The Congress proposed that the TMC should merge with it instead to put up a united fight against the BJP.
The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May.
"If the Left Front and the Congress are genuinely anti-BJP, they should rally behind Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the communal and divisive politics of the saffron party," senior TMC MP Sougata Roy said.
Reacting to the TMC's proposal, state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the West Bengal's ruling party for the growth of the BJP in the state.
"We are not interested in aligning with the TMC.
Why is the TMC now interested in an alliance with us after poaching our MLAs over the last 10 years.
If Mamata Banerjee is in keen on fighting the BJP, then she should join the Congress as it is the only pan-India platform to fight against communalism," he said.
TMC leader and former Asansol mayor Jitendra Tiwary joined Bharatiya Janata Party on March 02 ahead of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections. Ex mayor Jitendra Tiwary joined party in presence of West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. Counting of votes will take place on May 02.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on March 02 during a public rally in poll-bound West Bengal took a jibe at Mamata Banerjee led TMC government accusing it to have 'anti-Hindu' sentiments. "Durga puja gets prohibited in Bengal today, cow slaughter is forcefully started during Eid. People's sentiments are toyed with through cow smuggling. The state government remains silent. Now it's attempted to ban slogan of 'Jai Sri Ram' and attacks are executed," said CM Yogi in Malda.
"It is an expression of my concern," said Congress leader Anand Sharma on his two tweets against his party's decision for forging alliance with ISF. "What I have said is an expression of my concerns. Not only that I am firmly committed to Congress ideology, which is inclusive, democratic and secular, but I am also one of the historians and ideologue of the party and it has to be taken in that context," said Anand Sharma. On Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's reported remark that his tweet on alliance with ISF serving BJP agenda, Anand Sharma said, "That is unfortunate. I believe in a civilised political dialogue even if there are differences or ideological issues. I have noted what Adhir Ranjan said but I can't become personal."
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi "guaranteed" not to implement CAA in Assam during a rally in Tezpur on March 02. "When our party comes into power, a law will be enacted to ensure that CAA is not implemented here. 200 units of electricity will be given free of cost every month. We will provide Rs 2,000 per month to all the housewives as 'grihini samman'. The woman working in tea gardens will be provided Rs 365 per day. We will create 5 lakhs new government jobs. These are not promises but guarantee," said Gandhi.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and offered his full support to her in the coming assembly polls in the state. He also took a jibe at the ‘baraat’ of BJP leaders in the recent weeks arriving in West Bengal to campaign for the party and questioned their ability to run the government in the state better than Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "BJP is such a big party. The BJP has brought a ‘Baarat’ (procession) of all the union ministers to West Bengal. Who is their groom? Name a single BJP leader who is more experienced than Mamta Banerjee in running the government. Will you hand over power to a leader who does not have any experience?" said Tejashwi Yadav. Watch the full video for more.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party in West Bengal's Malda on March 2. One of the main themes of his speech was the claim that the Hindu religion is under threat in the state. He claimed that Durga Puja is being restricted, while forced cow slaughter is carried out during Eid in Bengal. The state will vote in 8 phases between March 27 and April 29, with results being declared on May 2. Watch the full video for more.
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Vehicular movement to Ghaziabad from Delhi through Ghazipur border has been partially restored since Monday evening Stung by party colleague Anand Sharma's open condemnation, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury today posted a series of tweets in a scorching thread titled 'Know Your Facts, Anand Sharma'. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan and his wife Nutan Goel took the Covid-19 vaccine shot at Delhi Heart and Lung Institute on Tuesday morning. Another horrific crime committed in UP's Hathras. A man who was jailed briefly in 2018 in a sexualassault case, out on bail ever since, allegedly shot dead the survivor's father on Monday in a village in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to BARC former CEO Partho Dasgupta, an accused in the alleged TRP scam.
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India's second phase of the vaccination drive began today, opening registerations for people above 60 years and those aged 45 in the second phase of the inoculation drive. In the second phase, Prime Minister was among the first to take the vaccination. Till now questions had been raised that why has the Prime Minister not taken the vaccine. Not just that he even opted out for the Bharat Biotech's covaxin that led to a barrage of criticism from the opposition for the trials for the vaccine still had not been completed. Ever since the vaccination drive began in the couuntry, the Vaccine politics has been raging in the country. A lot of questions have been raised by the opposition leaders. Even today after PM Modi took the vaccine, he encouraged everyone who is eligible to come forward and take the jab. But the opposition has not spared him. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury drew a link to the Assam, Kerala and Puducherry elections to the PM’s gesture. Chowdhury said that had PM Modi carried Rishi Aurobindo’s photo and Geetanjali with him, all five poll-bound states would have been covered. Well after he Prime Minister wore a gamosa from Assam, while nurses from Kerala and Puducherry administered the Covaxin shot, many couldn't overlook the connection to the elections. Watch this episode of News Audit.
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Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who is spearheading party's alliance strategy in West Bengal for the upcoming assembly elections, on March 01 said that talks are on the Left, however, no discussions have taken place with RJD or its leader Tejashwi, who met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today. "Talks are on with the Left over alliance and seat-sharing. As far as RJD's Tejashwi Yadav is concerned, if he discusses seats with another party (TMC), I have nothing to do with it, I didn't have a word with any RJD leader over seat-sharing," said Chowdhury.
TMC accused the BJP of using the ED and CBI to threaten the party after notice was sent to Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee Naroola in the alleged coal pilferage scam. Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy alleged that BJP is trying to browbeat its party by misusing central agencies. He added that they will not be bullied by these tactics and will respond to the notice legally. A group of CBI officials came to Abhishek Banerjee's residence in South Kolkata looking for Rujira Banerjee Naroola on Sunday afternoon. CBI has also issued summons to Abhishek Banerjee's sister-in-law Maneka Gambhir in connection with the coal scam case. This comes ahead of the crucial assembly polls in West bengallater this year. Watch the full video for all the details.
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The CBI sent notice to CM Mamata Banerjee's nephew and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's wife and sister-in-law in coal scam case. On the notice, TMC MP Saugata Roy said, "BJP is left with no allies. Their only allies are CBI and ED. They are trying to use their allies to threaten, to pressurise the TMC. Whatever notice issued will be dealt with legally."
Speaking to ANI in the national capital on February 12, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP from Lok Sabha (LS), Saugata Roy spoke on Dinesh Trivedi's resignation from Rajya Sabha (RS). Roy said, "We didn't know he'd resign. However, it isn't a shock. He wasn't a grassroot leader, had lost Lok Sabha elections. CM Mamata Banerjee sent him to RS. 'Trinamool' means grassroot. It will give chance to other grassroots workers to emerge."
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on March 02 stressed over the situation of law and order situation in poll-bound West Bengal during a rally in Malda and said "it hurts when..
While speaking to ANI in Kolkata on March 01, the leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav spoke on upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls. Tejashwi said, "Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is quite..