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Cartoonist Narayan Debnath Dies At 97, Mamata Banerjee Mourns His Demise

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], January 18 (ANI): As the legendary cartoonist Narayan Debnath passed away after a prolonged illness at the age of 97, on Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mourned his demise with a social media tribute for the late Padma Shri awardee.

Debnath was the creator of several Bengali comic characters and was undergoing treatment at Bellevue Hospital in Kolkata.

Taking to her official Twitter handle, the CM expressed her grief by writing, “Extremely sad that the noted litterateur, illustrator, cartoonist, and creator of some immortal characters for children’s world, Narayan Debnath is no more. He had created Bantul the Great, Handa- Bhonda, Nonte- Fonte, figures that have been etched in our hearts for decades.”

In a subsequent tweet, she added, “We were proud to bestow upon him Bengal’s highest award Banga Bibhusan in 2013. His passing away is certainly an immeasurable loss to the world of literary creativity and comics. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, readers and countless fans and followers.”

Debnath, who was born and spent most of his life living in Shibpur, Howrah, India, holds the record of longest-running comics by an individual artiste for his ‘Handa Bhonda’ comics series that completed its continuous 53 years of running.

He was also the only comic artist in India who received a D.Litt degree. Debnath was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2021.

Have not signed Howrah civic body bill, still waiting for inputs from Mamata govt, says West Bengal Governor

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar on Monday said that the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill is currently pending consideration with the governor as he is awaiting inputs on the bill from the state government.
“I have not signed Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021. I want to clarify that no proposal was sent to me on separating Bally Municipality from Howrah Municipal Corporation,” said Dhankar in a video posted on Twitter on Monday. “The state government claims that I am delaying the bill, you would be surprised to know that I received the bill on November 24 and I asked for some information regarding the bill on the same day. For almost four weeks, they didn’t respond to me,” he said.
“I haven’t received a proper response from the government over my queries regarding the bill,” he added.
The Howrah Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, proposing Bally Municipality from the jurisdiction of the Howrah Municipal Corporation, was passed by the Assembly recently.
State Election Commission can hold Howrah Municipal Corporation polls with 66 wards as (it happened earlier) in 2015, said Dhankar.
Howrah civic polls are expected to be held in 2022.

Suvendu Adhikari slams CM Mamata Banerjee for appointing Firhad Hakim as Kolkata mayor

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Friday took a jibe at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for appointing party leader Firhad Hakim as the new mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and said that he has ruined the city. Speaking to ANI, Adhikari said, “Everyone knows that the Mayor (Firhad Hakim) has ruined whole Kolkata. There is a ‘mini-Pakistan’ in the city. There is no hope and no ground reality of his works here. This city has become a disaster financially.”
Earlier on Thursday, Firhad Hakim was declared the new mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation after TMC registered a landslide victory in Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC). Atin Ghosh has been declared as the Deputy Mayor of the corporation.
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said to the elected councillors that in order to ensure effective working on councillors’ part, the work of Kolkata Corporation will be reviewed every six months.
“State Election Commission and police worked well in conducting peaceful elections. Kolkata Corporation report card will be reviewed after every 6 months. If someone is not working, the government will take action against them,” said Mamata.
Praising the judgement of Calcutta High Court for allowing polls in the remaining municipal corporations, he said, “Calcutta HC has given a good judgement today. It should be welcomed by all that the polls in remaining municipal corporations will take place.”
The State Election Commission has informed the Calcutta High Court on Thursday that it is ready to hold polls in the remaining municipal corporations.
Hitting out at TMC over Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections, Adhikari said, “I will not comment much on the results of the poll. They had EVM and divided the Opposition parties. They themselves took 134 seats. A legal battle is going on.”
The Calcutta High Court has given a strong message to the State Election Commission in the case registered on the basis of allegations of unrest in the Kolkata elections.
Following this, the state election commission has been directed by the court to preserve all the CCTVs used in the Kolkata elections, not just the presiding officer’s diary, voter’s signature and hand impressions. The next hearing will be on January 6, 2022.

Mamata Banerjee arrives in poll-bound Goa

Mamata Banerjee addressing a rally

Panaji (Goa) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee arrived in Goa on Sunday evening.
Banerjee, who is on a three-day tour of the coastal state, arrived at the Goa airport. She will be in the state on December 13 and 14. West Bengal Chief Minister will hold a meeting with leaders of the TMC’s Goa unit. The TMC aggressively started campaigning for the upcoming polls after former Goa Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro joined the party. Faleiro joined TMC in the presence of Abhishek Banerjee after resigning from the Congress party.
Goa is scheduled to go for the Assembly polls in early 2022.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.
Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

After ‘no UPA’ barb, Congress to launch all-out attack against Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee addressing a rally

New Delhi [India]: As several leaders from its fold joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the last few months, Congress has now decided to launch an all-out attack on the Mamata Banerjee-led party with its top leaders taking the charge.
Mamata’s “there is no UPA” remark after a meeting in Mumbai with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, an ally of Congress in Maharashtra, evoked a strong response from the party, currently being led by interim president Sonia Gandhi. At an event in Mumbai, the TMC chief said if all the regional parties come together then defeating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be very easy.
Trinamool Congress was once part of the UPA or United Progressive Alliance, an alliance of several parties including Congress that remained in power at the Centre for 10 years from 2004 to 2014 when the BJP came to power.
After the TMC’s landslide victory in West Bengal Assembly polls held earlier this year, Mamata is continuously pitching for a strong alternative at the national level but indirectly taking on Congress.
In a seeming attempt at pan-national expansion or alliance with “like minded-parties” ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, she has recently visited Delhi and Mumbai where she held a series of meetings with top leaders of various political outfits.
However, she didn’t meet Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi during her last visit.
Interestingly, during her Delhi visit in July this year, Mamata Banerjee had met Congress interim Chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
According to sources in the Congress party, the decision to attack Mamata was taken at a meeting held on Wednesday night. “There were discussions among the top leaders of Congress late night on Wednesday in which it has been decided that the party will now make big attacks against Mamata.”
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha termed the meeting between Mamata Banerjee and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar as a “pre-meditated conspiracy” to weaken the grand old party and alleged the TMC chief had become “BJP’s oxygen supplier.”
So far from Congress, its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was taking the lead in vehemently criticising the TMC chief as he has an old feud with her in West Bengal. It may be noted that Congress and Left parties fought together in West Bengal Assembly polls against the TMC and the BJP.
Till now it has been the Congress’ strategy that there should be scope to improve relations in the name of Opposition unity. A section in the party has also been in favour of rapprochement with Mamata for a long time.
Sources said that the responsibility of making political attacks on Mamata has been tasked to top leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Digvijaya Singh and Randeep Surjewala.
They added that the special responsibility to Digvijaya Singh was given because he had been openly advocating coordination with leaders who left Congress like, Jagan Mohan Reddy, Sharad Pawar and K Chandrasekhar Rao from the high command.
Targeting the TMC chief, Youth Congress chief BV Srinivas wrote on Twitter, “Ask any question to Modi ji, you will be called a Deshdrohi.. Ask any question to Mamta Di, you will be called a Maoist… What’s the difference between both?”
Congress received a major jolt in Meghalaya after 12 of its MLAs out of 17 joined Trinamool Congress, making it the state’s main Opposition. One of the prominent figures of the new entrants includes former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma.
TMC has witnessed a steady stream of leaders joining its ranks after quitting from Congress in the last few months. In September, former Goa chief minister Luizinho Faleiro joined TMC after resigning from the primary membership of Congress. Following Faleiro shift, nine other leaders from Congress also joined TMC, sources had informed.
Congress MP from Assam’s Silchar and ex-president of All India Mahila Congress, Sushmita Dev had joined the TMC in August this year. She has been assigned to look after TMC’s affairs in Tripura.
Moreover, Luizinho Faleiro and Sushmita Dev both were awarded Rajya Sabha seats after joining TMC.
Congress leader Kirti Azad and former Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar also recently joined TMC. Tanwar was once a close aide of Rahul Gandhi.

Need to provide ‘strong alternative’ at national level, says Sharad Pawar after meeting Mamata Banerjee

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Ahead of the general elections scheduled in 2024, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said that there is a need for like-minded political forces to come together to provide “strong alternative” at the national level.
Pawar spelt out his strategy to counter Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2024 Lok Sabha polls following his meeting with Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee in Mumbai. After meeting Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday, Pawar stated that Mamata’s intention is that like-minded forces should come together at the national level and set up a collective leadership.
“We have to provide a strong alternative to leadership. Our thinking is not for today, but for the election. This has to be established and with that intention, she has visited and had a very positive discussion with all of us,” he said.
“Be it Congress or any other party, the thing is that those who are against BJP, if they will come together, they are welcome, he said when asked if Congress will be a part of the “strong alternative”.
Banerjee, the West Bengal chief minister, has been recently reaching out to an array of regional parties. Her meeting with Pawar came a day after she held discussions with Shiv Sena leaders Sanjay Raut and Aaditya Thackeray.
“Sanjay Raut and Aaditya Thackeray met her. Today, my colleagues and I had a long chat with her. Her intention is, in today’s situation like-minded forces have to come together at the national level and set up collective leadership,” Pawar said.
Pawar too tweeted a photograph of the meeting with the TMC leader at his residence here.
“Pleased to meet Hon’ble CM of West Bengal Smt @MamataOfficial at my Mumbai residence. We Discussed various issues. We agreed upon the need to strengthen the collective efforts and commitment towards safeguarding democratic values and ensuring the betterment of our people”, Pawar tweeted.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal CM after the meeting took another swipe at Congress and questioned the existence of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
“There is no UPA now,” Mamata said.
This comment by the TMC chief comes ahead of the Cold War between Congress and the TMC.
Recently, Mamata Banerjee visited Delhi but she did not meet Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.

Mamata Banerjee likely to meet Sharad Pawar today

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to meet Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday afternoon in Mumbai.
Banerjee, who is on a three-day visit to Maharashtra, met Shiv Sena leaders Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut in Mumbai on Tuesday. “We welcome her to Mumbai and Maharashtra. There has always been a friendship. We had met her even 2-3 years back when she visited Mumbai. We came to carry forward that friendship. We discussed many issues but we came here to welcome her to Mumbai,” Thackeray had said while speaking to media persons.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena in a statement informed that due to health issues, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will not be meeting Banerjee.
“Due to health issues, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray won’t be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her two-day visit to Mumbai. She has earlier announced that she will be meeting CM over several issues,” the statement read.
Before visiting Mumbai, the TMC chief was in Delhi. Congress leaders Kirti Azad, former Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar and former JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma joined TMC during Banerjee’s visit to the national capital.

CM Mamta Banerjee expresses grief over Nadia mishap

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee expressed her condolences over the death of 18 people in the Nadia road accident.
“Heartbroken to hear about the road accident in Nadia. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. May God give them the strength to get past this difficult time,” she tweeted. “Government of West Bengal will extend every necessary assistance and support to the kin of the victims. We are beside you in this sad hour,” the Chief Minister said in another tweet.
As per the police officials, at least 18 people were killed and 5 others injured in a road accident that took place in West Bengal’s Phulbari area of Nadia district. The injured people have been shifted to Shaktinagar district hospital.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has also expressed his grief over the mishap.

Mamata Banerjee to visit Mumbai on November 30, will meet Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit Mumbai on November 30 and meet her Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar.
“I will meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar Ji during my visit to Mumbai between November 30 and December 1,” Banerjee told reporters here. Notably, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo has been holding talks to unite all Opposition parties against the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) keeping the 2024 general elections in mind.
Asked about the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Banerjee said, “If Akhilesh (Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav) needs our help, then we are ready to extend help.”
Mamata Banerjee called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and demanded rolling back of the Centre’s decision to extend BSF’s jurisdiction in the state.

Following the meeting with Prime Minister, Banerjee said, “I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today over a number of state-related issues. We also spoke on the BSF’s jurisdiction extension issue and demanded that this decision be withdrawn. I also spoke to Prime Minister Modi on Tripura violence.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy met Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee is slated to be in the national capital till November 25. Her visit comes days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.
On Tuesday, former Congress leader Kirti Azad and, former JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma joined TMC in the presence of Mamata Banerjee in the national capital.

Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi, demands Centre to roll back decision to extend BSF’s jurisdiction

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and demanded rolling back of the Centre’s decision to extend BSF’s jurisdiction in the state.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo also discussed several issues related to West Bengal.
“I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today over a number of state-related issues. We also spoke on the BSF’s jurisdiction extension issue and demanded that this decision be withdrawn,” Banerjee told reporters in Delhi
Earlier on Wednesday, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy met Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee is slated to be in the national capital till November 25. Her visit comes days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.
On Tuesday, former Congress leader Kirti Azad and, former JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma joined TMC in the presence of Mamata Banerjee in the national capital.
The Centre had earlier in October empowered the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
The BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam, has now been authorised to extend its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or permission either from central or state governments.

TMC should declare Mamata Banerjee as Prime Ministerial candidate for 2024 LS polls, says BJP

Mamata Banerjee addressing a rally

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Sukanta Majumdar on Tuesday said that Trinamool Congress (TMC) should officially declare that party’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is their Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking about Banerjee’s visit to the national capital, Majumdar told ANI, “If Mamata Banerjee is the Chief Minister of West Bengal, it is natural that she will come to Delhi and meet our ministers including the Prime Minister. Every Chief Minister comes to Delhi to meet Central ministers for the development of the state. As far as it is concerned that if she is the face of the Opposition or not, the Trinamool Congress should first make an official declaration that Mamata Banerjee is their PM candidate. Firstly, we want TMC to declare this, and then let the Opposition decide whether they will accept Mamata Banerjee as the face of the Opposition or not. Our PM face is decided. It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” Banerjee, who arrived in Delhi on Monday (November 22), is slated to be in the national capital till November 25. She will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to the Border Security Force (BSF) and the development of the state during her visit to Delhi.
Over Banerjee’s Delhi visit, Majumdar claimed that the TMC supremo is attempting to form a national party adding that “this is the reason why she is sending her people to different states,” he said.
Hitting out at the ruling TMC in the state, Majumdar alleged that Mamata Banerjee became the Chief Minister in West Bengal for the third time by doing “politics over violence.”
“She wants to take this violence to other parts of the whole country,” he said.
Majumdar also attacked TMC on holding demonstrations in Delhi over alleged police brutality in Tripura and said that Mamata Banerjee is “dharna politics master.”
“She had staged a dharna to save her corrupt police officers and ministers. She even went to the CBI office to stage a dharna. It was natural that she would use the gimmicks of what she is an expert at. That is why TMC MPs were outside the Union Home Minister’s house in Delhi,” said Majumdar.
A delegation of TMC MPs on Monday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi over the alleged police brutality in Tripura. A total of 16 TMC MPs including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala Roy arrived at the party office in Delhi on Monday and held a protest outside the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the Tripura police incident.
Tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies slated for November 25.
TMC earlier alleged that several people sustained injuries after an attack on the residence of Trinamool Congress Tripura unit’s Steering Committee chief Subal Bhowmik in Bhagaban Thakur Chowmuni area of Agartala on Sunday.
Talking about Banerjee’s visit to Delhi, BJP Bengal in-charge and IT cell head Amit Malviya said that if she wants to become the face of the Opposition, then TMC should formally announce it.
“In the election, the public decides who will be suitable for the post of the Prime Minister. The Opposition keeps meeting among themselves, but they should announce who is their leader and what are their policies. On this basis, the public will decide whether you are right or not. But TMC is keeping silent in Delhi,” Malviya said.
On the other hand, BJP leader Priyanka Tibrewal, who contested in the Bhawanipur by-polls in West Bengal, took a jibe at TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee and Mamata Banerjee and said,
“Abhishek Banerjee is an alien. No one knows him in Tripura. TMC is doing all this just to come into the limelight and gain sympathy. TMC’s character is of blood-stained politics. They are now talking about violence. People in West Bengal have seen the violence of TMC. In Tripura, TMC is doing drama.”
Meanwhile, Supreme Court on Tuesday declined the plea of TMC to postpone the Tripura local body elections scheduled on November 25 and directed the police to increase the security arrangements for conducting free and fair polls and the declaration of results.
The Bench was hearing a contempt petition filed by All India Trinamool Congress and its Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev alleging non-compliance with the apex court order by Tripura authorities passed on November 11 to ensure a free and safe atmosphere for political campaigning for the local body elections scheduled on November 25.
The Bench has now posted the matter for November 25 to ascertain compliance of the court’s order.

Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi, discuss BSF, development issues

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday to discuss issues pertaining to the Border Security Force (BSF) and development of the state during her visit to Delhi.
Briefing the media in Kolkata today, Banerjee said, “I am going to Delhi today as I have an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the day after tomorrow, regarding the BSF issue and other development issues of Bengal.” The chief minister said that all the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs who are sitting since morning at the party office in Delhi over the alleged police brutality in Tripura have not been given an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“I am going to express my solidarity with them,” Banerjee said.
Earlier today, a total of 16 TMC MPs including Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Santanu Sen and Mala Roy arrived at the party office in Delhi and have sought an appointment with Shah over the alleged police brutality in Tripura.
On Sunday, Trinamool Youth Congress president Sayonni Ghosh was arrested by Tripura Police for allegedly creating a ruckus during a public meeting of Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb.
Tensions in Tripura increased after violent incidents in the run-up to the elections to the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and 12 other municipal bodies slated for November 25. It earlier also alleged that several people sustained injuries after an attack on the residence of Trinamool Congress Tripura unit’s Steering Committee chief Subal Bhowmik in Bhagaban Thakur Chowmuni area of Agartala on Sunday.
“They want to capture power and bulldoze the federal structure in the name of cooperative federalism. Tripura issue will be raised in Delhi, Mumbai, and everywhere else,” Banerjee said.
“Where’s the National Human Rights Commission or the HM or (Article) 355? How many notices have been sent by the Government of India to Tripura? They don’t care about the constitution. Their only obligation is to cheat people. They will be defeated ultimately,” she added.
The West Bengal Chief Minister further said that the party respects every verdict of the Supreme Court but this government is not listening to even the Supreme Court’s guidelines.
“We respect every verdict of the Supreme Court but this government is not listening to even the Supreme Court’s guidelines. This is contempt of court. The administration, BJP and CM himself is defying the Supreme Court verdict,” Banerjee said.
Mamata Banerjee is visiting Delhi today and will stay in the national capital till November 25.
Banerjee’s visit to the capital is taking place days ahead of the winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 29.

Mamata Banerjee to visit Delhi from November 22 to 25

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit Delhi from November 22 to November 25.
Banerjee’s visit to the capital is taking place days ahead of the winter session of parliament which begins on November 29. Banerjee had visited Delhi in July this year. It was her first visit after Trinamool Congress returned to power in the Bengal Assembly polls.
During her last visit to Delhi, she had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
She had met other political leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal.
Banerjee also met former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath and Congress leader Anand Sharma.

Calcutta HC adjourns Nandigram vote-counting case to Dec 1

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The Calcutta High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing for Nandigram vote-counting case to December 1.
In this matter, the Court asked the BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari to file a written response by November 29. The results of the state assembly polls were released on May 2.
On July 13, after Justice Kausik Chanda recused himself from the hearing of the petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over Nandigram poll results, the matter has been allotted to the Bench of Justice Sampa Sarkar of Calcutta High Court.

On July 7, the Calcutta High Court imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakhs on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for putting the judiciary in a bad light.
The Calcutta High Court’s single bench led by Justice Kausik Chanda had passed the order while hearing Mamata Banerjee’s election petition challenging Adhikari’s victory from the Nandigram Constituency in the recently held state assembly polls.
At the outset of the argument, Justice Chanda refused to withdraw the case but later changed his decision to say that he was recused from the case.
The West Bengal Chief Minister had earlier moved an application to change the judge in the case and alleged that Justice Chanda has connections with the BJP.
The Election Commission had declared BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari the winner in the fiercely contested election for the Nandigram constituency. After her defeat in Nandigram, Banerjee alleged that the Returning Officer of the Assembly seat had said he was threatened against recounting of votes.
Despite Banerjee losing the seat to Adhikari, who was once her close aide, the TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. While the BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.
The TMC even wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal seeking “immediate re-counting of votes and postal ballots” in the Nandigram constituency, but recounting was refused for reasons unknown.

Mamata Banerjee condemns terror attack on Army convoy in Manipur

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday condemned the terrorist attack on an Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur in which five soldiers and two of their family members were killed.
“I strongly condemn the dastardly attack by militants on a convoy of 46 Assam Rifles in Manipur. It pains me to learn that we have lost five brave soldiers, including the CO and his family members. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The entire nation awaits justice!” tweeted Banerjee. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh also condemned the attack on Assam Riffle’s convoy. Taking to Twitter, he said, “Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on a convoy of 46 AR which has reportedly killed a few personnel including the CO and his family at Churachandpur today. The State forces and Paramilitary are already on their job to track down the militants. The perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
The Commanding Officer (CO) of 46 Assam Rifles Colonel Viplav Tripathy, his wife and 8-year-old son and four soldiers were killed in an ambush by terrorists near the India-Myanmar border in Manipur today.
Four other soldiers sustained injuries in the attack in Churachandpur district in Manipur, according to the Indian Army. The incident took place around 10 am on Saturday near S Sehken village under Behiang police station.
Further details awaited.

Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress wins all four seats in Bengal bypolls

New Delhi [India]: The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has won by-polls in all four assembly seats in West Bengal.
Trinamool Congress candidates won Dinhata, Santipur, Khardaha and Gosaba assembly with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailing on the second position on all four seats. TMC’s Udayan Guha won by the margin of 1,64,089 votes over BJP’s Ashok Mandal in Dinhata constituency.
In Santipur seat, TMC’s Braja Kishor Goswami won by a margin of 64,675 votes over BJP’s Niranjan Biswas.
TMC’s Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay emerged victorious on the Kharadaha seat with a margin of 93,832 votes over BJP candidate Joy Saha.
TMC’s Subrata Mondal won the Gosaba assembly seat by a margin of 1,43,051 seats over BJP’s Palash Rana.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the party candidates and said it was victory of people.
She said the results show that people of Bengal will always choose development and unity “over propaganda and hate politics”.
“My heartiest congratulations to all the four winning candidates! This victory is people’s victory, as it shows how Bengal will always choose development and unity over propaganda and hate politics. With people’s blessings, we promise to continue taking Bengal to greater heights!”
The Santipur and Dinhata seats fell vacant after BJP MPs Jagannath Sarkar and Nishith Pramanik resigned from the assembly respectively. The other two seats fell vacant as Trinamool Congress MLAs Kajal Sinha (Khardaha) and Jayanta Naskar (Gosaba) died due to COVID-19.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC ahd registered a landslide victory in the assembly polls, winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. The BJP had emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.

Adhir Ranjan calls TMC a ‘political traitor’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Alleging that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is a “political traitor”, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the TMC has been “carved” out of the Congress party.
Talking to ANI, Chowdhury said if TMC claims that Congress is finished “it means that they themselves don’t have relevance. “The TMC has been carved out of the Congress party… if it says that the Congress party has lost its relevance in politics then it means the same party has lost its relevance,” said Congress leader.
He also appealed to the youngsters of India to join the Congress party in order to safeguard the national interest. Congress started a membership drive today.
The statement came after the TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that Narendra Modi will become more powerful as the Congress party is not serious about politics.

“Fight together against BJP”

Panaji (Goa) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday c all regional parties in Goa to come together in order to avoid division of votes.
Mamata Banerjee said after meeting Goa Forward Party (GFP) president Vijai Sardesai on Saturday. On being asked whether Vijai Sardesai’s Goa Forward Party will merge with TMC to fight polls, she said, ” We discussed the matter that let’s walk together to fight against BJP. So it’s their decision to decide. We want to avoid division of votes. So want regional parties that can walk together to fight against BJP,” said Banerjee on meeting with Sardesai.
Meanwhile, Sardesai called Mamata as a symbol of regional pride and said GFP is also a regional party.
“Mamata Banerjee is a symbol of regional pride, we’re also a regional party. We welcome her recent statement that like-minded parties should come together to fight against BJP. I met with her today and we will discuss that in our party,” said Sardesai.
Before meeting the TMC chief, Sardesai had said opposition unity is critical so that the corrupt and communal regime of the BJP can be put to an end.
Banerjee is on a visit to Goa as her party seeks to branch out into new states.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members, out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.
Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

Mamata visits Mapusa market, Basilica of Bom Jesus

Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday visited Mapusa market and Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa during her maiden visit to the state.
Earlier on Friday, the West Bengal Chief Minister had visited a fish market and three temples. She also inducted former tennis star Leander Paes, actor Nafisa Ali and several others into the party. On October 24, 300 people joined the TMC in three different events that took place in the Panaji, Navelim and Sanguem area of Goa, as per the press note released by the party
Earlier, former Goa Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro had joined TMC on September 29.


The developments come ahead of Assembly polls in Goa scheduled to be held early next year.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.
Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

Mamata Banerjee slams BJP over rising inflation

Hitting out at the Centre over the increasing inflation, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that they instead of bringing “Ache Din” are finishing this country.
“Inflation is high. LPG, diesel-petrol prices have increased. Businesses affected due to GST, exports down but BJP is not serious to solve these issues. They said will bring ‘Ache Din’ but they are finishing this country,” said the TMC chief. West Bengal Chief Minister met Goa Forward Party president Vijai Sardesai today in Goa and discussed the matter to “walk together” to fight against the BJP.

Tiatrist Francis De Tuem joins TMC ahead of 2022 Goa Assembly polls

Panaji (Goa) [India] : Ahead of the 2022 Goa Assembly elections, well-known tiatrist and singer Francis De Tuem on Saturday officially joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee in Dona Paula, Goa.
Francis is known for his political satire recited over songs in Konkani for the past 20 years. His recent songs ‘Yes Boss CM’ and Modik Talao (Chalan to Modi) were hugely popular given the way he criticised the BJP government for multiple failures.

After joining the TMC family, Francis De Tuem said, ‘Mamata Didi will never bow down before the BJP. Under her guidance, Goa will have a stable government unlike what has happened earlier. I’m impressed with the way she has done many things for artists in West Bengal and I hope to work for the upliftment of artists here in Goa.’
Goa Trinamool Congress wholeheartedly welcomes the renowned artist and wishes to work in full collaboration to usher in a ‘New Dawn’ in Goa.


Earlier, former tennis star Leander Paes, actor Nafisa Ali and several others into the party.
Banerjee is on a visit to Goa as her party seeks to branch out into new states.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.
Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

Mamata makes 4 promises to fishing community in Goa, TMC upbeat

Panaji (Goa) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday interacted with the fishing community in Betin’s Malim Jetty in Goa and announced welfare measures for them after she listened to their grievances, said Goa TMC in a statement.
She was accompanied by Goa Trinamool Congres leaders including Shri Luizinho Faleiro, Shri Yatish Naik, amongst others. While addressing a huge crowd, AITC Chairperson said, “Goa TMC will protect the lives and livelihood of the fishing community.”
The four promises made by AITC Chairperson are:
Goa TMC will increase the subsidy by 2.5 times, from Rs 30,000 to Rs 75,000; Our MSP is not Minimum Support Price but Maximum Selling Price at which fish will be procured by the government; An allowance of Rs 4000 per month for all men & women engaged in fishing activities. Subsidies for purchasing and repair of fishing nets and accessories will also be introduced.
Further, a Fishermen’s Welfare Board will be formed; Goans will have the first right on Goan fish. Goa TMC will sternly implement the ban on bull-trawling and LED fishing, said Goa TMC in a statement.

“Why did BJP not allow me?”

Modi arrived in Rome on his five-day Europe visit, which includes the G-20 meet in Rome as well as a meeting with the Pope in Vatican city. Modi is also scheduled to meet heads of several European nations; the trip also includes a visit to the UK.

Panaji (Goa) [India] : On a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Rome to attend the G-20 summit ahead of his visit to the Vatican, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed the BJP-led Centre for not allowing her to visit the Vatican and meet Pope Francis last month.

“Ask BJP people why they did not allow me to go to Rome, Vatican? Why not? That day Congress did not say it was wrong. (It was) for an international peace conference,” Banerjee said at a party function near Panaji.

“The Pope was there, the other important three four personalities were there and from Asia I was the only one to be invited. But the Central government did not give me the permission to go. The Italian government gave me special permission, but they (Indian government) did not give me permission,” she also said, recalling the Central government’s rejection of her permission for the global peace meet in Rome, where the Pope was in attendance.

Modi arrived in Rome on his five-day Europe visit, which includes the G-20 meet in Rome as well as a meeting with the Pope in Vatican city. Modi is also scheduled to meet heads of several European nations; the trip also includes a visit to the UK.

I am here to help : Mamata

Panaji (Goa) [India] : Ahead of the 2022 assembly elections, West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee in Goa on Friday said that she is not there for power but to help the people of the state.
“I am just like your sister, I didn’t come here to capture your power. It touches my heart if we can help people when they face trouble, ” said Mamata Banerjee While addressing TMC party leaders in Panaji, Banerjee said, “Bengal is a very strong state. We want to see Goa as a strong state in the future. We want to see the new dawn of Goa. Somebody’s questioning ‘Mamata is in Bengal, how will she do it in Goa?’ Why not? I’m Indian, I can go anywhere. You can go anywhere.”
“I believe in secularism. I believe in unity. I believe India is our motherland. If Bengal is my motherland, then Goa is also my motherland,” she added.
Later, Tennis player Leander Paes joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Goa in the presence of the West Bengal Chief Minister.
Earlier in the day, actor Nafisa Ali, and Mrinalini Deshprabhu also joined the TMC.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.
Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

Tennis star Leander Paes, Nafisa Ali, Mrinalini Deshprabhu join TMC in Goa in presence of Mamata Banerjee

Panaji (Goa) [India] : Ahead of the 2022 assembly polls, Tennis player Leander Paes , Bollywood actress Nafisa Ali and Mrinalini Deshprabhu on Friday joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) in presence of West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee.
“We are elated to share that Nafisa Ali and Mrinalini Deshprabhu have joined the Goa Trinamool Congress family today in the presence of our Hon’ble Chairperson @MamataOfficial. We wholeheartedly welcome both leaders!,” tweeted TMC. West Bengal Chief Minister is in Goa and expected to interact with party workers and the fishermen community there.
Later, during the evening, Banerjee will visit Mangueshi Temple at 3:30 pm in Priol, Ponda. She will also visit Shri Mahalsa Narayani Temple at 04:00 pm in Mardol, Ponda. Further, Banerjee will visit to Tapobhoomi Temple at 04:30 pm in Kundaim, Ponda.
Concluding the day, Mamata Banerjee will interact with Civil Society Members at 05:45 pm in International Centre Goa.


On October 24, 300 people have joined the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) in three different events that took place in the Panaji, Navelim and Sanguem area of Goa, as per the press note released by the party.
“The entire block-level leadership of Congress party, including President Conceicao Peixote and over 170 workers, joined the Goa TMC in the presence of TMC National Vice-President Luizinho Faleiro in Navelim on Saturday,” reads the release.
As per the release on the same day, a senior Congressman from St Cruz joined the party in the presence of West Bengal Minister of State Shri Manas Ranjan Bhunia and Goa Trinamool Congress leaders Shri Yatish Naik and Shri Mario Pinto in Panaji.


Similarly, over 150 people including the Sarpanch and four Panchs of Molcornem Panchayat joined the party in the presence of TMC’s Parliamentary leader in Rajya Sabha, Shri Derek O’Brien and independent MLA from Sanguem Shri Prasad Gaonkar in Sanguem.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 17 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs.
Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house.

Tennis star Leander Paes joins Trinamool Congress

Tennis player Leander Paes joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Goa on Friday in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee.


The 48-year-old Indian tennis legend has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. He received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honour, in 1996-97, the Arjuna Award in 1990, the Padma Shri award in 2001 and India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan prize in January 2014, for his outstanding contribution to tennis. He won a bronze medal for India in singles in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Paes competed in consecutive Olympics from 1992 to 2016, making him the first Indian and only tennis player to compete at seven Olympic Games.

Like Punjab, Bengal also protesting against Centre’s move to increase BSF jurisdiction in border states, says Mamata Banerjee

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that like Punjab, they are also protesting against the Centre’s decision to increase search and arrest jurisdiction of BSF in border states.
She said law and order is a state subject and West Bengal’s borders with Bangladesh were completely peaceful. The Chief Minister also said her government will go by the “state laws”.
“Just like Punjab, we’re also protesting against BSF’s jurisdiction that has been recently increased. Our border areas are completely peaceful. Law and order is a police subject. It’ll create disturbance. State govt will go with state laws,” she said.
Mamata Banerjee made the remarks after holding meetings with the Jalpaiguri and Alirajpur district administration officers in Siliguri.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi held an all-party meeting on Monday to discuss the Centre’s move to increase jurisdiction of BSF.
The Centre had earlier this month empowered the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
The BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to fifteen kilometers in the states of Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam, has now been authorised to extend its jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or permission either from central or state governments.
However, its jurisdiction has been cut short by 20 km in the five northeastern states– Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya– where it had jurisdiction up to 80 km. Similarly in Gujarat, the BSF’s jurisdiction has been curtailed from 80 to 50 km. In Rajasthan, the BSF’s area of jurisdiction will remain the same at 50 km.

WB’s suit against CBI

The Supreme Court on Friday deferred to November 16 the hearing of a West Bengal government’s suit alleging that the Central Bureau of Investigation is pressing ahead with an investigation into the post-poll violence cases in the state without securing its nod as per the law.

New Delhi [India]: A Bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice BR Gavai said parties may file a rejoinder and additional document in the case. The West Bengal government in its suit while referring to provisions of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946, said that the Central Bureau of Investigation has been proceeding with the investigation and filing FIRs without getting consent from the state government as mandated under the statute.
The state government has sought a stay of investigation in FIR by CBI in cases of post-poll violence in West Bengal in pursuance of the Calcutta High Court order.
It said that as the general consent given to the central agency by the Trinamool Congress government has been withdrawn, the FIRs lodged cannot be proceeded with.

40 pc seats to women in other states : TMC

Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday took a dig at Congress’ decision to give 40 per cent tickets to women in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and said that it should follow the same module for other states too.

