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Tripura civic polls: BJP’s massive show of strength in victory rally, oath-taking to be held within 10 days

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Thousands of BJP supporters on Thursday took to the streets in Agartala to celebrate the party’s landslide victory in the just-concluded urban body elections.A mammoth rally was taken out from the party’s state headquarters in presence of all the newly elected councillors. The party was led by Tripura BJP state President Dr Manik Saha who along with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb toiled to make the party achieve such a success. Slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb were shouted out alongside high decibel music.The rally covered the whole city and ended at its starting point, in front of party-state headquarters at Krishnanagar.Addressing the gathering, Saha said, “This is the victory of the people of the state residing in urban areas. Out of 334 total seats, our candidates have emerged victorious in 329 seats. The number says…

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TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee lauds party for its performance in Tripura civic body polls

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Trinamool Congress (TMC) General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday lauded his party’s performance in the Tripura civic body elections, adding that it was exceptional for TMC to emerge as a principal opposition in the state in spite of having negligible presence in the state at the beginning.“It is exceptional for a party beginning with negligible presence to successfully contest municipal elections and emerge as the PRINCIPAL OPPOSITION in the state with more than 20% vote share (1/2),” said Banerjee in his tweet. He congratulated the Tripura unit of the party for their efforts in the elections and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had ‘left no stone unturned to butcher democracy in Tripura’.“This is despite the fact that we commenced our activities barely 3 months ago and @BJP4Tripuraleft no stone unturned to BUTCHER DEMOCRACY in Tripura. Congratulations to all…

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Tripura Civic Polls: JP Nadda congratulates state CM, BJP workers over its landslide victory

New Delhi [India]: After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept Tripura Civic elections on Sunday, party National President JP Nadda congratulated Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and other BJP workers over the landslide victory.Speaking to the media, Nadda said, “BJP has got a landslide victory in Tripura Civic elections today. I congratulate the Chief Minister, State BJP President Manik Saha, other party workers and people of the state.” The National BJP President said that this victory in the local bodies of Tripura is a symbol of people’s faith and trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public welfare scheme.“BJP’s victory is a symbol of people’s faith in PM Modi’s public welfare policies and the double engine government’s commitment towards the development of the state. This is the victory of the people of the state, the victory of democracy,” Nadda said.He further said that the double engine…

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Impossible to hold free, fair elections in absence of VVPAT, CCTV cameras: TMC on Tripura civic polls

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Elections for more than 200 seats in the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) and other municipal bodies will be held on Thursday but Trinamool Congress Tripura unit Steering Committee head Subal Bhowmik has expressed apprehensions over free and fair polls, alleging the police continue to be a mute spectator on the incidents of violence against party candidates while lamenting that the Election Commission has not arranged voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for the polls.“In absence of the arrangement of VVPATs and CCTV cameras by the Election Commission, the holding of municipal polls has turned into a farce exercise. Such is the atmosphere made by the ruling government, it is shameful,” he added. He also said that the violence in the state against TMC workers continues in spite of directions from the Supreme Court to police to ensure…

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Will quit politics if I fail to defeat Tripura CM, his ‘intimidation tactics’, says Abhishek Banerjee

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Tripura ahead of the civic polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Monday said he will quit politics if fails to defeat Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his “tactics of intimidation”.Addressing a press conference here, Banerjee said, “BJP has let loose a reign of terror from yesterday as they have already sensed that their days are numbered in government. I will quit politics if I fail to defeat Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and his tactics of intimidation.” The TMC MP said democracy is under attack in Tripura. “If voters can exercise their franchise freely, which is quite unlikely given the prevailing situation, BJP will fail to open its account in next Assembly polls,” Banerjee said.The TMC MP urged the people not to get scared of BJP…

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No role of BJP in attacks on TMC, investigation underway, says Tripura Minister

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: The state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has distanced itself from the attacks on Trinamool Congress workers and the house of TMC steering committee state head Subal Bhowmik in Tripura and categorically denied any involvement of BJP workers in the attacks.The Party, on the other hand, accused the TMC of plotting everything in connivance with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Congress. The 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.Senior BJP leader and Minister of Higher Education Ratanlal Nath on Sunday said that CPIM, Congress and TMC hatched a well-orchestrated conspiracy to defame, demean and tarnish the image of Tripura at the national as well as the international level in order to show BJP in a bad light.Addressing the reporters…

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Trinamool Congress releases manifesto for Agartala civic polls, party MP says doors open for like-minded parties

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: All India Trinamool Congress on Tuesday released its election manifesto exclusively for Agartala Municipal Corporation Areas making nine major promises aimed at improving the standard of living for residents of Agartala City. TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy announced the manifesto and said that the Trinamool Congress would work hard for the development of the prestigious Agartala Municipal Corporation areas.He said that the TMC if voted power in the AMC, will ensure that residents receive better amenities, at least two bio-toilets in every ward, better markets equipped with fire and disaster management facilities, eradication of all dark spots with enough lighting, tax rebates and direct access to the Mayor through “Hello Mayor” initiatives. He said, “The manifesto reflects TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s way of thinking for the people and how the Bengal government reaches out to people with its welfare…

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PM Modi to transfer over Rs 700 crore to housing scheme beneficiaries in Tripura

New Delhi [India] : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will transfer the first instalment of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) to more than 1.47 lakh beneficiaries of Tripura on Sunday via video conferencing. The Prime Minister’s Office said that over Rs 700 crore will be credited directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries on the occasion. Following Modi’s intervention, taking into account the unique geo-climatic condition of Tripura, the definition of ‘kuccha’ house has been changed specifically for the state, which has enabled such a large number of beneficiaries living in ‘kuccha’ houses to get assistance to construct a ‘pucca’ house, it added.

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Over 80,000 eligible COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries didn’t turn up for 2nd dose in Tripura, says State health department

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Principal Secretary to Tripura Health and Family Welfare Department, JK Sinha on Monday informed that over 80,000 eligible beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccine did not turn up for the second dose after the stipulated period of 84 days in the state.The state government has started the ‘Knock the Door’ programme to reach out to the people who did not turn up for the second dose. According to Sinha, it has affected the state’s performance at the national level in administering the vaccine doses effectively.“If we take Agartala Municipal Corporation as an example, everyone received the first dose of the COVID vaccine but more than 80,000 people did not turn up for the second dose even after the 84 days period passed. The exact number as of today stands at 81,465 but approximately the figure stands close to 80,000. They should have…

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Tripura violence: NHRC seeks action taken report from State govt

Tripura (Agartala) [India] : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought an action taken report in connection with the recent violence that took place in Tripura’s North district.The NHRC has asked Tripura Chief Secretary, DGP Tripura police and secretary of Tripura state human rights commission for their submission on a complaint filed by Trinamool Congress national spokesperson Saket Gokhale. The complaint stated, “It is further alleged that on the date so mentioned, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) carried out a rally in an area under North Tripura during which one of the religious places of worship belonging to the minority community was vandalized and two shops were burnt down by the mob who carried out the rally.”“Reports of violence against persons from religious minority communities were also reported but ironically the state machinery acted like a bystander by siding with rioting mobs. It…

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“Will ensure ‘BJP-mukt’ Tripura”

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: All India Trinamool Congress General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Sunday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would visit Tripura in the month of December to ensure the formation of a “BJP-mukt” government in the state.Banerjee, who addressed his maiden public meeting in Tripura despite “resistance” from the state administration, also assured the gathering of around 500 people that the TMC is set to dislodge BJP in the next assembly elections scheduled in the year 2023. Targeting Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Banerjee said, “your cops have told us to hold a rally in Swami Vivekananda Stadium instead of here. Don’t worry, your wish will be fulfilled soon. Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee is set to address a mammoth public meeting at Swami Vivekananda Stadium.”“BJP’s days in power are numbered and Trinamool’s pro-people government is on the making,” the TMC leader…

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BJP leaders joins TMC

Tripura (Agartala) [India] : Asish Das, former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Tripura, joined Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday in Agartala.He was inducted into the party in the presence of the party’s General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee. After resigning from the BJP on October 5, Das had shaved his head, took a dip in the Ganga and offered prayers at a temple near West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s house.Rajib Banerjee, who is also a former BJP leader, rejoined TMC on Sunday. Banerjee was earlier a minister in the Mamata Banerjee government and was inducted into the national executive committee of the BJP earlier this month.

