Shiv Sena has decided to opt-out of upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, to support Mamata Banerjee

The Shiv Sena has decided to opt-out of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, but the party has decided to ‘wholeheartedly’ support All India Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a top official said on Thursday. Sena MP and Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that since the West Bengal polls are turning out to be “Didi vs All”, the Shiv Sena has decided not to contest the elections, but will stand in solidarity with her. He said that the decision was taken after discussions with Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Sharad Pawar spoke to Mamata Banerjee & expressed his disappointment over Congress party’s alliance with Indian secular front of Abbas Siddiqui

After Shiv Sena, NCP chief Sharad Pawar spoke to Mamata Banerjee and expressed his disappointment over the Congress party’s alliance with the Indian secular front of Abbas Siddiqui. He is another congress ally supporting Mamata Banerjee. The Shiv Sena announced today that it would support West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming state Assembly elections. Sanjay Raut, the Maharashtra-based party’s senior leader and Rajya Sabha member, described her as the “absolute Bengal tigress” and said the party would not contest what appears to be a “Didi Vs All” battle this time.

Pishi’s men are playing with fire – Amit Malviya on Hamidul Rahman

TMC MLA Hamidul Rahman openly issues a threat of post-poll violence to people who don’t vote for TMC in upcoming WB assembly elections. Pishi’s men are playing with fire. It won’t be long before TMC is engulfed in the fire of public rage and resentment against such vile threats…

All M’s – money, muscle, and media – are being used against the Mamata Didi – Sanjay Raut

Senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut declared that the party won’t contest the upcoming assembly election in West Bengal. Moreover, he also stated that the party would be extending its support to Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee. Raut tweeted that at the moment, it appears to be a “Didi vs All fight.” He added that all M’s – money, muscle, and media – are being used against the Mamata Didi. Hence the party has decided to not contest the Bengal assembly polls and support her.

Durga puja gets prohibited in Bengal today – UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Malda, West Bengal

Durga puja gets prohibited in Bengal today, cow slaughter is forcefully started during Eid. People’s sentiments are toyed with through cow smuggling. The state government remains silent. Now it’s attempted to ban slogan of ‘Jai Sri Ram’ & attacks are executed. I’d like to tell the Bengal govt & request Mamata didi that there was a govt in UP that used to fire bullets at lord Ram devotees in Ayodhya. You can see the condition of that govt now. Now it’s TMC govt’s turn in Bengal.

Bengal, which had once led nation, now facing lawless situation – Yogi Adityanath while addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Malda

Addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Malda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday hit out at the TMC government for poor law and order situation in the state. “Bengal, which had once led nation, now facing lawless situation, said Adityanath, adding “Jai Shri Ram’ slogan not allowed in Bengal but people won’t allow this to continue. He also said that the Mamata government has failed to stop cow smuggling, and love jihad.

I always tell this to Uddhav Thackeray that he should go to Delhi now – Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut said he feels that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray should be in Delhi for national-level politics now. “I always tell this to Uddhav Thackeray that he should go to Delhi now. The nation is waiting for you and it needs you. Opposition parties, regional parties want leadership and such leadership can be seen in Maharashtra,” he said.

AIADMK top leadership held seat-sharing talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah

The AIADMK top leadership held seat-sharing talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday for the Tamil Nadu Assembly election. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswsami, who is the AIADMK joint coordinator, and his deputy O Panneerselvam, who is the party’s coordinator, called on Amit Shah at a star hotel in Chennai late on Sunday. The talks that started around 10 pm were on for two hours, a day after the AIADMK and the BJP initiated the parleys.

Uttam Kumar Reddy asked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to immediately release data pertaining to unemployment in the State

Stating that the number of unemployed youths in Telangana has doubled over the last seven years under the TRS government, TPCC chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, on Sunday, asked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to immediately release data pertaining to unemployment in the State. He told cadre that a victory in the Graduate MLC elections was critical for the survival of the party. He asked them to enlighten the public about the “divisive” politics of the BJP.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) hopeful of poll alliance with Kamal Haasan’s Party Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) in Tamil Nadu

After receiving encouraging response in Gujarat civic polls, AAP is planning to enter the TN election ring in alliance with the Kamal Haasan’s party. Assembly elections in the southern state will be held on April 6. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is said to be on terms with Haasan. As a goodwill measure, the Delhi government recently announced setting up a Tamil academy in the national capital to help spread Tamil culture. Appreciating this, Haasan congratulated Kejriwal on Twitter.

West Bengal: 1st List of TMC Candidates Soon

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee is likely to release the first list of candidates for the upcoming West Bengal assembly election 2021 on Monday. In West Bengal, the assembly election in the Trinamool Congress-led state will be held in eight phases. The voting for phase 1 for 30 constituencies will take place on March 27, voting for phase 2 for 30 constituencies will be held on April 1.

