TMC supporter killed in north Bengal; party blames BJP – kolkata

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has alleged {that a} party supporter was hacked to loss of life in the Cooch Behar district of north Bengal on Thursday evening by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staff. One individual has been arrested by the police.

Nadiram Mandal (63), a resident of Madhya Marichbari village in the Pundibari police station space of Cooch Behar North meeting constituency went lacking on Thursday after he went to the market. Hours later, his physique was discovered in a pool of blood by the roadside, about half a kilometre from his dwelling. There had been stab accidents on the face and again, police officers stated.

Police have arrested Kamaleshwar Roy, an area resident, on the idea of a criticism lodged by Mandal’s household. Mandal’s son Nikhil claimed Roy was a BJP activist and had an outdated feud along with his father.

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Rabindranath Ghosh, minister in cost of the north Bengal improvement division, stated, “Mandal was an active TMC member. He was killed by BJP supporters. Four TMC supporters have been killed by the BJP in Cooch Behar district in the last three months.”

Malati Rava Roy, the BJP’s Cooch Behar district committee president dismissed the costs. She stated, “The man arrested in this case is also a TMC supporter. The crime is the fallout of a family feud. The TMC is politicising this because it is fast losing its base. In the last six months, seven BJP supporters were killed by TMC men.”

Okay Kannan, superintendent of police, stated, “One man has been arrested and investigation is on.”

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Owaisi’s politics won’t work in Bengal: Muslim clerics react to AIMIM’s poll debut – kolkata

Hyderabad-based All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s technique to forge an alliance with Pirzada Abbasuddin Siddiqui, the scion of the Siddiqui household, the custodian of the well-known Furfura Sharif shrine in Bengal’s Hooghly district, won’t yield electoral dividend in the approaching polls, distinguished Muslim clerics, imams and political consultants have stated.

Accused by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), Congress and the Left events of serving to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by splitting Muslim votes in the perviously held Uttar Pradesh and Bihar meeting polls, the AIMIM, a number of Muslim clerics and imams instructed HT, won’t be accepted by voters in Bengal.

Siddiqullah Chowdhury, a minister in the TMC authorities and president of the Jamiat Ulema – e –Hind’s state department has additionally declared that Owaisi has no place in Bengal politics.

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The response from heads of the minority group in opposition to the AIMIM’s entry into Bengal is important as a result of all political events are conscious that it not doable to come to energy solely with the assist of Hindu voters.

Bengal’s Muslim inhabitants stood at 27.01% in the course of the 2011 census and is projected to have elevated to round 30% now. Among the districts the place the Muslim inhabitants is considerably excessive are Murshidabad (66.28%), Malda (51.27%), North Dinajpur (49.92%), South 24 Parganas (35.57%), and Birbhum (37.06%). There is numerous Muslim voters in East and West Burdwan districts, North 24 Parganas and Nadia as properly.

The BJP, which has been accusing chief minister Mamata Banerjee of appeasing the minority group for years, has stated that AIMIM is an unbiased social gathering and might contest anyplace.

According to surveys finished by the TMC and the BJP, a swing in Muslim votes can affect poll outcomes in as many as 120 meeting seats. Union house minister Amit Shah has introduced that his social gathering will oust the Mamata Banerjee authorities by profitable over 200 of the state’s 294 seats whereas Banerjee’s election strategist Prashant Kishor just lately tweeted that he’ll hand over his job if the BJP’s tally crosses 99.

Making his first noticeable transfer to emerge as a risk to the TMC in the polls due in just a few months, Owaisi, on Sunday, met Abbas Siddiqui, who has emerged as a critic of the ruling social gathering in latest months. Siddiqui has even talked about his plans to launch a broad political platform with Hindu Dalits and tribal communities for contesting the polls. Owaisi stated on Sunday that Siddiqui will resolve how AIMIM will contest.

The Furfura Sharif shrine is without doubt one of the hottest pilgrimage olaces in Bengal. It is constructed across the mausoleum of Pir Abu Bakr Siddiqui. It additionally has a mosque constructed in 1375. Furfura Sharif attracts thousands and thousands in the course of the Urs pageant and the annual honest devoted to the Pir.

The West Bengal Imams’ Association has reacted to Owaisi’s plans, saying there is no such thing as a place for communal politics in Bengal. Of about 40,000 mosques in Bengal, clerics from no less than 26,000 are members of the affiliation.