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : “Under the visionary leadership of @MamataOfficial, AITC has shown the way to ensure increased participation of women in politics, in this country. We’re the first party to give 40 per cent seats to women in LS elections!” tweeted the TMC from its official handle. The party further alleged that Congress is understandably trying to emulate the TMC and said that their party is the first to give 40 per cent seats to women in the Lok Sabha elections.
“Amid such dire times, @INCIndia is understandably trying to emulate and one can only hope that this is genuine and not tokenism. If they are to be taken seriously, they must give 40 per cent seats to women in states other than UP as well,” it added.
Earlier on Tuesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra announced that the party has decided that it will give 40 per cent of the total election tickets to women in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.
“The Congress party has decided that it will give 40 per cent of the total election tickets to women in upcoming assembly polls in the state. These tickets will be given on the basis of merit and not just on the basis of caste or religion,” said Vadra, who is the general secretary of the All India Congress Committee in charge of Uttar Pradesh.
In the 2017 Assembly elections, the BJP won a landslide victory winning 312 Assembly seats. The party secured a 39.67 per cent vote share in the elections for 403-member Assembly. Samajwadi Party (SP) bagged 47 seats, BSP won 19 while Congress could manage to win only seven seats.

‘Mamata can take on BJP’

Mamata Banerjee addressing a rally

Senior lawyer and All India Trinamool Congress leader in Goa Antonio Clovis D Costa on Saturday expressed his confidence in West Bengal Chief Minister and said that TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is the “only leader who can give a tough fight to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah”.

Panaji (Goa) [India], October 9 : “I joined TMC because I see Mamata Banerjee as the only leader who can take on the might of Modi and Amit Shah… I see that only Mamata Banerjee as the future who can lead Goa and India,” said Antonio Clovis D Costa. Antonio, who recently joined TMC in Goa, also expressed his anguish towards the Congress party and accused the Congress of surrendering power to BJP in various states despite gaining the majority.
“The Congress time and again handed over the government to BJP despite the given mandate. Look at Goa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh. 7 states have been surrendered to the BJP,” said Costa.
He also claimed that a lot of people are joining TMC in Goa after getting fed up with both Congress and BJP.
“I see TMC as the only alternative to the BJP. A lot of people are joining Goa Trinamool in large numbers which is making both the Congress as well as the BJP jittery,” TMC leader added.

Didi asked me to return home: Sabyasachi Dutta

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India : After changing the wagon from BJP to TMC, Sabyasachi Dutta on Thursday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked him to rejoin her party.
“I had some disputes with one or two persons in the party (BJP) that is why I left it. Today, Didi (West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) called me and asked me to come back home (TMC),” Dutta told mediapersons. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sabyasachi Dutta on Wednesday joined Trinamool Congress (TMC).
He was inducted into the party in the presence of State Ministers Firhad Hakim and Partha Chatterjee in Kolkata.
Earlier in September, former union minister and ex-BJP MP Babul Supriyo joined TMC.
Former BJP MLAs Soumen Roy and Tanmoy Ghosh had joined TMC.
West Bengal has been witnessing a reverse trend of leaders rejoining TMC from BJP after the assembly elections results. Earlier, BJP heavyweight Mukul Roy and his son Subhranshu Roy had joined TMC.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. Despite aggressive campaigning, the BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats. Further, in the bypolls, TMC registered victory in all three constituencies.

WB : Mamata, two others take oath as MLAs

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], October 7 : West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar administered the oath of office to three newly-elected MLAs, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at the state Assembly on Thursday.
Besides Banerjee, Amirul Islam and Jakir Hossain also took oath as MLAs.
In the recently concluded by-polls, Mamata Banerjee won from Bhabanipur with a margin of over 58,000 votes.

According to the Election Commission of India, Banerjee got 85,263 votes which are around 71.90 per cent of the total votes in the by-elections.
BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal got 26,428 votes and Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Srijib Biswas secured 4,226 votes.
Jakir Hossain was elected from Jangipur and Amirul Islam was elected from Samserganj assembly seats in West Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee, two others to take oath as MLAs today

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar will administer the oath of office to three newly elected MLAs including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Assembly on Thursday.
Besides Banerjee, Amirul Islam and Jakir Hossain will also take oath as MLAs today. In the recently concluded by-polls, Mamata Banerjee won from Bhabanipur with a margin of over 58,000 votes.
According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee secured 85,263 votes which are around 71.90 per cent of the total votes connected in the bye-elections.
Banerjee’s main competition, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal got 26,428 votes and Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Srijib Biswas secured 4,226 votes.
Jakir Hossain was elected from Jangipur and Amirul Islam was elected from Samserganj assembly seats in West Bengal.

Mamata to take oath

However WB Governor says will wait for gazette notification on bypoll results before announcing oath-ceremony date

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take oath as an MLA on October 7 and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has written to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar inviting him to administer the oath of office to the party supremo at the State Assembly instead, informed Partha Chatterjee, General Secretary of Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday. Speaking to ANI, Chatterjee said, “We suggested and requested the Governor to come down to Assembly and administer the oath of office on October 7.”
However, Dhankhar said he will wait till the official gazette notification on the Bhabanipur by-poll result is issued.
“Raj Bhawan response on the administration of Oath/Affirmation to the Members elected to the WBLA in bye-election from 159-Bhabanipur A/C, and the adjourned poll in 56-Samserganj and 58-Jangipur A/Cs held on 30 September 2021. Once Gazetted Governor would take call,” tweeted the official Twitter handle of the West Bengal Governor.
Earlier on October 3, following TMC’s poll victory in Bhabanipur, Jangipur and Shamsherganj, a request was made to the Governor by the state that the Bengal assembly speaker be given the responsibility to administer the oath to the newly-elected MLAs on October 4.
Responding to a question on the Governor’s decision to conduct the oath-taking ceremony in the Governor house, Chatterjee said, “It is our desire and request to the governor that the oath-taking be conducted in the Assembly.”
Answering a query on TMC and other opposition leaders not being allowed in the Lakhimpur Kheri district in Uttar Pradesh following violence that broke out after a car hit protesting farmers, Chatterjee said, “This is their (BJP) culture. They are scared of TMC and Mamata Banerjee.”
Bhabanipur gave its verdict for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee as she won the assembly constituency by-polls with a margin of over 58,000 votes.
According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee secured 85,263 votes which are around 71.90 per cent of the total votes connected in the by-elections.
Banerjee’s main competition, BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal got 26,428 votes and CPI (M) candidate Srijib Biswas secured 4,226 votes.

Central govt hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday alleged that the central government hatched conspiracies to remove TMC from power since the start of the elections.
Banerjee’s remarks came a short while before the election commission announced her massive victory in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency. “Since the elections started in West Bengal, central government hatched conspiracies to remove us (from power). I was hurt in my feet so that I don’t contest the polls. I am grateful to the public for voting for us and to the Election Commission of India for conducting polls within six months,” said the TMC supremo while greeting her supporters outside her residence in Kolkata.
Banerjee also said that nearly 46 per cent of non-Bengalis in Bhabanipur voted for her. “Around 46 per cent of people here (in Bhabanipur) are non-Bengalis. They all have voted for me. People of West Bengal are watching Bhabanipur, which has inspired me,” she said.
She further claimed that she had won the election by a margin of 58,832 votes and registered the victory in every ward of the constituency.
In the Bhabanipur Assembly bypoll, Banerjee marked a resounding victory as she recorded a margin of over 58,000 votes against her nearest rival Priyanka Tibrewal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The victory reinstated Banerjee as a member of the state Legislative Assembly allowing her to continue as West Bengal chief minister.
As per the Election Commission of India, the chief minister secured 85,263 votes in the by-polls easily surpassing BJP’s Tibrewal got 26,428 votes.
Notably, the TMC chief had lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram constituency in the assembly elections held earlier this year. Following this, the Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, paving the way for Banerjee to contest the bypoll and retain her chief ministerial post.

Bhabanipur : Big win for Mamata Banerjee, beats BJP’s Priyanka by more than 5,8000 votes

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday secured a comfortable win in Bhabanipur, beating BJP rival Priyanka Tibrewal by more than 58,000 votes.

Kolkata, West Bengal, India, October 3 : According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee bagged 84,709 votes while Priyanka Tibrewal pocketed 26,320. CPIM leader Srijib Biswas got 4,201 votes. The election was necessitated after state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, who won the assembly election from Bhabanipur in south Kolkata in May, resigned from the seat to pave the way for Mamata Banerjee. Mamata Banerjee had lost the assembly elections from Nandigram earlier this year. Mamata was required to win in order to get elected to the assembly to retain the CM’s chair.

According to the Election Commission of India, Mamata Banerjee bagged 84,709 votes while Priyanka Tibrewal pocketed 26,320. CPIM leader Srijib Biswas got 4,201 votes.

Freshly inspired to work for public: Mamata

Mamata Banerjee said that the TMC has won in each and every ward. “I am satisfied because Bhabanipur has shown the way. All eyes were on this seat. I have been freshly inspired to work more for the people,” she said. Mamata Banerjee thanks the people of Bhabanipur after winning in the bypoll. “I thank you all. Sisters, brothers, mothers and everyone from India,” she said. “In 2016, I had seen that I got fewer votes in some wards. 46 per cent of the population is non-Bengali and everyone has voted for me. I am happy that the people of Bhabanipur has shown faith in me. I am indebted to the people of Bhabanipur.”

EC asks WB govt to ensure no violence after results

The Election Commission on Sunday wrote to the West Bengal government asking it to ensure all necessary steps to thwart post-poll violence after the results of the by-polls are declared on Sunday.

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], October 3 : In its letter to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Electoral Officer of the state has also asked the state administration to ensure that no victory celebration or procession is allowed during or after the counting of votes for by-elections in the state keeping in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after several incidents of violence were reported at various places after the announcement of the Assembly poll results on May 2, after which a four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs also visited the post-poll violence-affected areas.
“I am directed to reiterate that no victory celebration/procession during/after the counting shall be allowed in the ongoing elections in West Bengal, for which counting is being taken place on October 3. All necessary actions must be taken to ensure the strict compliance of commission’s direction wherein all such activities have already been prohibited in view of the pandemic,” the letter read.
“Further, state government must ensure that adequate steps are taken so that no post-poll violence takes place. Kindly ensure strict compliance of commission’s direction,” it added.
The counting of votes for by-elections in Bhabanipur, Jangipur, and Samserganj Assembly constituencies in West Bengal began at 8 am on Sunday amid tight security.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata as she was leading by 28,825 votes in Bhabanipur bypolls against BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal after the 9th round of counting.
Trinamool Congress had registered a landslide victory in assembly polls winning 213 of 294 seats in the West Bengal assembly. The BJP won 77 seats.

West Bengal bypolls: Counting of votes underway

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: The counting of votes for by-elections in Bhabanipur, Jangipur, and Samserganj Assembly constituencies in West Bengal began from 8 am on Sunday amid tight security.
The counting will be held in 21 rounds for the Bhabanipur constituency, 26 rounds for Samserganj and 24 rounds for the Jangipur constituency. A three-tier security has been set up at the Sakhawat Memorial Girls High School in Bhabanipur in south Kolkata. Twenty four companies of central forces have been deployed at the counting centres, and the entire area has been put under CCTV surveillance.
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed within 200 metre radius of the counting centres at all three constituencies that went to the polls on September 30.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had lost the assembly elections from Nandigram earlier this year, BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and CPI(M)’s Srijib Biswas are in the fray from Bhabanipur in south Kolkata.
Banerjee must win the polls and get elected to the assembly to retain the chief minister’s chair.

Mamata Banerjee had lost to BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram constituency in the assembly elections held earlier this year. The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, paving the way for Mamata Banerjee to contest the bypoll.
As per the election commission, three constituencies have a total electorate of 6,97,164. The total number of voters in Bhabanipur is 20,64,56; of which 1,11,243 are male and 95, 209 are women. There were 287 booths in Bhabanipur, of which the number of main booths were be 269.
Trinamool Congress had registered a landslide victory in assembly polls winning 213 of 294 seats in the West Bengal assembly. The BJP won 77 seats.

Coal smuggling case: TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira appears before Delhi Court virtually

New Delhi [India]: Trinamool Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee’s wife Rujira Banerjee appeared before the Delhi Court through video conferencing in the ongoing investigations in a coal smuggling case.
Her counsel Sidharth Aggarwal informed the Delhi Court that she will appear before the court on the next date of hearing on October 12 physically and gave an undertaking for the same. The court had issued summons to her on a complaint of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought issuance of warrant against her for non-appearance before it.
In Delhi High Court recently, ED had opposed Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira’s petition challenging summons to them in connection with a money laundering case related to a coal mining scam.
Appearing for ED, Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta called the petition premature and not maintainable.
SG Mehta said, “They have challenged the summons and saying not stopping investigation? They also want to appear for investigation in West Bengal.”
Mehta also mentioned that the incident happened when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had arrested TMC leaders in Kolkata and CBI officers were ‘gheraoed’ and stone pelted, he added.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for TMC leader objected to this contention and said, “Don’t make political arguments here, don’t talk of stone and Gherao, etc. Make only legal submissions here.”
The bench of Justice Yogesh Khanna on Tuesday adjourned the matter for Friday after noting down the submission by both sides in length. The Delhi High Court was hearing Abhishek Banerjee’s plea challenging ED’s summons to him and his wife.

Voting underway in Bhabanipore

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Voting for by-elections to Bhabanipur Assembly seat, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from began at 7 am on Thursday amid tight security and necessary arrangements to conduct the polls if heavy rainfall that led to waterlogging in Kolkata a day ago, continues.


Apart from Bhabanipur, voting also began in Jangipur and Samserganj constituencies in Murshidabad district. BJP candidate for Bhabanipur, Priyanka Tibrewal alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) was purposely shutting voting machines at a polling booth of ward number 72 and was an attempt at capturing the booth.
Tiberwal reached the polling booth to inspect the situation.
Speaking to media persons here, Tibrewal said, “TMC’s Madan Mitra has purposely shut the voting machine here as he wants to capture the booth.”


All eyes are on the Bhabanipur by-election as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting from here. CPM has fielded its candidate Srijab Biswas from the constituency.
The bypoll was necessitated in Bhabanipur after MLA Sovandeb Chattopadhyay resigned to pave the way for Banerjee become the MLA from the constituency. In the 2021 West Bengal election, Banerjee had contested from Nandigram Assembly segment and was defeated by her confidant-turned-rival BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari.
In Jangipur and Samserganj polls were countermanded following the death of two candidates.
Polling in Samserganj could not take place on April 26 during the seventh phase of West Bengal Assembly elections due to the death of Congress candidate Rezaul Haque.
Similarly, the polling in Jangipur was not held due to the death of Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) candidate from Pradip Nandi.
TMC leaders Jakir Hossain and Amirul Islam are party candidates from Jangipur and Samserganj seats, respectively. The CPI(M) has fielded Md Modasar Hossain from Samserganj seat and Jane Alam Migya from Jangipur. Milan Ghosh is the BJP candidate from Samserganj while Sujit Das will contest from Jangipur.On directions of the Election Commission, Kolkata Police imposed restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC in the 200-metre radius of polling stations in the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency from Tuesday evening. The restrictions will be imposed till the conclusion of voting for the bypolls this evening at 6 pm.
A total 6,97,164 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the three constituencies in West Bengal and counting of votes will be held on October 3.

Bhabanipur bypolls: Kolkata Police imposes section 144 in 200-metre radius of polling stations

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: On directions of the Election Commission, Kolkata Police imposed restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC in the 200-metre radius of polling stations in Bhabanipur Assembly constituency from Tuesday evening.
The restrictions will be imposed till the conclusion of voting for the bypolls on September 30. This came after a delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comprising Union Ministers Bhupender Yadav, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Anurag Thakur and BJP leader Om Pathak met the Election commission of India (ECI) over violence and issues related to West Bengal by-elections on Tuesday.
After meeting the officials of ECI, Yadav told the mediapersons that the delegation demanded action against the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government.
“We met EC and told them that polls and violence are synonyms to each other in West Bengal. It seems that Didi and her workers have more faith in violence than polls. Attacks on Dilip Ghosh showed that TMC and the West Bengal government consider violence to be democracy. We demand action,” Yadav said.
The union minister informed that the EC had asked the state government to submit a report on the incident, where it had mentioned that eight people were arrested in the matter.
Earlier on Monday, Ghosh alleged that he was attacked and abused by TMC workers while campaigning for the Bhabanipur by-poll.
He also alleged that one of the BJP workers who were accompanying him during campaigning was also beaten up.
The BJP leader had also demanded the suspension of the upcoming by-poll on the Bhabanipur constituency in West Bengal. The voting on the seat will take place on September 30.

‘Bhabanipur bypoll to take place as per schedule”

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday refused to stay the Bhabanipur bypolls slated to take place on September 30th. In response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in court, which claimed that the Election Commission in a statement had noted that it had decided to hold a by-election to Bhabanipur constituency “considering the constitutional exigency and special request from state of West Bengal”, Calcutta HC served this verdict.

Kolkata, west bengal, india, september 28 : A bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj, however, passed adverse comments against the Chief Secretary of the West Bengal government for writing to the ECI seeking to expedite the bypolls.

Last week, the court pulled up the Election Commission and turned down the affidavit filed by the poll body on ‘prioritising’ the September 30 bypolls in the Bhabanipur assembly constituency.

Meanwhile, the suspension was also demanded by Bengal BJP Vice President Dilip Ghosh on Monday, following an alleged attack by the Trinamool Congress. He said there is no point to hold the elections if the state administration under Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led government cannot conduct an unbiased election.

