Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in an exclusive conversation with media on Sunday said that no lockdown will be imposed in the state for now. Speaking at India TV’s Swasthya Sammelan 2021, CM Rupani, however, emphasised night curfew is necessary to control the spread of virus. “We will not impose lockdown in Gujarat for now…Efforts are on to control the spread of virus,” Gujarat CM said. On being asked about the vaccination drive, the Chief Minister said, “Vaccination drive is underway, we will win the fight against the pandemic.”
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Sunday said more Cooch Behar-like killings may happen in the next phase of assembly elections if “naughty boys like the ones who died in Sitalkuchi” try to take the law into their hands. Addressing an election rally at Baranagar in the North 24 Parganas district, Ghosh said, “Naughty boys received bullets at Sitalkuchi. If anyone dares to take the law into his hands, this will happen to him also.” He further said that naughty boys, who had presumed that the rifles of the central forces were just for a show during election duty, will not dare repeat the same mistake after seeing what happened in Sitalkuchi.
Responding to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement demanding his resignation over the Cooch Behar killings, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said if the people of the state ask him to resign from his post, he is ready to do so. While addressing a rally in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district, Amit Shah asserted that Trinamool Congress (TMC) will lose the ongoing state assembly polls and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will have to step down on May 2. “Didi has been asking for my resignation. If the people of West Bengal demand that I put down my papers, I am ready to do so with my head bowed. But Mamata will have to quit the CM’s post on May 2,” Amit Shah said.
The BJP friends have been circulating the partial audiotape since Saturday morning. The complete audiotape including all questions and answers should be released not the edited and partial version. He (Prashant Kishor), whose audiotape BJP has been circulating himself answered everything through his tweet. He reiterated in his tweet that BJP will not get 100 seats in Bengal. BJP understood that Mamata Banerjee will be again the chief minister of West Bengal. This is the strategy to play the mind games and create a wave of BJP amid the ongoing polls.
10-15-20-25 per cent people see God in him. Whether it is right or wrong, that is a different debate. He has acquired a cult in the country. The Hindi speaking people are the core support base of BJP in Bengal. There is anti-incumbency against the state government, not the Centre. Modi is quite popular here. We are doing surveys. Modi and Mamata are equally popular in Bengal which is a very big thing.
People of Bengal have not seen the rule of BJP so far, they have not tasted it and they are wanting to do it. People are coming to rallies, there is popularity of Modi and mobilization. There is anger against Trinamool Congress. That is a factor. Polarisation is a factor. The anti-incumbency against Trinamool that has opened the doors for BJP, their ability to polarize and SC votes.
There is no anti-incumbency against Modi. Modi has become a cult in the country. Modi is popular in Bengal. The Hindi speaking people is the core support base of BJP in Bengal. Modi is very popular here. Modi and Mamata are equally popular in Bengal. When we made a survey and asked people whose government will be formed in Bengal. The outcomes predominantly come in favour of the BJP. The majority says BJP’s government will be formed. There are sufficient workers of BJP on the ground. If we leave one or two districts, everywhere there are strong cadets of BJP.
Suvendu is not a factor. Hindus, schedule caste, Dalit and Hindi speaking population are the key factors. Around 50-55 per cent of Hindus are voting for BJP. There are around one crore Hindi speaking population in West Bengal. Matuas will predominantly vote for the BJP. When we made a survey and asked people whose government will be formed in Bengal. The outcomes predominantly come in favour of the BJP. In-ground there are workers of BJP.
For the last 20 years, there has been a blatant effort to appease the minority. The entire political ecosystem in Bengal be it Left, Congress or Didi have been to grab the Muslim votes. There is some element that BJP is exploiting. And that element is coming from the blatant misuse of minority politics.
West Bengal: Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday, termed the Model code of conduct as ‘Modi code of conduct’
Slamming the apex poll body, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday, termed the Model code of conduct as ‘Modi code of conduct’. Alleging a tacit agreement between RSS and the Election Commission (EC), Dikshit said that the EC should consider itself as a branch of RSS, shifting its headquarters to Nagpur. Congress and TMC have slammed the EC for the Cooch Behar killings where 4 were killed by CISF. Bengal’s remaining poll phases will be held on April 17, April 22, April 26, and April 29 with results to be announced on May 2.