Mamata Banerjee is due to meet RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

Mamata Banerjee is due to meet RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, leader of the opposition in the Bihar Assembly constituency, in the morning. After that, the Chief Minister will sit with the members of TMC’s election committee around 12.30 PM. It is expected that she may announce the first list of TMC candidates for the West Bengal assembly election 2021 around 5 pm.

Prashant Kishor has joined Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as his Principal Advisor

Political strategist Prashant Kishor has joined Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh as his Principal Advisor. The development comes a year ahead of the assembly elections in Punjab. The state will go to polls in early 2022. Kishor had handled the party’s poll campaign in Punjab in the 2017 assembly polls. He had also managed Narendra Modi’s campaign for prime ministership in 2014 general elections. Singh took to Twitter to make the announcement and said he was looking forward to working together with Kishor for the betterment of Punjab.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat on Monday, in a bid to forge unity among secular parties in the upcoming assembly polls. Yadav appealed to the people from Bihar domiciled here to vote for the ruling TMC. He, however, refrained from responding to questions about if RJD will contest elections in alliance with the TMC, and said that the upcoming polls will be a fight for saving “ideals and values”. “Our party’s stand is to provide full support to Mamata ji,” he said.

PC George hinted that Pinarayi Vijayan will not welcome him to LDF

PC George has hinted that Pinarayi Vijayan will not welcome him to LDF as he supports VS Achuthanandan. While responding to plans to join NDA, PC George stated that he will think about it if K Surendran invites him. P C George had joined as an ally of NDA during the previous Lok Sabha polls and also became part of the election campaign for K Surendran in Pathanamthitta. However, NDA could not make expected success in the polls. With this, P C George left the front calling it a temporary system.

Grateful to him (Rahul Gandhi) for driving the tractor for farmers and swimming in the sea for fish workers – Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Rahul Gandhi’s expertise in scuba diving has been the talk of the town in Kerala. His venture into the deep sea with YouTube channel ‘Fishing Freaks’ has been happily lapped up by social media. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is rarely sarcastic, expressed ‘gratitude for Rahul’s love for Kerala.’ “Grateful to him for driving the tractor for farmers and swimming in the sea for fish workers,” he said. The CM’s one-liner jibe against Rahul too has spread like wildfire on social media with ‘explainers’ by Left handles, on how Congress and UPA have deceived fish workers in policy matters. However, even political observers who are sympathetic to the Left do not dismiss Rahul’s pivotal role in Kerala politics.

Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of Dictating the Poll Schedule

States with almost the same number of seats were voting on a single day. Why is Bengal being humiliated. South 24 Parganas will vote over three phases. Why? Because we are strong in that district? Why half-half district election every day? Is this on the advice of Modi and Shah? So that they can come and campaign here after they finish with Assam and Tamil Nadu? This is a khela (sport) but we will defeat you and turn you into ghosts. We are people of the grassroots.

I am Bengal’s Daughter – Mamata Banerjee

“I am Bengal’s daughter. I am in politics for 40 years. I know every district, every assembly seat. Whatever you do, I will smash your conspiracy. People of Bengal will rule Bengal. People of Bengal will avenge this insult of eight phase polls,” Mamata Banerjee told media. Beside multiple phase elections in many districts, what has angered Mamata Banerjee is the deployment of two special police observers to the state, including Vivek Dubey. “He was here in 2019 also and we know all the drama he did and games that he played.” she said.

I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win – Mamata Banerjee

Has this been done with the advice of Modi and Amit Shah? Has this been done to facilitate their campaigning? So that they can finish Assam and Tamil Nadu before coming to Bengal? This won’t help BJP. We will demolish them. I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win… and then Modi and Shah, you watch the battle in the 2024 general elections. We will fight it and how. They are diving people on lines of Hindu-Muslim. The game is on. We play and win. They are dividing the entire country. But let me tell you, I know Bengal very well.

If Election Commission doesn’t provide Justice to the People, where will the People go – Mamata Banerjee

With all due respect to the Election Commission, I want to say that questions are being raised on why elections will be held in so many phases in Bengal while other states will be voting in one phase. If EC doesn’t provide justice to the people, where will the people go.

ABP C-Voter West Bengal Elections 2021 Opinion Poll: Mamata Banerjee Likely To Return To Power with 148-164 Seats

ABP News Opinion Poll data shows that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to get tough competition with the BJP as saffron party’s aggressive campaigning in West Bengal might give it significant inroads in the state. As per the survey, which was conducted days ahead of poll announcement, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC will return to power in the West Bengal and is likely to bag somewhere between 148 to 164 seats in the 294-member legislative assembly.

