In what is being called a historic win, the Trinamool Congress defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party's formidable election machine to defend the West Bengal throne. BJP's campaign was led by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and the party had set a target of 200+ seats. However, it could not even breach the 100-mark, winning 77 constituencies. TMC bagged 213, however, Mamata Banerjee lost the Nandigram fight to BJP's Suvendu Adhikari. The Congress and Left were completely wiped out. What does the Bengal verdict say about politics, elections, and issues? Watch this analysis with CVoter founder and pollster Yashwant Deshmukh.
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Former Attorney General & Constitutional law expert Soli Sorabjee died on Friday. The 91-year-old veteran lawyer passed away after getting infected with Covid-19. Sorabjee had served as the Attorney General for India from 1989-90 & then from 1998-2004. The Former Attorney General was admitted to a private hospital in South Delhi. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and condoled Sorabjee's demise. VP Venkaiah Naidu, union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, RS Prasad and Smriti Irani also paid their tribute to the former Attorney General. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee also tweeted and expressed their condolences. Born in 1930, Soli Sorabjee had been honoured with Padma Vibhushan in 2002.
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An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the Richter scale struck parts of Assam on morning of April 28. CM Sarbananda Sonowal said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have expressed their concerns about the earthquake in Assam. They also wanted to know the details of the damage, I have given the details on the present situation. They have assured us full support in this hour of crisis. I am grateful for their serious concern for state of Assam."
West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has just lost one of her brothers today to the Corona pandemic. Her brother, Mr Asim Bandhopadhyay who was mostly known as Kali Bandhopadhyay, contracted the virus and was being treated for a month. He was admitted to Kolkata's Medica Superspecialty Hospital.
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During her speech at West Bengal Assembly on May 08, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded universal vaccine program across the country. She said, "Rs 30,000 crores is nothing for the central government...There should be a universal vaccine program for all throughout the country." It was her first speech after taking oath as West Bengal CM for the 3rd consecutive time. She also questioned Centre's move to send 4-member MHA team amid post-poll violence reports. She said, "Why is there so much discrimination with Bengal? They sent the central team within 24 hours of oath-taking. Actually, they (BJP) are not ready to accept the public mandate. I never support violence. They are spreading fake news and fake videos."
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.
Polling for fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections began at 7 am across 45 seats. Long queues of voters were seen outside polling stations across six districts, Elections are being held in Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Nadia, North 24 Parganas and Purba Bardhaman. Over one crore voters will exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 342 candidates. Tight security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful voting. The Election Commission has deployed at least 853 companies of central forces to ensure free and fair voting. Elections for 294 seats in West Bengal are being held in eight phases, results on May 2.
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Home Minister Amit Shah assured the Gorkha population that they would not be affected by the NRC. Speaking in Kalimpong, ahead of Assembly polls on the 17th of April, Shah said that TMC has been spreading rumours about the NRC and said that not a single Gorkha would be asked to leave. Shah also said that the CPM and the TMC had both been unjust to the region and said that the BJP would form an SIT to probe and punish those responsible for the killing of the local population in 1986 & the more recent Gorkhaland agitation. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Ahead of fifth phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a roadshow at Kalimpong on Apr 12 and appealed people to choose 'lotus govt' to get justice. Slamming CM Mamata Banerjee, HM Shah said, "Kalimpong suffered for years. In 1986, CPM oppressed you, over 1200 Gorkhas lost lives. You were not given justice. When Didi came, she took lives of several Gorkhas. You were not given justice. Choose 'lotus govt', we'll form SIT and send them behind bars."
Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a roadshow in Kalimpong on Apr 12 blamed TMC for lying about NRC and said that it has not been brought yet here but even after it is brought, not even a single Gorkha will be affected. "Misinformation being spread that if NRC will be brought, Gorkhas will be ousted. NRC has not been brought yet. But even if it's brought, not even one Gorkha will be ousted. TMC lies," said Home Minister Shah.
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TMC MP Nusrat Jahan Ruhi along with her parents cast vote at a polling booth in Kolkata, for 7th phase of West Bengal elections on April 26. She said, "Why was EC sleeping all this while? When the Prime Minister decided he won't hold any public meetings, EC decided to call off all public meetings. It listens to PM and HM more than anyone else." The eight-phased Bengal polls will conclude on April 29 and counting of votes is scheduled for May 02.
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Tirath Singh Rawat conducted an aerial survey of Sumna area of Joshimath Sector in Chamoli district on April 24, where an avalanche occurred yesterday due to heavy snowfall. "HM Amit Shah called us up last night. NDRF and District Administration are on the job. ITBP and BRO were informed. Rescue was done quickly. I did an aerial survey today. BRO is carrying out the operation but the connectivity remains affected," said CM Rawat while speaking to media persons. According to Central Command of Indian Army, "291 persons have been rescued so far after a BRO Camp came under avalanche yesterday during heavy snowfall in Sumna area of Joshimath Sector in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand."