TMC rebel Suvendu Adhikari joins BJP in presence of union minister Amit Shah at Midnapore rally – kolkata

Trinamool Congress (AITMC) rebel chief Suvendu Adhikari on Friday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of union minister Amit Shah at a rally in Midnapore. Adhikari left Trinamool Congress alleging that the get together has grow to be corrupt and there’s ‘extremely deep rot’ throughout the get together.

BJP Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh, chief Mukul Roy and senior chief Kailash Vijayvargiya had been additionally current in the ceremony with union minister Amit Shah. Shah is on a two-day go to to Bengal to take inventory of BJP’s preparations forward of the 2021 legislative meeting elections.

Adhikari after becoming a member of the ceremony stated that if the identical authorities which guidelines Delhi doesn’t rule Bengal then it would harm the state’s financial prospects.

Adhikari stated, “If the same government which rules in Centre does not rule West Bengal then it will hurt the state’s chances of development and economic prosperity.”

Adhikari additionally questioned chief minister Mamata Banerjee relating to her opposition in direction of Bharatiya Janata Party and reminded her that she was a associate of the NDA-led authorities when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister.

He additionally recalled that he was launched to Amit Shah in 2014 in Delhi by Uttar Pradesh well being minister Siddharth Nath Sinha. He additionally identified that regardless of understanding a number of BJP leaders not a single one of them ever requested him to modify sides.

Adhikari additionally stated, “When I was ill with Covid-19, the party (TMC) for whom I worked for 21 years did not feel the need to ask me how was I doing. It was only Amit Shah who felt the need to inquire about my health.”

The TMC rebel chief cited that who dares to oppose the hierarchy in Trinamool faces the wrath of the chief minister. He stated folks like Mukul Roy, Dilip Ghosh and Arjun Singh has been subjected to arrests beneath false circumstances as a result of they dared to boost their voice towards Banerjee.

Adhikari additionally stated that Banerjee won’t be able to defeat BJP utilizing police as her device and in the upcoming elections BJP will change the Trinamool Congress to type a authorities in West Bengal.

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Oxford Union debating society postpones Mamata Banerjee’s virtual address at last minute – kolkata

The Oxford Union debating society postponed the virtual address of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the last second on Wednesday afternoon, citing unexpected issues.

“The request has been made telephonically from the organisers’ end, citing some unforeseen problems, a brief while ago. The program with Oxford Union today stands cancelled,” the state dwelling division tweeted a couple of minutes earlier than the chief minister was alleged to ship the address.

Banerjee would have been the primary Indian lady chief and an administrative head to address the discussion board, in accordance with the Trinamool Congress.

The Oxford Union was based as a debating society within the early nineteenth century. Eminent personalities just like the Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa have addressed the union debates.

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Later, the union despatched a letter to Goutam Sanyal, principal secretary to the chief minister.

“I sincerely hope that the Hon’ble Chief Minister will understand, and might honour us with her esteemed presence at the earliest possible convenience to you. With your permission, I will pass your details onto my successor, to whom I hand over this Friday,” Beatrice Barr, president of the OU wrote in her letter to Sanyal.

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Trade union strike partially affects normal life in Bengal, 449 arrested – kolkata

Normal life was partially affected in West Bengal on Thursday as a result of a nationwide commerce union strike — the primary for the reason that lockdown — throughout which sporadic clashes had been reported in a number of elements of the state.

Around 449 individuals had been arrested in the state, 140 of them in Kolkata, whereas attempting to implement the strike, which started at 6 am, police mentioned.

The CPI(M) claimed that the 24-hour bandh referred to as by a joint committee of the central commerce unions in protest in opposition to the Centre’s financial insurance policies turned out to be a “complete success in West Bengal”.

The strike, which was additionally supported by the Congress, was extra of a litmus take a look at for each the events, which appear to be testing waters forward of the meeting polls in the state.

Bandh supporters, largely activists of CPI(M)- affiliated outfits corresponding to CITU and DYFI, introduced out rallies in Jadavpur, Garia, Kamalgazi and Dumdum areas, moreover different elements of the state, disrupting vehicular motion and asking shopkeepers to tug down shutters, an official mentioned.

They picketed outdoors Howrah railway station, threatening car operators to cease providers, however a big police contingent, deployed in the world, ensured automobiles plied usually, he mentioned.

Left activists blocked roads in Central Avenue, Hastings, Shyambazar and Moulali areas of Kolkata, whereas Congress staff tried to close down retailers in Burrabazar space, triggering stress, he mentioned.

Left Front Chairman Biman Bose led the protesters, as they restricted site visitors motion at Mallickbazar Crossing.

He alleged that the TMC authorities was attempting to muzzle a “spontaneous people’s movement” with brute power.

SFI activists blocked a portion of the highway close to Jadavpur 8B bus terminus and performed soccer and desk tennis.

Protesters clashed with the police at Barasat and Belgharia in North 24 Parganas, Paschim Barddhaman’s Durgapur, Coochbehar’s Mathabhanga, Dhupguri in Jalpaiguri and Midnapore city in Paschim Medinipur district, the official mentioned.