BJP hit out at Mamata Banerjee, saying Bengal wants its Own Daughter not Pishi

BJP on Saturday launched a poster to counter Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) campaign slogan “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay” (Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter). BJP’s poster says, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi” and has the faces of the party’s female leaders from Bengal. ‘Pishi’ is the Bengali word used for paternal aunt. The BJP tweeted the poster with the slogan in Bengali, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi”. Several BJP leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, have used ‘pishi-bhaipo’ jibe to hit out at the Bengal CM and her nephew, alleging them of dynasty politics.

Are Bengal Poll Dates Suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Amit Shah – West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Questioned

From BJP party sources, I have seen the list of poll dates they wanted. And now I have seen the list out in the public. They are the same. I am sorry. I am shocked. Are Bengal poll dates suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah? I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win… and then Modi and Shah, you watch the battle in the 2024 general elections. We will fight it and how.

DMK President MK Stalin hits out at Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami for Raising Retirement Age

DMK president MK Stalin on Thursday hit out at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami for raising the retirement age of government employees to 60 years, saying the announcement was made with an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections in the state. Though increasing the retirement age of state government employees was welcome, it appears that the announcement was made with the elections in mind, Stalin alleged. “Raising the retirement age is welcome, albeit the announcement made for the election,” the DMK leader said in a Facebook post on Thursday. He said the Chief Minister should have fixed the age criteria of 60 years when he had increased the retirement age to 59 from 58 years in May last year.

Setback for Mamata as sitting MLA from Mangalkot Siddiqullah Chowdhury will not contest from his own constituency

In yet another setback for Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress ahead of the assembly polls in West Bengal, Siddiqullah Chowdhury – the sitting MLA from Mongolkot in East Burdwan district – has announced that he will not contest from his own constituency. Chowdhury said he has informed the Trinamool Congress chief about his decision, brought on by the problems constricting his district of East Burdwan and some party leaders not performing the way they should.

Arvind Kejriwal took part in a roadshow in Surat, Gujarat after performance in Corporation Elections

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took part in a roadshow after the Aam Aadmi Party’s electoral success in its debut electoral local body polls. Making inroads in Gujarat politics, the AAP won 27 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC). Addressing AAP’s newly elected corporators in Surat, Kejriwal slammed the BJP saying they are not doing great and there are a lot of issues.

Aam Aadmi Party is the only party to challenge the BJP across the nation – Arvind Kejriwal

Why has BJP been governing here for the last 25 years? It’s not as if they’re doing great. There are a lot of issues. Different parties come to power in states across the country but only one party is governing here. The Congress is being wiped off from everywhere, you must have heard about the municipal election results in Surat. Congress got zero seats in Surat. The Aam Aadmi Party is the only party to challenge the BJP across the nation.

Congress has the policy of divide, lie and rule – Prime Minister Narendra Modi while on a visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

Your former CM was an expert in lifting the slippers of his top party leaders – PM Modi’s Jibe on V Narayanasamy & Rahul Gandhi in Puducherry

These development works cover roads, healthcare, education, culture, sport and marine economy. What I am seeing here today — the energy and enthusiasm — is wonderful. It shows how the direction of the wind is changing in Puducherry. In 2016, Puducherry didn’t get a people’s govt. They got a govt that was busy serving the Congress high command in Delhi, their priorities were different. Your former CM was an expert in lifting the slippers of his top party leaders. The high command Congress government in Puducherry made it a point to damage every sector of governance. Traditional mills closed. Local industry was troubled. Congress doesn’t believe in working for the people.

West Bengal Elections CM Mamata Banerjee Rides Electric Scooter to Protest against Fuel Price Hike

West Bengal Elections: CM Mamata Banerjee Rides Electric Scooter to Protest against Fuel Price Hike

In a unique protest against fuel price hike, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday rode pillion on an electric scooter to state secretariat Nabanna. Banerjee was seen sitting behind state minister Firhad Hakim, who rode the battery-powered electric scooter. With a placard protesting against the petrol price hike hanging around her neck, helmet-clad Banerjee waved at people on both sides of the road during the five-km-long journey from Hazra More to the state secretariat.

Mamata has sought the PM Modi’s intervention in procuring Covid-19 vaccine

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his help in procuring the Covid-19 vaccines by the state government to vaccinate people free of cost. In her letter, Banerjee said: “We have embarked upon the COVID vaccination programme in right earnest. All the health workers, police workers, municipal workers, revenue workers and other frontline workers are being covered by COVID vaccination at a rapid pace. In fact, West Bengal being an election-going State, we are required to reach out practically to every government and para-statal employee on an urgent basis to make the election safe.”

