Ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections, Home Minister Amit Shah on December 19 visited the state.
While addressing a gathering in Medinipur, Shah said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will form the government with more than 200 seats in the state after the results of Vidhan Sabha election will be declared.
In the latest episode of On The Record, West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra spoke to Hindustan Times' Sunetra Choudhury about home minister Amit Shah’s prediction that the BJP will win 200 seats in the assembly elections, the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s message, and the TMC demand to club the remaining seats in a single phase, among other issues. Polling for the first four phases has been concluded while the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth phases will take place on April 17, 22, 26 and 29 respectively. Counting of votes will take place on May 2. Watch the full video for more details.
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After an all-party meeting with Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of West Bengal Aariz Aftab on April 16, the BJP leader Sawapan Dasgupta said that they have advised the Election Commission to balance robust democratic culture with safety norms. "We've advised the Election Commission to balance the need for a robust democratic culture with safety norms. It is up to the Election Commission to tell us what exactly political parties must do. We've assured them that we'll adhere to protocols," said Swapan Dasgupta.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah holds a huge roadshow in Krishnanagar in West Bengal. Huge crowd at the roadshow with no social distancing. Covid-19 norms flouted. This as the country recorded the biggest ever single-day rise of 2.17 lakh cases in a day
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Home Minister Amit Shah today conducted roadshow in Krishnanagar ahead of 5th phase of West Bengal assembly elections. Massive crowd joined the roadshow despite surging cases of coronavirus in the country, Today, Election Commission had called for all-party meeting in West Bengal to ensure strict implementation of COVID guidelines.
Amid West Bengal polls, a TMC delegation will meet the Election Commission to highlight that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are "creating differences"among people of different caste and creed. TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee said, "We are going to highlight that PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are creating differences among people of different caste and creed. They are making provocative statements. We're also condemning PM Modi's way of delivering speech. It is below the standard of a Prime Minister. It is very unfortunate that Election Commission has not taken any cognizance of it till now."
In the latest episode of On The Record, Hindustan Times' Sunetra Choudhury speaks with Nobel Prize-winning economist and author Amartya Sen about the ongoing West Bengal elections. Sen talks about how the decision to have West Bengal Assembly polls is a “political” one. The Nobel Laureate adds that Bengal has committed to secularism in a way that’s remarkable. Polling for the first four phases has been concluded while the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth phases will take place on April 17, 22, 26, and 29 respectively. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. Watch the full video for more details.
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Reacting on the Election Commission's decision over a 24-hour ban on West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh from election campaigning for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks", party National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on April 15 said, "If EC has issued some guidelines, whether it's for my party or somebody else, everyone should have to follow the guidelines. We welcomed the Election Commission's decision." The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
BJP supporters staged protest after a party candidate, Jagannath Chattopadhyay got allegedly attacked by TMC workers. The attack happened when he was returning from a rally ahead of 5th phase of elections. Jagannath Chattopadhyay is a BJP candidate from Suri constituency. The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
Election Commission imposed a 24-hour ban on West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh from election campaigning for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks". Ghosh's ban will be valid till April 16. The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
After being banned by the Election Commission for making "highly provocative and inciteful remarks", WB BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, "It is fine. EC wants free and fair elections and this time the elections are little high voltage and this has been started by Mamata Banerjee. Every action has a reaction. EC has all the rights to ban someone if they think someone is not conducting well... Our party is not running by a single person. We have other members who'll hold rallies now. This is a day off for me. Unlike Mamata Banerjee, I am not protesting against EC's decision." The eight-phase Bengal Assembly elections will conclude on April 29.
Amid the spike in COVID-19, 5th phase of assembly election began in West Bengal on April 17. People were seen waiting in a queue at different polling booths to cast their vote. Voting began for 45 assembly constituencies. Voter Vanita said, "I came here early to avoid rush as corona is spreading so that I could cast my vote without aany fear Voting and protection from coronavirus infection is also compulsory."
With the beginning of 5th phase of assembly elections in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Madan Mitra cast his vote in Kamarhati after offering prayers at Dakshineshwar Kali Temple on April 17.
