Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) drew flak from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday for cancelling the chief minister’s scheduled rally at Nandigram in East Midnapore district on January 7.
Nandigram, the place a 3-yr-lengthy violent wrestle towards acquisition of farm land for business performed a key function in serving to Banerjee oust the Left Front authorities in 2011, was the meeting constituency of former minister Suvendu Adhikari until he resigned from the state meeting and joined the BJP in presence of union dwelling minister Amit Shah on December 19.
“Those who talked of holding a rally in Nandigram have suddenly vanished. But I keep my word. I will hold a rally on January 8 and there will be more than 100,000 people,” Adhikari stated at a rally in Nandigram on Tuesday.
Also Read: Bengal assembly polls: Abhishek and Suvendu trade barbs as poll battle heats up
Adhikari additionally took potshots at Abhishek Banerjee, the chief minister’s nephew, calling him a tolabaaj (extortionist).
The cause TMC leaders cited on Monday for cancelling Banerjee’s January 7 rally was that Akhil Giri, the legislator from the district’s Ramnagar constituency and the occasion’s organiser, had examined constructive for Covid-19.
On November 10, Adhikari threw his first veiled problem on the TMC whereas addressing a gathering in Nandigram. Till then, the variations between Adhikari and the TMC had not turn out to be public.
Adhikari, who hails from East Midnapore and whose father and older brother characterize two Lok Sabha seats within the district for the TMC, has claimed in his latest speeches that he performed the essential function within the Nandigram motion from the bottom because it started in 2007 whereas TMC leaders primarily based in Kolkata used to go to the disturbed zone solely for media protection.
Engaged in an uninterrupted trade of allegations and rhetoric since Adhikari’s defection, TMC and BJP leaders on Monday made the rally’s cancellation a problem.
“We cannot hold the rally without Giri. A rally will be held later,” stated panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee.
“Giri is the legislator from Ramnagar. What has he got to do with Nandigram? He cannot even assemble 500 people. The chief minister should stop milking Nandigram for political gains,” quipped Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, referring to the last decade-previous land motion at a press convention.
Significantly, Adhikari himself threw a problem on the chief minister when he addressed a rally at Kanthi, his hometown, on December 24, a day after he was branded a “traitor” at a TMC roadshow in the identical city. The TMC rally, which was addressed by Lok Sabha member Saugata Roy and concrete growth minister Firhad Hakim, was additionally organised by Giri.
“They (TMC) claim Mamata Banerjee will contest the coming assembly polls alone in the state and she has put in place the next generation of leadership. If that is true then why is she sending ministers to Midnapore? She will address a rally at Nandigram on January 7. I know what she is going to say. I will hold a rally in Nandigram the very next day and give her a befitting reply,” Adhikari stated on December 24.
Home Minister Amit Shah stated on Saturday that revolutionary Khudiram Bose is as a lot a delight for the entire of India as he’s of Bengal, hitting out at these indulging in “narrow” politics of regionalism.
Garlanding the statue of Khudiram on the freedom fighter’s ancestral residence right here, Shah stated that he has impressed the youths of the nation together with his slogan ‘Vande Mataram’ whereas he was hanged by the British in 1908 on the age of 18.
“I want to tell those who are doing narrow politics in Bengal that Khudiram Bose is as much a pride of India as he is of Bengal,” he stated.
He stated that freedom fighter Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, who gave his life for the nation, was additionally as a lot a son of Uttar Pradesh as he was of Bengal.
In an oblique dig on the ruling Trinamool Congress, he stated that these indulging in politics of regionalism ought to overcome it.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and different leaders of her social gathering have typically accused the BJP of bringing in “outsiders” to West Bengal forward of meeting elections, probably in April-May subsequent 12 months.
Shah stated that these courageous sons of the nation who fought and made nice sacrifices for Independence collectively “could never have imagined such narrow politics of regionalism”.
Maintaining that the nation can always remember the contributions of Bengal and its courageous males within the freedom battle, Shah stated that the longer term generations can be impressed to work for the trigger of the nation by the supreme sacrifice made by Khudiram Bose.
“With Geeta in his hands, Khudiram Bose had walked up the podium where he was hanged,” the BJP chief stated, remembering one of the youngest freedom fighters to have been executed by the British imperialists.
Shah stated that Khudiram was so well-liked among the many those that some weavers had began weaving his identify on garments, which turned an inspiration for the youths of Bengal to hitch the liberty motion.
Arriving on the ancestral home of Khudiram after touchdown at Midnapore city from Kolkata in a helicopter, the house minister greeted the revolutionary’s members of the family with shawls and mementos.
“I am having the feeling of a new consciousness on having had the opportunity to have touched this sacred soil on my forehead,” he stated.
“I want to tell the youths that though we have not had the occasion to give our lives for the country, we have got the opportunity to live for the nation. We should endeavour for building a strong and secure India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Shah stated.
The dwelling minister interacted with the members of the family of Khudiram Bose for a while earlier than visiting the centuries- outdated Siddheswari Mata temple close by.
He paid floral obeisance to the goddess and carried out ‘aarti’. PTI AMR SOM SOM
Having fulfilled his dream of becoming a member of the Grand Slam winners membership by taking the U.S. Open title this yr, Austrian Dominic Thiem is setting out his targets for 2021 and hopes to be standing on the podium on the Tokyo Olympics. The 27-yr-outdated misplaced three Grand Slam finals earlier than lastly successful at Flushing Meadows in September, turning into the primary participant outdoors the trio of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic to win a serious since 2016.
Thiem skipped the Rio Olympics in 2016 and was set to overlook Tokyo as a consequence of scheduling points earlier than the Games have been pushed again to 2021 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
While subsequent yr’s tennis calendar has but to be confirmed, the boys’s world quantity three mentioned Tokyo was pencilled into his plans.
“I am going to participate at the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo starting on July 23!” Thiem mentioned in a put up on his web site. “I have been thinking about it for a longer period of time, and next year it eventually fits into my tournament schedule.”
Thiem is coached by Chile’s Nicolas Massu, who gained each the singles and doubles gold medals in Athens in 2004.
“And I am looking forward to it to compete for a medal. My coach Nicolas Massu won two gold medals in Athens in 2004, he told me about the incredibly wonderful emotions,” he added.
“I want to feel these kind of emotions myself. For an athlete the atmosphere at the Olympics must be unique, I want to soak it all up.”