Ghosh claims that he was attacked while campaigning for the Bhabanipur by-poll, said that the election must be held when the “Election Commission would be able to provide security to the candidates and voters of the Bhabanipur constituency. Till then the elections must stand cancelled”.

No law and order in West Bengal, says Sukanta Majumdar after attack on Dilip Ghosh in Bhabanipur

New Delhi [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Bengal President Sukanta Majumdar has lashed out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the alleged attack on Dilip Ghosh while campaigning for the Bhabanipur by-poll and said that the attack has proved that there is no law and order in the state.
Majumdar is visiting the national capital to meet the BJP top leadership after his appointment as the chief of the West Bengal BJP on September 20. Speaking to media persons here, the BJP leader said, “There are some scheduled meetings with the party high-command on Tuesday.”
“The attack on BJP national vice president Dilip Ghosh at Bhabanipur is dangerous for democracy. The incident has proved that there is no law and order in West Bengal.”
He further alleged that the TMC wants to spread fear among people through such attacks.
“If people will come out to vote during the by-polls in Bhabanipur, the BJP will definitely win,” he added.
Dilip Ghosh on Monday alleged that he was attacked and abused by Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers while campaigning for the Bhabanipur by-poll.
He also alleged that one of the BJP workers who were accompanying him during campaigning was also beaten up.
Ghosh said that his security officials had to take out their guns to stop the attackers. He went on to allege that BJP leader Arjun Singh was also surrounded by the attackers and was forced to leave the venue of the campaign midway.
West Bengal BJP unit has written a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of the state over alleged attacks. In the letter, BJP also alleged that its candidate Priyanka Tibrewal for the Bhabanipur by-poll “was molested” by DCP South Division.

‘Mamata only leader who can take on BJP’

Soon after quitting the Congress, Former Chief Minister of Goa and senior leader Luizinho Faleiro said Mamata Banerjee is the only leader in the country who has the ability to challenge the ruling government at the Centre.

New Delhi [India], September 27 : Former Chief Minister of Goa and senior leader Luizinho Faleiro’s remarks came as he is likely to join Trinamool Congress. It’s a setback for the Congress ahead of Assembly polls due in early next year. He has submitted his resignation as an MLA to the Speaker of Goa Assembly. While All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Goa Dinesh Gundu Rao confirmed to ANI that Faleiro has also given resignation from the primary membership of the party too.
Currently, Congress has only five MLAs including Faleiro out of the 40-member Goa Assembly. Faleiro is in touch with the leadership of the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Just a few days ago, Derek O’Brien visited Goa. He had announced that TMC will fight Goa Assembly polls and will declare a chief ministerial face also.


Faleiro’s press conference is scheduled for later in the evening today.
Ahead of his media address, Faleiro at his residence while addressing his supporters said, “Mamata Banerjee is the only leader who is fighting on the street for people. She is the only leader who can challenge the ruling Government at the Centre and for this cause we need to support her.” This can be seen as an informal announcement of inclination towards the TMC. Although according to Faleiro’s close sources, he will be joining the party in Kolkata.
Faleiro is the second Congress leader outside West Bengal who has joined the TMC. Earlier also former Congress MP from Silchar in Assam and All India Mahila Congress Sushmita Dev had joined TMC and was assigned the party’s affairs in Tripura. Later on, she was rewarded with a Rajya Sabha seat for the next two years.
The exit of Faleiro is a big blow to the Congress in Goa. He was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Election Coordination Committee for Goa Assembly polls and was AICC in-charge of North-Eastern States. Congress Party is struggling to get into power in Goa for the last ten years and after Faleiro, only four MLAs will be left with the party who had emerged as the single largest party in the last Assembly polls held in 2017.

What would CM of ‘unpeaceful’ West Bengal do at international peace summit: BJP leader

After Mamata Banerjee’s uproar over not being allowed to attend the global peace meet in Rome, BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra called West Bengal an ‘unpeaceful state’ and asked what would a Chief Minister of such a state do at an international peace summit.

New Delhi [India], September 26 : “Mamata Banerjee represents an unpeaceful state. What will someone who runs the most violent state do at a Peace Summit?” said the BJP leader. The comment came after Mamata Banerjee claimed that the Central government had disallowed her attendance at a global peace meet in Rome, where she was the only invitee from the country, “out of jealousy”.
Commenting on Banerjee’s “I am a Hindu” comment, Hazra said is now suddenly raising the Hindu issue. “Everyone knows that she is a Hindu woman. What is the need of pointing it out now? She is playing the Hindu card now, it is a little funny in this context,” he said.
Expressing concern over the “risk of spoiling India’s image on a global platform”, Hazra said, “PM Modi has created a reputation for India in the last 7 years. At a global platform like this one, we do not want a personality like hers to go and spoil what’s been built (reputation),” he added.
“She cannot be trusted with her words at a global platform. Just recently, she compared the BJP workers to a dead dog. What even was her statement; why would Modi Ji be jealous of her?” he added.
Claiming that the West Bengal Chief Minister lost her MLA seat due to her own mistakes, Hazra said, “Why would the Prime Minister of the country, a man who is counted among the top five powerful leaders of the world, be jealous of her?”
Hazra also raised questions on Banerjee’s invitation to the event and said that he doubts “there is a link between the Catholic association and her”.
Reacting to Banerjee’s comment that TMC alone can unseat BJP in Centre and that the ‘Khela’ would begin from Bhabanipur by-polls and finish after winning India, Hazra said that the BJP is not taking her seriously.
“She should focus on the fact that she is getting a second chance and should save her MLA seat at Bhabanipur first,” he said.
“She keeps talking about ‘Khela’ over and over again. West Bengal is the only state where no work is done, just ‘Khela hobe’. BJP wants to change this culture of games and wants to begin a culture of work instead,” he added.
Further, Hazra claimed that Banerjee might try to play the ‘sympathy card’ again, and said, “I think didi may have said so much because she is under a lot of pressure due to the by-polls campaigns. She is afraid that she might not win this time.”
Earlier, Banerjee had attacked the Centra government and said, “I am not eager to visit foreign countries, but this was about the respect of the nation. You (PM Modi) keep talking about Hindus, I am also a Hindu woman, why did you not allow me? You are totally jealous.”
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the schedule of by-polls to be held in the state. According to the schedule, the by-election in Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30.

TMC’s goal is to separate West Bengal, make ‘Greater Bangladesh’: WB BJP chief

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Slamming the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Sukanta Majumdar on Friday said the ultimate goal of the TMC is to separate the state and make a ‘Greater Bangladesh’.
Speaking to ANI, Majumdar said, “People doubt TMC. BJP’s ideology is strong. Many people including Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi had tried to suppress our ideology but they could not. Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee are not as big leaders as Nehru and Indira Gandhi. Even if they win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal it will be just 42. How will they challenge the BJP which is a national party? It is like an ant is trying to fight with an elephant.” Speaking about TMC general secretary’s remark that if the party opens its ‘gates’ all BJP leaders will join it, he said, “Abhishek Banerjee says anything. Those who believe the ideology of BJP…who say Bharat Mata ki Jai from their heart they can never join TMC. The ultimate goal of TMC is to separate West Bengal and make a Greater Bangladesh.”
Notably, former Union Minister Babul Supriyo joined TMC last week.
Following this, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh had said more leaders will join the party in the coming days as BJP is “just a gas balloon with no ideology”.
Speaking to ANI, Ghosh said, “Many BJP leaders are in talks with TMC leadership. They are not satisfied with BJP. Babul Supriyo joined today, another wants to join tomorrow. This process will go on. Wait and watch. BJP is just a gas balloon. BJP does not have any ideology. Nobody can adjust to their anti-people policies that is the reason people are leaving the party.”
Earlier this month, former BJP MLAs Soumen Roy and Tanmoy Ghosh had joined TMC.
West Bengal has been witnessing a reverse trend of leaders rejoining TMC from BJP after the assembly elections results. Earlier, BJP heavyweight Mukul Roy and his son Subhranshu Roy had joined TMC.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. Despite aggressive campaigning, the BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.

TMC should focus on securing CM post for Mamata Banerjee rather than daydreaming about Prime ministerial post: Anupam Hazra

New Delhi [India]: Reacting to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee’s statement that he aims to throw BJP out of India in the next three years, BJP national secretary Anupam Hazra said that the former must focus on securing Mamata Banerjee’s Chief Ministerial post rather than dreaming about the Prime Minister’s post.
“It is my goal to throw BJP out of India in the next three years,” Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee had said while campaigning for the upcoming by-polls in two seats of Murshidabad. Speaking to ANI over the comment made by the TMC MP, Hazra said: “You can only laugh if a political party which do not have a single panchayat outside Bengal challenges country’s largest political party BJP.”
“Abhishek must focus on securing her aunt’s post as the CM of West Bengal, then he should daydream about Prime Ministerial post for Mamata Banerjee. Mamata Banerjee has once lost the election and Bhawanipur by-polls is her last chance,” the BJP leader said.
Further slamming Abhishek Banerjee, Hazra said: “Why does he hate ED and CBI so much. If he is honest, he must face them.”
The BJP national secretary termed West Bengal a ‘dead state’ and said that there is no progress, no industrialisation and no employment in the state.
“Mamata Banerjee always talks about khela hobe, and seriously only ‘khela’ is happening in West Bengal and nothing is being done in the state. Post-graduate youths in the state are unemployed. The work culture in the state is now coming to an end in West Bengal. Earlier, during the regime of CPI (M), Didi used to protest against everything but do not let others protest after she has come to power.”
The West Bengal government has announced a public holiday in Bhawanipur and two other constituencies on polling day.
“The government officials have been given a two-day public holiday for the by-polls so that the officials can help her party during the polls,” he said.
“The way Didi has appealed to the people to vote for her shows that she has attached to the post of Chief Ministerial post. She has also given a hidden message to other TMC leaders that no other will be given the Chief Ministerial post. Didi fears her loss and is visiting temples, masjids and churches. She has lost her confidence,” he added.
According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India, by-elections in Bhawanipur, Samserganj and Jangipur Assembly Constituencies in the state are scheduled on September 30.
The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Priyanka Tibriwal as its candidate in the upcoming Bhabanipur by-polls pitting her against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Won’t let Centre make India like Taliban, says Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Terming BJP a ‘Jumla party’, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday targeted the Central government and said that she won’t let it “divide the country” and “make India like Taliban”.
She further accused the BJP of lying that the TMC-led West Bengal government is not allowing Durga pooja and Laxmi pooja celebrations in the TMC-ruled state. While addressing a public rally in Bhabanipur, the TMC supremo said, “BJP is a ‘jumla’ party. They lie saying that we don’t allow Durga pooja, Laxmi pooja in the state. Narendra Modi Ji, Amit Shah Ji, we won’t let you make India like Taliban. India will remain united…Gandhi Ji, Netaji, Vivekananda, Sardar Valllabhai Patel, Guru Nanak Ji, Gautam Budhha, Jains…all will stay together in the country. We won’t let anyone divide India.”
Speaking about the development work done by the West Bengal government in the assembly constituency ahead of the by-poll, the Chief Minister said, “When it rains consecutively for many days, the Ganga overflows, all rivers overflow. To tackle the problem of flooding, I got a check dam constructed here. You see we have constructed such a good hospital here and have established its communication with the PG Hospital. The patients at this hospital are taken care of by the doctors of the PG Hospital. This is a matter of pride for your area.”
She further stated, “I tell Bobby that just tell me what facilities are needed in this area. I am ready to make all those facilities available here. But for that, I should know what all is required here.”
The TMC supremo alleged that the BJP took to ‘frightful’ activities to defeat her in Nandigram in the recent West Bengal assembly elections.
She added that her election as the chief minister every time from Bhabanipur is ‘taqdeer ka khela’.
“The day I started my political career, I have contested seven times in Lok Sabha elections, in all those elections you people supported me. When I became the chief minister, this could happen because you supported me. In 2016 also when I became the chief minister, that also happened because you people voted for me. In 2011, I contested by-poll, you people voted for me. Now, in 2021, I was requested to contest from Nandigram in view of farmers andolan, said the West Bengal Chief Minister.
“When you come to know that how did they (BJP) defeat us there, then you will be frightened. They did what not against us. But still, I thought, that it is all taqdeer ka khela (the game of the destiny), that if Mamata Banerjee becomes the Chief Minister, then it should be from Bhabanipur,” she added.
The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from Bhabanipur seat.
On September 10, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the schedule of by-polls to be held in the state. According to the schedule, the by-election in Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30.

The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3.

Mamata Banerjee bound to win Bhabanipur by-polls with huge margin: HD Kumaraswamy

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is bound to win the by-poll from Bhavanipur assembly seat by a “huge margin”.
In a series of tweets, Kumaraswamy also slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for contesting by-polls from the Bhavanipur assembly seat. “It is not surprising that BJP’s own leader Rajib Banerjee has said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is bound to win the by-poll from Bhavanipur assembly seat by a huge margin in a contest that has attracted the attention of the entire country,” he said.
Further supporting BJP leader Rajib Banerjee’s statement, the JD(S) leader said Mamata Banerjee is not just a leader, but the “real pulse and heartbeat of Bengalis”.
“He (Rajib Banerjee) has publicly expressed a view that it would have been better if the BJP had refrained from fielding its candidate in the by-poll. There is truth in what he has said. Because Mamata Banerjee is not just a leader, but the real pulse and heart beat of Bengalis,” he tweeted.
Kumaraswamy said that Mamata Banerjee had scripted history in April itself by winning 214 of the total 294 seats in the Assembly elections.
“It is not possible for anyone to prevent the creation of history. Actually, Mamata Banerjee had scripted history in April itself by winning 214 of the total 294 seats in the Assembly elections. Now she is geared up to create a new history,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.
He further said that the political parties should “understand” and also “respect people’s emotions” as well as “democratic values.”
“All the political parties should have co-operated in electing Mamata Banerjee unopposed in the by-election by refraining from fielding any candidate against her,” he said.
JD(S) leader stated that the BJP should abandon its narrow mindset and display greatness because there is nothing bigger in a democracy than the support of the people.
“People of West Bengal have already given her a clear and decisive mandate. It is my personal view that the BJP should have shun its narrowmindedness and displayed large-heartedness. Because there is nothing bigger in a democracy than the support of people,” he added.
The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from Bhabanipur seat.
On September 10, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the schedule of by-polls to be held in the state. According to the schedule, the by-election in Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30.
The Election Commission also informed that by-polls will also be held in Samserganj and Jangipur of West Bengal and Pipli constituency of Odisha on the same date.
The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3.

Babul Supriyo thanks ‘Didi”

Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who left the BJP to join Trinamool Congress, thanked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the TMC for making him a part of the party’s ‘playing 11’.

New Delhi [India], September 19 : Supriyo also thanked TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee and asserted that he will continue to work for public welfare. Addressing the reporters today in Delhi, Supriyo said, “I thank Mamata didi, Abhishek Banerjee and the TMC for giving me a chance in the ‘playing 11’. I am aware of trolling on social media. I have been engaged in politics for the last 7 years. I felt it was a good opportunity (on joining TMC) for public welfare.”
When asked how he will celebrate as he joined the TMC, he said, “I will sing no song and no post will be released. For seven years, I have fought at the grassroots level. I have nothing to prove to anyone. People have seen my work. Mamata Banerjee is an important leader of the country. Everything is fair in love and war. I have rivals, but no enemies. I am not making any history by joining the TMC. I am following an opportunity and fulfilling responsibility for the nation.”


BJP party members slammed Supriyo for joining the TMC.
“The Opposition party has a place in a democracy and Mamata Banerjee is a strong face of the opposition party. You are seeing how the people of the opposition party are coming to her. The BJP will criticise us. It’s natural,” Supriyo said.
Earlier, Supriyo had announced he was leaving politics and will also resign as an MP. He had stated that he would not join any political party and neither have the parties including the Trinamool Congress, CPI(M) or Congress had called him.
Babul Supriyo had resigned in August as minister of state for Environment, Forest and Climate Change. In a Facebook post, he said that there was a difference of opinion between him and the state BJP leaders and that the difference of opinion among senior leaders was “harming the party”.
Notably, Supriyo’s security cover has been changed to Y from the Z category on Saturday. He has been given security by the central government. Supriyo has a security cover of the Central Reserve Police Force.

Arpita : GS of TMC Committee

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 17 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and former Rajya Sabha MP Arpita Ghosh was appointed as the General Secretary of West Bengal Trinamool Congress Committee on Friday, informed a letter from the party president Subrata Bakshi.
“As desired by West Bengal Trinamool Congress Committee, I would like to inform you that you have been nominated as General Secretary of West Bengal Trinamool Congress Committee with immediate effect. I trust and hope you will work sincerely for the betterment of the organisation,” said the letter. All India Trinamool Congress leader Arpita Ghosh had resigned from her post as a Rajya Sabha MP on Wednesday evening.

‘Won’t let India become Pakistan’

Bhabanipur bypoll: Mamata Banerjee is required to win a seat in the state assembly by November 5 in conformity with the constitutional provisions to continue as CM.

Kolkata, west Bengal, India, September 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she will not allow the country to turn into Pakistan or the Taliban. While campaigning in the Bhabanipur constituency in south Kolkata where polling will take place on September 30, Banerjee lashed out at the BJP and accused the saffron party of practising divisive politics. Banerjee’s pitch came after the BJP claimed that Bhabanipur will become Pakistan if the TMC wins the by-poll.