COVID: Government of India is prioritising the international community over Indian citizens – Raghav Chadha
The Government of India is prioritising the international community over Indian citizens in the matter of providing vaccines. While the Government of India has been indulging in diplomatic adventurism by exporting over 64 million doses to 84 countries, it has completely overlooked and neglected the Fundamental Rights of its citizens to basic health care and protection by vaccination against COVID-19.
All must unitedly condemn and abjure violence that has no place in democracy. Pained and anguished at violence in Coochbehar leading to loss of lives. People in authority must show statesmanship & ensure respect for constitutional institutions & CAPF engaged in public duty.
If there is a vote (for BJP) then it is in the name of Modi, in the name of being Hindu. Polarisation, Modi, SC (Scheduled Castes), Hindi-speaking – these are the factors. So whether a Hindu is going or Prashant Kishor is coming, that has no bearing. Modi is popular here. Hindi-speaking people have more than 1 crore votes. Dalits are 27 per cent and they stand with BJP fully. Plus, there is definitely polarisation.
The night I was arrested and my family was surrounded with loaded AK-47s, a journalist, quote and unquote, I won’t say a journalist, Hafiz Saeed’s favourite in India, allegedly said that she feels like eating ice cream that night to celebrate. They won’t eat ice creams now. They will eat dust now. My targets are many, the media was not misused, it conspired against me. I have much evidence on my hand and I will reveal it in time.
When I was approached by some lawyer saying will you take up Jaishri Patil’s case, I said, of course I will – Harish Salve
When I was approached by some lawyer saying will you take up Jaishri Patil’s case, I said, of course I will, because this is a case which must be investigated thoroughly, one from the dimension of who was it and what was it that led to this kind of a decay that a police officer who was so close to the establishment, he was putting gelatin sticks (explosives) outside Mukesh’s (Ambani) house. This is huge. And we need to have the entire story before the courts, before the justice and before the country. That’s why I took up the case.
We need to find out how deep the rot runs and who are the people responsible. Have we completely lost democracy, have we completely forfeited any sense of constitutional propriety or is it a handful of people who are doing something wrong? There is a little hope in me that it is not that bad, but my head tells me the hope comes from the heart and perhaps it is worse than what we imagined.
If Muslims are silent today, then, it is only because they are tackling the issue shrewdly. If Muslims hit the streets, they will teach a lesson (eenth se eenth baja denge). Muslims of the world cannot tolerate insult to Prophet Muhammad. If you believe otherwise, then, it is your misunderstanding. Muslims are dealing with the issue shrewdly as they don’t want the harmony of the country to be destroyed.
Delhi police has summoned Yati Narsinghanand for allegedly making inflammatory comments against the Prophet and Islam
Delhi Police on Friday summoned Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, head priest of Dasna Devi temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad. The priest is accused of hurting religious sentiments with his remarks on the Prophet during a press conference in Delhi last week. Yati Narsinghanand has been asked to appear for questioning as soon as possible. Delhi Police had registered an FIR against the priests after taking suo moto cognizance of the video of his press conference.
As long as he is not behind bars, our agitation will continue – Amanatullah Khan on Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati
We are here with several Imams (Islamic clerics) from various parts of Delhi. We have decided to issue sermons during Jummah (Friday prayers) on April 9. Imams from across Delhi and other parts of India will give directions against the blasphemous comments made by Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati. They will demand his immediate arrest. As long as he is not behind bars, our agitation will continue.
Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist concedes that even in TMC’s internal surveys, BJP is winning – Amit Malviya on Prashant Kishor
That moment when you get on Club House to brief Lutyens journalists, most of who are now jobless and YouTubing or work for discredited rags, and speak too much without realising that the conversation is not private and is being recorded… Someone just delivered a blow to Pishi! In a public chat on Club House, Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist concedes that even in TMC’s internal surveys, BJP is winning. The vote is for Modi, polarisation is a reality, the SCs (27% of WB’s population), Matuas are all voting for the BJP! BJP has cadre on ground. Another candid admission by Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist – all that the Left, Congress and TMC ecosystem have done in the last 20 years is Muslim appeasement. Implication? It has resulted to resentment on ground. The speakers had not realised that the chat was public! Modi is hugely popular in Bengal and there is no doubt about it. There is a cult around him across the country. There is anti-incumbency against TMC, polarisation is a reality, SC votes is a factor plus BJP’s election machinery, says Mamata Banerjee’s strategist in an open chat. Is it open? That moment when Mamata Banerjee’s strategiest realised that the Club House room was open and his admissions were being heard by the public at large and not just a handful of Lutyens journalist. Deafening silence followed…TMC’s election was just thrown away!
