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Mamata blasts EC after it show-causes her for poll code violation




Kolkata, April 14 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday went all guns blazing against the Election Commission which show-caused her for violation of the model code of conduct and also announced initiating legal action against controversial Trinamool Congress leader Anubrata Mondal.

Barely minutes after Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi informed the media about show-causing Banerjee over her announcement of making Asansol a district and other utterances, the Trinamool supremo thundered “people will show-cause the commission” on May 19 when results of the assembly polls will be declared.

“It was brought to the knowledge of the commission that a statement was made in Asansol that Asansol district will be set up, and (there were) certain other utterances which are contained in our notice,” Zaidi told the media in Kolkata.

On threats by Birbhum district Trinamool president Anubrata Mondal that the opposition would “vanish” on the day of the polls there (April 17), Zaidi said the poll panel was taking action.

“Barring one, all political parties have brought to our attention the alleged incident in the district and the commission is initiating urgent legal action against any such person. You will come to know soon,” he said.

The full bench of the EC held day-long meetings with police and administration officials and also met delegations from various political parties ahead of the next phase of the state assembly polls scheduled for April 17.

Appearing unmoved, Banerjee said she stood by whatever she had said and lashed out against the poll panel while addressing a rally in Murarai of Birbhum district.

“They (the opposition) have complained to the EC against me. Whatever I have said I stand by my point. I still stand by my point.

“The CPI-M, Congress and the BJP have their men in the EC. You can’t rob me of my democratic rights. Whatever I have said, I have done the right thing. I will say the same thing thousands of times,” she said.

She also warned her political opponents of seeking “inch by inch” replies from them for the canards and disinformation spread against her.

“I will take replies inch by inch for the canards… for the injustice done to me, the character assassination they have indulged in.”

Lashing out at the poll panel for threatening legal action against Mondal, a fuming Banerjee asked why shouldn’t leaders of other parties like the CPI-M’s Mohammed Salim or state Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury be arrested.

“Why shouldn’t (CPI-M leader) Sujon (Chakraborty), Biman (Bose) and Buddahdeb (Bhattacharjee) be arrested?” she asked.

Pointing to the removal of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and the changing of “300-350 officers-in-charge” of police stations, Banerjee accused the EC of “doing whatever the Congress, BJP and the CPI-M asks you to do”.

“Are we not human beings also? Why should everything be done unilaterally?” she asked.

The opposition dubbed Banerjee’s outbursts against the EC as an attempt to distract the masses from the issues plaguing the Trinamool.

“The way the Saradha scam and the Narada sting operation have tarnished her image, the chief minster’s attack on the EC is nothing but a ploy to distract the masses from these issues,” said Congress MP Chowdhury.

He also accused the Trinamool of trying to influence the lower rung of the poll panel through inducements.


Former minister Shahnawaz Hussain is BJP’s MLC candidate in Bihar

National general secretary Arun Singh said the BJP’s central election committee has approved the names of candidates for the MLC elections in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.




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New Delhi, Jan 16 : The BJP on Friday announced the names of six candidates for the member of legislative council (MLC) elections for Uttar Pradesh and one in Bihar.

For the only MLC seat in Bihar, the party has given the ticket to former Union minister and present-day spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain.

According to the official list issued by the BJP on Saturday, Kunwar Manvendra Singh, Govind Narayan Shukla, Salil Bishnoi, Ashwini Tyagi, Dr Dharamvir Prajapati and Surendra Chaudhary have received the ticket from Uttar Pradesh.

National general secretary Arun Singh said the BJP’s central election committee has approved the names of candidates for the MLC elections in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

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West Bengal Will Drown In Ganga If BJP Comes To Power: TMC

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Taking the dig at BJP, the Trinamool Congress on Friday said if the BJP manages to come to power in West Bengal, the state will drown in river Ganga just like all the other projects which were powered under the central government, but were unsuccessful.

TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy recalled the promises made by the saffron party and said that none of them were fulfilled. He also mocked BJP’s remarks to turn West Bengal into ‘Sonar Bangla’ (golden Bengal) if it emerges triumphant in the assembly elections.

“If this party (BJP) comes to power, then surely Bengal will drown in the Ganga, as all programmes and projects of the Centre have typically flopped, bearing no results,” he alleged.

Attacking the Centre for the demonetisation decision, he said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in 2016 promised that black money will be brought back to the country and that each person will receive Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts.

“What happened to these promises? GDP growth rate has consistently fallen, unemployment increased and more than 100 people died while standing in queues to withdraw money from ATMs,” he said.

Even Home Minister Amit Shah had said the assurance of depositing Rs 15 lakh into bank accounts of people was a “jumla (rhetoric)”, Roy said.

“Similarly, all promises of the Modi government are jumlas,” he said.

Roy alleged that the law and order condition in BJP- ruled states is “horrible”, as was evident during the recent incidents in Hathras and Balarampur.

The TMC leader also said deposit bases of public sector banks are gradually weakening, while those of the private lenders are “growing incrementally”.

After the BJP-led government came to power in 2014, bad loans have swelled, profitability has gone down and write-offs increased.

“I think there is a need for a probe by the Serious Frauds Investigation Office (SFIO), as all government and RBI guidelines are being sidelined,” he claimed.

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Sonia Gandhi calls meet of Kerala leaders after local polls debacle

The Congress allies, including the IUML, had asked it to examine why it did not do well in the polls.




Sonia Gandhi in Cong meeting

New Delhi, Jan 16: Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi has called a meeting of party leaders from Kerala next week to discuss the upcoming Assembly polls in wake of the setback the party received in the recent local body polls, sources said.

The leaders called include former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, state President M. Ramchandran and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ramesh Chennithala. The Congress in the state is pitted against the ruling Left Democratic Front, but not making headway despite the anti-incumbency factor, due to its internal rifts with factions led by Chandy and Chennithala scrambling for supremacy, party insiders say.

The divisions in the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) came out in the open in December after it faced a rout in the local body polls despite performing well in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

After the poll debacle, Ramachandran, Chennithala and Chandy had said that party will introspect. Congress MP K. Sudhakaran and other state leaders had lashed out at the state Congress leadership and said democracy needs to be reinstated in the party. “We need to reinstate democracy inside the party. The party should bring in leaders who can instill confidence in the minds of party workers and the civil society. Then we can save the party,” Sudhakaran had told the media.

The Congress allies, including the IUML, had asked it to examine why it did not do well in the polls.

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