BJP president JP Nadda alleged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's involvement in post-poll violence and said her silence for 36 hours is in itself is a proof. "The manner in which massacre and brutal killings took place and the manner in which the acting CM stayed silent for 36 hours speaks of her involvement. Mamata ji's silence speaks about her involvement and she starts her third term with blood on her hands," said Nadda.
As West Bengal is witnessing political violence in parts of the state soon after assembly election results were announced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the incidents of violence, and said such incidents cannot be tolerated. She, however, blamed the BJP for these incidents, saying there is "more disturbance" in place where the opposition party has won. "No such incident can be tolerated. There is more disturbance in places where BJP has won. BJP is circulating about fake incidents through old videos. My appeal to all political parties is to stop this. You all have done a lot during elections. Bengal is a place of unity,"
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker's house in Kankinara Ramnagar colony area of Bhatpara were vandalised by miscreants on May 04. CCTV footage shows crude bombs were hurled at BJP worker house. The BJP worker alleged that TMC is behind the attack. A series of post-poll violence witnessed in parts of Bengal.
After BJP failed to wrest West Bengal from TMC despite a high pitch election campaign, state party chief Dilip Ghosh said BJP will analyse the election results as to what went wrong, but added that the party's performance since the last assembly elections has increased many fold. The BJP was leading on 77 seats, according to the latest information provided by the Election Commission which also showed TMC ahead on 213 of 294 seats.
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.
BJP released a purported audio clip of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee speaking to Sitalkuchi nominee. BJP claimed that Mamata proposed a rally with bodies of Cooch Behar firing victims. A BJP delegation urged Bengal Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab to take note of the clip. BJP claimed such a move could lead to untoward situations in the state amid ongoing polls. Meanwhile, TMC has described the audio clip as 'bogus' and said no such conversation took place. Violence marred a Cooch Behar polling booth during the fourth round of voting on April 10. Four persons died near a booth in Sitalkuchi constituency of Cooch Behar district. Reports suggest central forces opened fire allegedly after coming under attack from locals. Incident took place after locals allegedly attempted to snatch rifles of central forces. Watch the full video for more details.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday met with the families of people who were killed during the fourth round of voting for the state assembly elections on April 10 in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar. While an 18-year-old first time voter was shot dead by miscreants when he was standing in a queue to cast his vote, four others were killed in firing by central forces reportedly in self-defence on the same day.
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violence that happened during fourth phase of polls in Cooch Behar's Sitalkuchi. The violent incident had claimed lives of four people. "Didi is abusing BJP unnecessarily. You're mistaken that BJP is contesting against you. It is the mothers, sisters of North Bengal, Rajbongshi community, the Gorkha community, the tea workers, the farmers who are contesting against you," said Amit Shah. He further said, "The 4th phase polls were held in North Bengal. Didi instigated people, told them to gherao CRPF and loot them. People listened to her, weapons were snatched, bullets were fired, four people died. Didi had you not instigated them they wouldn't have died. A fifth person also died. A youth, Anand Burman had gone to cast his vote but TMC goons shot him dead. Didi is speaking about the 4 but nothing on Anand Burman. Why? It's because he belonged to Rajbongshi community that is not a part of her vote bank." Eight-phase Bengal elections will conclude on April 29.
After the killing of four people at a booth in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar during the fourth phase of Assembly elections on April 10, Jalpaiguri Range DIG Annappa E informed that the situation is under control but tension in some areas persists. He also said that at least four people were killed and one got injured in the incident. Polling at the polling booth remains suspended by the Election Commission after the incident. Further investigation is underway.
Petrol and diesel prices in the national capital after a slight increase stood at Rs 90.99 and Rs 81.42 per litre, respectively on May 06. Prices rose by 25 paisa and 30 paisa respectively in Delhi. In Mumbai, the prices of petrol and diesel jumped by 22 paisa and 30 paisa to Rs 97.34 and Rs 88.49. The price of petrol and diesel in Chennai was Rs 92.90 and Rs 86.35 per litre respectively and Rs 90.92 and Rs 83.98 per litre in Kolkata.
BJP chief JP Nadda, on May 05, addressed the party leader in Kolkata and asked the leaders to take oath that they will carry out our responsibility, by happily accepting the mandate, and play the important role of Opposition. "What we fought in Bengal - political violence, appeasement and tyranny - we won't step back from carrying out our duties," said Nadda. Nadda, who is on two-day visit to West Bengal reached there following post poll violence to meet the victims.
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee took oath as West Bengal Chief Minister on May 05 for third consecutive term in presence of Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata. Congratulating Mamata Banerjee for the third consecutive victory, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said that he has every hope that the chief minister will restore rule of law in the state and accord relief to hurt on priority basis. Governor said, "I congratulate Mamata ji on her third term. Our priority is that we must bring an end to this senseless violence that has affected society at large. I have every hope that the CM on an urgent basis will take all steps to restore rule of law and ensure those who are hurt are accorded relief on priority basis."
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee took oath as West Bengal Chief Minister on May 05 for third consecutive term. Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered the oath at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata. The swearing-in ceremony was very low-key due to ongoing COVID pandemic. Trinamool Congress won 213 seats in recently concluded West Bengal Assembly elections.
Election Commission imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh. The ban has been imposed over his 'there will be Sitalkuchi in several places' remarks. Commission 'sternly' warned Ghosh and advised him to desist from using such statements. Four people died in a firing incident by CISF in Sitalkuchi during the fourth phase of polls. Officials had said the jawans opened fire after they came under attack from locals. The campaign ban on Ghosh will be in effect from 7 pm April 15 to 7 pm April 16. Reacting to EC's order, Ghosh said he will not stage dharna unlike CM Mamata Banerjee. Earlier, Ghosh was also sent notice by EC for his alleged remarks over the Sitalkuchi incident. Poll campaign has seen EC clamping down on several leaders for objectionable utterances. EC earlier barred Mamata from campaigning for 24 hours for remarks against central forces.
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A purported video from Sitalkuchi in Bengal's Cooch Behar is doing rounds on social media. Four villagers had died in the area in an altercation with CRPF jawans during the fourth phase of polling. Ruling TMC said video vindicates its position that there was no provocation for CRPF to fire. TMC MP and spokesperson Derek O'Brien went on to dub it as cold-blooded genocide. The video shows many locals gathered in a field, while some are seen wielding sticks. In the viral video, some central force jawans can also be seen. Soon firing can be heard, though it is not clear who fired the shot. Video shows a ruckus erupt in the area after the shots are fired. Earlier, Cooch Behar SP had said there was rumour that police opened fire. Debasish Dhar had added that the rumour led locals to come out in large numbers. The SP had said that this led the Central forces to open fire in self defence.
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After Mamata Banerjee-led TMC's grand victory in the West Bengal state Assembly elections, BJP has alleged TMC workers of political violence in several districts. Another incident came into limelight..