Ahead of Bengal’s fourth phase of polls, political strategist Prashant Kishor announced on Friday, that he will enter politics in the near future, in conversation with Republic Media Network Editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami on Nation Wants to Know. Kishor, who currently manages the political campaign Mamata Banerjee, MK Stalin and has been roped in by Capt. Amarinder Singh as a political advisor to Punjab CM, has stated that he will re-enter politics in a couple of years, shrugging off his initial failure at elections. Kishor was previously, JDU’s Vice-president after successfully getting CM Nitish Kumar re-elected in 2015.
I got into politics and I failed in my first attempt. I have learnt my lesson and I want to assure you that I will go back, probably go back better prepared. This is just a pause. I will definitely go back as a politician, won’t remain as a political aide my entire life. I am not scared of losing.
I am glad BJP is taking my chat more seriously than words of their own leaders! They should show courage & share the full chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it. I have said this before & repeating again – BJP will not to CROSS 100 in WB. Period.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hugely popular in West Bengal – Prashant Kishor’s audio clip goes viral
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Malviya on Saturday shared several clips of Mamata Banerjee’s polls strategist Prashant Kishor, following which a row has erupted. In the audio clip, Kishor could be heard saying the internal survey of Trinamool Congress (TMC) is showing that the saffron party is winning the assembly elections. “In a public chat on Club House, Mamata Banerjee’s election strategist concedes that even in TMC’s internal surveys, BJP is winning. The vote is for Modi, polarisation is a reality, the SCs (27% of WB’s population), Matuas are all voting for the BJP!” tweeted Malviya. In his first response to the damning tweets, Mr Kishor dared the BJP to release the full transcript of the chat on Clubhouse, an invitation-only social media app that enables audio discussions on chatrooms. He also tweeted: “They should show courage and share the full chat instead of getting excited with selective use of parts of it. I have said this before and repeating again – BJP will not to CROSS 100 in WB. Period.”
Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan, in Bengal to campaign on behalf of Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress, came out guns blazing at her first press conference, reminding voters that Ms Banerjee was “fighting to preserve the democratic right of every Bengali” and warning rival political parties – she did not name any – against “hijacking my religion… democratic rights”. “I have the utmost love and respect for Mamataji – a single woman fighting against all atrocities… a single woman fighting against everyone else. She has a broken leg, but nothing is going to stop her,” Ms Bachchan, a Bengali by birth, and a four-term Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh, said.
Jaya Bachchan will speak against BJP but she will never say anything against me – Babul Supriyo, BJP
Union Minister Babul Supriyo on Monday said Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Jaya Bachchan, who is likely to campaign for TMC candidates in the West Bengal Assembly polls, might speak against BJP but will never say anything against him. “I welcome her (Jaya Bachchan) in West Bengal. Though I do not have family relations with her, she knows me very well. She will speak against BJP but she will never say anything against me,” Mr Supriyo told media.
Samajwadi Party (SP) MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan on Monday campaigned in West Bengal for Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and said that the chief minister is fighting for the democratic rights of the people in the state. Bachchan said that she is campaigning for Mamata Banerjee and TMC on the instructions of her party chief Akhilesh Yadav, who has been speaking against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since losing state elections in Uttar Pradesh against it. The BJP has challenged the TMC, vowing to unseat Banerjee from power in West Bengal.
A day after the BJP alleged the involvement of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee in a coal pilferage case, he on Monday dared the Central government to initiate a probe against “all culprits”. “All coal assets fall directly under Centre & are guarded by the Central agencies. If BJP thinks TMC leaders got money from those illegally operating the coal assets, then what’s stopping Centre from investigating all culprits who failed to manage these national assets?” the Diamond Harbour MP said.