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TMC’s rally in Tripura

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Agartala witnessed a high octane political drama on Saturday after Tripura police asked the Trinamool Congress leaders to change the venue of Abhishek Banerjee’s pre-scheduled political rally slated to be held on Sunday.However, on Saturday evening, Tripura High Court granted permission to TMC to hold the rally at the same spot. The cops have denied permission to hold the rally in front of Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhavan citing the law and order situation. The police, while clarifying their stand, had suggested the TMC leaders to hold their public meeting at Swami Vivekananda Stadium, Agartala as the stadium was more spacious and COVID-19 restrictions could be adhered by the crowd.However, the Trinamool leaders were adamant to hold the rally where it was decided earlier, thereby paying no heed to the police’s orders.Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Sadar Ramesh Yadav while speaking exclusively to…

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Section 144 in Tripura

North Tripura (Tripura) [India]: Section 144, prohibiting the gathering of more than four people, was imposed in the Dharmanagar district of north Tripura on Wednesday following violent clashes during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally.“Dharmanagar Administration imposes 144 CrPC in the district to maintain peace and harmony in the district,” SDM Dharmanagar, North Tripura said. The decision came after a mosque was allegedly vandalised and several shops set ablaze in the Chamtilla area in North Tripura district today during a VHP rally against recent violence against Hindus in Bangladesh.The North Tripura District Police said that for the last one week such small incidents have been reported in some parts of the state and added that the situation is under control while urging people to maintain peace.

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TMC MP’s car attacked in Tripura

Party workers claim that BJP was responsible for the attack. Trinamool Congress MP Sushmita Dev’s vehicle was attacked in Tripura’s Amtuli on Friday. Members of the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), who were with her during her campaign, were injured during the attack. Party workers alleged that BJP was responsible for the attack during Dev’s  ‘Tripurar Jonno Trinamool’ drive.  “During our outreach program, some goons attacked our cars, they beat our workers. It’s clear that BJP is ‘Bharatiya Gunda Party’. CM Biplab Deb is giving them protection, the attackers didn’t even bother to cover their faces. CM is a useless fellow,” the TMC MP said.  Siddhartha Kar, Officer-in-charge at the Amtali police station said, “At around 1:30 pm we got information that two cars were attacked by unknown miscreants. Our 4 officers moved there immediately & rescued them (TMC workers). They lodged a complaint, we will…

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Tripura students back in schools

Agartala (Tripura) [India]: Students in Tripura schools, which have resumed classes for students of classes 6-12 from Wednesday expressed their happiness at getting back to school. The state has recorded a dip in COVID-19 test positivity rate. Sampriti Karmakar, a student of Bani Vidyapith Girls H.S. School said she was happy to return to school for offline classes, as she faced difficulties during online classes.“From today our school has started again and after many days we are back to our classes. We entered the school after sanitizing our hands. We are happy to be here, we had online classes but that was often disturbed due to poor internet connectivity. Moreover, offline classes are more helpful for us and we are able to meet our friends,” said Sampriti Karmakar, a school student. “From today all schools are open from class six to twelve. We are…

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BJP MLA: “Attack TMC leaders in ‘Talibani style'”

Belonia (Tripura) [India]: In remarks that are likely to trigger controversy, Tripura BJP MLA Arun Chandra Bhowmik has called for ‘Talibani style’ attack on Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders.Bhowmik attended a felicitation programme for Union minister Pratima Bhowmik on Wednesday. Addressing the public at the event, the BJP MLA said, “TMC leaders are trying to attack the Biplab Deb-led government on Mamata Banerjee’s instructions. I urge you to attack TMC in ‘Talibani style’. We have to attack them as soon as they land at the airport. We will protect our government here with every drop of blood.”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.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Tripura for alleged anarchy in the state.“There is no…

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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’…

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Nadda, Tripura CM discuss Cabinet reshuffle

New Delhi [India], August 16 : The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to put its house in order in Tripura. The Biplab Deb government and party’s state unit is expected to accommodate new faces in an expansion soon. The move comes after Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb met BJP National President JP Nadda last week in the national capital.According to sources, during the meeting, Nadda had asked Deb to concentrate on strengthening the party in the state and not cede space to the opposition.Sources stated that this directive came after Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Abhishek Banerjee’s tour to the state.Sources stated that apart from issues like reshuffle in the organization, talks of probable alliance with Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chief Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman was also discussed.“However, everything is decided when elections come. For six months, all focus is to have better…

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Dola Sen alleges attack by BJP supporters

