In a politically befitting reply to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's 'Khela Hobe' challenge to Bharatiya Janata Party, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing a rally in the Balurghat constituency of West Bengal's Dakshin Dinajpur district, said that the state will witness 'Khela' of development and peace soon if people vote the party to power. Addressing his first rally in the poll-bound state this season, Singh promised that the game will happen. "Mamata didi is saying Bengal mein Khela Hobe? I want to say Khela hobe, nishchay hobe, vikas ka khela hobe, shanti ka khela hobe, ab to Paschim Bengal mein bada khela hobe (I promise that game of development and peace will definitely be played, now. There will be a big game in West Bengal)," Singh told an applauding crowd amidst chants of Jai Shree Ram. Singh also warned Mamata Banerjee of the change that Bengal is witnessing and said that days of bullying and bossing around are over. Watch the full video for more details.
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Countering Mamata Banerjee's poll slogan 'Khela Hobe', Union Defence Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh on February 26 during a rally in Balurghat said 'Bengal me bado khela hobe', 'Bengal me dadagiri cholbe na' (dadagiri will not work in Bengal). "Mamata didi is saying 'khela hobe', but I want to say khela hobe, nischay hobe, ab toh Bengal mein bado khela hobe, vikas ka khela hobe, shanti ka khela hobe. Mamata didi Bengal me dadagiri cholbe na: Union Minister Rajnath Singh in Balurghat
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for 'misusing of power' for West Bengal elections. "The Union Home Minister should work for the country. He cannot misuse his powers for elections here. We welcome the PM but he cannot misuse his powers for West Bengal polls," said CM Mamata.
Soon after Election Commission announced assembly poll dates for 4 states including West Bengal, CM Mamata Banerjee urged Election Commission not to see Bengal through BJP's eyes. "I request the Election Commission to consider West Bengal as their own state, not through the eyes of BJP. Centre can't misuse their powers for a State election. If they do it, then, it will be a big blunder then, they will have to face the music. We are common people, we will fight our battle. I request Election Commission to stop misuse of money. BJP has sent money to all district through agencies," said CM Mamata.
Bengali actor Payel Sarkar joined BJP in presence of party president JP Nadda in Kolkata. Both BJP and ruling TMC have been roping in celebrities ahead of Assembly polls in Bengal. On Wednesday, former India cricketer Ashok Dinda joined BJP in presence of Union Minister Babul Supriyo. On the same day, cricketer Manoj Tiwary and several Bengali actors joined TMC in CM Mamata Banerjee’s presence. Elections to 294 Assembly seats in Bengal are scheduled to take place in May 2021.
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Stepping up the party's campaign for assembly polls in West Bengal to be held later this year, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda held a roadshow in the district on Saturday. Nadda was accompanied by party leaders including Kailash Vijayvargiya, Dilip Ghosh, Babul Supriyo, and SS Ahluwalia during the roadshow which started from Bardhaman Clock Tower in the town. He later had lunch at a farmer's house in Jagadanandapur. The BJP president started his day-long Bengal tour by offering prayers at Radha Govind Temple near Katwa in Purba Bardhaman. Watch the full video for more details.
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Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra took a jibe at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi including top leaders of BJP who also hold ministerial positions are campaigning in different parts of country for upcoming assembly elections and Rahul Gandhi which he called 'Puppu' is catching fish. "Look at the difference. Modi ji is campaigning in Tamil Nadu, Amit Shah ji in West Bengal, Nadda ji is in Assam, Rajnath Singh is in Kerala, and 'Pappu' is catching fish, then they'll say EVMs are malfunctioning," he said. Rahul Gandhi was seen fishing with the fishermen during his Kerala visit.
BJP office in Baranagar area of North 24 Parganas district was vandalised last night (Feb 26). BJP alleged TMC's role behind this. Police complaint was lodged by BJP. Election dates of West Bengal were announced on Feb 26.
Soon after meeting with state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Kolkata, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Swapan Dasgupta said that BJP "detected the conspiracy" by 3 Kolkata policemen who are attempting to accumulate and collect Aadhar Cards of fellow policemen so that they can cast their postal ballot votes on their behalf, BJP has called for the immediate suspension of these three policemen and they should be nowhere involved in any poll duty.
On the occasion of centenary of Sri Nankana Sahib massacre, devotees flocked to Sri Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara in Amritsar on February 21. The centenary of Sri Nankana Sahib massacre, which is popularly known as Saka Nankana Sahib, is being marked in an event on February 21. A large number of devotees offered prayers at Sri Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara. Kirtan was also organised to mark the event. However, Ministry of Home Affairs denied permission to Sikh jatha which was planning to visit Pakistan on the 100th anniversary of Saka Nankana Sahib.