“I don’t like the policies and politics of the BJP. They only follow the politics of dividing people on religious lines. In Nandigram, they had said it would become Pakistan (if the TMC wins). In Bhabanipur too, they are saying it will turn into Pakistan. This is shameful,” Banerjee, who is TMC’s candidate from here said on Thursday.

“I want my country to be strong and will protect my motherland with all my might. We don’t want India to become another Taliban (ruled state). I will never allow my country to turn into Pakistan,” she added.

Banerjee had lost to Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP from Nandigram during the assembly election held earlier this year. She has to win this by-poll to retain her Chief Minister’s post.

Criticising the BJP for taking exception to her recent visit to a mosque in the area, Banerjee said the saffron camp has a problem with her visiting a Gurudwara too. “I have visited a mosque; I have visited a Gurudwara also; and the BJP has a problem with both. I don’t bring religion into politics, unlike the BJP leaders who only understand the language of divisive politics,” she said.

On the sizeable Hindi-speaking population of the Bhabanipur constituency, the TMC boss said she would stand by them through thick and thin. “I never differentiate among communities. It is the BJP which destroys brotherhood and social fabric among communities,” she said.

‘I was first politician to oppose demonetisation’

To woo the area’s business community, Banerjee said she was the first politician in the country who had opposed demonetisation in 2016. “I was the first to oppose demonetisation. I know the kind of harassment the business community has gone through during demonetisation. I used to regularly visit Burrabazar (the business hub of Kolkata) and talk to the business community members,” she said.

Hitting out at the saffron camp over its “ploy” to sell off the country’s assets, she said those were not personal property of the BJP. “The government is trying to sell off the entire country. Railways, airports and ports. They want to sell everything off. Can you sell the soil of the country?” Banerjee said.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in August announced a Rs 6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline that will look to unlock value in infrastructure assets across sectors ranging from power to road and railways.

Banerjee said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should speak to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to ensure that Covaxin is recognised so that those who availed that vaccine against Covid-19 can travel abroad.

Later, Banerjee visited the Laxmi Narayan Temple in the area and offered puja. She was also seen offering ‘Arati’. A metropolitan constituency, Bhabanipur is home to a large number of Gujaratis and Sikhs, mostly into business, living alongside Bengalis.

Banerjee, who is herself a resident of Bhabanipur constituency, had won the seat twice in 2011 and 2016 but shifted to Nandigram, to dare her former protege and now a BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in his home turf. Though Banerjee powered the TMC to a resounding win for a third straight term in office, she lost in Nandigram.

Banerjee is required to win a seat in the state assembly by November 5 in conformity with the constitutional provisions to continue as CM. After her defeat in Nandigram, state cabinet minister and TMC MLA from Bhabanipur Sovandeb Chattopadhyay vacated the seat to allow Banerjee to contest from there. Banerjee is pitted against the BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal and CPI(M)’s Srijib Biswas for the September 30 by-poll. Congress has decided not to field a candidate against her. The votes will be counted on October 3.

PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee feature in Time Magazine’s 100 ‘most influential people of 2021’ list

TIME’s profile of Modi says that in its 74 years as an independent nation, India has had three pivotal leaders – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Modi. “Narendra Modi is the third, dominating the country’s politics like no one since them.”

New Delhi, India, September 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla have been named among the world’s 100 most influential people of 2021 by TIME magazine.

TIME on Wednesday unveiled its annual list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People of 2021’, a global list that includes US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan, former US President Donald Trump and co-founder of the Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

TIME’s profile of Modi says that in its 74 years as an independent nation, India has had three pivotal leaders – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Modi. “Narendra Modi is the third, dominating the country’s politics like no one since them.”

On Banerjee, her profile for the 100 most influential list says that the 66-year-old leader “has become the face of fierceness in Indian politics.”

“Of Banerjee, it is said, she doesn’t lead her party, the Trinamool Congress – she is the party. The street-fighter spirit and self-made life in a patriarchal culture set her apart,” the profile says.

Poonawalla’s TIME profile says that from the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic, the 40-year-old head of the world’s largest vaccine maker “sought to meet the moment.”

“The pandemic is not over yet, and Poonawalla could still help end it. Vaccine inequality is stark, and delayed immunisation in one part of the world can have global consequences—including the risk of more dangerous variants emerging,” it says.

The list also includes tennis player Naomi Osaka, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, music icon Britney Spears, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Apple CEO Tim Cook, actor Kate Winslet and the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Bengal : Restrictions till Sept 30

The state government has allowed offices, both government and private, to function with half the manpower.

Kolkata, west Bengal, September 15 : The West Bengal government on Wednesday extended the COVID-related restrictions till September 30 with the existing relaxations, as per an official notification.

The restrictions, first imposed on May 16 and extended at regular intervals, were set to expire on Wednesday.

“Wearing of masks, maintenance of physical distancing and health and hygiene protocols must be followed at all times,” the notification said.

The state government has allowed offices, both government and private, to function with half the manpower, as per the order.

“All outdoor activities including movement of people and vehicles shall be strictly prohibited between 11 pm to 5 am except for health services, law and order, essential commodities including agriculture produce and other emergency services,” the order said.

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West Bengal govt order extending Covid restrictions till Sept 30. District administrations, police commissionerates and local authorities shall ensure strict compliance with the state directives of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, it said. “Any violation of the restriction measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and relevant sections of the IPC,” it added.

“Mamata Didn’t disclose Criminal Cases”

BJP has alleged that Mamata Banerjee did not mention about pending criminal cases in her nomination papers for Bhabanipur by-poll

Kolkata, west Bengal, India, September 14 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not mention about pending criminal cases in her nomination papers for Bhabanipur by-poll. The saffron party has also filed a complaint with the Election Commission against the TMC chief.

While the BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, a lawyer by profession, CPI(M) has fielded lawyer Srijib Biswas from the seat. Congress has refrained from taking part in the by-election. Bhabanipur will go to the polls on September 30 and the results will be declared on October 3. 

Earlier on Friday, Banerjee filed her nomination for the by-poll winning which is an absolute necessity for her to continue as the Chief Minister. 

Banerjee, a resident of Bhabanipur, had won the seat twice in 2011 and 2016 but shifted to Nandigram, where the anti-farmland acquisition movement against the Left Front government had transformed her into a major political force in the volatile state, to dare her former protege and now a BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on his home turf. Though Banerjee powered the TMC to a resounding win for a third straight term in office, she lost in Nandigram. She now must win Bhabanipur to ensure an unbroken stint as the Chief Minister.

Banerjee is required to win a seat in the state assembly by November 5 in conformity with the constitutional provisions in order to continue as Chief Minister. The Constitution allows a non-member of a state legislature or Parliament to continue in a ministerial position without getting elected only for six months.

After her defeat in Nandigram, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, state cabinet minister and TMC MLA from Bhabanipur, vacated the seat to facilitate her return to the assembly from there.

Banerjee was first elected to the Assembly in a by-poll from Bhabanipur months after the TMC stormed to power ousting the 34-year-old Left Front dispensation in 2011. She represented South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat, of which Bhabanipur is a segment, six times.

Priyanka Tibrewal holds Rally

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Priyanka Tibrewal on Monday held a rally ahead of filing her nomination for by-elections to the Bhabanipur seat.

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 13 : Tibrewal, who is taking on West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee, said that it is a fight against injustice. “I would like to tell the people of Bhabanipur that they have received a big opportunity. So, they should come forward in this fight against injustice and make history,” she stated. Tibrewal informed that she will file her nomination papers in the afternoon and visited a temple to seek blessings.


Earlier on Saturday, the BJP candidate took a dig at Mamata Banerjee and said that the people of the state have the right to live but this right is being taken away by Banerjee and her party.
She also claimed that the elections would not be conducted with transparency as the ruling party supports violence and later appealed to the people of West Bengal to come out and cast their vote.
Bhabanipur by-polls will primarily be a contest between Tibrewal and Banerjee as Congress, on September 8, announced that the party will not be fielding any candidate for the by-polls.
Bypolls will be held in Bhabanipur on September 30 and results will be declared by October 3.

WB : Priyanka to file Nomination

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 12: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate Priyanka Tebriwal will file her nomination papers for the byelection to the Bhabanipur seat on Monday against West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Supremo Mamata Banerjee.
Targeting the chief minister over post-poll violence, Tibrewal said that the people of the state have the right to live but this right is being taken away by Mamata Banerjee and her party. “I will file my nomination tomorrow. The people of West Bengal have the right to live. This right is being taken away from them by the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee. I am fighting for the people of Bengal,” said Tiberwal as she kickstarted the poll campaign along with Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh by painting the party symbol on a wall in the Bhabanipur.


Tibrewal on Saturday visited the Kalighat Temple, Kolkata, where she offered her prayers to Goddess Kali.
Tibrewal also stated that the Elections would not be conducted with transparency as the ruling party supports violence. “My fight is against the members of the ruling party as they have done injustice to the people of West Bengal,” she added.
She later appealed to the people of West Bengal to come out and cast their vote.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee is contesting from Bhabanipur.
Earlier on September 8, Congress announced that the party will not be fielding any candidate for the Bhabanipur by-polls.
Bypolls will be held in Bhabanipur on September 30 and results will be declared by October 3.

BJP will win Bhabanipur: BJP

Patna (Bihar) [India], September 11 : Exuding confidence over the victory of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming by-elections in West Bengal, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Friday said like Nandigram, the party will win in Bhabanipur bypolls as well.
Speaking to ANI, Hussain said, “BJP is going to win the Bhabanipur bypolls like we won the Nandigram constituency in West Bengal Assembly polls.” BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal, a lawyer by profession as its candidate in the upcoming Bhabanipur bypolls pitting her against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on September 30. The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for Mamata Banerjee to contest.
Earlier in the state Assembly polls, Mamata Banerjee had lost in Nandigram to her former aide Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP.
Commenting on Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP leader said, “Rahul Gandhi should see the peace and harmony in Jammu and Kashmir. He should also visit those areas where terrorism was at peak during the UPA’s tenure.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is on a visit to Jammu and Kashmir. On his visit, he went to the Vaishno Devi temple. Earlier, on Friday, Rahul Gandhi addressed the party office bearers meeting where senior party leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad and others were present.
Notably, this will be Rahul Gandhi’s second visit to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370.
Earlier, he visited the union territory on August 9. During his last visit, Rahul Gandhi inaugurated the new party office in Srinagar. He also visited Kheer Bhawani temple and Hazrat Dargah Sharif.

‘People want its own daughter’: BJP

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Exuding confidence over her victory in the upcoming Bhabanipur bypolls, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Priyanka Tibrewal on Friday said that “Bhabanipur nijer meyekei chaay” (Bhabanipur wants its own daughter).
Speaking to ANI, Tibrewal said, “The candidate opposite me (Mamata Banerjee) has lost an election. That is why a by-election is being held in Bhabanipur. They (TMC) had already won Bhabanipur but they do not care for democracy or for what people say.” The BJP leader said she is the daughter of Bhabanipur as she was born and brought up there only. She gave the slogan “Bhabanipur nijer meyekei chaay” (Bhabanipur wants its own daughter) in similar lines to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pre-assembly polls slogan “Bangla nijer meyekei chaay” (Bengal wants its own daughter).
“Bhabanipur nijer meyekei chaay. I was born in Bhabanipur, Mamata was not born in Bhabanipur. People had given the mandate to someone from TMC over there but Mamata Banerjee decided to remove him as she wanted to contest. That is the condition of democracy here. They have no respect for people’s thoughts and votes,” she added.
BJP has fielded Priyanka Tibrewal as its candidate in the upcoming Bhabanipur bypolls pitting her against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on September 30.
BJP announced Tibrewal’s candidature on Friday through a notification undersigned by the party’s general secretary Arun Singh.
A lawyer by profession, Tibrewal is the vice-president of the West Bengal unit of BJP Yuva Morcha. She is also the petitioner in the Calcutta High Court against the post-poll violence in the state. Notably, the High Court has ordered a CBI probe in violence in West Bengal after the Assembly elections.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee filed her nomination for the by-polls to the Bhabanipur seat on Friday.
It is crucial for Mamata Banerjee, who became chief minister of the state for the third time after TMC’s victory in Assembly elections, to win the Bhabanipur bypoll to retain her position. She had lost in Nandigram to her former aide Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP.
According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India, by-elections in Bhabanipur, Samserganj and Jangipur Assembly Constituencies in the state are scheduled on September 30. The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3.
The Bhabanipur Assembly seat was vacated by West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for Mamata Banerjee to contest.
Earlier on Monday, sources said the Indian National Congress is unlikely to field a candidate against the chief minister.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. The BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.

Bhabanipur by-poll: Mamata Banerjee files nomination

Mamata Banerjee will file her nomination today, As per the schedule, polling will take place on September 30 while results will be announced on October 4.

Kolkata, west Bengal, India, September 10 : West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday filed her nomination papers for the by-polls to the Bhabanipur seat. Banerjee needs to win in order to hold on to her office.

As per the schedule, polling will take place on September 30 while results will be announced on October 4.

The TMC had on Sunday officially announced Mamata Banerjee as its candidate for the by-election in Bhabanipur. TMC’s campaign in the south Kolkata seat is underway after the Election Commission announced the bypoll last week following a request from the state government to avoid a constitutional crisis.

Banerjee, who lost the election in Nandigram to her former protege Suvendu Adhikari, has to win this by-poll to retain her Chief Minister’s post.

The bypoll will be held on September 30 along with the elections to Samserganj and Jangipur seats in Murshidabad district where polling could not be held during the eight-phase assembly election held earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the TMC has pulled out all the stops to ensure Banerjee’s victory by a record margin and has engaged senior leaders to look after the eight municipal wards in the constituency. Party state president (Subrata Bakshi) has been given the responsibility of ward 63, party secretary-general and minister Partha Chatterjee has been assigned with ward numbers 71 and 72, state minister Firhad Hakim and other senior leaders have been asked to look after other wards.

Banerjee is a resident of Bhabanipur and has contested from the seat in the past two state assembly elections since 2011.

Banerjee, who led her party to a massive electoral triumph for a third successive term, is required to win a seat in the state assembly by November 5 in conformity with the constitutional provisions to continue as Chief Minister. The Constitution allows a non-member of a state legislature or Parliament to continue in a ministerial position for six months.

After her defeat in Nandigram, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, state Cabinet minister and TMC MLA from Bhabanipur, vacated the seat to facilitate her election from there. Banerjee had entered the Assembly after winning the by-poll in the Bhabanipur seat months after her party stormed to power by ousting the 34-year-old Left Front regime in 2011. She is a six-term MP from the South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat, which has the Bhabanipur seat as one of its segments.

Mamata Banerjee to file nomination for by-polls to Bhabanipur seat today

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee will on Friday file her nomination for the by-polls to the Bhabanipur seat.
According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India (ECI), the by-election in Bhabanipur Assembly Constituency in West Bengal will be held on September 30. The Election Commission also informed that by-polls will also be held in Samserganj and Jangipur of West Bengal and Pipli constituency of Odisha on the same date.
The counting of votes will be taken up on October 3.
The Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from Bhabanipur seat.
Mamata Banerjee, while addressing the TMC workers’ convention in Chetla on Wednesday, confirmed that she would file her nomination for the Bhabanipur assembly by-election on September 10.
Banerjee expressed her displeasure regarding the Assembly poll timings and phases once again.
Speaking on this, the state Chief Minister said, “Only God knows the way polls were held in 2021. Centre lied, still couldn’t beat me. There was a conspiracy behind an attack on me in Nandigram. Thousand goons from outside came to mislead about Bengal.”
Amid the ongoing political tensions between BJP and TMC in West Bengal, the announcement by the Election Commission of India has again compelled both the main parties to initiate debate for the by-polls.
Meanwhile, the Model Code of Conduct is in force in the districts, in which the whole or any part of the Assembly constituency is going for election.

Contest is between TMC, BJP, says Dilip Ghosh

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: As the political parties including Left Front announced its candidates for West Bengal by-polls, West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday said that the contest is between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP, and the CPI(M) or Congress announcing their candidatures are not an important factor.
“There can be any number of candidates in by-polls, our voters are with us. CPI(M)-Congress announcing or not announcing their candidates is not a factor in the West Bengal polls; they didn’t get entry into the Assembly in the last polls. The contest is between the state government and BJP. We’re ready,” Ghosh said. “It will make no difference. They got only 10,000-15,000 votes in the last polls. It proves they have no existence here. No need to look at them. People have made up their minds, the contest will be between TMC and BJP,” he added.
Notably, TMC on Sunday officially announced that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the party’s candidate for Bhabanipur Assembly constituency by-elections, which will be held on September 30.
Further, TMC leaders Jakir Hossain and Amirul Islam will be the party’s candidates for Jangipur and Samserganj seats respectively.
Earlier on Saturday, the Election Commission has announced to hold by-elections to three assembly seats in West Bengal on September 30. These constituencies include Bhabanipur, the traditional seat of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, from where she will contest the by-elections. Besides Bhabanipur, by-polls will be held in Samserganj and Jangipur constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on October 3.

Scant regard for Maa Durga stands exposed : TMC

A day after the BJP wrote to the Election Commission urging to take action against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for violating the Model Code of Conduct by announcing cash rewards for Durga Puja clubs despite the declaration of by-poll dates, the TMC hit back at the BJP alleging “their scant regard for Maa Durga and the traditions of Bengal stands exposed”.