Hindus & religious minorities in Bangladesh continue to be targeted & persecuted, as they have been since 1971 when the Pakistani army systematically murdered, raped & drove from their homes millions of Bengali Hindus because of their religion & ethnicity.
Prashant Kishor had announced that he would quit Twitter if the BJP crossed the double-figure mark. He had also challenged BJP leaders to announce that they would relinquish their positions if they failed to get 200 seats. “Politics of Bengal are different from other States…It’s a unique election because in the last 30-35 years, the ruling party in Bengal has not been challenged by a national ruling party… When the Left was in power, they were never challenged by the ruling Congress. This is the first time that Bengal is witnessing a regional ruling party being challenged by a national ruling party, which is out there to win at any cost,” analyses the poll analyst. He said he stood by his earlier assessment that the BJP cannot cross the double-digit mark.
In the last few days, COVID-19 cases in Delhi have been rising. 3,583 new cases have been reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours. This rise in cases now is the fourth wave. We are taking all possible measures, there is no need to worry. If there will be any need for the lockdown, then first it will be discussed with the people and then only a decision will be taken. We are focusing on the COVID19 vaccination, 71,000 vaccinations were done in Delhi on April 1.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pulled out the ‘gotra’ card during the last leg of campaigning in Nandigram and declared that she is ‘Shandilya’. Now, BJP and AIMIM leaders have targeted Mamata Banerjee saying this is desperation speaking. As Mamata Banerjee downed the curtains on the final campaign in Nandigram, where she is pitted in a high-octane battle against her former confidante Suvendu Adhikari, she signed off saying her gotra is ‘Shandilya’. “I visited a temple where the priest asked me my ‘gotra’. I told him – Maa Maati Manush, but actually, I’m Shandilya,” said Mamata Banerjee.
“I visited a temple where the priest asked me my ‘gotra’. I told him – Maa Maati Manush, but actually, I’m Shandilya,” said Mamata Banerjee. Reacting to the ‘gotra’ remark, BJP leader Giriraj Singh said, “Due to fear of losing polls, Mamata Didi has told her gotra. Didi, just tell me, if Shandilya is also the gotra of Rohingyas and infiltrators. She’s scared now, that’s why sometimes she’s attacking BJP workers like Suvendu and sometimes using her gotra.”
AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has said, “What should happen to people like me who aren’t Shandilya or Janeudhari, aren’t bhakts of certain gods, don’t recite Chalisa or any Path? Every party feels that it has to show its Hindu credentials to win. Unprincipled, insulting and unlikely to succeed.” Mamata Banerjee, who is campaigning across Bengal riding a wheelchair following her leg injury, also stood up for the first time in 20 days for the national anthem on Tuesday.
While campaigning in Chirang ahead of the Assembly Elections in Assam, Home Minister Amit Shah vowed to fulfil every single promise made in Bodo agreement before 2022 “for a peaceful Assam”. “Rahul Baba is in Assam as a tourist nowadays. He says Badruddin Ajmal is Assam’s identity. You tell me if Ajmal is Assam’s identity or Bhupen Hazarika, Upendra Nath & Shankar Dev. Black Mountain Badruddin Ajmal can’t be Assam’s identity,” the Home Minister said.
The people of Kerala are real gold of the state. But CM is busy smuggling gold and giving out fishing contracts to foreign companies. They’re pursuing a corporate manifesto. Their agenda is to sell state assets to corporates. You have a choice between 3 types of politics. Politics of CPM which is repression, scam, and violence. BJP politics which spreads hate and divisiveness; and Congress’ politics of futuristic vision for Kerala. For 5 years, CPM was about fraud, fear and favouritism.
Former cricketer and Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Moyna in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur, Ashoke Dinda has been provided Y+ security cover, day after he was allegedly attacked during an election campaign in West Bengal. Ashoke Dinda was allegedly attacked and his vehicle was vandalised when he was returning from a roadshow ahead of phase 2 of the West Bengal Assembly election on April 1.
Of course, a national party brings in its own dynamics. They want to utilise caste much more than what Bengal has witnessed before. This is not to say that caste never existed, it’s just that you have a political dispensation which probably wants to exploit it a bit more. So in that way, it is different. Also, the hype around an election is much lower when two regional parties are fighting. Once you have a ruling national party taking on a ruling regional party, then you have much more interest. So people like you (the media) are much more interested in Bengal than, say, Tamil Nadu.
