TMC talks to disgruntled minister Rajib Banerjee, expels rebel Suvendu Adhikari’s aide – kolkata

Concerned by rumblings amongst senior leaders prior to the essential meeting polls, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) management on Sunday held talks with disgruntled state forest minister Rajib Banerjee in a bid to bridge variations whereas expelling an in depth aide of heavyweight chief Suvendu Adhikari who resigned from the cupboard final month.

The expelled chief, Kanishka Panda, was secretary of the TMC unit in East Midnapore district the place the Adhikari household represents two Lok Sabha seats, an meeting seat and heads a civic physique.

TMC secretary-basic Partha Chatterjee and election strategist Prashant Kishor held an hour-lengthy assembly with the forest minister at Chatterjee’s residence at Naktala in south Kolkata on Sunday afternoon. While Chatterjee remained tight-lipped, Banerjee claimed that the talks lined “political strategy.”

Leaders shut to the minister, nevertheless, mentioned he raised points akin to corruption and nepotism by some leaders in Howrah district, the place Banerjee represents the Domjur meeting seat whereas speaking to Chatterjee and Kishor.

“I attended the meeting as a party worker. We discussed strategy for the coming days. I cannot share anything more with the media. In a party, there can be disgruntled people and there can be people who are over-satisfied. These things are sorted through discussion. I will be available if I am called for more talks,” the forest minister mentioned.

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Posters in assist of Banerjee and Adhikari are showing throughout West Bengal, together with Kolkata, since final month, stoking speculations that the 2 common and relatively youthful leaders, could go away the TMC. Posters, with pictures of Banerjee and the phrases, “symbol of honesty,” written in Bengali, appeared in Howrah on Sunday as nicely.

Tussle between Banerjee and senior leaders in Howrah over alleged nepotism and corruption first surfaced in public in July this yr. “The rectification drive initiated by Mamata Banerjee will not succeed if action is taken against small fish and the big ones are allowed to go scot-free,” the minister mentioned in July.

Making issues robust for the social gathering, Mihir Goswami, the legislator from the Cooch Behar South constituency in north Bengal, not too long ago joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) whereas Shilbhadra Dutta, the lawmaker from Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district, voiced his dissent and declared that he won’t contest in 2021.

“I do not know who are putting up these posters. I have nothing to do with it,” Rajib Banerjee mentioned on Sunday and refused to be put in the identical bracket with Adhikari.

“Please do not link me with Adhikari. His contention is his personal issue and the same applies to me. Differences can be democratically discussed in the party,” mentioned Banerjee. He insisted that opposite to frequent notion, he has not distanced himself from actions of the TMC or the federal government.

Significantly, Adhikari’s father, Sisir Adhikari, is the eldest among the many TMC’s Lok Sabha members. He can also be president of the social gathering’s East Midnapore district unit. Mamata Banerjee, whereas nearly addressing social gathering leaders final week, requested him to expel all rebels instantly.

After his expulsion was introduced, Kanishka Panda spoke out towards the TMC and mentioned he felt relieved. “Mamata Banerjee will understand in the coming elections what price a party has to pay for ignoring a popular leader like Suvendu and listening to Kishor’s advice. I am facing the wrath for protesting against comments made against Suvendu,” mentioned Panda.

Akhil Giri, the legislator from Egra in East Midnapore and a identified detractor of Suvendu Adhikari, mentioned, “Panda should have been expelled long ago for anti-party activities.”

Goswami and Dutta have already spoken in public towards deploying I-Pac, Kishor’s firm, and organizational choices taken on its recommendation. Senior TMC leaders instructed HT final month that Adhikari was particularly sad with organizational choices taken by Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee and Kishor, who was roped in after the BJP received 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2019.

Also, Adhikari, who was earlier appointed election observer for a number of districts, together with Murshidabad, demanded that leaders of his alternative be fielded subsequent yr from round 65 meeting seats. This was unacceptable to the management. Adhikari and Abhisek Banerjee even took potshots at one another with out taking names at latest public conferences.