South Tripura (Tripura) [India]: Amid the 75th Independence Day celebrations across the country, Trinamool Congress MP Dola Sen on Sunday alleged that her convoy was attacked by BJP supporters near Belonia town in the South District of Tripura when she had gone to hoist the National Flag there. She also condemned an attack on TMC MP Aparupa Poddar, adding that the vehicle in which she was travelling got attacked and all the documents and her mobile phone were thrown away. “Some TMC leaders and I were attacked in Sabroom and Belonia in Southern Tripura where we had gone to hoist Tricolour on the occasion of Independence Day. Police were a silent spectator,” said Sen. Sen while speaking to reporters said that two local Trinamool supporters Premtosh Debnath and Becharam Das sustained head injuries in the incident and have been hospitalized. Sen also alleged that…

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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…

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Tripura: ‘BJP losing confidence’

Alternative combination involving Congress will win 2023 polls : TS Singh Deo New Delhi [India], August 3 : Senior Congress leader TS Singh Deo on Tuesday said BJP is losing confidence in Tripura and an alternative combination involving Congress Party will win the forthcoming 2023 Assembly elections.“The AICC has directed me to visit Tripura along with Avinash Pandey as observers. We went to Tripura to understand the current situation. BJP and TMC have been trying to break Congress there. TMC fought 2-3 polls there, but could not succeed. Since Congress and TMC are not in alliance in Tripura, it is natural for TMC to look for party expansion opportunities,” Deo told ANI. The Chhattisgarh Health Minister said: “BJP is losing confidence in Tripura. They attacked the convoy of a TMC leader. BJP did not get the majority in the Tribal area Development Council despite…

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Tripura: BSF jawans killed

Dhalai (Tripura) [India], August 3 : Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including a Sub Inspector, were killed in an exchange of fire between a patrolling party and some militants in the Dhalai district of Tripura on Tuesday morning.According to BSF, the encounter began around 6.30 a.m. in the general area of Border Outpost R.C. Nath in the Dhalai district. Sub-Inspector Bhuru Singh and Constable Raj Kumar sustained fatal injuries and later lost their lives.“As per the blood strains available at the spot, militants have reportedly sustained some injuries,” the BSF said in a statement, adding both the personnel “fought valiantly before succumbing to their injuries”.A massive search operation has been launched in the area to nab the militants, said the BSF. (ANI)

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Need To Work Together To Stop 3rd Wave: PM PM

In a meeting with NE CMs PM Modi Announces New Package Of Rs. 23,000 New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the chief ministers of eight north-eastern states on Tuesday to discuss the Covid-19 situation amid concerns over the coronavirus numbers in the region. He talked about the need to accelerate the vaccination programme in order to combat the third wave from flaring.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed concerns over crowds gathering in hill stations and violating of Covid norms. he said that there is need to work together to stop the third wave and called for ramping up the vaccination. “It is a matter of concern that people are travelling without face masks at hill stations and market places,” the Prime Minister said. “To combat the possible third wave of Covid-19, we need to continue to accelerate the vaccination process,” he…

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Tripura sends Kew variety of pineapple and organic turmeric to Kolkata

Agartala: Continuing the export efforts of the Tripura government, the horticulture department has dispatched a consignment of 1000 kilograms of Kew variety pineapples and 1,800 kilograms of organic turmeric to Kolkata by Sealdah express. The officials said producers of the Unokoti district were paid Rs 14 per piece of pineapple and Rs 19 for each kilogram of organic turmeric. The purchaser Big Basket has executed the deal with the help of Sikkim State Cooperative Supply Marketing Federation Ltd, an organic retail agency. Unokoti Organic Producer Group Ltd, a group of 512 farmers of the district had last week also sent one metric ton of pineapples and five metric tons of organic turmeric. In spite of great difficulties due to the Covid pandemic, Tripura has already sent eight consignments of pineapple and lemon to the UK and the Middle East and more than 20 consignments…

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Pratima Bhowmik gets Ministry

Pratima Bhowmik is the first permanent resident of the north-eastern state to get a berth in the new Union Cabinet.  52 year-old Pratima Bhowmik has become the first female MP from Tripura to get a berth in the new Union Cabinet. She is also the first permanent resident of the north-eastern state to do so, as she took oath as a Union Minister on Wednesday. Pratima Bhowmik, a science graduate, has been a BJP activist and leader since 1991. In 1998 and 2018, she fought for the Assembly from the Dhanpur constituency, losing both times to former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. Bhowmik later ran for the West Tripura Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and won by 3,05,689 votes, defeating veteran MP Shankar Prasad Dutta. Pratima hails from the village of Dhanpur and used to play Kho-kho and Kabaddi at the state level. She is…