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Police use batons, tear gas on BJP protestors in Kolkata

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Police made a baton charge, lobbed tear gas shells and used water canons to disperse hundreds of belligerent BJP youth wing leaders who tried to march to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation headquarters on Wednesday protesting against a host of issues including the civic body’s failure to control the Dengue menace in the city.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha activists flung water bottles, and threw stones at the police who had put up guard rails near Chandni Chawk in central Kolkata to prevent the agitators from reaching the KMC headquarters.

Led by BJP state President Dilip Ghosh, General Secretary Raju Bandopadhyay, BJYM Bengal unit President Debjit Sarkar and actress and BJYM leader Rimjhim Mitra, the protestors started off from Central Avenue, raising slogans against the civic authorities’ negligence in containing the spread of dengue in the city.

They carried posters and banners targeting state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and asking her to reply to the charge that the authorities were hiding facts about the vector-borne disease.

Ghosh, who participated in the march for some time at the beginning, accused the state government of issuing a firman to the doctors not to write dengue in the prescription.

“For the last three years, Dengue has emerged as a serious problem in Kolkata. When they couldn’t control the disease, they came out with a firman that doctors cannot write dengue in the prescription. The doctors were forced to write ‘unknown fever’ instead.

“The government tried to act too clever. It has only led to the spread of the disease. Even a KMC official has died from the disease. People are in panic,” he said.

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Bengal BJP leader killed in road mishap

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Kolkata, Dec 7 (IANS) A day after his selection as the party’s Siliguri organisational district chief, BJP leader Abhijit Roy Choudhury was killed when his car collided with a truck at Baharampur in Murshidabad district, party sources said.

Roy Choudhury, who was coming from Kolkata to Siliguri in Darjeeling district, died on Saturday. On Friday, he was re-appointed as Siluguri district president of the party.

Senior party leaders including state organisational general secretary Subrato Chattopadhyay and state vice president Mafuza Khatun paid homage to Roy Choudhury.

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Rahul Gandhi returning to lead Congress again?

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New Delhi/Wayanad (Kerala), Dec 6 : Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi is all set to return to lead the party and is likely to take over after the Delhi assembly polls early next year. A hint to this effect was dropped by Congress General Secretary, Organisation, K.C. Venugopal who said that country wants his leadership more now.

Venugopal, who is accompanying Gandhi to his Kerala constituency Wayanad, told reporters: “The nation is going through a critical phase… The party needs his leadership and there is loud chorus from the workers to bring him again and we hope he will listen to them.”

A Congress session is scheduled in the next few months to ratify the appointment of interim President Sonia Gandhi. A source said that in the same meet, a chorus will grow to bring again Rahul Gandhi as planned by young leaders in the party.

Rahul Gandhi’s elevation to the party organisation was first demanded at the AICC’s Hyderabad session in 2006 where workers from UP raised slogans in his favour and he was made party General Secretary in 2007. After that, the demand to make him Vice President was raised at the brainstorming session in Jaipur in 2013.

He was elected President unopposed in 2017 after demand from different quarters of the party, but during the 2019 General Elections, the party was routed under his leadership and he resigned in May taking the responsibility of poll debacle and did not budge to the party’s repeated requests to reconsider. In August, Sonia Gandhi was appointed interim party chief.

Though he may not be the party chief, but Rahul Gandhi’s decisions are evident within the party’s decisions as evinced by appointment of Nitin Raut as minister in the Shiv Sena-Congress-Nationalist Congress Party coalition government in Maharashtra and of Nana Patole as the Assembly Speaker.

The party is finalising a venue for the AICC session, which could be held in the Congress-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan in January and February, a source said.

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Centre supplying inadequate, rotten onions, alleges Mamata

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Kolkata, Dec 6 : With the price of onions touching Rs 150 a kilo in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday put the onus on the centre accusing it of supplying inadequate and rotten stock of the vegetable and asked her party workers to hit the street on the issue.

“Price rise is a matter that depends on the Central government. A few months back, the Centre asked us to specify the quantity or onion we need. We asked for 200 metric tonnes,” Banerjee said a programme here.

The Centre, however, gave the state only 20 tonnes, she said.

“Out of that, ten tonnes were rotten,” she said at the Solidarity Day programme to commemorate the death anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar.

The Chief Minister said before her Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011, onions were not grown in the state.

“No initiatives were taken to grow onions in the state. But now we are now cultivating onions in some parts of the state,” she said.

“I ask Trinamool Congress workers to hit the streets against the spiralling onion prices,” she said.

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