Accusing West Bengal BJP of creating a fake survey showing Mamata Banerjee losing from Nandigram, Prashant Kishor’s consultancy firm Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) issued a statement calling it fake and said the saffron party was using fake surveys in I-PAC’s name to keep the morale of their workers up. The fake survey went viral on social media showing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee losing from the Nandigram seat.
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor says Bengal is a fight CM Mamata & PM Narendra Modi where turncoats don’t matter
Poll strategist Prashant Kishor says that Bengal is a fight between Chief Minister Mamata and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and turncoats don’t matter. He explains how BJP creates fear before a contest, and warns that if the TMC loses Bengal, India will be headed for one nation, one party, with the BJP controlling people’s lives. In an interview, Kishor said, “Around November-December last year, there was a lot of hype being created around the BJP, that they are going to sweep the State, get 200 seats, etc. So, it was important for us to say publicly that this is not true… There is no way that in December the BJP was in a position to be winning 200 seats.”
A BJP MLA in Punjab was allegedly thrashed and his clothes torn by a group of farmers at Malout in Muktsar district on Saturday, police said. BJP leaders have been facing the ire of farmers for the last several months in the state. Agitating farmers have been opposing the programmes of the saffron party leaders in Punjab over the farm laws issue. When Abohar legislator Arun Narang reached Malout on Saturday along with local leaders to address a press conference, they were surrounded by a group of protesting farmers, and black ink was thrown at them and at their vehicles, officials said.
Agroup of farmers thrashed a BJP MLA, tore his clothes and threw black ink at him in Malout in Punjab’s Muktsar district on Saturday. BJP’s Abohar MLA Arun Narang along with other local leaders were surrounded by a group of protesting farmers in Malout where had gone to address a press conference. The protesters were already waiting near the BJP office in the area for Arun Narang to arrive. On his arrival, the protesting farmers threw black ink at him which also stained his car. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), BJP and the ruling Congress in Punjab condemned the incident.
A group of protesters, said to be farmers, threw a black-coloured liquid on the BJP MLA from Abohar on Saturday evening, allegedly thrashed him and tore his clothes when he was travelling to the venue of a scheduled press meet at Malout town in Muktsar district, Punjab. A police official fell to the ground while trying to save the legislator from the protesters’ ire. The melee continued for 15-20 minutes before police were able to rescue the MLA, Arun Narang, and take him to the safety of a shop about 100 metres from the BJP office. Narang told media that he was “punched” by some people. “I was punched a lot and my clothes were also torn off,” he alleged. An FIR has been registered against 250-300 unknown protesters under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). An investigation is underway to identify the accused, police said.
Murderous attack on BJP MLA Arun Narang has exposed the complete collapse of law & order in Punjab – Tarun Chugh
The murderous attack on BJP MLA Arun Narang has exposed the complete collapse of law & order in Punjab. CM Amarinder Singh squarely responsible for it & it looked like the Cong strategy to engineer attack on the BJP leaders on the pretext of farmers. Capt Amarinder is instigating such attacks in order to stifle the voice of the BJP in State. Attacks on BJP in Punjab have been going on ever since the agitation started. Viable options at multiple levels to deal with the problem need to be considered. Political activity has been conducted under worse circumstances. This is Murder of Democracy.
On MVA alliance amid political turmoil in Maharashtra, state Congress chief Nana Patole said that the government will run for 5 years and BJP’s allegations do not matter. He said, “There will be no problem. ‘Ye Fevicol ka mazboot jod hai’. The government will go on for 5 years. They (BJP) may level as many false allegations as they want, it won’t affect the govt. They’re trying to malign Maharashtra, people of the state won’t forgive them.”
Soniaji is capable. She has been running UPA for years. This is not a matter of discussion. Narendra Modi government is not working for the people of the country they are working only for ‘hum do hamare do. Sanjay Raut is a Shiv Sena MP. Shiv Sena is not a United Progressive Alliance (UPA) member. He has not become an NCP MP. We have told Chief Minister that such statements are wrong and he should tell him. The Chief Minister said that he will discuss it.
