project was suspended, leaving 997.11 acres barren in Singur, the area is still known as 'Tata Nano factory'. It consists of three panchayats namely Kejidi, Gopalnogor and Beraberi. Now farmers carry out potato farming in some portions of this land in small quantity. The protest commenced due to forced land acquisition by the then Left Front government for building Tata Motors car industry. The stir of 2006 in Singur soon turned into a historic anti-land acquisition movement by the farmers that received foremost support from Trinamool Congress and later by other political parties and intellectuals crossing state as well as international borders. The movement ended in 2011. Singur anti-land acquisition movement is one of two major movements that propelled Mamata Banerjee-led TMC to dethrone the 34 years old mighty Left Front rule from Bengal. The other movement that was instrumental to pave the way for the TMC government was the 2007 Nandigram agitation. The snatched land was given back to the farmers legally in 2016 after Supreme Court's verdict. However, the major concern of farmers now remains how to make the land cultivable. Probir Patro, one of the many whose land was snatched during the agitation received it back after SC's order in 2016, however, he is in a 'Catch 22' situation now. Despite having their own land the farmers cultivate on other's land for livelihood. Along with this another section of farmers coexist in Singur who calls themselves 'farmers of yesteryears' and currently have settled for other means of livelihood, through which they somehow manage to earn their day-to-day meal. Against the two heavyweights, CPI(M) has fielded 28-year-old Srijan Bhattacharya as its candidate from Singur. The candidates here have vowed for industrialisation, development as well as agriculture while addressing their public meetings.
Amit Shah on April 13 accused the Congress and TMC of doing injustice with Gorkha community across the country. He appealed the Gorkhas in Darjeeling to instil their trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was addressing a public meeting on April 13.
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh attacked West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee over her dharna against EC's campaign ban. Ghosh blamed the Bengal CM for deaths in Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of polling. “She (Mamata) is targeting the Election Commission and giving direction to loot EVMs. Mamata Banerjee is completely responsible for the deaths (in Sitalkuchi). She is not following the decision taken by EC and is sitting on dharna. She, who protests against SC and the Constitution, will never follow law,” said Ghosh. Mamata is sitting on dharna next to a Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Kolkata's Mayo road. EC imposed a 24-hour ban on the TMC supremo from campaigning in any manner. Ban has been imposed over Mamata's remarks against the central forces. Meanwhile, EC also issued a notice to Ghosh for his remarks on the Sitalkuchi incident.
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A day after 3rd phase of West Bengal assembly elections, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her remarks on paramilitary forces. "Mamata ji's hooliganism took another turn but people of West Bengal have decided to stop it. She can see her defeat in these polls. She was against poor in Bengal and is now speaking against paramilitary forces," said Smriti Irani in Phansidewa, Darjeeling. In a rally in Cooch Behar, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "We want free and fair polls, public should be allowed to cast their votes. CRPF shouldn't obstruct them from entering the polling center. I respect CRPF who are real jawans but I don't respect BJP CRPF who are doing nuisance, attacking women and harassing people."
TMC Yuva Morcha president, Darjeeling district Kuntal Roy alleged that his car was vandalised by few men in Siliguri on March 27. "Last night, few men vandalized my car, some papers are missing from the car. It may be that those associated with BJP have done this. The police are investigating the matter," said Kuntal Roy.
Home Minister Amit Shah assured the Gorkha population that they would not be affected by the NRC. Speaking in Kalimpong, ahead of Assembly polls on the 17th of April, Shah said that TMC has been spreading rumours about the NRC and said that not a single Gorkha would be asked to leave. Shah also said that the CPM and the TMC had both been unjust to the region and said that the BJP would form an SIT to probe and punish those responsible for the killing of the local population in 1986 & the more recent Gorkhaland agitation. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Ahead of fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a roadshow at Kalimpong on Apr 12 and appealed people to choose 'lotus govt' to get justice. Slamming CM Mamata Banerjee, HM Shah said, "Kalimpong suffered for years. In 1986, CPM oppressed you, over 1200 Gorkhas lost lives. You were not given justice. When Didi came, she took lives of several Gorkhas. You were not given justice. Choose 'lotus govt', we'll form SIT and send them behind bars."
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in Kalimpong on Apr 12 blamed TMC for lying about NRC and said that it has not been brought yet here but even after it is brought, not even a single Gorkha will be affected. "Misinformation being spread that if NRC will be brought, Gorkhas will be ousted. NRC has not been brought yet. But even if it's brought, not even one Gorkha will be ousted. TMC lies," said Home Minister Shah.
Ahead of the fifth phase of West Bengal state Assembly elections 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah will hold series of rallies and roadshows in state today. HM Amit Shah held a roadshow in Kalimpong on April 12. People in large numbers thronged the site to get a glimpse of the leader. 5th phase of West Bengal elections will be held on April 17.
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