Uttar Pradesh Assembly passed ‘Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021’, commonly known as ‘love jihad’ law

After months of deliberations, the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday passed the ‘Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021’, commonly known as the ‘love jihad’ law, formalising the legislation by a voice vote. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel had promulgated the legislation exactly three months ago in November. The UP Cabinet had cleared the ordinance on November 24 after the Allahabad High Court upheld people’s right to freedom of choice of individuals, putting down its own previous order, which stated that conversion for the sake of marriage was not acceptable.

Yogi Govt allocated Rs 140 crore for overall development of Ayodhya and Rs 101 crore for airport in the city

The state government has allocated Rs 140 crore for overall development of Ayodhya and Rs 101 crore for airport in the city. The government has allocated Rs 2000 crore for new airports in Noida’s Jewar, Chitrakoot and Sonbhadra airports. With a target of making Uttar Pradesh ‘atmanirbhar’, the Yogi Adityanath government on Monday presented a whopping Rs 5,50,270.78 crore budget for 2021-22 in the state Assembly. With Assembly elections in the state less than a year away, the budget includes new schemes of Rs 27,598.40 crore.

V Narayanasamy Led Congress Puducherry government will undergo a floor test Today

Congress-led Puducherry government will undergo a floor test on Monday. The floor test was ordered by Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan. Tamilisai asked Chief Minister Narayanasamy to prove its majority in the assembly. The ruling Congress-DMK alliance has 11 MLAs in the 33-member Legislative Assembly. The opposition has 14 members. Earlier on Sunday, two more ruling alliance’s MLAs resigned. They are Congress’ K Lakshminarayanan and DMK’s Venkatesan. Lakshminarayanan and Venkatesan submitted their resignation letters separately to Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu at his residence.

Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh will present the first paperless Budget 2021 in the Legislative Assembly

Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh will present the first paperless Budget 2021 in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Uttar Pradesh will be the first state in the country to table a paperless budget. All members of the State Legislature have been provided iPads to view the budget highlights which will also be available on two big screens put up in the House. Thie year’s budget is the fifth budget of the Adityanath government in the state. State Finance Minister Suresh Khanna is slated to present the budget at 11 am today.

FIR against 8 Twitter handles in Unnao case: Yogi Adityanath Government Cracking Down on Social Media ‘offenders’

Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has started cracking down on social media ‘offenders’ in a big way. The Unnao police, on Sunday, lodged an FIR against eight Twitter handles and their users, on charges of spreading “misleading information” in connection with the recovery of the bodies of two minor girls in Baburha village of the district. Earlier, on Saturday, former MP and Congress leader, Udit Raj, had been booked by Unnao police for allegedly spreading misinformation through his tweet.

Congress-led government in Puducherry lost the confidence vote, CM Narayanasamy Resigns

Congress-led government in Puducherry lost the confidence vote in the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Assembly Speaker VP Sivakolundhu said announced that the Narayanasamy government could not prove its majority and adjourned the House sine die. Though Narayanasamy moved the motion seeking the confidence vote minutes after the Assembly met for a special one-day session, he and his ruling side MLAs later walked out before the motion was put for voting. Subsequently, the Speaker declared that the motion stood defeated.

MLAs should stay loyal to the Party – Puducherry CM Narayanasamy

MLAs should stay loyal to the party. MLAs who have resigned will not be able to face the people as people will call them opportunists. The BJP government at the Centre, NR Congress and AIADMK have succeeded in dislodging our government by using voting power used by 3 nominated members. This is murder of democracy. The people of Puducherry and this country will teach them a lesson. Myself, ministers, Congress and DMK MLAs and independent legislator have tendered resignation and sought it be accepted.

Kerala: Asianet News & 24 News Predicted that LDF led by CPI (M)’s Pinarayi Vijayan will return to Power

Left in Kerala has reasons to cheer. In two pre-poll surveys, conducted by two prominent channels- Asianet News and 24 News- it has been predicted that the Left Democratic Front-led by the CPI (M) will return to power. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also had the highest approval rating, the surveys revealed. Kerala is scheduled to go to polls in April. Asianet survey predicted that the ruling LDF will get between 72 to 78 seats, a little over the halfway mark in the Kerala Assembly. The opposition UDF would bag 59 to 65 seats, stated the survey. The BJP led National Democratic Alliance is predicted to increase its tally in the Kerala Assembly, with the Asianet survey giving it 3 to 7 seats. The Asianet survey is a random survey done in 50 out of the 140 constituencies in the state.

YSR Congress has claimed that it has bagged 85 percent seats in the AP panchayat election

The YCP has claimed that it has bagged 85 percent seats in the AP panchayat elections. There are over 13,125 panchayats in the State. The ruling party leaders are asserting that they have got a clear and indisputable majority. Just like in the 2019 Assembly elections, their party has totally decimated and exterminated the TDP. With this, there is no doubt that the Chandrababu Naidu era in AP politics has come to an end, says AP Government Advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy. He has asserted that the YCP won 100 percent seats in Pulivendula which belongs to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy.