“Whether Hindus or Muslims, people in the state have only one identity. They are all Bengalis. On one hand, Bengalis are being branded as ghuspetiya (infiltrators in Hindi) by the BJP while on the other, some leaders from Hyderabad and Gujarat are coming to Bengal to divide the population on communal lines. This will not be accepted,” stated Md Yahiya, chairman of the imams’ affiliation.

In April final yr, Yahiya made information by writing to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, accusing him of “trying to disturb the communal harmony from a constitutional position” and looking for the retraction of his remarks on the Nizamuddin markaz in Delhi in a letter to the chief minister.

In a big improvement, different members of the Siddiqui household, together with Pirzada Toha Siddiqui, probably the most distinguished among the many elders whose assist helped the CPI(M) and TMC in the previous, has made it clear that he won’t assist any transfer that may assist the BJP. “Hindus comprise 70% of the state’s population. If they wanted, the BJP could have come to power long ago. We will not do anything to let our Hindu brothers down,” he stated after Owaisi met Abbas Siddiqui at Furfura Sharif.

On Thursday night, Pirzada Jiauddin Siddiqui, one other scion of the household instructed HT that Furfura Sharif can’t be dragged into politics. “Neither Pir Abu Bakr Siddiqui nor any of our ancestors joined politics. This is a religious place and so shall it be. What Abbas is doing is entirely his business,” he stated.

Maulana Md Shafique Qasmi, the imam of Nakhoda Masjid, stated no social gathering can profit by propagating the politics of faith.

“I am a religious man. I don’t know what happened in politics before my birth but today people of Bengal do not accept communalism. No political party, whichever it may be, can benefit from it,” he stated.

Built a century in the past as a duplicate of the mausoleum of emperor Akbar in Agra, the Nakhoda Masjid is the most important and most vital mosque in Kolkata.

Kolkata-based political science professor and election analyst Udayan Bandopadhyay stated a tie-up with Abbas Siddiqui may help Owaisi in only some pockets of Bengal.

“Siddiqui’s influence is limited to some parts of Malda, North Dinajpur and South 24 Parganas. Unless the imams support him, Owaisi won’t benefit much. However, even if they manage to get only 1% of the Muslim votes it will be substantial,” Bandopadhyay stated.

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TMC to bring resolution against farm bills in West Bengal assembly – kolkata

The ruling Trinamool Congress will bring a resolution on the West Bengal legislative assembly against the three contentious farm bills, social gathering supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee stated on Monday.

“We would hold the assembly session for one or two days and there we would bring a resolution to withdraw the farm bills. We would try so that the resolution is passed unanimously. I know the BJP will not support it. But I expect other parties would support,” Banerjee stated.

Banerjee had earlier lent her help to the farmers and had even despatched a workforce of MPs to meet the protesting farmers at Singhu border. Over the cellphone, she even spoke to farmers protesting in Delhi against the Centre’s new agriculture legal guidelines.

Meanwhile, the tussle between the centre and the state over launch of funds below the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi program to farmers in West Bengal continued.

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Banerjee alleged that the centre is depriving the farmers of West Bengal by not sending funds below the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi program.

Under the scheme, an revenue help of Rs 6,000 per yr in three equal instalments is offered to small and marginal farmer households having mixed landholding or possession of up to 2 hectares.

“I had urged the centre to send the money to the state government so that we could distribute it to the farmers. But they want to send it directly bypassing the state. I called the Union agriculture minister a few days ago and asked him why the centre does not believe in the state government,” she stated.

Earlier, the BJP had hit out on the TMC after the Calcutta High Court had directed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India to carry out an audit of the distribution of reduction supplies and compensation in the aftermath of cyclone Amphan that hit West Bengal in May final yr. Alleged nepotism and malpractice by the TMC panchayat leaders concerned in the distribution of compensation had was a difficulty in ballot-certain West Bengal. The state had later moved the Supreme Court against the order.

BJP leaders had earlier alleged that the Mamata Banerjee administration was not permitting the centre to ship funds straight to farmers as it might stop the state and TMC leaders from siphoning off cash.

On November 6, the centre had knowledgeable the Mamata Banerjee administration that round 21.7 lakh farmers from West Bengal had enrolled themselves for the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi program in the union authorities’s portal and that the state authorities was but to full the verification course of.

“I want the farmers to get the funds and so we have already written to the Union government to share the details of the farmers who have enrolled themselves, so that the state can start the verification process,” stated Banerjee.