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra on Friday slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his remark that illegal infiltrators were eating up the rights and rations of the people of West Bengal. BJP leader Amit Shah had made the remark while addressing a rally in Purulia. Responding to Shah’s statement, Moitra said that Bangladesh’s economy is doing better than India , adding: “get both rations & rights back home”. She also claimed that the Indian government has failed to present infiltrator numbers’ in Parliament. “Bengalis share a border & a soul with B’desh,” added Moitra.
I appreciate and am grateful for the judgement passed by the honourable Supreme Court today. It is not an issue of winning or losing. After relentless attacks on my integrity and the ethical conduct of the group, the judgement upholding all the appeals of Tata Sons is a validation of the values and ethics that have always been the guiding principles of the group. It reinforces the fairness and justice displayed by our judiciarty.
We fought a general election under his (Gandhi’s) presidentship only once, and we were defeated in a big way. After a defeat, people put the blame on others, but Rahul Gandhi accepted responsibility and resigned. But what happened? The Congress Working Committee and all states asked him (Gandhi) to be president.
My acceptability is not beyond Chhattisgarh, there are other senior leaders whose acceptability may be more, but Rahul Gandhi’s acceptability is through the rank and file of the Congress and throughout the country.
My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation. I said That is my expectation. I’m a great respecter of fate. I’ve never been able to plan four-and-a-half, three-and-a-half years ahead for certain.
Speaking to media, Mithun Chakraborty said that this time it will be BJP’s government in the state. Responding to whether the huge crowd in his roadshow, rallies will convert into votes for the BJP, Mithun Chakraborty said, “Yes, I am speaking for the BJP only there will be a change…. people need a change in Bengal… we just have to see with how many seats we will form the government.” Bollywood superstar Mithun Chakraborty led two mega roadshows in the Jungle Mahal region of West Bengal in support of the BJP candidates.
Industrial growth has stopped. Only his (PM Narendra Modi’s) beard is growing. Sometimes he calls himself Swami Vivekananda and sometimes renames stadiums after his own name. Something is wrong with his brain. It seems his screw is loose.
Even the Hindu religious beliefs of her (Rashmi Samant) parents were publicly attacked by a professor – Ashwini Vaishnaw
The recent case of Rashmi Samant is a classic case in point. She is a bright student from Karnataka’s Udupi area. She persevered and overcame challenges to become the first Indian woman president of the Oxford Student Union. What was the treatment meted out to her? Shouldn’t this diversity have been celebrated? She was cyber bullied to the point that she had to resign. Even the Hindu religious beliefs of her parents were publicly attacked by a professor. What is the message that is sent to the world?
As land of Mahatma Gandhi, we can never ever turn our eyes away from racism – External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on treatment to Rashmi Samant
As the land of Mahatma Gandhi, we can never ever turn our eyes away from racism. Particularly so when it is in a country where we have such a large diaspora. We have strong ties with the UK. We’ll take up such matters with great candour when required. We will monitor these developments very closely. We will raise it when required and we will always champion the fight against racism and other forms of intolerance.
There appears to be a continuation of attitudes and prejudices from the colonial areas, especially in the UK. The recent case of Rashmi Samant, a student from Karnataka is a classic case in point. She overcame all the challenges to become the first Indian woman president of Oxford University student’s Union. What treatment was meted out to her? Shouldn’t this diversity be celebrated, instead she was cyberbullied to the point that she had to resign. They [migrants] are not isolated. The treatment of migrants and their segregation in the UK on racial basis is well known all over the world. There is a recent report by Public Health, England, which says that the death rate among people of Asian origin because of Covid-19 is higher than the other communities in the UK. Doesn’t this raise a major question about equitable access to health and basic human rights? Behaviour of a society is a reflection of its beliefs and value systems. If such practices of racism and racial discrimination ate followed at the highest level in a society, what would the following be at the lower levels, sir?
Former IPS officer & BJP’s candidate from Debra, Bharati Ghosh, is the richest among candidates in Bengal polls
Former IPS officer and BJP’s candidate from Debra, Bharati Ghosh, is the richest among candidates in fray in the second phase of Bengal polls, says a report released by the West Bengal Election Watch, a civil society group. Ghosh has declared assets worth more than Rs 19.21 crore. Ghosh, once known for her proximity to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, switched to the BJP in February 2019. She was fielded by BJP from Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency the same year but lost to Trinamul candidate and film actor Deepak Adhikari.
