11 - 12 - 2018

Assembly poll results prove BJP is nowhere: Mamata Banerjee

KOLKATA, Dec 11,2018:Reacting to the early trends in the  five – state assembly election result 2018, in which the Congress party is leading in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in a series of tweets, hailed democracy and said that this was the verdict of the people.

"Victory of democracy and victory against injustice, atrocities, destruction of institutions, misuse of agencies, no work for poor people , farmers, youth, Dalits, SC, ST, OBC, minorities and general caste," Mamata tweeted as trends poured in from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram.

Congratulating the winners of the assembly polls, she said, "Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the man of the match’ of democracy. My congrats to the winners."

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh's vehicle attacked, protests erupt

COOCH BEHAR, Dec 7,2018: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh's vehicle was attacked by some identified miscreants on Thursday at Sitalkuchi area of Cooch Behar district which triggered protests by his party workers in the area. 

According to ANI, Ghosh had gone to the Cooch Bihar district to take part in BJP's 'Rath Yatra,' where his vehicle was attacked allegedly by ruling Trinamool Congress party goons.

The BJP has alleged TMC's hand in the attack. 

Ghosh was attacked when he was on his way to Mathabhanga in the district.

"I was attacked for the 10th time. There were TMC workers who attacked my car and shouted slogans demanding that I should go back. The police, as always, were mute spectators,'' Ghosh said.

''Some of my party workers were also injured during the violence," Ghosh said.

“Today in presence of police, the TMC goons attacked him (Ghosh). To condemn the incident, we're on streets to give notice that if such activities continue, it proves Bengal has no democracy,'' Mukul Roy of BJP said.


The district police administration said they are looking into the matter

The incident triggered widespread protest by the BJP workers in the area.

The attack on Ghosh's convoy coincided with the Kolkata High Court's refusal to grant permission to BJP for holding 'Rath Yatra' from Cooch Behar in West Bengal.

The Calcutta High Court had earlier on Thursday denied permission to the BJP for holding Rath Yatra.

Notably, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal had earlier denied permission for the proposed Rath Yatra, which was slated to be attended by BJP president Amit Shah.

Denying the permission for the Rath Yatra, the Calcutta High Court scheduled the next hearing in the case on January 9, 2019.

 

TMC, BJP teams reach Nadia, one more arrested

Shantipur, Dec 2,2018:The Trinamool Congress and BJP sent delegations to visit Shantipur area of Nadia on Friday, two days after the hooch tragedy that has claimed 12 lives so far. While the BJP accused the ruling party of earning large sums of money from the sale of spurious alcohol, the Trinamool asked local authorities and police to work together to curb the menace.

The visits coincided with the police making another arrest in the case, said sources. The BJP delegation, led by party national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and  Mukul Roy, met the victims’ families and visited the local hospital. “BJP has banned the sale of liquor in the states where it rules. Why can’t the TMC government also ban the sale of liquor in West Bengal?” Roy said.

Vijayvargiya questioned the state government for allowing so many liquor shops in the state. “It is acomplete failure of the government. If illicit alcohol is supplied from Bihar and Jharkhand, then why can’t their officials stop it? Instead of putting blame on other states, if they start tracing the actual people (in the hooch trade), half of them would be from TMC.”

Nadia hooch tragedy: West Bengal suspends 11 officials, hands over case to CID

SHANTIPUR,Nov 29,2018: Hours after seven persons died following alleged consumption of spurious liquor in Bengal’s Nadia district, the West Bengal government suspended 11 officials and handed over the case to CID for investigation. 

The suspended officials are - Officer-in-charge of Santipur Circle, ex-officer in charge of Santipur circle, eight constables, deputy excise collector of Ranaghat Range. 

The West Bengal government also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased.  

Six men and one woman died while several others fell sick after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Chowdhuripara, Nadia. Deceased's family members claimed that they dead had allegedly consuming spurious liquor. Police is yet to confirm the cause of death.

"Some reports suggest that this liquor was brought to Nadia from neighbouring Bihar, Jharkhand. But, CID will now carry out a thorough investigation and ensure that the guilty are brought to book," said a senior official of West Bengal Police. 

“The cause of death is yet to be known. We are waiting for the post mortem report and only then the cause of the death will be ascertained,” said Rupesh Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Nadia district. 

Locals claim that several small hubs selling country made liquor has recently surfaced in the area. People assemble in these hubs and drinking has become a major cause or concern in the local neighbourhood. 

According to reports, a group assembled at one such hub in Choudhuripara and consumed the liquor. After retiring to their homes, they felt uneasy and most of them were rushed to the Kalna Hospital in Burdwan district. 

On arrival at the hospital, four were declared dead. Three others remained critical however, all of them succumbed to illness. 

Meanwhile, police launched massive raids across the area and recovered several litres of spurious liquor. However, the main kingpin of the network is at large. 

 

Mamata Condoles Jaffer Sharief’s Death

Kolkata, Nov 26,2018:West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday expressed her deep grief over the passing away of veteran Congress leader and former Union minister CK Jaffer Sharief. Banerjee remembered having met Sharief for the first time after she became an MP. “Saddened at the passing away of very senior politician and former Union Minister CK Jaffer Sharief. He had a special affection for me. Met him in my first term as MP. My condolences to his family and his many admirers,” Banerjee wrote on her twitter handle.Sharief passed away Sunday at a private hospital in Bengaluru following a cardiac arrest. He was 85.Family sources said Sharief was not keeping well for quite some time. He is survived by two daughters.

 

Firhad Hakim, New Mayor Of Kolkata Municipal Corporation

Kolkata,Nov 23,2018:  West Bengal Urban Development Minister and Minister of Municipal Affairs Firhad Hakim has been selected as the new Mayor Of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Atin Ghosh as the Deputy Mayor of KMC.

This is the first time somebody from minority community will get the position of Mayor in Kolkata Municipal Corporation after Independence.

The selection has been done. It is only a wait to announce officially. Reportedly, Mamata Banerjee will announce the name on Thursday afternoon. A meeting likely to take place at Uttirno at Alipore.

Firhad Hakim has been given the charge of State Firebrigade and State Housing Ministry before former Mayor given resignation. Three names were in the list. Babi Hakim, Arup Biswas were the most reliable person in this list.

According to the present law, one can not be a Mayor without being a councilor. According to the source, the bill will given as an amendment process of the law. He will be selected as the councilor within six months of Mayorship.