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BJP falsely implicating TMC for murders of Saffron party workers in West Bengal



New Delhi, July 20 : Bharatiya Janta Party has been falsely claiming that BJP workers are being hacked to death by Trinamool Congress party workers in West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee’s rule as a recent case has come to light in which two persons died in a conflict but the Saffron party termed it as a political murder.

Dipak Mahato, 27 and his father, Lalmohon Mahato, 52 were hacked to death in Purulia, West Bengal on Wednesday, 11 July.

“My husband and son were not a part of any political party. They died in a conflict after an accident. It was not a political murderPhulbori Devi, wife of 52-year-old Lalmohan Mohato said, reported by the Quint.

The state BJP has claimed, in a press release, that the two belonged to the OBC category and that they worked for the party in Turuhulu village. The party has alleged that the Trinamool Congress is to blame for the deaths since the father-son duo protested the TMC’s policies.



Within hours of their death, the BJP Twitter handles were abuzz claiming that both were “OBC BJP workers” who were killed by the ruling Trinamool Congress.

The Mahatos live in a remote village connected by 4 kms of muddy, unmotorable roads to the nearest Kenda block of Purulia, mostly populated by STs and OBCs.

BJP President Amit Shah blamed TMC for the killing of BJP workers and said that in Mamata’s regime, West Bengal has become an epitome of violence and  brutality.

An 18-year-old, purportedly a BJP worker, was found dead in Balarampur, West Bengal, on 30 May 2018. While the victim’s identity couldn’t be independently verified, BJP President Amit Shah posted a tweet claiming that the victim’s name was “Trilochan Mahato,” and that he was a BJP karyakarta.

In his tweets, Shah said the life of young BJP worker, Trilochan Mahato, was “taken under the state’s patronage” because his ideology was different from that of “state-sponsored goons”.
BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya claimed that 18 party workers have been killed in the state and alleged that it was at the behest of the state government.

The party’s national secretary Rahul Sinha said , “The TMC wants to eliminate all signs of opposition from the areas where BJP has won (in the rural poll)”.


India reports 86,052 new Covid cases




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With 86,052 new cases in the last 24 hours, India’s coronavirus cases are nearing six million-mark, according to the health ministry updates shared on Friday.

There were 1,141 fatalities also confirmed in the 24 hour-period bringing the death toll to 92,290. The total infections stand at  5,818,571, including 9,70,116 active cases and 4,756,165 people getting cured/discharged/migrated. 

India’s Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 81.74 per cent and the mortality rate remains below 1.6 per cent, according to government figures. 

In a positive development, Wednesday was the sixth consecutive day when the number of people recovered in the country was more than the total number of cases detected in the 24-hours period. 

In the last few days, India has seen a significant drop in daily cases, but there needs to be more evidence to suggest whether the nation has surpassed the virus’s peak or not. 

Maharashtra continues to be India’s worst-hit state with nearly 300,000 active cases and a death toll of 34,345. 

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said he had been told by experts that the second wave of Covid-19 in the national capital has peaked. 

Globally, the United States is the worst-hit country with over 7 million cases and 200,000 deaths. 

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ECI set to announce Bihar election dates on Friday





New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The Election Commission of India is set to announce the dates for the Bihar Assembly polls on Friday, official sources said.

A press conference is scheduled to be held at 12.30 pm at the Vigyan Bhavan in this regard, the EC spokesperson Sheyphali Saran said.

Due to Covid protocols, only journalists accredited with the PIB would be allowed to attend the presser.

Bihar has 243 Assembly seats. In 2015, the alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal-United and the Congress had swept the polls but JD-U has since aligned with the BJP.

Earlier this month, the EC said that the Assembly elections will be completed before November 29, the date on which the tenure of the present Assembly ends.

The EC also said that by-elections to 65 seats in different states will also be held simultaneously.

The EC has already issued the guidelines to all political parties to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The candidates will file nomination papers and deposit security money online. Facial masks, hand sanitisers, social distancing norms would be mandatory during political campaigning or at rallies.

Earlier, the EC had asked political parties for their opinions on the conduct of Assemblly elections.

The RJD, LJP and some others had suggested postponement of the electoral battle until the coronavirus pandemic was over. However, the ruling JD-U, BJP and others wanted the elections to be completed before the Assembly’s term ended.


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2 terrorists killed in Kashmir encounter




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Security forces and terrorists have engaged in a massive encounter in Sirhama in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. As per preliminary reports, heavy exchange of fire has been reported from the area where the encounter broke out last night.

The Kashmir Zone Police has said that two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists have been killed in the encounter.

“Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, have been recovered. A search operation is currently underway,” the police said.

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