West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the Kalighat temple on Sunday. The TMC supremo offered prayers at the temple after victory in assembly polls. Mamata was accompanied by her nephew & TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee. Meanwhile, many leaders including PM Modi have congratulated her for the TMC win. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Mamata for her victory. Bengal Guv Jagdeep Dhankhar also took to Twitter to congratulate Mamata. Congress' Rahul Gandhi congratulated Mamata & people of Bengal for defeating BJP. Punjab CM Amarinder Singh & Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik also congratulated Mamata. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut congratulated the 'Tigress of Bengal' on Twitter. Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati also congratulated Mamata for the good performance of TMC.
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Terming Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee "Tigress of Bengal" after the TMC was looking set to return for the third straight term, Shiv Sena congratulated the leader on party's performance in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections. Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the democracy has won in West Bengal and the people of the state proved that they did not vote under any pressure. As per the latest Election Commission trends, TMC was leading on 205 seats while BJP was ahead in 79 constituencies.
As the West Bengal assembly polls approach, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is now stepping up her outreach of Hindu voters with several temple visits. She was also seen reciting the Durga shlokas during her public meetings. This comes as the BJP has accused her of minority appeasement on several occasions during the poll campaign. So will Mamata’s Hindutva card work in West Bengal? Watch the first episode of Poll Baazi with Hindustan Times senior editor Aditi Prasad and psephologist and founder of C-Voter Yashwant Deshmukh.
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Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Vaiko, after releasing his party manifesto for the upcoming state assembly elections, said that his secular progressive front will fight and protect Tamil Nadu from the invasion of 'Hindutva' forces and will win. Calling AIADMK the "most corrupt government", Vaiko said that their alliance will be thrashed out. MDMK chief Vaiko said, "Tamil Nadu is in the custody of the social justice and secularism. Now, there is a grave threat from BJP circles, Hindutva forces to destroy secularism and social justice. So it is our foremost duty to protect Tamil Nadu, from the invasion of Hindutva forces. And AIADMK government is the most corrupt government ever seen in Tamil Nadu is fully supporting the Hindutva forces. Therefore their alliance has to be thrashed out. For that purpose we have forced our front, and this is our secular progressive front to fight these forces. We will win".
In a first, a drive-in vaccination facility was set up at Mumbai's BMC centre in Dadar. The Kohinoor public parking of the centre was converted into a vaccination centre, wherein people can sit in their cars and get inoculated. Shiv Sena leader Rahul Shewale said, "Similar facilities will be set up at other multipurpose parking sites by BMC." Inspired by drive-in COVID testing, this facility is far more convenient for people as there is no fear of maintaining social distancing.
In view of COVID-19 vaccine shortage in the county, Rajasthan Transport Minister Pratap Khachariyawas on May 08 urged Centre to provide free vaccines for the people and said free COVID vaccine is the right of every citizen of this country and it should be given to all without any discussion. "People are gasping for oxygen and you (Centre) took control of oxygen management in your hands. If you can't manage then let the states manage on their own. Free vaccine is the right of every citizen of this country. It should be given to all without any discussion... They (Centre) have put GST on vaccines and started increasing prices of petrol and diesel after Bengal elections," said Rajasthan Cabinet Minister Khachariyawas on COVID situation in the country.
24 states including Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have more than 15% positivity rate for COVID-19 in their daily infections, informed Union Health Ministry. "Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar have a high caseload," said Arti Ahuja, Additional Secretary (Health) while addressing a press conference in Delhi.
In view of 9-day long Navratri festivity, Delhi's famous Kalkaji temple has issued a link, which is available on temple's website, to allot day and time to devotees who wish to seek blessings from goddess. Navratri, festival of goddess Durga commenced from April 13 and will end on April 22. Devotees observe a fast for nine consecutive days and pray for health and well being of their loved ones.
Pilgrims from across country arrived at the Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir's Katra to seek blessings as the auspicious festival of Navratri commenced from today. COVID protocols are being followed strictly by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. COVID negative reports have been made mandatory for the pilgrims. Navratri, festival of goddess Durga commenced from April 13 and will end on April 22. Devotees observe a fast for nine consecutive days and pray for health and well being of their loved ones.
Navratri, festival of goddess Durga commenced from April 13 and will end on April 22, witnessed devotees in large numbers at the temples. Morning aarti was performed at Delhi's Jhandewalan temple. Temple has been closed for general public in view of rising COVID cases in national capital. In Varanasi, Devotees thronged Durga temple in large numbers to offer prayers on the auspicious occasion of navratri. The festival, which falls during the spring season every year, is considered auspicious among various communities in the country. Navratris always begin with the ritual of Ghatasthapana or Kalash Sthapana. Devotees of the Goddess Supreme Durga, observe a fast for nine consecutive days and pray for health, forgiveness, and prosperity. It also marks the birthday of Lord Rama, which usually falls on the ninth day during the Navratri festivity, and is also known as Rama Navratri.
Mamata Banerjee launched a scathing attack on BJP as the campaign for Bengal polls intensified. Addressing a rally in Bankura, the West Bengal CM alleged that BJP is meddling with EC. Mamata accused HM Amit Shah of running EC and asked if he's giving instructions to the poll panel. “With my due respect, who is giving instructions to EC? I hope it’s not you. We want free and fair elections. Who is Amit Shah to guide EC? He is interfering in EC’s day-to-day work. They have even removed my director security. Do they want to kill me,” she said. Mamata Banerjee was referring to the recent evaluation by the poll regulatory body. Election Commission rejected the allegations of conspiracy over the Nandigram attack. The TMC supremo also chanted 'Durga path' while speaking at the poll rally in Bankura. Bengal will hold elections for its 294-member assembly in eight phases starting March 27. The voting will conclude on April 29 and the counting will take place on May 2.
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