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FIR filed against WB BJP chief for remarks against Mamata Banerjee

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Dec 12: Amid the remarks of BJP’s West Bengal President Dilip Ghosh against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a FIR has been registered at Jhagram Police station. Ghosh on Sunday had said that Banerjee has lost her mind.

Earlier in the day, a Muslim cleric issued a fatwa against Dilip Ghosh for making ‘filthy’ comments against Banerjee. Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque Maulana Noor-ur Rahman Barkati told a press conference that he has issued the fatwa against Ghosh for “making filthy comments against the chief minister”.

“From where does he get such audacity to make filthy comments against our beloved chief minister who is the most secular leader of our country? I issued the fatwa which states that he should be pelted with stones and then kicked out of Bengal. He does not deserve to stay in Bengal,” Barkati said.

Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O’Brien said Ghosh’s utterances mark a “new low in politics”.

Reacting to Ghosh’s recent comments that the Trinamool supremo “has lost her mind” after the demonetization of high-value currency notes and threat that the central government could have held her by the hair and thrown her out when she led a demonstration in Delhi, he alleged that the BJP is “desperate” to silence the opposition.

“The BJP cannot fight Mamata Banerjee on policy, good governance and her principled stand on demonetisation on behalf of millions who are affected,” read the statement by O’Brien on their official website.

Earlier on December 2, addressing a rally, Ghosh said that “the Chief Minister of our state is semi-mad. She doesn’t want to remain at home. She wanders on the streets.”

“Our Chief Minister had gone to Delhi. She has made a lot of song and dance there. Tell me, we have our government there. If we had wanted, couldn’t we have held her by the hair and thrown her out?”

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My phone is being tapped: Mamata

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Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that her phone is being tapped by Central agencies.

While reacting to the terror attack on the CRPF convoy in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Trinamool Congress chief levelled the charge of phone tapping against the Narendra Modi-led Central government.

“The Government had inputs from intelligence agencies on February 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken? Why was the convoy of 78 vehicles allowed?…I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always tapped, as you all know,” she said.

Mamata also accused several Hindutva organisations including the RSS of hatching a conspiracy in the wake of the Pulwama attack to create divisions in the country, including in her state.

“In Hooghly’s Srerampore, they intervened in a community celebration. RSS workers are outsiders and they do not belong to Bengal. They are creating a riot like situation between Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians.

Banerjee said it’s a ploy to spread communal violence.

“It is a gameplan to spread communal violence. No one should fall in this trap. I have also heard that the RSS are forcing people to wear burqa and pose as child lifters.

“Rumours are being spread and some incidents have taken place in Kolkata as well. This is being done by the RSS, the BJP and the VHP, they only spread violence.”

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Pulwama attack: Why no action despite inputs from intelligence, asks Mamata

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Kolkata, Feb 18: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Monday questioned the central government for not taking actions despite inputs received from intelligence agencies warning of terror attacks before the Lok Sabha elections.

The Government had inputs from intelligence agencies on Feb 8 that such attacks might happen before elections. Why no action was taken?, she asked while addressing a press conference.

The Chief Minister further stated “Why 78 convoys were still allowed?…I also have intelligence reports that my phone is always taped, as you all know”.

Banerjee also accused the RSS and the BJP of trying to incite communal violence in West Bengal.

“We have kept quiet, but we have seen Modiji and Amit Shah delivering speeches daily. And the way they are speaking, it seems as if they are the only patriotic leaders in the country. This is not right,” she said.

Banerjee told media following Thursday’s terror attack, the entire Opposition has stood behind the Centre without asking any question.

“Modiji must tell us what action he has taken between the attacks in Pathankot and Pulwama. What action has he taken in the past five years?” she asked, adding, “If he cannot take control of the political situation in the country, he should resign.”

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Rahul Gandhi to launch election campaign in Maharashtra on March 1

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Mumbai, Feb 18: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will launch the national campaign for the coming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra with a mega rally in Dhule, a traditional party bastion, on March 1, an official said here on Monday.

Gandhi will begin the campaign at 3 p.m. in the presence of other top leaders.

The same day, as per a tentative schedule, he may even visit Mumbai and address a rally here.

The UPA alliance in Maharashtra will set the ball rolling for the parliamentary elections by its first joint poll campaign rally in Nanded on Wednesday, said state party chief Ashok Chavan.

The rally will see the participation of UPA constituents including the Nationalist Congress Party, the PRP and other parties and their top leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Pawar and Jogendra Kawade.

This will be followed by another UPA rally to be hosted by the NCP’s Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde, in his home town of Parli, Beed, on Saturday.

According to party sources, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi is also likely to address some rallies in the state, although the details are yet to be finalised.

Dhule and Nanded are traditional Congress bastions in Northern Maharashtra and the Marathwada regions of the state, with a fair sprinkling of minorities, tribals, Dalits and other sections of population.

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