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 8 : Terming the BJP “self-proclaimed custodians of Hindu culture and values”, the TMC accused it of disrespecting Hindu festivals and not understanding Hinduism. The official Twitter handle of TMC today alleged, “The self-proclaimed custodians of Hindu culture and values clearly DO NOT understand Hinduism, forget about respecting Hindu festivals! Now, their scant regard for Maa Durga and the traditions of Bengal stands exposed! This is an act of utter shame @BJP4Bengal”
On Tuesday, a West Bengal BJP delegation including state vice president Pratap Banerjee, party leader Shishir Bajoria and Balurghat MP Sukanta Majumdar visited the EC office in Kolkata.
“We urge EC to take action against Bhabanipur candidate Mamata Banerjee including restraining her from participating in ensuing by-polls for violating Model Code of Conduct by announcing cash rewards for Durga Puja clubs despite the declaration of by-polls date,” the BJP delegation said.
The BJP delegation also handed over a letter to Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal in this regard.
“We draw your attention to the program organised by the West Bengal Government in the Netaji Indoor Stadium addressed by the unelected Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Chief Secretary. In this program, the Durga Puja organising clubs were invited wherein cash donation and other facilities by the state government were announced for 36,000 clubs in the State including 2,500 clubs in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation area,” read the BJP’s letter to EC.

Congress to field candidate against Mamata

The notification for the Bhabanipur bypoll was issued on September 6, beginning the nomination process. September 13 is the last date of filing nominations, while scrutiny of papers will take place on September 14. September 16 is the last date to withdraw from the electoral battle. Counting will be held on October 3.

Kolkata, west Bengal, India, September 7 : Changing its earlier stance, the West Bengal Congress on Monday announced it has decided to field a candidate against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the September 30 by-poll in the Bhabanipur assembly seat and the name of the party nominee will be sent to AICC for consent. The decision made at a Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) meeting to contest the by-election came at a time when the party and the Mamata Banerjee-headed Trinamool Congress are maintaining a bonhomie at the national level since July.

“Majority of our members were in favour of contesting against Trinamool and we have decided to field our candidate from that seat (Bhabanipur). We will fight the elections with Left Front and announce candidates after discussion with them,” state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told a press conference.

During the assembly elections held earlier this year, TMC nominee Sovandeb Chattopadhyay won from Bhabanipur in south Kolkata and he has vacated the seat later necessitating the by-poll. The Congress, which fought the polls in alliance with the Left parties, fielded a candidate from there.

Chowdhury, who had earlier advocated not to put up any candidate against Banerjee in Bhabanipur as a matter of courtesy, said the ruling party is not showing political courtesy.

The TMC recently attacked Congress workers and demonstrated against opposition leaders like him, Chowdhury alleged. The TMC, however, did not attach any importance to the Congress’ decision to contest the by-poll from Bhabanipur.

“The Congress and the Left are two big zeroes in terms of their influence in the state. When you add two zeros, you get another zero,” TMC state general secretary Kunal Ghosh said.

The Congress and TMC have been showing closeness to each other at the national level of late. The TMC supremo in July went to Delhi in a bid to bring together the non-BJP forces ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. She met senior opposition leaders including AICC president Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence. The Congress had then also tweeted, along with a photograph of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, claiming that Mamata Banerjee’s nephew is a victim of Pegasus spyware snooping.

Banerjee had moved out of her traditional Bhabanipur seat to fight in Nandigram during the assembly polls but lost to Suvendu Adhikari of the BJP. After the election results were out, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay who won from Bhabanipur vacated the seat to allow Banerjee to contest from there. Banerjee had won from Bhabanipur twice since 2011.

The TMC supremo has to win this by-poll to retain her chief minister’s post. The by-poll will be held on September 30 along with the elections to two seats in Murshidabad district – Samserganj and Jangipur – where polling was countermanded during the eight-phase assembly elections earlier this year due to death of candidates.

“It is unfortunate that we cannot field a candidate from our party from Samserganj. We cannot force anyone,” Chowdhury said.

The party cannot field any new candidate from the Samserganj seat as per rules. Its candidate Amirul Islam recently expressed unwillingness to contest. Jakir Hossain is the CPI(M) candidate from Jangipur.

The notification for the Bhabanipur bypoll was issued on September 6, beginning the nomination process. September 13 is the last date of filing nominations, while scrutiny of papers will take place on September 14. September 16 is the last date to withdraw from the electoral battle. Counting will be held on October 3.

Cong Candidate against Mamata?

The Indian National Congress is unlikely to field a candidate against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming by-elections to Bhabanipur constituency on September 30.

Kolkata, West Bengal, India, September 6 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday officially announced that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the party’s candidate for Bhabanipur assembly constituency by-elections which will be held on September 30. Further, TMC leaders Jakir Hossain and Amirul Islam will be the party’s candidates for Jangipur and Samserganj seats respectively.
Earlier on Saturday, the Election Commission has announced to hold by-elections to three assembly seats in West Bengal on September 30. These constituencies include Bhabanipur, the traditional seat of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, from where she will contest the by-elections. Besides Bhabanipur, by-polls will be held in Samserganj and Jangipur constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on October 3.
Notably, Mamata Banerjee was defeated by BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram assembly constituency in the state Assembly polls held earlier this year.
Following this, the Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from the seat. The election on the seat is crucial for Banerjee to win if she has to remain the chief minister of the state.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. Despite aggressive campaigning, the BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.

Abhishek Banerjee Appears before ED

Coal Scam Case: Abhishek Banerjee has said that he would get himself hanged if any central agency can bring to the fore his involvement in any illegal transaction.

New Delhi, India, September 6 : Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Monday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Delhi today in connection with the coal scam case. Abhishek, the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was summoned along with his wife Rujira for questioning in connection to a money laundering case linked to an alleged coal scam. However, Rujira urged the ED to allow her to appear before officials in Kolkata as she expressed unwillingness to travel to the national capital due to Covid-19. 

“TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee appears before ED for questioning in money laundering case,” ED officials told. Earlier on Sunday, Abhishek Banerjee Sunday said that he would get himself hanged if any central agency can bring to the fore his involvement in any illegal transaction. Speaking to reporters at the Kolkata airport on his way to New Delhi to attend a summons by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with an alleged coal scam case, Banerjee accused the BJP of indulging in political vendetta having lost the state assembly elections.

“I reiterate what I had said in November at public meetings that if any central agency can prove my involvement in any illegal transaction of even 10 paise, there will be no need to hold any CBI or ED probe, I will walk up the podium and get myself hanged publicly,” he said.

He has been summoned to appear before the investigating officer of the case in New Delhi on September 6 for questioning in a money laundering case linked to the alleged coal scam in West Bengal.

“I am ready to face any and every kind of investigation,” Banerjee said, adding that despite it being a case of Kolkata, he was summoned to New Delhi. “Having lost the elections and failing to tackle Trinamool Congress politically, they (BJP) are now seeking revenge,” he claimed.

The BJP has no other job than to use the investigating agencies to fulfil their political interests, he alleged. Banerjee said that he would like to invite any BJP leader to sit face to face with him and discuss what the central agencies have done in the last five years and the fate of the country in the seven-year-rule of the Narendra Modi government.

“You (BJP) decide the date, time and venue and I will go; if I cannot expose them then I will not put my feet in the political arena anymore,” he asserted.

BJP Candidate Against Didi

New Delhi [India], September 5 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will field a strong candidate against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the Bhabanipur seat which is scheduled to go for bypoll on September 30, said party’s state chief Dilip Ghosh on Sunday.
Speaking to ANI, Ghosh said, “We will fight the election strongly. There is no doubt that it will be a tough fight as Mamata Banerjee is a big figure and the chief minister of the state. She has control of the entire state. We will also field strong candidates in West Bengal. On Saturday, the Election Commission has announced to hold by-elections to three assembly seats in West Bengal on September 30. These constituencies include Bhabanipur, the traditional seat of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, from where she will contest the by-elections. Besides Bhabanipur, bypolls will be held in Samserganj and Jangipur constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on October 3.
“We have defeated Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram. Her slogan that ‘Bengal wants its own daughter’ went flop. The people of Bengal have shown that they do not want Mamata Banerjee. But after that, she is trying to come through the back door. She made an elected MLA who is also a minister resign in the greed of position,” he said
Mamata Banerjee suffered defeat at the hands of BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram assembly constituency.
Following this, the Bhabanipur assembly seat was vacated by the West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, making way for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from the seat. The election on the seat is crucial for Banerjee to win if she has to remain the Chief Minister of the state.
“We want the election to be held in a peaceful environment and in a fair manner. But, post-poll violence is still going on. Around 95 BJP workers have been killed. It is a matter of great concern that how the polls will be held peacefully when there is violence going on and all IPS officers are probing that forming and SIT,” he stated.
Asked about the BJP’s candidate against Mamata Banerjee, Ghosh said, “The party’s election committee will oversee the matter. The suggested names will be sent to Delhi. After that, the parliamentary board will make the final announcement. However, in 2-3 days, the candidates of the West Bengal by-elections will be announced.”
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. Despite aggressive campaigning, the BJP lost the polls but emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats. 

Mamata condoles demise of Chandan Mitra

New Delhi [India], September 2 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed her condolences on the demise of former Rajya Sabha MP and veteran journalist Chandan Mitra.
Taking to Twitter, she wrote, “Saddened by the demise of Shri Chandan Mitra. He will be remembered for his contribution to the world of journalism and politics. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.” Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also recalled the senior journalist and expressed concerns for his family during this hour of sadness.
“Dr. Chandan Mitra was known for his deep knowledge, sharp writings, and contributions towards journalism and politics. Deeply anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and admirers in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti,” Rajnath tweeted.
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry as well as Consumer Affairs & Food, also recalled the works of late Chandan Mitra. While praying for the strength of his family, he tweeted, “Deeply saddened at the passing away of former Rajya Sabha MP and senior journalist Shri Chandan Mitra Ji. His contributions to the field of media and politics will be long remembered. May God give his family the strength to overcome this loss. Om Shanti!”
The Union Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs, and Petroleum & Natural Gas said in a tweet, “Deeply saddened to hear about the passing away of senior journalist & former parliamentarian Dr Chandan Mitra Ji. He will be deeply missed by his friends & admirers. I offer my sincerest condolences to his family.”
Chandan Mitra passed away last night in Delhi. Mitra was an Indian journalist, former editor, and managing director of The Pioneer newspaper in Delhi.

President Kovind condoles demise of former MP, senior journalist Chandan Mitra

President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday expressed condolences on the demise of former MP and veteran journalist Chandan Mitra and said that his demise leaves a void in Indian journalism.
The President said that his stint as a parliamentarian added to his reputation. In a tweet, the President wrote, “Shri Chandan Mitra was an outstanding journalist and his stint as a parliamentarian added to his reputation. His understanding of Hindi heartland and its history was profound. His demise leaves a void in Indian journalism. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Bharatiya Janata Party National President Jagat Prakash Nadda also felt pained on his demise and said that he will be remembered for his distinguished career in the field of media and service for people.
“Pained to learn about the demise of former MP and senior journalist Shri Chandan Mitra Ji. He will be remembered for his distinguished career in the field of media and service for people. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of grief. Om Shanti,” tweeted Nadda.
Mitra was elected in the Rajya Sabha, as a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Madhya Pradesh in June 2010.
Former Rajya Sabha MP and senior journalist Chandan Mitra passed away late last night in Delhi, confirmed his son Kushan Mitra. Mitra was an Indian journalist, former editor and managing director of The Pioneer newspaper in Delhi.

My Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee, the journey as ‘Didi’

By Subhro Majumder

To demonstrate that “Bangla nijer meyekei chaye” (Bangla needs its daughter), she continues her stride within the political spectrum of the country, which began in 1975 when she made headlines by dancing on the car of one of the country’s most powerful leaders at the time, Jayaprakash Narayan, as a form of protest.

Since then, 46 years have passed, and her combative spirit continues to shine in Indian politics. Mamata Banerjee is known as the “Nation’s Didi.”

She rose to become the chief minister of West Bengal in 2011 after overthrowing the CPI(M) administration, which had been in power for 34 years and was one of the world’s longest-serving elected governments. Now that she has governed the state for two years in a row, the 2021 election will certainly not be a cakewalk for her. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trespassed on her territory after sweeping victories in the state’s Lok Sabha elections in 2019. And, with the formation of the Left-Congress-ISF coalition, the situation has become even more complicated for her.
Banerjee supports her leadership since she follows the law of the three Ms: Maa, Mati, and Manush (mom, soil, and other people). However, there is another 3M problem in the Bengal elections this time, namely, ‘Mamata, Modi, and Muslim.’ Banerjee’s challenge is to fight Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity in Bengal on one side, while also regaining support from the minority community, which might oppose the Left-Congress-ISF alliance on the other.
“In 1975, Mamata Banerjee made headlines when she protested by dancing on the car of one of the most powerful leaders of the time, Jayaprakash Narayan.”

Mamata Banerjee started her political career as a member of the Youth Congress in the 1970s. She rapidly rose through the ranks, finally becoming the Mahila Congress’s final secretary and then the All India Youth Congress’s final secretary. She was elected to the eighth Lok Sabha as a member of parliament in 1984, making her one of India’s youngest parliamentarians. After a disagreement with Congress, she formed the All India Trinamool Congress in 1997.
With PV Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Dr. Manmohan Singh, Mamata Banerjee worked with three Prime Ministers. She served in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments as a Union Minister, with portfolios including Human Resource Development, Youth Affairs, and Sports, Women and Child Development, Coal and Mines, and Railways. She was also the first woman to be appointed as a railway minister in the country. In 2012, Time Magazine called her one of the world’s top 100 most influential people.
“Mamata Banerjee was the first woman to be appointed as India’s railway minister.”
Mamata Banerjee, who came from a lower-middle-class background, worked as a milk salesperson to help her family get out of poverty. Her father died when she was just 17 years old due to a lack of counseling. The warrior in her refused to be dominated by the limits. She pursued her education at the University of Calcutta, earning a Bachelor’s degree in history, a Master’s degree in Islamic history, and levels in education and law. Before entering full-time politics, she worked as a stenographer and a private tutor.

Mamata Banerjee’s minimalist lifestyle is another of her attributes. Despite her role as Chief Minister, she continues to live in her ancestral terracotta-tiled roof home on Harish Chatterjee Street in Kolkata. Mamata Banerjee’s style statement is characterized by white cotton sarees with monochromatic borders and slippers.

About the author

Subhro Majumder is a Content Writer who is a sports and technology enthusiast. His other varied interests often sway him into reading about history, politics and international relations.

Two BJP leaders join Mamata’s TMC

Two leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday. BJP MLA Biswajit Das and councillor Manatosh Nath joined the TMC at a ceremony in Kolkata.

kolkata, West Bengal, August 31 : Two leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday. BJP MLA Biswajit Das and councillor Manatosh Nath joined the saffron party at a ceremony in Kolkata. 

In an interaction post the joining, Das said he has returned to his “home” and will continue to work for people of the state and constituency. “Due to some misunderstandings, some changes were made that shouldn’t have been made. I’ve returned to my home now and I will continue to work for people of my state and constituency,” he said. 

Earlier on Monday, Bishnupur MLA Tanmoy Ghosh had joined the TMC, alleging that BJP was indulging in vindictive politics. He had switched over to the BJP from TMC in March, days ahead of the state elections. Earlier, he was the TMC Youth president of Bishnupur town in Bankura district and also a councillor of the local civic body.

“Mamata Banerjee will be given red carpet welcome”

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], August 29 : On the possibility of the West Bengal chief minister likely to visit Assam, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma on Sunday said that he would roll out a red carpet welcome for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, adding that her visit will help BJP in the elections as more votes will get divided between Congress and TMC.
“The more she visits Assam and Tripura, the more it will benefit us (BJP). It will be beneficial for us if she visits Assam and Tripura as the votes will be divided between Congress and TMC. I will welcome her by rolling out a red carpet,” said the Chief Minister during his visit to Siliguri in West Bengal. Sarma had arrived in Siliguri to pay last rites to former Asom Jatiya Parisad’s (AJP) MLA Alok Kumar Ghosh at his residence in Lake-town.
The Chief Minister also said, “She is always welcome to Assam; she may come anytime to offer puja to Goddess Khamakha. Except offering prayer, she has nothing to do in Assam. She will again go back to West Bengal.”
He also requested Mamata Banerjee to visit Tripura as that the votes will get divided and BJP can take advantage.
Over Sushmita Dev’s joining TMC after resigning from the primary membership of Congress, Sarma said, “Sushmita Dev belongs from a particular district of Assam and not the whole state. The more she campaigns for TMC, the more votes will be divided between TMC and United Democratic Front (UDF). In that situation, BJP will be on the beneficial side.”
Sarma further assured that all cases against the Gorkha community will be dropped.
“There will be no cases against them. Gorkha will continue. We have given them protected class status even in the tribal belt. We have decided to drop all cases under Forefingers’ Tribunal against the Gorkha community. There is absolutely no issue now,” he said.
Sarma also said, “I think, in the detention camp, about 12 Bengali Hindu people are there. They are also in process of getting released. Things will be quite normal in the next 2-3 months.
Speaking over the law and order situation in West Bengal, Assam Chief Minister said, “Assembly polls in Assam and West Bengal took place at the same time but not a stone was pelted at any house in Assam. In West Bengal, the court had to order a CBI probe. So you can judge for yourself.”
Earlier this month, Calcutta High Court ordered a court-monitored CBI probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in the state.