Purulia, Bankura and Midnapore are not new to us. We have been coming here for ages, standing in support with the Adivasis and contesting elections for many years. But this election is different. This is an election to save the values, culture, existence, religious harmony and the interests of the Adivasis. The ideals of JMM and TMC are somewhat similar and my party chose to set aside differences with Didi to stop BJP. After winning a few seats in the Lok Sabha election, they (BJP) think it can win the assembly election here. They had made the same mistake in Jharkhand after winning 12 of the 14 LS seats, but we ousted them and now, Didi’s TMC will do the same here.
RS passes GNCTD amendment Bill. Sad day for Indian democracy. We will continue our struggle to restore power back to people. Whatever be the obstacles, we will continue doing good work. Work will neither stop nor slow down.
Thank you Goa for the continuous support to BJP. The results of the Municipal Elections 2021 show the people’s appreciation towards our Party’s development agenda. I laud all hardworking BJP Karyakartas who went among people and worked hard during the campaign.
CM Nitish Kumar must know that he lives in Mahatma Gandhi’s India, not Godse’s – Niranjan Patnaik, Congress
Whatever happened against elected members in the Bihar assembly is highly deplorable! Protests and debates are core the of democracy, whereas violence is its antithesis. CM Nitish Kumar must know that he lives in Mahatma Gandhi’s India, not Godse’s!
Who says we don’t have an adequate organisational base? We have formed committees in 85% of booths in the state. In Lok Sabha polls, BJP won 18 seats and lost three by a margin of less than 5,000 votes. Twenty-one seats means 50% of the electorate. This when very few were ready to believe that BJP could win those many seats. There is no such scepticism now about our ability. After 18 Lok Sabha seats, confidence in BJP has increased manifold. I’m fully confident that we will win more than 200 seats.
In order to prevent the AGP and the Congress simultaneously, we have strategically put up candidates for friendlies against Raijar Dal in some constituencies. Unlike what people are saying this kind of friendlies is nothing new in politics. We have so many instances where parties put up dummy candidates. In fact, in the last Assembly election in 2016 in order to defeat Dhurubajyoti Gogoi in the Duliajan Assembly constituency, 10 dummy candidates from the Ahom community were made to fight the polls. These friendlies are nothing but part of the larger strategy.
My disillusionment with the present BJP is well-known because I have never tried to conceal it. People often ask me why I am disillusioned with the present leadership of BJP. The reply is simple and straightforward. It is because the present BJP is poles apart from the BJP I joined decades ago. I joined the BJP led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani and I served it loyally until 2014 when the leadership of the party was taken over by the Modi-Shah combine. Though I was not against their leading the party and government, I had a premonition.
Modi and specially Shah are extremely unpopular in Bengal; don’t go by the crowds that assembles in their meetings. We know how crowds are collected these days – the more electoral bonds you collect, the more crowds you can assemble. Indira Gandhi addressed some massive meetings in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections of 1977. We know the results. She was a much taller leader than the pygmies leading the BJP today. The main issue in Bengal in the forthcoming election is “Our own daughter versus the outsiders.”
Amravati MP Navneet Rana on Monday wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, accusing Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant of threatening her after she raised the Sachin Waze issue in the House. “The way Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant has threatened me, it is not only my insult, but the insult of all the women of the country. Hence, I demand strict action against Sawant,” she added. She also sought police action against the south Mumbai MP.
The challenge for the BJP is that it does not have a local face. If you were to ask me about Suvendu Adhikari, I would say that he is a local face who has come from the TMC. The BJP would need a face who has been there in the party for sometime. The BJP continues to depend on the central leadership, but the question is how much of it can it really push to destabilise the TMC. There is no doubt that the Prime Minister has been able to move the audience. But in the case of Mamata, she is among the audience. The central leadership in an election is important, but to sway the voter you need a credible local face. This becomes even more important when your rival has a strong local face.
…in the Assam government, there is a Shakuni Mama-like leader and a Dhritarashtra. Both of them and the BJP have betrayed the people of Assam. The ‘Dhritarashtra’ who was at one time called ‘Jatiya Nayak’ (people’s leader) betrayed the six ethnic communities whom he had promised inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes list. But did not do so. Shakuni Mama who runs a corrupt government that only cheats people.