After BJP’s aggressive Election Campaign; Mamata Banerjee changes Political Strategy, becomes ‘Beti’ from ‘Didi’ in TMC’s New Poll Slogan

Facing a resurgent BJP as the main challenger in the upcoming assembly polls, West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Saturday unveiled a poll slogan- “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chaye”, portraying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as its mascot with focus on women voters and Bengali sub-nationalism. The slogan, which translates to ‘Bengal wants its own daughter’, presents the transformation from her popular image of ‘didi’ (elder sister) to ‘Nijer Meye’ (own daughter), was officially launched at the party’s headquarters off EM Bypass.

People of Bengal want its Daughter – Nusrat Jahan on Mamata Banerjee

Lauding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s work. Jahan said she had working for the party, welfare of the people… day and night. It’s her (Mamata’s) emotion with the people of the state that helps her keep working for them. The people of Bengal want its daughter, Nusrat Jahan said after TMC launched its now slogan for the upcoming elections. Nusrat Jahan said people have been benefitted due to the policies of the TMC government. Hitting out at opponents, Jahan said just waking up before the elections and work is not what TMC’s style of working is.

Let me tell the brothers of Mamata didi that the BJP will form the government in the state – Dilip Ghosh, BJP

Our opponents are telling us that our game is over but let me tell them that our game is on. Be ready. Tell mothers to keep their children under control if they want to see their faces after polls. We are civilised and follow the law but it doesn’t mean that we are weak. Yes, ‘khela hobe, khela hobe’ and ‘paribortan hobe’. Let me tell the brothers of Mamata didi that the BJP will form the government in the state. I know there will be attempts to stop the yatra so I have come to meet you. We will ensure that you are able to cast your votes

Arvind Kejriwal outlined that attention was not paid to the manufacturing sector in the country over the last 70 years

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday emphasised about working on a war footing to make the country a manufacturing hub in the world and claimed India can leave behind China in the sector, Delhi government sources said. Speaking virtually in the sixth Governing Council meeting of Niti Aayog chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Minister also outlined that attention was not paid to the manufacturing sector in the country over the last 70 years.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with Uttar Pradesh farmer leaders

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with Uttar Pradesh farmer leaders on Sunday at the Vidhan Sabha in the national capital, to discuss farm laws and other issues. Delhi Transport and Environment Minister Kailash Gahlot and Minister for Water and Tourism Rajendra Pal Gautam and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh were also present in the meeting. The central government has offered to put the farm laws “on hold” for 12-18 months, an offer rejected by the farmers’ unions protesting against the laws.

I request all of you to say ‘Joy Bangla’ whenever you answer a phone call – Mamata Banerjee

There are some leaders (in Delhi) who said they knew how to break the spine of Bengal. It is not easy to gouge out our eyes & break our spine… I request all of you to say ‘Joy Bangla’ whenever you answer a phone call, not hello. Today is the 21st of February. Language Martyrs’ Day. I pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives for the Bengali language on this historic day. Best wishes to all on the International Mother Language Day. Respect all languages but take pride in your mother tongue.

One Congress, One DMK MLA Quits Ruling alliance in Puducherry, puts V Narayanasamy Govt into Trouble

The resignation by Congress MLA K Lakshminarayanan and DMK legislator Venkatesan further reduced the strength of the ruling alliance to 11, while the opposition has 14 MLAs in the 33-member assembly, which has seven vacancies. Lakshminarayanan and Venkatesan submitted their resignation letters separately to Assembly Speaker V P Sivakolundhu at his residence here, the both said.

We have decided to disclose our strategy on the floor of the House – Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy

Today, ministers, MLAs of Congress & DMK, MPs and other party leaders met and discussed the strategy to be adopted by us in the Legislative Assembly (tomorrow). We have decided to disclose our strategy on the floor of the House.

BJP Launches Slogan Against TMC: A tune from Communist Italy, sung to protest against atrocities, echoes once again in West Bengal

Hours after the BJP challenged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to announce her candidature from Nandigram alone if she is confident of winning from that constituency, the saffron party has released a ‘Slow-Gaan’ to TMC’s campaign slogan of “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay” – Bengal wants its own daughter. Using an anti-communist tune from Italy, the song reiterated calls of Pishi Jao while the tweets made by the BJP leaders said Bangla Didir Theke Mukti Chay – meaning “Bengalis want to get rid of Didi”. The ‘Pishi’ (aunt) in ‘Pishi Jao’ is clearly Mamata Banerjee. ‘Pishi’ is a snide jibe at the West Bengal Chief Minister who happens to the aunt of Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee, a leader who has been accused of corruption by his opponents. Under such circumstances, ‘Pishi Jao’ is likely to resonate among significant sections of the Bengal electorate.

