Didi's instigation caused Cooch Behar firing: PM Modi
Monday, 12 April 2021 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 without CM Mamata Banerjee’s alleged instigation. He said Mamata was "not talking sense (abol-tabol bolchhen)" as she knew she had been "clean bowled" in Nandigram and BJP had already crossed the 100-seat mark, with four phases of polls still to go.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violence that happened during fourth phase of polls in Cooch Behar's Sitalkuchi. The violent incident had claimed lives of four people. "Didi is abusing BJP unnecessarily. You're mistaken that BJP is contesting...
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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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Election Commission imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. The ban has been imposed over his 'there will be Sitalkuchi in several places' remarks. Commission 'sternly' warned Ghosh and advised him to desist from using such statements. Four people died in a firing incident by CISF in Sitalkuchi during the fourth phase of polls. Officials had said the jawans opened fire after they came under attack from locals. The campaign ban on Ghosh will be in effect from 7 pm April 15 to 7 pm April 16. Reacting to EC's order, Ghosh said he will not stage dharna unlike CM Mamata Banerjee. Earlier, Ghosh was also sent notice by EC for his alleged remarks over the Sitalkuchi incident. Poll campaign has seen EC clamping down on several leaders for objectionable utterances. EC earlier barred Mamata from campaigning for 24 hours for remarks against central forces.
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A purported video from Sitalkuchi in Bengal's Cooch Behar is doing rounds on social media. Four villagers had died in the area in an altercation with CRPF jawans during the fourth phase of polling. Ruling TMC said video vindicates its position that there was no provocation for CRPF to fire. TMC MP and spokesperson Derek O'Brien went on to dub it as cold-blooded genocide. The video shows many locals gathered in a field, while some are seen wielding sticks. In the viral video, some central force jawans can also be seen. Soon firing can be heard, though it is not clear who fired the shot. Video shows a ruckus erupt in the area after the shots are fired. Earlier, Cooch Behar SP had said there was rumour that police opened fire. Debasish Dhar had added that the rumour led locals to come out in large numbers. The SP had said that this led the Central forces to open fire in self defence.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met with the families of people who were killed during the fourth round of voting for the state assembly elections on April 10 in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar. While an 18-year-old first time voter was shot dead by miscreants when he was standing in a queue to cast his vote, four others were killed in firing by central forces reportedly in self-defence on the same day.
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BJP delegation on April 10 met Election Commission in Kolkata over the poll violence in Cooch Behar where five people were killed in two separate incidents. BJP blamed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the violence saying that the firing incident took place because of her recent statement calling for "gherao of Central forces". "In my opinion, these incidents happened because of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's old statement calling for gherao of Central forces," said BJP West Bengal general secretary Jyotirmay Singh Mahato. Four people were killed at a booth in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of Assembly elections on April 10. Polling at the polling booth remains suspended by the Election Commission after the incident. Further investigation is underway.
After the killing of four people at a booth in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of Assembly elections on April 10, Jalpaiguri Range DIG Annappa E informed that the situation is under control but tension in some areas persists. He also said that at least four people were killed and one got injured in the incident. Polling at the polling booth remains suspended by the Election Commission after the incident. Further investigation is underway.
In what is being called a historic win, the Trinamool Congress defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party's formidable election machine to defend the West Bengal throne. BJP's campaign was led by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and the party had set a target of 200+ seats. However, it could not even breach the 100-mark, winning 77 constituencies. TMC bagged 213, however, Mamata Banerjee lost the Nandigram fight to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari. The Congress and Left were completely wiped out. What does the Bengal verdict say about politics, elections, and issues? Watch this analysis with CVoter founder and pollster Yashwant Deshmukh.
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BJP's Suvendu Adhikari claimed to have won from Nandigram seat by a margin of 1,200 votes. Adhikari was pitted against West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee from the seat. Mamata said she will move court regarding Nandigram results and against the Elections Commission. She called TMC win as 'landslide' and said she will welcome whatever verdict Nandigram gives. Earlier, mystery surrounded result of high-profile Nandigram fight. While BJP claimed that Adhikari won the Nandigram seat by 1,600 seats, TMC urged people to stay away from speculating as counting was still on. As counting began on Sunday, Adhikari was maintaining a comfortable margin in trends. In the afternoon, Mamata overtook Adhikari and reports suggested that she had won. Soon after, BJP's Amit Malviya said Adhikari won the seat by 1,622 votes. Mamata contested from Nandigram for first time, leaving her home seat Bhabanipur. Nandigram witnessed a high voltage game of power on April 1 in second phase of polls. At state level, TMC is leading on 210+ seats while BJP is leading on 70+ seats. The counting of votes in the state began on Sunday at 8 am following Covid-19 protocols.
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Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee who, according to Election Commission was seen trailing BJP's Suvendu Adhikari, on May 02 said, "Don't worry for Nandigram, for struggle you have to sacrifice something. I struggled for Nandigram because I fought a movement. It's ok. Let the Nandigram people give whatever verdict they want, I accept that."