Ruling TMC in West Bengal alleged that BJP is sending BSF to threaten voters in border areas. TMC leader Firhad Hakim made the statement following a meeting with the Election Commission. Meanwhile, BJP's Dilip Ghosh said they have urged EC for the deployment of central forces during polls. Ghosh added that BJP informed EC about the abnormal rise in the number of voters. The full bench of EC, led by CEC Sunil Arora, arrived in the state on Wednesday evening. EC officials are on a three-day visit to Bengal ahead of the state assembly polls. Elections to 294 Assembly seats in Bengal are scheduled to take place in next few months.
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After the meeting with Election Commission of India, West Bengal's BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that the party has requested the commission to ensure that people get to vote without fear and also demanded the deployment of Central Forces in the state. "It is the duty of the Election Commission to ensure that people vote without fear. It is important the Central Forces are deployed here soon. We are certain that names of Rohingyas have been included to voter list in border areas, balance of voter list has also been disturbed, this should be looked into," said Dilip Ghosh
Political temperature is rising in West Bengal as the 2021 Assembly election approaches. ‘Goli maro’ slogans were heard, this time at a Trinamool rally in Kolkata. Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Purba Bardhaman between workers of the two parties. Some BJP workers were injured in the clashes and have been admitted to the hospital. These clashes come as the verbal duels between leaders from the two parties have escalated in the last month. While BJP’s Dilip Ghosh said that TMC had been reduced to half in 2019 polls and would now be wiped out after 2021 polls. He added that people of the state now want change and stand behind the BJP. TMC leader Madan Mitra said that they would cut those who wanted to take over Bengal. Watch the full video for all the details.
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The Plaster of Paris (POP) statue of Lord Ram has been installed at BJP headquarters in Lucknow on January 22. The statue was installed in the presence of BJP national president JP Nadda, CM Yogi Adityanath.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari held a roadshow in Kolkata's Digha on January 22. Former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari switched loyalty to BJP on December 19, last year. Bengal is going for polls in the mid of 2021.
All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Rajib Banerjee resigned from the post of West Bengal Forest Minister on January 22. He handed over his resignation letter to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at Raj Bhavan. "I have resigned because of the way some of my colleagues criticized me, I couldn't accept it. The comments hurt me. The way honourable CM had removed me from the post was hurtful. Anyway, till today I am a party worker. I don't believe in predictions. No one knows about the future," said TMC leader Rajib Banerjee.
India is supplying COVID-19 vaccines being manufactured in the country to neighbouring countries including Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh but has not received any request from Pakistan. Addressing the weekly media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said there is an interest in accessing vaccines from India, which is the global hub of vaccine production. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used for the benefit of all humanity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. "I am not aware of any request for the supply of Indian-made vaccines to Pakistan on a G2G basis or commercial basis," Srivastava said answering a query. Watch the full video for more details.
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India dispatched consignments of SII's Covishield to Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius. India is sending Covid-19 vaccines as part of donation program to neighbours and key partners. Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal were also part of India's initial rollout of vaccines. In addition, India plans to supply vaccine doses to Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Covishield's commercial supplies to countries having agreements with SII have also begun. Two flights are slated to carry two million doses each to Brazil and Morocco on Friday. India is carrying out vaccine diplomacy under its 'Neighbourhood First' policy. Last week, India launched the world's biggest Covid-19 vaccination drive across the country.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government has identified more than 1,100 schools for National Cadet Corps (NCC) training in the border and coastal areas of India. Singh was speaking at the annual National Cadet Corps rally at NCC Parade Ground in Delhi on January 21. "Our Prime Minister has decided to expand the National Cadet Corps. There should be training of cadets at the border and coastal areas. We have identified more than 1,100 schools to begin NCC training. The participation of girls cadets in NCC has also increased from 28 per to 33 per cent. We are moving towards women's empowerment through NCC," he said. “The cadets played a tremendous role in the second line of defence. I have seen how cadets have helped armed forces during rescue operations,” he added. Watch the full video for more.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at annual National Cadet Corps (NCC) rally in Delhi proudly said India has started providing vaccines to neighbouring countries. "Our scientists have developed two COVID-19 vaccines. The whole world is family for us, and we have started providing vaccines to our neighbouring countries," said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
With political parties apprehending violence and unrest in poll-bound West Bengal, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday said the poll panel has zero-tolerance to money and muscle power and misuse of the government machinery. The CEC also said no civic police volunteers will be deployed for the polling exercise. "The commission has zero-tolerance to money and muscle power or misuse of government machinery," the CEC said. The full bench of the ECI, which is currently in the state to review preparedness for the assembly polls due in April-May, held meetings with representatives of political parties, senior government officials and police officers. Watch the full video for more details.
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Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora on January 22 said that ECI is committed to conduct the Assembly Elections in free, fair, ethical and safe manner while ensuring higher voter participation. "The term of the West Bengal assembly is due to expire on 30th May 2021," he said.
The BJP has said that the party will not project a Chief Ministerial face in West Bengal. BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya said that BJP never projects a Chief Ministerial face in states that it is not..
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