The Union Home Ministry has sent a four-member team to the state to assess the ground situation in West Bengal amid post poll violence; Supreme Court raps Centre, asks it to ensure better logistics for oxygen supply as third wave is coming; Sourav Ganguly said that a breach in the bio-bubble was highly unlikely and yet the virus has infected IPL players. This and more news at 2pm.
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Defence minister Rajnath Singh campaigned in West Bengal ahead of the Assembly elections. Singh used a cricket analogy to predict a BJP victory in the state. Ruling TMC is facing a double challenge from BJP and Cong-left. "Whenever Sourav Ganguly crossed the crease, it was sure that he would hit a six. Likewise, with your support in Lok Sabha, we have crossed the crease and surely we will hit a six in Assembly polls and form BJP government here," said Singh. Elections to the 294-member West Bengal assembly will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. Watch the full video for more.
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Ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that whenever former Indian skipper and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly stepped out of the crease, it was sure that he would hit a six, similarly, the BJP has crossed the crease and will surely hit a six in upcoming polls and form the government in West Bengal. "Whenever Sourav Ganguly crossed the crease, it was sure that he would hit a six. Likewise, with your support in Lok Sabha, we have crossed the crease and surely we will hit a six in Assembly polls and form BJP government here," said the Defence Minister while addressing a public meeting in Paschim Medinipur.
A four-member MHA team visited Diamond Harbour area in South 24 Parganas district on May 07. MHA deputed the team to assess ground situation amid post-poll violence in Bengal. Violence has been reported in several parts of West Bengal after assembly results.
On May 04, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda and state party chief Dilip Ghosh visited residence of party worker that has been allegedly vandalised by TMC workers. JP Nadda talked to the violence-affected BJP workers there. Nadda is on a two-day visit to the state.
BJP president JP Nadda said post-poll violence in West Bengal reminiscent of Partition days. Nadda exhorted party workers in the state to democratically fight the 'savagery’. The BJP chief arrived at Kolkata airport on Tuesday on a two-day visit to Bengal. “Post-poll violence in Bengal is reminiscent of the atrocities during Partition. I am here to stand in solidarity with our activists who have faced attacks. We are committed to democratically fight this ideological battle and TMC activities. Will visit residences of BJP workers attacked in South 24 Parganas district,” he said. BJP has claimed at least six of its workers & supporters were killed in violence. Violence was allegedly unleashed by TMC following its victory in assembly polls.
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After Mamata Banerjee-led TMC's grand victory in the West Bengal state Assembly elections, several photos and videos depicting violence of BJP workers by TMC cadres surfaced on social media and created uproar. New stories of violence come into limelight daily, therefore, a 4-member Union Home Ministry team arrived at Kolkata airport to analyse ground situation of West Bengal post poll violence.
Newly elected MLAs of West Bengal took oath as members of the state assembly in presence of Protem Speaker Subrata Mukherjee on May 06. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee took oath as West Bengal Chief Minister on May 05 for third consecutive term. Trinamool Congress won 213 seats in recently concluded West Bengal Assembly elections.
BJP was denied permission to hold a roadshow of Mithun Chakraborty in Kolkata's Behala. A group of party activists held a demonstration in front of Parnasree police station. Protest was led by BJP's Srabanti Chatterjee, who is contesting from Behala Paschim seat. “I have done so many campaigns, when did you see us breaking law and order. Problem is caused by them (TMC), I want to know the reason for cancellation. It is saddening that our party president (Dilip Ghosh) is being attacked. We will tolerate everything till April 21, we won't let violence mar elections,” Mithun said. Mithun, however, led a roadshow in Tollygunge for BJP's candidate Babul Supriyo. “It is a shameful incident, didi (Mamata Banerjee) is scared of defeat. She is trying to kill democracy through violence as always. They also did not give permission to campaign here, but we managed to do it,” Babul said.
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended after several players across the eight teams tested positive for COVID-19. Cricket lovers across the country also welcomed and supported the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision of suspending the matches. So far, 29 out of the scheduled 56 league games were played in this season - the last match played this season was between Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals on May 02.
The ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended owing to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases within the bio-bubble. BCCI's vice-president Rajeev Shukla confirmed the development to ANI. "IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it, it is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now," he said. The suspension was came after several IPL players tested COVID positive.
A four-member MHA team visited Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district on May 06. MHA deputed the team to assess ground situation amid post-poll violence in Bengal. Violence has been reported in several..