We have fought against guns and are not afraid of fighting against rats – Mamata Banerjee

As long as there is life in me, I will not be afraid of any intimidation. We have fought against guns and are not afraid of fighting against rats. Let there be a challenge in 2021, let us see whose strength is more; there will be only one game in 2021 and I will be the goalkeeper in that match and want to see who wins and who loses. We have not learnt to lose and they won’t be able to defeat us.

As the Chief Minister of Telangana, KCR should have participated in the meeting – N Uttam Kumar Reddy

As the Chief Minister of Telangana, KCR should have participated in the meeting to raise issues concerning the State. By skipping the meeting, KCR has sent a clear message that either he is not interested in the development of Telangana or he has completely surrendered before the Modi Govt and giving it a free hand to do whatever it wants. It is highly unfortunate that Telangana got a CM who only rests at his palatial bungalow ‘Pragathi Bhavan’ or the farm house. But he never finds time to meet people to listen to their grievances and resolve them. While other CMs presented a wishlist for their respective States, CM KCR decided to take rest by assigning the job to Chief Secretary Somesh Kuma.

Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami said that while Stalin had his father’s backing, he climbed the ladder of success from a rural background

Hitting out at DMK President M K Stalin for his Chief Ministerial aspirations, incumbent K Palaniswami on Thursday wondered if the post was something that could be purchased from a shop and said it has to be decided by the people. Palaniswami said that while Stalin had his father’s backing, he climbed the ladder of success from a rural background. Anyone from AIADMK can reach the top with hardwork, but that was not the case in the DMK where the party’s first family was at the helm of affairs, he said.

I never saw myself as a chief minister but you (people) are – K Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu CM

DMK was in power five times. You were a Minister and deputy CM. Why didn’t you take care of people then. They won’t cater to people while in power but are speaking lies (now) to come to power. Anyone from AIADMK can reach the top with hardwork, but that was not the case in the DMK where the party’s first family was at the helm of affairs. I never saw myself as a chief minister but you (people) are and the post was meant to serve the public.

My family will not do anything which will bring disrepute to you – Mamata Banerjee

Hitting out at Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s ‘Didi-Bhaipo’ jibes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday challenged him to contest an election against her nephew Abhishek Banerjee and then think of fighting her. “Day and night they are talking about Didi-Bhatija. I challenge Amit Shah, contest against Abhishek Banerjee first and then me,” she said, amid a loud cheer from supporters. Banerjee said that she has neither made Abhishek the deputy chief minister nor the chief minister and he is just an elected MP.

Railways is to be blamed for the blast at Murshidabad where minister Jakir Hossain was injured – Mamata Banerjee

Without taking the name of any particular party or individual, Mamata Banerjee alleged that some people were “pressurising” Hossain to join their party. The West Bengal government on Thursday handed over the probe into the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). “Railways is to be blamed for the blast at Murshidabad where minister Jakir Hossain was injured. It was a planned conspiracy to kill him. Not a responsibility of the state government, Railways and Centre are to be blamed,” Banerjee said.

Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Didir Doot’ app has reached more than 2 lakh downloads in just 10 days

In just 10 days, the ‘Didir Doot’ app has reached more than 2 lakh downloads. The ‘Didir Doot’ application, launched in the first week of February, is a mobile app designed for the people of West Bengal to directly connect with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee through live streaming and video conference, and also people can write to her. With the high-voltage elections in Bengal just around the corner, Prashant Kishor is working his magic in the state with a massive push on digital initiatives. The Didir Doot app is just one of the many digital campaigns taking place in the state at the moment.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh hailed the Congress party’s victory in the state municipal polls

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh hailed the Congress party’s victory in the state municipal polls

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh hailed the Congress party’s victory in the state municipal polls as “not just a validation of his government’s development-oriented policies and programmes but also a total rejection of the anti-people actions of the major opposition parties, namely SAD, AAP and BJP”. Congratulating Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, as well as all MLAs, members and workers of the party, for the sweeping victory in the civic polls, the chief minister said the people of the state had clearly and unequivocally denounced the divisive, undemocratic, unconstitutional and regressive agendas of the three parties. He thanked and congratulated the people for defeating the negative and vicious forces that are out to ruin Punjab and its future.

Shame on the BJP for targeting elected Congress governments – Puducherry Chief Minister Narayanasway

No one will be surprised, if a BJP-led or BJP-backed government somehow manages to get on the saddle. This is the same script that is playing out in each state, say political analysts. “This is the BJP’s style of functioning. They will poach and buy MLAs. They have done it in Manipur, Arunachal, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh…they are only purchasing MLAs. Shame on the BJP for targeting elected Congress governments,” the Chief Minister Narayanasway told NDTV on Tuesday, even as he asserted that his government is not in a minority.