Several incidents of violence have been reported at various places after the announcement of the Assembly poll results on May 2, after which a four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs also visited the post-poll violence-affected areas.

WB post-poll violence: CBI registers 28 cases so far

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 29 : Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday registered seven more FIRs in the West Bengal post-poll violence cases taking the total number of FIRs to 28.
CBI on Saturday detained two people from Nadia district in relation to post-poll violence. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that in the ongoing CBI probe into post-poll violence, BJP workers are accompanying CBI officials to villages.
“In post-poll violence, five BJP workers and 16 TMC workers had died. We have no problem with CBI, but why are they taking BJP leaders with them to villages? National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and all other commissions have become political, all their members are from BJP,” she said.
Earlier this month, Calcutta High Court ordered a court-monitored CBI probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in the state.
The High Court also ordered to set up Special Investigation Teams (SIT) for investigation and senior officers from West Bengal cadre will be a part of the team.
The court also directed the state government to take immediate steps for compensation for the victims of post-poll violence.
Several incidents of violence have been reported at various places after the announcement of the Assembly poll results on May 2, after which a four-member team deputed by the Ministry of Home Affairs also visited the post-poll violence-affected areas.

Narayan Rane says, ‘Mamata Banerjee becoming PM as distant as Konkan and Kashmir’

Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, [India], August 27 : Narayan Rane’s fresh swipe against Shiv Sena has resulted in West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee getting caught up in the crosshairs with the Union Minister on Friday stating that the “distance between Konkan and Kashmir represents the difference between Banerjee becoming the country’s Prime Minister.”
Addressing reporters here after resuming his ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ on Friday, the Union Minister was responding to Sanjay Raut’s “West Bengal is the lion of the country” remark stating that the Shiv Sena leader “speaks without any sense.” “Sanjay Raut speaks without any sense. Vinayak and Sanjay Raut will lead to the fall of Shiv Sena. The distance between Konkan and Kashmir represents the difference between Mamata Banerjee and her becoming the PM,” he said.
This is not the first time when Rane has taken a jibe at the political situation in West Bengal.
On Wednesday, the Union Minister said that he would not “allow” the West Bengal-like environment to be created in Maharashtra.
To this Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut warned that insults to the state would not be forgiven by the people. Taking a dig at the BJP, Raut said that it had to “run away” from West Bengal following its defeat in the recent assembly polls.
He further said, “West Bengal is the lion of the country. It is the birthplace of revolutionaries. Lal Bal Pal, a prong of this trident is from West Bengal. That one prong has got into you. Don’t forget that if you insult a state like this, then the country will never forgive you.”
Meanwhile, Rane today attacked Shiv Sena for not working for the Konkan region in the state and said he is not “scared” of any action against him.
“Shiv Sainiks who came in front of my house were welcomed by the police. What has Shiv Sena given to the Konkan region in the last two years? They thought I would be scared if they took action against me. But our journey has been successful,” he said.
Rane also asserted that he has done nothing wrong by making the alleged “derogatory remarks” against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and said the party is ‘”enjoying the power”.
“I have done nothing wrong. They (Shiv Sena) enjoy power, so they arrested me. Maharashtra is number one in COVID. During COVID, they didn’t take any action. Sushant Singh (Rajput) was murdered. Disha Salian was raped and killed, yet the perpetrators roam freely,” said Rane.
The Union Minister was arrested in Ratnagiri district after several FIRs were registered against him at many places including Nashik and Pune, based on the complaints filed by Shiv Sena leaders for his remarks against Thackeray.
Rane had on Monday accused Thackeray of ignorance about the year of India’s independence at an event and said “I would have given (him) a tight slap.”

Bengal post-poll violence: CBI registers 9 cases

According to sources, the central agency has moved its team from Kolkata to place where violence took place following May 2 announcement of Assembly election results across the state, sources said.

Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 26 : Acting on the Calcutta High Court’s orders, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday began probe into post-poll violence in West Bengal and registered nine cases.

According to sources, the central agency has moved its team from Kolkata to a place where the violence took place following May 2 announcement of Assembly election results across the state, sources said.

The Calcutta High Court had earlier this month directed a court-monitored CBI probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in West Bengal. The high court also directed the state government to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the cases related to violence.

The high court observed that the West Bengal Government’s argument that the Election Commission was responsible for the violence as police were under it due to enforcement of election code till May 3, 2021 “deserves to be rejected outrightly”.

“Civil or police administration is under the control of the Election Commission during election process only to ensure free & fair elections. That does not mean that the police stop discharging its normal duties to control law and order,” the high court said in its verdict.

‘HC does not trust Mamata’

Reacting to the order issued by the Calcutta High Court over the post-poll violence in the state, the President of the West Bengal unit of BJP Dilip Ghosh said the High Court’s order proved that it does not trust the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led West Bengal Government over the state issues.

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], August 21 : Dilip Ghosh said, “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) comes into the picture when government fails to investigate a matter. The order issued by the Calcutta High Court to conduct a court-monitored CBI probe into the post-poll violence matter proved that the court does not trust the TMC-led West Bengal government over the state issues.” The Calcutta High Court on Thursday ordered a court-monitored CBI probe into the incidents of post-poll violence in West Bengal and stated that Constitutional obligations of the state do not get vested in the Election Commission during the process of elections.
The High Court observed that arguments run contrary to the stand of the state where it claimed that number of FIRs were registered up to May 3 for post-poll violence and otherwise also for normal crime in the state, the police were duty-bound to maintain law and order and register FIRs and not the Election Commission.
The BJP leader also took a jibe at the Opposition parties over their virtual meeting called by Congress’ interim President Sonia Gandhi, he said: “The leaders do not have any work to do. It is good that they are spending time with each other over tea.”
In a virtual meeting of Opposition parties convened by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Friday, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee floated the idea of forming a core group to formulate strategies to counter Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2024 Lok Sabha elections and to further strengthen Opposition unity, informed Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) Chief Sharad Yadav.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and leaders of 18 other political parties had launched a strong attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government accusing it of “destruction of the economy” and demanded Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe into the use of Pegasus Spyware, speeding up of COVID-19 vaccination, free cash transfers of Rs 7,500 per month to all families outside the income tax bracket, repeal of three farm laws and compulsory guarantee of minimum support price to farmers.

Ultimate goal is 2024 Lok Sabha polls, we should work cohesively, overcome compulsions: Sonia Gandhi tells opposition leaders

Noting that the monsoon session was marked by determined unity of opposition parties, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday said that the ultimate goal is defeating the BJP-led government in 2024 Lok Sabha elections and called for systematic planning and working with the single-minded objective for the purpose.

New Delhi [India], August 20 : Sonia Gandhi, who chaired a meeting of 19 opposition parties, called for collectively rising to the challenge of opposition unity, saying there is no alternative to working cohesively and the time has come for rising above compulsions in the national interest.
“The ultimate goal is the 2024 Lok Sabha elections for which we have to begin to plan systematically with the single-minded objective of giving to our country a government that believes in the values of the freedom movement and in the principles and provisions of our Constitution,” she said.
“This is a challenge, but together we can and must rise to it because there is simply no alternative to working cohesively together. We all have our compulsions, but clearly, a time has come when the interests of our nation demand that we rise above them,” she added.
Sonia Gandhi expressed confidence that the opposition unity will be sustained in future sessions of parliament as well but said “the larger political battle has to be fought outside it”.
Leaders from 19 opposition parties discussed the strategy of the opposition and the roadmap for the future at the meeting held through video conferencing.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti and RJD’ Tejashwi Yadav were among those who attended the meeting.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Khadge, KC Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjewala also attended it.
The Congress chief said that some opposition leaders have taken up matters of public importance with the Prime Minister directly.
“I understand that Sharad Pawarji brought to his attention how the new Ministry of Cooperation, led by Home Minister himself, is blatant interference in the Constitutional rights and responsibilities of state governments. Mamata ji and Uddhav Thackeray ji emphasized the discrimination against non-BJP ruled states in vaccine supply, as have some other chief ministers,” she said.
“On behalf of Congress Party, I have also written to the Prime Minister on many occasions to highlight the need for urgent measures such as direct cash support, especially to those whose livelihoods have been badly affected,” she added.
According to sources, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said that farmers have been protesting for many months against new farm laws and “this is a painful picture for a democratic country like India”.
He said the country is facing many issues today like economic slowdown, the pandemic, unemployment, border dispute, issues relating to minority communities.
Pawar said the BJP-led government has failed to address all these issues.
“Those who believe in democracy and secularism, those who want to work together to save the democratic principles of our country, they should come together, that is my call,” he said.
He said there is a need to start a time-bound programme collectively.
“I suggest that instead of tackling all these issues together, we should make a priority to solve these issues collectively,” he said.
Sources said the chief ministers told the meeting that opposition parties will have to be united. They also alleged that non-BJP state governments are being harassed.
Samajwadi Party did not attend the meeting while Bahujan Samaj Party and Aam Admi Party were not invited.
In her remarks, Sonia Gandhi said the government was to blame for the “complete washout” of the monsoon session of Parliament and accused the government of being “obstinate and arrogant” over opposition demands including probe into alleged surveillance through Pegasus spyware.
“The recent Monsoon session of Parliament was a complete washout again entirely due to the Government’s obstinate and arrogant unwillingness to discuss and debate urgent issues of public importance. These include the Pegasus snooping scandal that affects each and every citizen, the repeal of the three anti-farmer laws- the agitation of farmers that has been going on for the past nine months, the price rise of essential commodities and the continuing assault on federalism and the institutions of our democracy.
“In spite of this, the session was marked by the determined unity that all Opposition parties demonstrated for over twenty days in both the houses. We functioned in a coordinated manner with daily discussions among our floor leaders,” she said.
Sonia Gandhi said it was entirely due to the Opposition parties that the Constitutional Amendment Bill was passed to restore the long-standing rights of states to identify and notify OBCs.
“The Government had erred three years back and as you well know this Bill was required to rectify that mistake and a subsequent ruling of the Supreme Court. I am confident that this unity will be sustained in future sessions of Parliament as well. But the larger political battle has to be fought outside it,” she said.
Sonia Gandhi said even though opposition parties may not have met formally for over a year, they have been in touch with each other in other ways.
She recalled a joint letter sent by opposition parties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 12 on the vaccination strategy to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, on the repeal of the three anti-farmer laws and on the free distribution of food grains to the needy.
“Some crucial changes were introduced in the procurement system of vaccines following our intervention. Needless to say, as always, somebody else has taken the credit. This does not matter really, as long as the people of the country have benefitted,” she said.
She also referred to two public statements jointly on various national issues of common concern and said the joint statement of May 23 covered the COVID-19 pandemic and that on May 2 dealt with the repeal of the three anti-farmer laws and the need to resume of talks by the Government with the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.
Referring to the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence, she said it is indeed “the most appropriate occasion for us to reaffirm our individual and collective resolve”.
“Let me say for its part, the Indian National Congress will not be found wanting,” she said.

SC issues notice to WB Govt.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the West Bengal government on a plea seeking to quash notification for constituting an Inquiry Commission headed by a former SC judge to investigate allegations relating to Pegasus Spyware snooping case.

New Delhi [India], August 18 : The Centre government has proposed Justice Madan B Lokur, former SC judge to head the Inquiry Commission. A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, however, refused to stay the proceedings of the committee.
The Bench said the plea will be heard along with other pending petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the reports of the government allegedly using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on politicians, activists, court staff and journalists.
“We will hear this along with other similar matters. Issue notice. List on August 25,” the Bench said.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Centre said he wants to assist the Court on the issue and said the state government’s step to constitute such a committee is unconstitutional.
The PIL filed by Global Village Foundation Public Charitable Trust sought direction to disband the two-member Commission of Inquiry headed by a retired apex court judge, Justice Madan B Lokur and also comprising former Acting Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, Justice (retired) Jyotirmay Bhattacharya by the state government to probe the allegations of snooping by Pegasus software developed by Israeli spyware firm NSO.
Advocate Saurabh Mishra appearing for the petitioner requested the Bench to stay the proceedings stating that proceedings before the committee should not go on when the issue is being examined at a pan-India level.
The apex court refusing to stay the proceedings said the committee is only taking preliminary steps.
Yesterday, the apex court had issued notice to the government and asked it to respond on a batch of petitions seeking a court-monitored probe into the reports of the government allegedly using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on politicians, activists, and journalists.
The Centre has apprised the top court that it has decided to constitute a Committee of Experts, which will examine all the issues relating to the alleged Pegasus snooping issue.
The Centre also denied all the allegations of snooping on journalists, politicians, activists and court staff and maintained the petitions are based on conjectures and there is no substance in the accusations.
The top court had earlier observed that the allegations about the Central government allegedly using Israeli software Pegasus to spy on people “are serious if news reports are correct”.
As many as 11 pleas were filed before the SC by senior journalists N Ram, and Sashi Kumar, Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas of Communist Marxist Party of India (Marxist) and advocate ML Sharma, former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya.
Journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, SNM Abdi, Prem Shankar Jha, Rupesh Kumar Singh and Ipsa Shatakshi, who are reported to be on the potential list of snoop targets of Pegasus spyware, had also approached the top court along with The Editors Guild of India (EGI) among others.
The pleas sought inquiry headed by a sitting or retired judge of the top court to investigate the alleged snooping.

My joining TMC unconditional : Sushmita Dev

Sushmita Dev, who was the chief of the women’s wing of the Congress, joined the TMC in the presence of senior party leaders Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O’Brien in Kolkata on Monday.

Kolkata, West Bengal, August 17 : Former Congress leader Sushmita Dev on Tuesday said her joining the Trinamool Congress is unconditional and she will take any responsibility given to her by party president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Dev, who was the chief of the women’s wing of the Congress, joined the TMC in the presence of senior party leaders Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O’Brien in Kolkata on Monday.

“I don’t think I have compromised my ideology in joining the TMC. My joining the TMC is unconditional and I will take any responsibility given to me by Mamata Banerjee,” Dev told reporters here.

A former MP, Dev was the national spokesperson of the grand old party and the chief of the All India Mahila Congress. She sent her resignation letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, sources said but offered no reason for her quitting. 

“In my 30 years in politics, I haven’t demanded anything from the Congress high command,” Dev said.

“Mamata has vision”

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: After joining Trinamool Congress (TMC), Sushmita Dev on Monday said that her discussions with party leadership showed they have clarity and excellent vision for the party.
Speaking to media after joining TMC, the former Congress leader said, “I met Abhishek Banerjee. It was a very good discussion, he has excellent vision and clarity for the party. We went to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She clearly has an excellent future vision for the party.” The newly inducted TMC leader added she “hopes to be helpful in that regard”.
Earlier today, soon after submitting her resignation from Congress, Sushmita Dev joined TMC in West Bengal.
She was inducted into the party in the presence of TMC leaders and MPs Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O’Brien.
Before this, Dev held a meeting with Banerjee at his office located in Camac Street in Kolkata.
The former Congress MP on Sunday wrote a letter to party interim President Sonia Gandhi about her resignation from the primary membership of the party.
She also expressed gratitude to the party President and wrote: “Madam, I thank you, personally, for your guidance and the opportunities you gave me. I value the enriching experience, I hope I have your good wishes as I begin a new chapter in my life of public service.”
After resigning from the party, Dev identified herself as “Former Member, Indian National Congress” in her Twitter bio.
Reacting to Dev quitting the party, Congress leader Kapil Sibal tweeted, “Sushmita Dev resigns from primary membership of our Party. While young leaders leave we ‘oldies’ are blamed for our efforts to strengthen it. The Party moves on with: Eyes Wide Shut.”

TMC : ‘Khela Hobe Diwas’, Mamta slams centre

Agartala (Tripura) [India], August 16 : Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday observed ‘Khela Hobe Diwas’ in Agartala over a game of football and sloganeering.
The party workers played football and raised the slogan ‘Khela Hobe’, which means ‘the game is on’. “In 2021, on the soil of West Bengal, a slogan was raised by Mamata Banerjee ‘Khela Hobe’ which has become the brand slogan for the entire Opposition and it was witnessed even on the floor of the parliament,” said TMC leader Santanu Sen.
“Now we are standing on the ground of Tripura where there is misrule and hooliganism of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). And here we are pledging that there will be ‘Khela Hobe’ and ‘Khela Hobe’ for development, democracy, permanent political independence and change in 2023,” he added.
Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared August 16 as ‘Khela Hobe Diwas’ in the state and Trinamool Youth Congress organised a four-kilometre long cycle race in which 400 students, who were given a cycle by the government under the Sabooj Sathi scheme.
Notably, TMC poll slogan for the 2021 West Bengal elections ‘Khela Hobe’ became immensely popular and unofficially became the theme of the poll battle between TMC and BJP.
Meanwhile, a continuous political tussle has been going on between TMC and BJP over Tripura where the former accused the latter of choking the democracy in the state. Tripura is scheduled to go for the next legislative Assembly elections in early 2023.

Congress leader Sushmita Dev has resigned from congress, may join Mamata’s TMC

Congress women’s wing president and former MP Sushmita Dev has resigned from the party. Dev sent her resignation letter to Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi.