A TMC worker was allegedly stabbed to death in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur. Incident took place in the district's Keshpur area in the early hours of Thursday. Police said Uttam Dolui was at a local club in Hariharpur when he was attacked. Police added that around 10-15 people allegedly attacked Dolui with sharp weapons. The 48-year-old TMC worker reportedly died on the way to a hospital in Midnapore. Police said seven people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Dolui's family alleged that BJP 'goons' attacked him to create tension in the area. BJP dismissed the allegations, saying they have no reason for resorting to violence. Meanwhile, a BJP worker was found hanging at his home in Purba Medinipur's Nandigram. Uday Dubey was found hanging at his home in Bhekutia area on Thursday morning. Dubey's family claimed that he was under stress as he was receiving threats from TMC. However, TMC denied charges and hit out at BJP for indulging in politics over a death. Police said a case of unnatural death has been lodged and further probe is underway. High-voltage Nandigram is under heavy security cover with Section 144 being clamped. In Nandigram, CM Mamata Banerjee is taking on her former aide, Suvendu Adhikari.
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Ramping up the campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a roadshow in Medinipur for which huge crowd gathered in support of the party. The roadshow began from Dak Bunglow ground and culminated at Bolpur Chowrasta More. BJP supporters raised party flag and chanted "Jai Shri Ram" and "Vande Mataram" slogans. Shah, with state BJP president Dilip Ghosh was seen waving to the crowd. Elections for 294-West Bengal Assembly will be held in eight phases, with the first phase on March 27 and last on April 29. The results will be announced on May 2.
While addressing a rally at Midnapore on Friday, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan targeted Trinamool Congress and created a new full form of word 'Didi' and called Mamata Banerjee a 'dictator'. "To me, 'D' of Didi means dictator, which she is, 'I' is being 'insensitive' towards people, 'D' means Deed of spreading fear and 'I' means an 'Incompetent' CM. In 1906, the British divided West Bengal and now you've divided Sonar Bangla into Hindus and Muslims," said Shivraj. "When I use word Didi, picture of Mamata Didi used to come and Mamata Didi you have destroyed West Bengal and you have no right to remain in power," he added. "Mamata Didi, why you get panic on Shree Ram name? While Lord Ram is our god, soul and identity, why you used to shout TMC? Please answer," he further said.
At least 4 people were killed and four got injured in incident of firing in West Bengal's Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of Assembly elections on April 10. Injured have been shifted to hospital for treatment. TMC alleged that the firing was done by Central Forces.
Ahead of third phase of West Bengal assembly elections, popular actress-turned-TMC leader Sayantika Banerjee said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making actors and MPs contest elections of MLAs. "BJP is short of candidates because they're making MPs contest MLA polls and are taking help of actors. They don't make normal people their candidates, they either make MPs as MLAs or take help of celebrity candidates. Mamata Banerjee will be CM," said Sayantika Banerjee. Third phase of West Bengal assembly elections is scheduled to be held on April 06.
Supporters of three suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs staged a protest outside the Odisha Assembly on April 03. BJP MLAs Jayanarayan Mishra, Bishnu Prasad Sethi and Mohan Majhi were suspended for allegedly hurling shoes, microphones and other items at Assembly speaker's podium."All members took observation of footage and have moved a resolution accordingly," said Odisha Assembly speaker Surjya Narayan Patro to ANI.
Amid political campaigning and upcoming fourth phase Assembly elections in West Bengal, BJP workers staged a protest outside Jadavpur Police Station in Kolkata over the attack on state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh's convoy. The protestors alleged that TMC goons attacked the convoy of Ghosh. BJP chief Dilip Ghosh's convoy was allegedly attacked in Cooch Behar on April 08. The first three phases of the eight-phased West Bengal polls have already taken place. The fourth phase of the elections will be held on April 10. Counting of the votes will take place on May 02.
Ahead of upcoming Assembly elections in Kerala, Union Home Minister Amit Shah attended a public meeting at Wayanad on April 3 and said Prime Minister has put forward the vision of 'FAST' and these could be the foundation of the development of the state. "For Kerala, PM Narendra Modi has put forward the vision of FAST. F stands for Fisheries and Fertiliser, A means Agriculture and Ayurveda, S means Skill Development and Social Empowerment, and T means Tourism and Technology," said Shah.