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In bitter battle for Bengal, it’s Mamata vs ex-loyalist today

IndiaTimes Wednesday, 31 March 2021 ()
The second phase of polling in Assam and West Bengal features probably the most high-profile contest of these elections — the showdown between Mamata Banerjee and Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram. That contest sets the tone for the 30 seats that poll in Bengal on Thursday with BJP hoping to do even better than it did in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
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News video: 'CM Mamata's ship is sinking': Nadda on her 'opposition unity' call against BJP

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After Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee wrote a letter to opposition parties highlighting the "assaults" by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on "democracy", BJP president JP Nadda called West Bengal CM's move as an indication of 'sinking ship'. "Everyone has right to unite with...

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Mamata Banerjee Mamata Banerjee Chief Minister of Indian state of West Bengal

Audiotape controversy: Mamata says her phone was tapped | Oneindia News [Video]

Audiotape controversy: Mamata says her phone was tapped | Oneindia News

Creating a fresh controversy, the BJP had on Friday released an audiotape in which West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee can purportedly be heard proposing a rally with the bodies of the 5 firing victims of Cooch Behar. Mamata Banerjee has now alleged that her phone is being tapped. #Audiotape #Controversy #PhoneTapping

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Watch: Mamata's alleged call on Bengal firing leaked by BJP, complaint to EC [Video]

Watch: Mamata's alleged call on Bengal firing leaked by BJP, complaint to EC

BJP released a purported audio clip of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaking to Sitalkuchi nominee. BJP claimed that Mamata proposed a rally with bodies of Cooch Behar firing victims. A BJP delegation urged Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab to take note of the clip. BJP claimed such a move could lead to untoward situations in the state amid ongoing polls. Meanwhile, TMC has described the audio clip as 'bogus' and said no such conversation took place. Violence marred a Cooch Behar polling booth during the fourth round of voting on April 10. Four persons died near a booth in Sitalkuchi constituency of Cooch Behar district. Reports suggest central forces opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals. Incident took place after locals allegedly attempted to snatch rifles of central forces. Watch the full video for more details.

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'Doing politics over dead bodies': PM Modi to CM Mamata on Cooch Behar killings [Video]

'Doing politics over dead bodies': PM Modi to CM Mamata on Cooch Behar killings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 17 slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on killing that took place in Cooch Behar. He said that doing politics on corpses is an old habit of CM Banerjee. PM Modi said, "Didi, how far will you go for vote bank? The truth is that Didi thought of her political benefit through those deaths. Doing politics on corpses is an old habit of Didi." "You might have listened to an audiotape over what happened in Cooch Behar. After the death of 5 people, Didi is doing politics. In this audiotape, Cooch Behar TMC leader is being told to hold a rally with the bodies of the 5 deceased," he added.

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West Bengal West Bengal State in Eastern India

WB polls: Wearing PPE kits, 3 COVID positive patients cast votes in Siliguri [Video]

WB polls: Wearing PPE kits, 3 COVID positive patients cast votes in Siliguri

Wearing PPE kits, three COVID-19 positive patients came to cast their votes in WB's Siliguri on April 17. They went to Booth No 173A at Siliguri Girls School to exercise their right. Fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections held today.

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WB polls: TMC's office camp allegedly vandalised by central forces in North 24 Parganas [Video]

WB polls: TMC's office camp allegedly vandalised by central forces in North 24 Parganas

With fifth phase of polling is underway in West Bengal, a report of TMC camp office vandalism has surfaced from Deganga Assembly constituency. TMC's camp office was vandalised at booth number 81 in Kumarpur on April 17. The party workers alleged that central forces are behind the vandalism. West Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 69.40 per cent till 3.30 pm across 45 constituencies in six districts during the fifth phase of the state Assembly polls, according to the Election Commission (EC). Voting for the fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls began at 7 am on Saturday amid tight security.

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Assam Assam State in northeast India

Assam prepared to meet any necessity for treatment of COVID-19: Health Dept [Video]

Assam prepared to meet any necessity for treatment of COVID-19: Health Dept

Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) an annex hospital of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) witnessed a surge in consultation as the number of coronavirus cases rise in the state. "The government of Assam is ready with hospitals for the admission of the COVID patients. Initially, patients were admitted at Kalapahar hospital and subsequently will also start giving admissions to COVID positive patients as per the instructions of the higher authorities. We have 62 beds", says Dr Anupal Sharma, Additional Superintendent, MMCH.MMCH is one of the leading hospitals in the state which is an apex hospital of Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).

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Hatred spreads wherever BJP, RSS go: Rahul Gandhi in Bengal [Video]

Hatred spreads wherever BJP, RSS go: Rahul Gandhi in Bengal

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a pot shot at BJP by saying that wherever the party and its ideologue RSS go, hatred starts to intensify there. He said, "People of Assam say their history and culture are being attacked. Tamil Nadu and Bengal are facing the same thing." The fifth phase of assembly polls will be held in West Bengal on April 17.