BJP is not a political party in Assam … (it) is functioning like a mafia organisation running syndicates of ‘supari,’ fish, coal, land. In the prime minister’s election rallies you must have noticed he sometimes takes the name of one in some meetings or the name of the other at other times. Their remote controls are in Delhi. BJP has not been able to decide who will be the chief minister. They are not able to respect their own chief minister and spell out the name. If there is no stability and unity in the party, then how will it give a stable government to people? Which chief ministers did he refer to… was it late Tarun Gogoi who worked tirelessly for the development of the state, gave employment to youth, introduced 30 per cent reservation for women in jobs and 50 per cent seats in panchayats, improved road connectivity, economic progress, protected Assam’s culture and heritage? As soon as the BJP returned to power at the Centre they made the Citizenship (Amendment) Act into a law. Police were unleashed on the anti-CAA protestors and five youths lost their lives.
They had hit my head, my back, my hands and almost every part of my body in the past – Mamata Banerjee
They had hit my head, my back, my hands and almost every part of my body in the past, you all (people) know that. This time, they (rivals) decided to target my leg to stop me from stepping out of home. But they don’t know Mamata Banerjee well. Also, please don’t accept any food and cigarettes from a stranger during the voting exercise. Don’t go anywhere leaving the EVMs unguarded, no matter who asks you to. I won’t ask you to reject the offer because anything that they are giving you has been bought with misappropriated public money. But do not vote for them.
Kerala Congress vice president KC Rosakutty resigned from the party on Monday. Former MLA from Sulthan Bathery constituency and chairperson of the Kerala Women’s Commission, Rosakutty was reportedly unhappy with the present developments in the party. Rosakutty’s resignation comes a few days after Kerala Congress’s women wing president Lathika Subhash resigned and shaved off her head at the KPCC headquarters in protest after being denied a ticket for the upcoming state assembly elections.
Rosakutty said she will be working with the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF)
In yet another blow to the Congress in Kerala, another senior leader KC Rosakutty, who is also the Vice President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), has resigned from the party. She cited women being ignored by the party in the polls for her decision. Hours after she announced her resignation, Rosakutty said she will be working with the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF). She was the former MLA of Sulthan Bathery Assembly constituency in the ninth Kerala Assembly. Announcing her decision, Rosakutty said that the Congress ignored the women in the party.
Narendra Modi will soon be projected as someone bigger than Ambedkar… even bigger than Tagore – Mamata Banerjee
They (saffron camp leaders) dictate whether someone should wear a sari or any other attire. They decide if a pregnant woman should eat eggs. If the BJP is elected to power, it will roll out the NPR and NRC exercises and remove names of bona-fide citizens from these registers. The party wants to change the history and geography of India… they change names of educational institutions at will. A cricket stadium in Gujarat has been named after PM Modi. One day they will change the name of our nation. Narendra Modi will soon be projected as someone bigger than Ambedkar… even bigger than Tagore.
Devendra Fadnavis and Mungantiwar’s claim that Anil Deshmukh had called a press conference is a total lie. When Anil Deshmukh was discharged from the hospital on February 15, there were a few reporters outside the hospital. They wanted to speak to Deshmukh but he started to feel weak. So, Deshmukh took a chair and sat down while reporters asked him a few questions. There was no press conference that was called. And immediately after being discharged from the hospital Anil Deshmukh took a chartered plane and reached Mumbai and got quarantined in his house. He was in quarantine till February 27. He did not meet anyone till February 27.
We are yet to know the details of the money spent under PM Cares Fund. What all has been going on under the garb of disinvestment is no secret. I, on the other hand, don’t take single paise as salary. I have forfeited my allowance as a former MP, and as an MLA. Modibabu, you should explain why you are so eager to sell off stakes and close down Coal India, BSNL, MTNL and SAIL. Why you are so keen on closing down nationalised banks. CPI(M) goons had unleashed terror in Kotulpur, Chomkaitala belts (in the 90s and early 2000), when I was an opposition leader. They had even attacked me when I visited the affected areas to be on side of victims families. Those same CPI(M) harmads (goons) have joined the BJP.