New Delhi, India, August 16 : Congress women’s wing president and former MP Sushmita Dev has resigned from the party. Dev sent her resignation letter to Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi. She has also changed her Twitter bio to “Former Member” of the party.

“Please treat this letter as my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress. I cherish my three-decade-long association with the Indian National Congress. May I take this opportunity to thank the party, all its leaders, members and workers who have been a part of my memorable experience,” she said in her resignation letter addressed to Sonia Gandhi.

“Madam, I thank you, personally, for your guidance and the opportunities you gave me. I value the enriching experience. I hope I have your good wishes as I begin a new chapter in my life of public service,” Dev added.

Dev headed the Congress’s women’s wing, the All India Mahila Congress. She is the daughter of the veteran Bengali Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev and was a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from the constituency of Silchar in Assam. 

Earlier on Saturday, she had met the Congress president along with other leaders of the Assam Congress.

Notably, Dev was among Congress leaders whose Twitter handle was blocked over a post showing images of the family members of a minor girl who was allegedly raped and killed in Delhi. The images were originally posted by former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Mamata congratulates teachers, staff, students

New Delhi [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated all teachers, administration staff, and students of Calcutta University after it secured second rankings in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).


Taking to Twitter, Banerjee wrote “Extremely pleased to share that the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities has informed the Government of West Bengal that Calcutta University is one of the top ranking universities in India! Congratulations to all teachers, administration staff, and our dear students.”

According to a notification issued by Calcutta University, the Shanghai Ranking – Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), 2021 has adjudged Calcutta University as the best among all universities across India.


“Among all the Universities and Institutes in the country, the University of Calcutta is second only to the prestigious Indian Institute of Science. This success and international recognition should be seen as a result of the sustained efforts of our brilliant members of faculty, our dedicated researchers, our sincere non-teaching colleagues as well as our bright students,” the notification read.

‘TMC government taking U-turn’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Attacking the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal government, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday said the party is taking a U-turn in fulfilling poll promises.
Briefing media persons, Adhikari said, “TMC made various promises before the elections. Now after May 5, people are seeing the status of those promises. Unemployment is rising in the state. The state government should first fill the vacancies and provide employment to the unemployed. There is no industry.” The BJP leader further alleged that the TMC government has taken a U-turn in Lakshmi Bhandar Scheme.
“They had promised that 1.6 crore families and 5 crore women will get the benefit. Now, they are saying only 1.85 lakh people will be covered in the scheme. Our party feels this is a U-turn from the promises made before elections. It is the duty of the government to fulfil its promises. The scheme is not about giving pocket money. It is about providing financial assistance. How can one provide financial assistance with Rs 500?” Adhikari said.
Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government brought the ‘Lakshmi Bhandar’ scheme with the aim to empower women aged between 25 and 60 from socio-economically backward classes who are not employed in either government or the private sector. The scheme will commence from September 2021.

Bills passed without any debate in monsoon session, only 11% of legislations being sent for scrutiny, says TMC

New Delhi, [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Thursday accused the government of passing the bills without discussion in the monsoon session of parliament and said the average time spent on the bills was 10 minutes.
Addressing a press conference a day after the conclusion of the monsoon session of parliament, party leaders Derek O’Brien and Saugata Roy said “39 bills were passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha without any debate”. “This is not how a democratic country works. The average time of passing a bill was 10 minutes and then you say that the opposition is disrupting the session?” Derek O’Brien said.
“Even in 2014, 60-70 per cent of the bills were sent to a parliamentary committee for review. However, now only 11 per cent of the bills are sent to the standing committees for scrutiny,” he added.
He said important issues including of Pegasus surveillance and new farm laws were not taken up for discussion despite continuous demand from the opposition. While many bills were passed without discussion, the two Houses discussed the constitution amendment bill to enable the states to have their list of socially and educationally backward classes.
Answering a query, Trinamool Congress leaders said the party fully supports opposition unity even as the party’s participation in a meeting is decided by its leadership.
Sugata Roy said the Trinamool Congress worked for opposition unity throughout the monsoon session.
“Our leader Mamta Banerjee came to Delhi. She met Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. We left nobody in doubt about our intention for opposition unity but one must understand our position. Trinamool Congress faced the BJP alone in the West Bengal election. We are running the government alone our position is slightly different from other opposition parties,” he said.
“In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena NCP and Congress are running a government together. In Tamil Nadu, DMK, CPI and CPM are part of the ruling coalition. We have no such compulsions. We are totally for opposition unity,” he added.
The Rajya Sabha witnessed unruly scenes on Wednesday when the House took up the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021 for passage.
The Opposition resorted to vociferous protests. They came to the well of the House and some of them were seen tearing papers.
They accused the government of not following the parliamentary norms and “bulldozing” the legislation.
NCP leader Sharad Pawar later alleged that “women MPs were attacked” and “more than 40 men and women were brought into the House from outside to control the MPs”.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that opposition members “manhandled marshals” in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and said their behaviour during the session was a “black spot in the history of Indian democracy”.

WB Covid-related restrictions extended till August 30

The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 18,252 on Tuesday with 12 more people succumbing to the disease, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The tally mounted to 15,34,999 after 639 new cases were detected, it said.

Kolkata, west bengal, India, August 12 : The West Bengal government has extended Covid-induced restrictions in the state till August 30. According to the new directives, night curbs will be in place from 11 pm to 5 am.

The COVID-19 toll in West Bengal rose to 18,252 on Tuesday with 12 more people succumbing to the disease, a bulletin issued by the state health department said. The tally mounted to 15,34,999 after 639 new cases were detected, it said.

North 24 Parganas accounted for four fatalities, while the city registered one death. Sixty-eight fresh cases were recorded in Kolkata, the bulletin said. At least 724 more people recuperated from the disease, raising the total number of recoveries to 15,06,532. The discharge rate stands at 98.15 per cent.

West Bengal currently has 10,215 active cases. Since Monday, 40,469 samples have been tested in the state, which took the total number of such clinical examinations conducted so far to 1,61,62,814, the bulletin added.

Mamata Banerjee demands law for tribal land

Jhargram (West Bengal) [India]: On the occasion of International Day of Indigenous Peoples, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the country should bring law to protect the land rights of the tribal population.


The chief minister attended the event at Jhargram to celebrate the International Day of Indigenous Peoples. Banerjee honoured prominent personalities from the tribal community. This was Banerjee’s first visit to Jangalmahal after becoming the Chief Minister for the third time.


Speaking at the event, the Chief Minister said, “Today is World Tribal Day. Today the Quit India movement was also started. The contribution of Adivasi brothers and sisters in India’s struggle for independence cannot be forgotten. I bow to them.”


Banerjee called for the protection of the rights of tribals across the country.
“Adivasi lands cannot be transferred. Our government has introduced a law on that. The entire country should bring this law to protect the rights of the tribal people. We have constituted a separate department for tribal welfare,” she stated.


“We have been celebrating Adivasi Diwas for the last 3 years. We made Jhargram a new district in 2017. A super specialty hospital, a University, four colleges, and a sports complex have been made. We respect tribal languages. West Bengal is the only state where students can study Santhali,” she added.
Mamata Banerjee also shook her feet with the tribal dancers wearing their traditional attire. She also played dhamsa, a Tribal drum and Jhumur.

West Bengal CM visits SSKM Hospital

TMC workers injured in Tripura are being treated at SSKM

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], August 9 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited Seth Sukhlal Karnani Memorial (SSKM) Hospital in Kolkata to meet Trinamool Congress (TMC) party workers who were injured in Tripura.
“Sudip and Jaya are the students who went to Tripura. It is astonishing the way they were attacked and their heads were banged in front of the police and no medical attention was provided,” said Banerjee. “BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is a monstrous party. From Assam to UP, they didn’t let us enter. Abhishek (Banerjee) was given a bulletproof car later or else he would have been badly hurt,” she added.
“This has the support of Home Minister Amit Shah. Goons were being made to sit in the same flight, on which Abhishek was traveling. We will win in Tripura,” the chief minister stated further.
Banerjee also said the BJP is spreading fake rumors in Bengal and that there is no democracy in Tripura. She added that there is no difference between Bengal and Tripura and TMC will provide medical attention to Tripura after it wins there.
Earlier on Saturday, TMC alleged that its party workers were attacked by the BJP workers in Agartala. Abhishek Banerjee, MP from West Bengal and TMC member, accused BJP of choking democracy in Tripura.
“BJP wants to remain in power by threatening people. This is my second visit to Tripura in less than seven days. Whoever is challenging the atrocities and hooliganism of BJP are being sent behind the bars. Instead of the attackers, the TMC workers who were attacked are booked. The entire country is watching how democracy is being choked in Tripura. TMC will fight. TMC will not spare a single inch to BJP in Tripura,” he was quoted as saying.

Amit Shah behind attacks on Abhishek: Mamata

Mamata Banerjee has alleged that Amit Shah was responsible for the recent attacks on her nephew Abhishek Banerjee in Tripura.

Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 9 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that Union Home Minister Amit Shah was responsible for the recent attacks on her nephew and TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee ansd other party workers, and asserted that she won’t be cowed down by such acts.

Her allegation comes days after Abhishek Banerjee and TMC student activists were attacked in separate incidents in BJP-ruled Tripura, where the party hopes to expand its base ahead of the 2023 assembly elections.

“The BJP is running an anarchic government in Tripura, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and wherever they are in power. We condemn the attacks on Abhishek and our party activists in Tripura,” she said after meeting injured TMC workers at state-run SSKM hospital.

“Such attacks would not have been possible without the Union home minister’s active support. He is behind these attacks which were carried out in front of Tripura Police as it remained mute spectators. The Tripura Chief Minister doesn’t have the audacity to order such attacks,” she added.

TMC opposes Centre’s Electricity Bill

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], August 8 : Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to refrain from placing the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in Parliament and called the Bill as “anti-people”.
Goutam Deb, Chairman of Board of Administrators, Siliguri Municipal Corporation, said that chief minister Mamata Banerjee is rightly opposing the Centre’s move as it will hike electricity bills and will prove to be disastrous for the people. “The bill will create price hikes in the electricity and power sector and it will be disastrous. So this bill should be withdrawn immediately,” he said while attending a cultural programme on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s 80th death anniversary on Saturday.
The bill will hit the economy of the country as electricity is the major component for the development, he said, ” The central government is taking strict action against people in all sectors. Electricity is the most important component for the development of the country. There are several components like domestic electricity, rural village electrification and commercial electricity for industrialisation. The bill will create price hikes in the electricity and power sector and it will be disastrous. So this bill should be withdrawn immediately.”
Banerjee had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 12 last year, expressing outrage over the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, which, she, said, was an attempt by the Centre to “destroy” the country’s federal structure.

WB: Schools may reopen

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the government was considering to reopen schools soon.

Kolkata, West Bengal, India, August 5 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the government was considering reopening schools soon.

The Trinamool Congress chief said that the state government was planning to resume classes on alternate days after Durga Puja vacations later this year. 

Days ago, the state government had said it had no plans to open schools at any level in the near future due to the threat of an imminent third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Whenever school campuses reopen, students of higher classes will be the first to start offline classes and not those at the primary level, the education department had said. Meanwhile, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said that it will be wise to reopen schools in the country with the primary section as children can handle viral infection much better than adults.

Bhargava, however, stressed that for such a step to be considered, it must be ensured that school teachers and other support staff members are vaccinated.

The COVID-19 tally rose in the state to 15,30,024 on Tuesday after 729 more people tested positive for the infection, while 18 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 18,170. 

“Khela Hobe” Across India!

Kolkata (West Bengal): The ‘Khela Hobe’ slogan will reverberate across India in the coming days, said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday.


Speaking at the launch of Khela Hobe programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Banerjee said, “Khela Hobe has become very popular. The slogan was raised in Parliament too. In the coming days, it will reverberate across India. We will celebrate August 16 as Khela Hobe Diwas.” During the event, Banerjee dribbled a football. She said, “We had granted Rs 5 lakh each to 25,000 clubs. We have done community development programs to take sports forward. I believe to take forward Khela Hobe we have to take it through sports. We will give one lakh footballs to the clubs in districts.”


The chief minister also launched ‘Swastha Ingit’ telemedicine services in all districts. She handed over appointment letters to Maoists who surrendered before the police.


Notably, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) poll slogan for the 2011 West Bengal elections “Khela
Hobe” became immensely popular and unofficially became the theme of the poll battle between Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party.


The West Bengal chief minister was in the national capital last week. She held meetings with the Opposition parties for forming a united front for the 2024 general elections. Banerjee also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.


Lyricist-poet Javed Akhtar and actor Shabana Azmi also met Banerjee in the national capital. West Bengal Chief Minister also had requested Javed Akhtar to write a song on ‘Khela Hobe’.


Aiming for 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee had said, “Poore desh me khela hoga (Now, the game is on across the country). It is a continuous process…When general elections come (2024), it will be Modi vs country.”

Shatrughan Sinha to join TMC

Senior Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha is likely to join Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress soon

Senior Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha is likely to join Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress soon, Sinha’s recent pro-Narendra Modi tweet had triggered speculation that he might return to the saffron party. However, sources said he is more inclined towards the TMC whose chief, Mamata Banerjee, emerged as a potent rival of Prime Minister Modi in 2024 general election.

When asked about his chance of joining the TMC, Sinha refused to make a direct comment, but said, “Politics is an art of possibility.” Sources close to him, however, did not deny the chance.

According to the report, a section of the TMC leader said that talks in this regard are at an “advanced stage”, and added that the actor-politician always had a good relation with Banerjee. 

Sources said there is a chance of Sinha switching over to the TMC on its July 21 Martyrs’ day celebration function. Sinha, popularly known as “Bihari Babu”, made lavish praise on Mamata Banerjee, calling her “real Royal Bengal tiger” and a “tried and tested leader who trounced propaganda and ‘dhanshakti’ (money power) in the just-concluded Bengal polls”.

TMC Supremo attacks saffron camp

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continued her attack on the BJP on Tuesday, saying that members of the saffron camp “do not know civility and decency,” as seen by the disturbance they produced during Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar’s inaugural speech in the Assembly.

Mr Dhankhar had tabled his presentation on July 2 after reading a few words of his 18-page speech, amid BJP MLA protests over post-poll violence in the state.

During her House speech, the TMC supremo also stated that the incumbent governor, who was appointed by the BJP leadership at the national level, should have been allowed to address the House by the saffron party’s MLAs in the state.

“I have seen BJP leaders like Rajnath Singh to Sushma Swaraj… This BJP, however, is different. They (BJP members) do not know culture, courtesy, decency and civility,” the Chief Minister said, after thanking the governor for the inaugural address.

TMC to hold protest

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will stage a sit-in protest across West Bengal rising fuel prices in the country on July 10 and 11, following all COVID protocols, informed TMC leader Partha Chatterjee on Monday. “Sit-in protests will be staged against hike in fuel prices in every block and town of West Bengal on July 10 and July 11, following all COVID protocols,” said Chatterjee.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the “cruel hikes” in prices have “brought great distress” to the people, noting the prices of petrol and diesel were “hiked eight times since May”, of which six times were in June alone

This comes hours after Banerjee on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ‘substantially’ reduce taxes charged by the Central government on petrol and diesel, and to ‘check the overall inflationary trend in the country’.

In a letter addressing PM Modi, Mamata said, “I am alarmed by the fact that the Government of India is constantly increasing the Cess component of Central tax revenues which results in denying the States its legitimate share of 42 per cent of the tax collected by Government of India, since Cess accrues wholly with the Government of India, without sharing with the States,” said the West Bengal Chief Minister in her letter.

“I sincerely urge you to desist from the anti-federalist trend developed in the last few years. It is my earnest request that the taxes charged by the Central Government on petrol and diesel be substantially reduced to give much-needed relief to the common people and also to check the overall inflationary trend in the country today,” she said.

The West Bengal Chief Minister alleged that in the midst of this COVID pandemic, the Government of India has collected revenue of ‘staggering’ Rs 3.71 lakh crore (Rs.3,71,725 crore) from oil and petroleum products in the financial year 2020-21.

The West Bengal Chief Minister stated that over the last six years, the BJP-led central government’s tax collection from oil and petroleum products has jumped by a staggering 370 per cent since 2014-15 due to constant hikes in Central Excise Duty on oil and petroleum products including cesses and surcharges.

“Over the last six years of your Government, the Government of India’s tax collection from oil and petroleum products has jumped by a staggering 370 per cent since 2014-15. due to constant hikes in Central Excise Duty on oil and petroleum products including cesses and surcharges. at the cost of the common people,” said the letter.

In her letter to the PM, Mamata pointed out that the retail price of petrol in many States across the country has crossed an unprecedented Rs 100 per litre. She said that petrol and diesel prices were hiked by the Central Government eight times since May 4, 2021, and out of these, prices were hiked six times in the month of June 2021 and four times in one week.

Terming the hikes in petrol and diesel prices ‘cruel’, she said that they have affected the common people most adversely and have directly impacted the ‘dangerously rising’ inflation in the country.

The West Bengal Chief Minister further stated in her letter that the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) in the country rose by 12.94 per cent in May 2021, compared to May 2020.

Consumer Price Index rose by 6.30 per cent where the prices of edible oils used by common people every day, rose by 30.8 per cent, eggs by 15.2 per cent, fruits by 12 per cent and hearth related items, in the middle of the pandemic, by as much as 8.44 per cent, said Mamata.

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