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Assam celebrates Rongali Bihu with precautions [Video]

Assam celebrates Rongali Bihu with precautions

The Assamese New Year -Rongali Bihu, also known as Bohag Bihu began from April 14. Assam Government decided to allow celebrations this year, but with restrictions in public places. The festival will last for seven days and they are known as Chot Bihu, Goru Bihu Manuh Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu Rongali or Bohag Bihu begins in mid-April and celebrations continue for several weeks, mainly concentrated on cultural functions. The Assam Government decided to allow Bihu celebrations with strict adherence to COVID appropriate behavior in public places.

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Bharatiya Janata Party Bharatiya Janata Party Indian political party

BJP candidate Raju Banerjee's car allegedly attacked in North 24 Parganas [Video]

BJP candidate Raju Banerjee's car allegedly attacked in North 24 Parganas

BJP candidate Raju Banerjee's car was allegedly attacked by goons on April 17 during the fifth phase of polls. He is the candidate from Kamarhati in North 24 Parganas. He has lodged a complaint with Election Commission. Fifth phase of pollings are underway for the 45 Assembly constituencies.

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'BJP ruled states receiving preferential treatment of medical equipment', alleges Sonia Gandhi [Video]

'BJP ruled states receiving preferential treatment of medical equipment', alleges Sonia Gandhi

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across India, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi alleged that BJP ruled states have been receiving preferential treatment in terms of medical equipment. "Some of our chief ministers told me that they were left with a few days of vaccines. They had no oxygen and they were running out of ventilators. But there has been a thundering silence on the part of the government. On the contrary, some other states of interests to the BJP have been receiving preferential treatment in terms of equipment etc," said Congress president.

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Nandigram Nandigram Census town in West Bengal, India

Didi's instigation caused Cooch Behar firing: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi iterated on Monday that Saturday's CISF firing at Sitalkuchi in north Bengal's Cooch Behar, which led to four deaths, would not have happened..
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It’s Nandigram-style ‘genocide’: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that Saturday’s deaths in Sitalkuchi were a “Nandigram-style genocide”. She said the Election Commission..
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EC removes Mamata’s PSO over Nandigram incident

The Election Commission removed an officer on special duty (OSD) on Friday from West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s security detail. Asoke Chakraborty..
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Farmers in Singur find themselves in Catch-22 situation [Video]

Farmers in Singur find themselves in Catch-22 situation

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.

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Suvendu's Nandigram speech violated 'Model Code of Conduct', says EC, demands reply in 24 hours

The Election Commission on Thursday issued a notice to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari for violating the Model Code of Conduct during an election rally in West Bengal...
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Suvendu Adhikari Suvendu Adhikari Indian politician

West Bengal elections: EC sends notice to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari over communal overtones in speech

This comes a day after the polls body sent a similar notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for demanding votes on communal grounds.
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‘BJP winning over 50 seats in 2 phases; Mamata losing in Nandigram’: Amit Shah [Video]

‘BJP winning over 50 seats in 2 phases; Mamata losing in Nandigram’: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah made a big claim in a public meeting in West Bengal’s Sitalkuchi. Shah said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is winning over 50 of 60 seats in the second phase of the West Bengal Assembly Election. Amit Shah also claimed that Mamata Banerjee is losing from the Nandigram constituency. The second phase of voting for the Assembly election in West Bengal took place on Thursday. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from Nandigram seat. BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari is contesting from the same seat against Mamata. Watch the full video for more details.

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Lok Sabha Lok Sabha Lower house of the Parliament of India

President Kovind, PM Modi & others pay tribute to BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary [Video]

President Kovind, PM Modi & others pay tribute to BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary

President Kovind, PM Modi paid homage to BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary. PM Modi paid his tribute to Ambedkar while addressing the Association of Indian Universities. He also took to twitter saying Ambedkar gave a strong foundation to independent India. VP Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Ambedkar at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to the Father of Indian Constitution. BSP supremo Mayawati remembered Ambedkar's legacy on his birth anniversary. DMK chief MK Stalin paid a floral tribute to BR Ambedkar at Koyambedu in Chennai. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on 14 April, 1891 in Mhow of Madhya Pradesh. Termed as the father of Indian constitution, he always worked for the welfare of deprived people. Ambedkar was conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990.

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Ambedkar Jayanti: VP Naidu, LS Speaker pay floral tribute [Video]

Ambedkar Jayanti: VP Naidu, LS Speaker pay floral tribute

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid floral tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 130th birth anniversary at his residence in Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also paid tribute to Father of Indian Constitution.

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Amid state polls, new Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra takes charge [Video]

Amid state polls, new Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra takes charge

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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Sushil Chandra takes charge as Chief Election Commissioner [Video]

Sushil Chandra takes charge as Chief Election Commissioner

Sushil Chandra on April 13 took charge as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner. Chandra replaces Sunil Arora who retired on April 12. Sushil Chandra was appointed as Election Commissioner in 2019 before Lok Sabha elections.

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Sushil Chandra assumes charge as chief election commissioner

Chandra was appointed as the CEC on Monday, the day Sunil Arora demitted office. Chandra was appointed as an election commissioner on February 14, 2019, ahead of..
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