Suburban trains in the Sealdah division and Howrah- Kharagpur part got here to a halt as agitators sat on railway tracks at a number of stations, a railway spokesperson mentioned.

Kolkata Metro providers, nonetheless, weren’t affected.

Flight, too, took off from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport as per schedule, an official mentioned.

Banking providers had been partially affected in elements of the state as many branches and ATMs remained closed.

Operations on the Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port’s Kolkata Dock System confronted a brief setback, as 70 per cent of everlasting staff and 50 per cent of contractual staff didn’t be part of work in the town, officers mentioned, including that the Haldia dock functioned usually.

The strike had an opposed impression on the state’s jute business, with many mills remaining closed and a handful working at 30-50 per cent capability, sources on the Indian Jute Mills Association mentioned.

Several tea gardens in the Dooars area in North Bengal didn’t perform throughout the day, however the strike had little impact on the estates in Darjeeling Hills, a senior commerce union chief mentioned.

The bandh additionally affected coal manufacturing in the mines of the Eastern Coalfields Ltd in the western a part of the state, sources mentioned.

The TMC didn’t help the strike however mentioned it backed the problems flagged by the Left and the Congress.

“We are opposed to any bandh as we don’t believe in inconveniencing people. But we support the reason for which it has been called,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned.

CPI (M) politburo member Mohammed Salim mentioned that the strike was a “success” in Bengal.

Attempts by the state administration to scuttle the agitation show the idea of “tacit understanding” between the TMC and the BJP, he alleged.

“The BJP, through its protest at Majerhat, and the CM, through her press conference, tried to divert attention from the success of the strike,” he acknowledged.

Senior Congress chief and MP Pradip Bhattacharya additionally echoed Salim and mentioned “had the TMC been serious about supporting the reason for the bandh, its members would have joined the agitation.

Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh claimed that the way the TMC administration gave a free run to the agitators, it proves a “grand alliance of the TMC, CPI(M) and Congress” is in the offing.

“We have seen how the CPI(M) and Congress were allowed to have a free run. This proves a grand alliance is in the offing. We have defeated grand alliance in Bihar, and we will defeat it in Bengal also,” Ghosh mentioned. PTI SUS AMR BSM PNT RMS RMS

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‘Provisions in Constitution present to reduce political violence in Bengal’: Union minister Babul Supriyo – kolkata

Union Minister Babul Supriyo stated on Friday that the Trinamool Congress ought to mend its methods and desist from “intimidating voters”, in any other case there are provisions in the Constitution to handle such issues.

Supriyo alleged that greater than 130 BJP staff have been killed in West Bengal.

“The TMC should mend its ways. Only a few months are left for the elections. If the TMC members think they can intimidate voters and engage in political violence, then there are provisions in the Constitution to take care of such things,” he informed an area information channel.

Supriyo claimed that the individuals of the state have made up their thoughts to vote for the BJP in the meeting elections, that are doubtless to be held in April-May subsequent yr.

“We want the people who voted TMC to power to topple the present government through a democratic process,” stated Supriyo.

The TMC stated that Supriyo was hinting at imposing President’s rule in the state.

“If he was hinting at the imposition of Article 356 in Bengal, then he should first talk about the imposition of President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh where rule of law has ceased to exist,” TMC MP Sougata Roy stated. PTI PNT SOM SOM

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Resume Kolkata-London direct flights, Bengal CM urges union civil aviation ministry – kolkata

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged the union civil aviation ministry to renew direct flights between Kolkata and London, greater than a decade after they had been discontinued.

“I have asked the chief secretary to send a letter to the union civil aviation ministry. We have been pursuing this for the last ten years. We want this service to resume as many people want to go to Europe,” Banerjee mentioned on Tuesday.

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Air India had began a direct flight between Kolkata and London in 2005. The providers had been, nonetheless, discontinued in September 2008 due to poor load issue. British airways, too, moved out of the sector in March 2009.

Direct flights resumed beneath the Vande Bharat Mission with the primary one, carrying 14 passengers, touchdown in Kolkata on September 17.

“There is, however, a problem, I have been told. As passengers need to undergo a Covid test in London, it is taking time and flight seats are not getting filled up. If they (London authorities) can at least sanitise the plane, we can conduct rapid test of the passengers once they arrive in Kolkata. Covid patients would be shifted to safe house and hospitals. If we give these facilities, more passengers can come. We want the direct flight to continue as there is a huge demand,” Banerjee mentioned.

Authorities mentioned the Vande Bharat flights had been leaving London for Kolkata each Wednesday and Saturday and the return flights had been leaving Kolkata for Heathrow each Thursday and Sunday. The Vande Bharat providers are anticipated to proceed until October 24.

“Only two flights (under Vande Bharat) are operating every week. We want this to become permanent as Kolkata is a gateway to the northeast and there is a huge demand,” the chief minister added.

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