We will see as the polls begin when the people give a tough mandate to Mamata Didi – Amit Shah

The people of Bengal want that the way the citizens have gained respect under PM Modi’s leadership, the way they have gained opportunities, they want Bengal’s children to also receive such opportunities. This is why you can see how much they long for poribortan. And now we will see as the polls begin when the people give a tough mandate to Mamata Didi.

Home Minister Amit Shah spoke about the slogan of Jai Shree Ram and why CM Mamata Banerjee has disaffection towards the slogan

Now TMC people will not be able to harass us as the number of people who are with us, it is difficult for them to torture these many people. The slogan of Jai Shree Ram is not a religious slogan anymore for people of Bengal. You (Mamata) did appeasement politics for 10 years, it has become the slogan of people’s anger against you. Will you have to go to court to offer Durga Puja? Teachers and children will be beaten on Vasant Panchami for offering Saraswati puja? Why? Mamata Banerjee will have to answer this. The more she hates the slogan, the more louder it will grow.

It was a preplanned attack on minister Jakir Hossain – Mamata Banerjee

It was a preplanned attack on minister Jakir Hossain. It is a conspiracy. Some people (party) were pressuring Jakir Hossian to join them for the last few months. I don’t want to disclose anything more as the investigation is on. How can the railways deny their responsibility over security lapses when the attack happened at a railway station?

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to campaign for JD-U candidates in Bengal

Days after Chirag Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) announced that it will field candidates on all 294 Assembly seats in the upcoming Bengal elections, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United has also made its ambitions clear. The JD-U, which is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the neighbouring Bihar, will go solo in West Bengal. Speaking to reporters in Kolkata on Thursday, Bablu Mahato, chairman of JD-U’s election committee in West Bengal said the party will contest the state polls alone. However, Mahato didn’t divulge any details regarding the number of seats the JD-U will contest on.

Mamata Banerjee challenged Amit Shah to contest against her nephew Abhishek Banerjee first and then her

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday challenged Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah to contest against her nephew Abhishek Banerjee first and then her, in the upcoming assembly election in the state, scheduled to be held later this year. The Home Minister was in the state today, holding roadshows, as part of BJP’s Poribortan Yatra, to further boost the presence of the saffron party in Bengal, ahead of the elections. Amit Shah held rallies in South 24 Parganas, other places in West Bengal, and launched an all-out attack at the Mamata-led TMC government.

Meghalaya Government slashed Petrol & Diesel prices by over Rs 5, confirmed Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma

Meghalaya government on Tuesday slashed retail prices of petrol and diesel by another over Rs 5 by reducing VAT on them, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said. The decision came amid strike by commercial transporters that entered second day Tuesday. The new retail price of petrol will be Rs 85.86 from its current price of Rs 91.26, while the new retail price of diesel will be Rs 79.13 from its present rate of Rs 86.23 in the state capital, Sangma said after a review meeting he held with his cabinet colleagues and senior government officials.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tested positive for Coronavirus

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tested positive for coronavirus Monday, a day after he collapsed on stage while addressing an election rally in Vadodara and was airlifted to Ahmedabad for treatment. A health bulletin, issued by UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre (UNMICR), where Rupani is undergoing treatment for the viral infection, stated the CM had mild symptoms and was stable. The RT-PCR test report was received Monday morning, it added.

Elections in Bengal, Mamata Government will provide a meal mostly to poor people at a nominal cost of Rs 5

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched a meal scheme named “Maa” under which the government will provide a meal mostly to poor people at a nominal cost of Rs 5. People will get a platter of rice, dal, a vegetable and egg curry. The chief minister said during the online launch event that the government would bear a subsidy of Rs 15 per plate, adding that Rs 100 crore had been allotted for the scheme. Self-help groups will run the kitchens — which Banerjee said would be set up everywhere gradually — from 1 pm to 3 pm daily. “I will go and taste it one day,” Banerjee told reporters.

4 Congress MLAs resigned from the Puducherry government, CM Narayanasamy has called for an urgent Cabinet meeting

Four Congress MLAs resigned from the Puducherry government on Tuesday initiating a fresh crisis for the INC administration in the Union Territory which is led by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy. Responding to resignation of the MLAs, CM Narayanasamy has called for an urgent Cabinet meeting. Earlier on February 15, MLA Malladi Krishna Rao had also resigned from the Congress government. Now, that five MLAs have resigned from the administration within just two days, the Congress-led Puducherry government is pacing towards a big crisis.