BJP leaders in the state have hit again saying that the CM was presenting issues in a fallacious method.

“The Centre had repeatedly asked the state to provide the names of farmers and their bank accounts. The state didn’t send. Union home minister, during his visit to the state, had said that if the state sends the data, the Centre would immediately release the funds. The centre had sent funds after cyclone Amphan had hit the state. What happened to that money?” stated Jaiprakash Majumdar, BJP’s state vice chairman.

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Left parties, Bengal Congress discuss seat-sharing ahead of polls – kolkata

West Bengal Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) carried out a gathering on Thursday to discuss seat-sharing ahead of the 2021 Assembly Elections within the state.

Biman Bose, chairman of the Left Front together with Congress’ Abdul Mannan together with different Left leaders held a gathering after central management of each events permitted the state items to discuss seat-sharing preparations.

“Seat sharing was discussed, but there has been no conclusion to that discussion as yet. Further talks will take place,” Bose was quoted as saying by information company ANI.

Both CPI(M) and Congress have attacked Trinamool Congress over the state’s legislation and order scenario and on December 31 demanded that the Mamata Banerjee-led authorities show its majority within the meeting.

CPI(M) chief Sujan Chakraborty mentioned that he doesn’t imagine that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has the assist of an enough quantity of legislators. “Many ruling party MLAs have told me in private that the government is apparently scared to call an assembly session. They also claimed that governance was getting affected due to the prevailing confusion,” Chakraborty was quoted as saying by information company PTI.

CPI(M) common secretary Sitaram Yechury earlier this week mentioned he doesn’t need to take the TMC together with different Left events in its goal to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He cited a robust anti-incumbency sentiment prevailing in opposition to Mamata Banerjee authorities as a purpose behind his choice. He additionally identified that TMC was a former ally of the BJP.

“The anti-incumbency sentiment against the TMC government runs so deep and so large that any unity of all the anti-BJP forces will only help the BJP more. It will be counter productive. People have great anger against the TMC. Aligning with Trinamool will therefore only turn people against us and help the BJP,” Yechury was quoted as saying by information company ANI.

Congress leaders have additionally intensified their assaults on Mamata Banerjee-led authorities amid TMC affected by a sequence of defections. Abdul Mannan after listening to experiences of discontent in TMC’s ranks had challenged chief minister Mamata Banerjee to show her majority within the meeting. “If your claim is true, please appear for a floor test in assembly,” the Congress chief mentioned.

Trinamool Congress is prone to face a detailed contest within the legislative meeting elections that are scheduled to happen later this 12 months. BJP leaders have travelled to Bengal a number of occasions with union residence minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda main the cost. BJP president Nadda will as soon as once more go to the state on Saturday to evaluation the state BJP unit’s preparations for the elections. The state has additionally seen incidents of violence throughout rallies and skirmishes between celebration cadres which has raised issues amongst abnormal residents and lawmakers alike.

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Bengal: 2 die in stampede at musical programme in Kalimpong – kolkata

At least two ladies have been killed and 4 others injured when a stampede broke out whereas a whole lot have been attempting to enter a musical programme at an area truthful in the Kalimpong hills of north Bengal late Sunday evening.

“Six persons were injured, of which two have succumbed. The incident took place near the ticket counter when people were trying to enter a musical programme at a mela ground,” stated Harikrishna Pai, superintendent of police, Kalimpong.

The lifeless have been recognized as Anita Chettri, 40 and Banita Gurung, 46, each residents of Chandraloke space in Kalimpong. The injured have been Parima Rai (18), Pratiksha Chettri (14), Marsang Subba (20), and Anita Subba (31).

A musical programme with singers from Kathmandu in Nepal and the adjoining Darjeeling district had been organised at a mela floor in Kalimpong.

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“The ticket counter was overcrowded and the people were in a rush to enter the programme. As soon as the gate was opened, scores of people tried to rush in, which led to the stampede. Many fell from the staircase,” stated Rabi Pradhan, chairman of Kalimpong municipality.

Locals stated that despite the fact that six have been grievously injured, a couple of others sustained minor accidents.

The mela floor (Kalimpong stadium) has the capability to accommodate over 20,000 individuals and the sub-divisional workplace offers them permission to organise such programmes. Police try to substantiate whether or not the organisers had taken permission for Sunday’s musical programme.

“A case is being registered against the organisers of the event. thE Administration is in touch with the families of the deceased and injured persons and offering all possible assistance,” stated Pai.

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