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HTLS 2020: Federico Marchetti, who put ‘fashion on the net’ talks about the role of luxury, digitization, fashion and more in a post-pandemic world – fashion and trends

Twenty years in the past (in 2000), lengthy earlier than the launch of Facebook, Instagram and the iPhone, Federico Marchetti based YOOX, the world’s first way of life e-commerce vacation spot. And in 2015, Marchetti drove the sport-altering merger of YOOX and NET-A-PORTER to create YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, the world chief in on-line luxurious fashion. Federico was dubbed “the man who put fashion on the net” by TheNew York Times, the publication additionally urged that “no-one has had more to do with bringing e-commerce to fashion than Federico Marchetti”. He satisfied many luxurious homes to take their preliminary steps on-line at a time when the internet was largely unchartered territory.

Speaking to Shereen Bhan, managing editor, CNBC the 18th version of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Federico shared how it began, “It was 1999, and I wanted to be an entrepreneur…. I thought that one day fashion was going to intersect with technology, the internet especially. Because those two worlds in 1999 were completeley separate and they needed someone to bring them together. And that’s basically been my role for the past 20 years. I’ve been trying to combine luxury with technology for the past 20 years. My inspiration, my philosophy has always been to find a good balance between human and machine.”


He went on, “Luxury is an industry that is all about emotion, quality and beauty, while technology is all about process, data and speed. I think it’s important to find a balance because if you move more towards technology you alienate the luxury, and if you are too much into luxury then you are missing out on the biggest trend ever in the fashion industry, which is the digitization of it.”

On being requested what the future of fashion and the union of luxurious and know-how will imply in a post-pandemic world particularly since individuals have stopped going to bodily shops in order to keep up well being and security guidelines on account of coronavirus, “The quality of digital shops have improved dramatically since 2005 when I came up with the first idea, and sometimes I have to say that digital shops are better than physical shops. But this doesn’t mean that physical shops will disappear. There will be a balance between going to physical shops and digital shops. And the final stage will be the perfect integration between the two.”

Talking about rising trends and what might be drivers of change, he shared, “In the past few months we have seen a big, big increase in everything that is timeless and investment pieces.”

About sustainability in fashion he stated, “In order to become more and more sustainable you need to use the progress and advancement coming from technology. He added that, the “Pandemic has made people aware of sustainable fashion. More and more brands and customers are now becoming aware of sustainable fashion.”

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Will target four TMC leaders for every BJP leader attacked: Bengal BJP talks Kerala-style retaliation – kolkata

Talking revenge in unequivocal phrases, the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday mentioned it should target four leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) to avenge the assault on one leader from the saffron camp.

The warning was sounded by Bengal BJP vice-president Biswapriyo Roy Chowdhury throughout a press convention on the celebration’s state headquarters in Kolkata. He made the assertion in reference to an alleged bomb assault on the automotive of the BJP Murshidabad district president on Saturday. Though no person suffered any severe harm, the home windows of the automotive melted within the explosion, alleged Roy Chowdhury.

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“Democracy is in peril in West Bengal and we need restoration of peace. Our workers and leaders are being targeted every day. We saw the same situation in Kerala. When Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP workers were being killed in Kerala in repeated attacks (by the Marxists) they decided to retaliate. They targeted four people for every RSS and BJP worker killed. If proper investigation is not done into yesterday’s incident and the guilty are not arrested we will follow the same path here,” mentioned Roy Chowdhury.

“We do not believe in the politics of violence. But if people think that we will silently watch our men being attacked and killed, they are wrong. We are workers of a political party. We protest against injustice and we resist injustice but if that does not work we do not hesitate to avenge injustice. If this situation continues we will target four people for every single attack on us. And let me specify that we will selectively target district and state leaders. If TMC can handle that, let it do so,” Roy Chowdhury mentioned.

Though Bengal BJP leaders reminiscent of state president Dilip Ghosh and normal secretary Sayantan Basu have made vitriolic statements previously, that is the primary time a warning of this nature has been sounded from the BJP state headquarters. Roy Chowdhury is understood for his organisational abilities and he has by no means made statements of this nature, celebration leaders mentioned.

Reacting to this, TMC Lok Sabha member and celebration spokesperson Saugata Roy mentioned, “I would not like to seriously consider what a leader of Roy Chowdhury’s stature is saying but if the Bengal BJP really takes the path of violence then TMC is ready to handle it. But one must remember that people of the state will not tolerate any violence. I hope the BJP central leadership takes note of what Roy Chowdhury has said.”

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