Mamata Banerjee is known for her simplicity but no one can have a split personality – Dinesh Trived

There is no poriborton as far as violence is concerned. There is no poriborton as far as corruption is concerned, rather it has become hundredfold when compared to the Left Front rule. Mamata Banerjee is known for her simplicity but no one can have a split personality. If your leaders are found in some kind of a corruption then (there should be) no mercy. You (may) not declare them corrupt but the due process of law has to be there.

Tripura CM Biplab Deb said Home Minister Amit Shah has plans to set up BJP governments in Nepal and Sri Lanka

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb has run into another controversy over his remarks on politics and policy, and this time it is international politics. At a BJP event in state capital Agartala, Biplab Deb said the party has plans not only to expand across the country but in neighbouring nations as well. Biplab Deb said Home Minister Amit Shah has plans to set up BJP governments in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Biplab Deb said Amit Shah, who was then BJP chief, during a meeting spoke about “overseas” expansion after winning in all the states in India.

I think the CM (Mamata) need not have reacted adversely to a slogan whether it’s ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’ – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew and BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose

I think the CM need not have reacted adversely to a slogan whether it’s ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’. This is not the day to do any politics. It is a day to celebrate, it is a day to pay homage to the soldiers and martyrs of Indian National Army. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stood for unity. He had people of all communities in Azad Hind Fauj. Whether you say ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Sri Ram’, I don’t find any difference. ‘Jai Sri Ram’ isn’t a statement where one should react in an allergic manner.

Mamata Banerjee is not a Royal Bengal tiger. Her condition has become like a cat – Dilip Ghosh, BJP

Taking a jibe on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday said she is not a “Royal Bengal Tiger” but her condition has become like a ‘cat’. Ghosh said, “Mamata Banerjee is not a Royal Bengal tiger. Her condition has become like a cat. Neither her party members nor the administrative officials are afraid of her.” While addressing a rally in Malda, Banerjee said that bringing BJP to power in the state means “encouraging riots”. Banerjee has also compared herself to the Royal Bengal Tiger and said she is not afraid of anyone.

Mamata Banerjee stated that the people should show the BJP the way out of the state

The state of West Bengal witnessed massive political tensions ahead of the upcoming by-polls as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had to alter plans for its ‘Parivartan Yatra’ in Bengal’s Murshidabad district for the second consecutive day, this time in view of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s election rally. Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress chief started her tour of Murshidabad, Malda, North Dinajpur and East Burdwan, districts with the highest Muslim population in the eastern state. The TMC leader also stated that the people should show the BJP the way out of the state.

Tamil Nadu CM K Palanniswami hits out at AMMK’s Dhinakaran & said that if members from AIADMK will believe him, they will be left in the lurch

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday hit out at AMMK (Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam) leader TTV Dhinakaran, who has renewed this assertion of “retrieving” the ruling AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) post-VK Sasikala’s release, saying those who go behind him will be “left in the lurch”. While addressing an election rally, the AIADMK Joint Coordinator cited the example of 18 disqualified party rebel MLAs who sided with Dhinakaran earlier.

Those who Won Elections in the Name of ‘Ma, Mati, Manush’, are now engaged in “Dictatorship, Appeasement & Strongarm Tactics” – BJP Chief JP Nadda on Mamata

Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) national president JP Nadda on Wednesday said that ‘kamal’ was the way ahead in West Bengal, which is slated to hold assembly elections later this year. Promising development in the poll-bound state, Nadda said “development will be possible only when Mamata Ji leaves and lotus blooms.” He was addressing the party’s ‘Cha Chakra’ program at Hariatara village ground in Kharagpur. Taking a swipe at chief minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government, the BJP chief said that those who won the elections in the name of ‘Ma, Mati, Manush’, are now engaged in “dictatorship, appeasement and strongarm tactics”.

There is no reason to think I am weak – Mamata Banerjee

There is no reason to think I am weak, I am not a person to be afraid of anything. I am a strong person and will keep my head high as long as I live and till then I will live like a Royal Bengal Tiger. We have not forgotten the gaddars like Mir Jafar (who backstabbed Siraj Ud-Daulah during battle of Plassey). We should never forget the gaddars. You should all teach them a lesson. There are some who indulged in corruption have now jumped to BJP…to enter the BJP washing machine to get cleaned.

People from Gujarat will not rule Bengal, the Trinamool Congress will rule Bengal – Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday likened herself to a Royal Bengal Tiger. Addressing a rally in Murshidabad, Banerjee said that she is not a weak person who can be “intimidated” by the Bharatiya Janata Party. Banerjee also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of wrongly claiming at a BJP meeting in Haldia on Sunday that government employees in Bengal do not get salaries properly. The CM said that it is the Centre which is selling off BSNL, SAIL and privatising the Railways and insurance companies. “People from Gujarat will not rule Bengal, the Trinamool Congress will rule Bengal,” she said.