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Lok Sabha election: Mamata Banerjee to address 100 rallies in 14 days

Kolkata, March 28,2019:West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will kick off her poll campaigning from April 4 and will address nearly 100 rallies across the state in 14 days.

"I will start poll campaigning from April 4 and will continue it till May 17. I will address nearly 100 rallies. I will also address rallies in Assam," Banerjee said while releasing the TMC's manifesto for Lok Sabha polls.

TMC sources said, she will be addressing at least two rallies in each of the 42 constituencies of the state.

Banerjee said she will visit Andhra Pradesh on March 31 to campaign for the ruling Telugu Desam Party as a mark of opposition unity.

Several other opposition leaders will also be going to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the TDP.

Banerjee and Naidu share a cordial relationship and the Andhra Pradesh chief minister had taken part in the January 19 mega opposition rally organised by TMC here.

Naidu had come to Kolkata again in February to express solidarity with Banerjee when she was on a dharna to protest the CBI's attempt to question the then city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

The TMC will be contesting six seats in Assam, three in Jharkhand, two in Bihar and one in Andaman.


Rahul kicks off Lok Sabha election campaign in Bengal, slams Mamata and Left

Kolkata, March 24,2019:Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of running the entire state according to her whims.

"Bengal is being run by just one person. She neither talks to anyone nor takes anybody`s suggestion. She does whatever she feels like," Gandhi said while addressing a rally in this town in Malda district, about 385 km north of Kolkata.

"Does Bengal not have any voice? Is it not important for Bengal to have its own voice? Should one person be allowed to run an entire state?" he asked.

Gandhi also accused Banerjee of having done nothing for the state`s people.

"Nothing has been done for the farmers, youths here. Unemployment is everywhere. Only Mamata ji`s speeches go on all day long. Tell me what has she (Banerjee) done for you? Has she revoked the taxes for the farmers? Has she given employment to the youths or helped out the small businessmen?" he questioned while the massive crowd responded with a resounding "No".

Alleging that the Congress activists face relentless attacks from `goons` of Bengal`s ruling Trinamool Congress every day, Gandhi said the situation will soon change.

Comparing the Banerjee government with the erstwhile Left Front regime in the state, Gandhi said both have failed to take Bengal on the path of development and claimed that the state can`t progress until the Congress forms the government here.

"You have seen the rule of CPI-M for years. They could not bring development. Then you chose Mamata Banerjee. But the situation in Bengal is the same. The atrocities that used to happen during the CPI-M rule are still happening under Mamata ji," he alleged.


West Bengal: BJP workers vandalise office against nomination of Nisith Pramanik from Coochbehar

Kolkata, March 23,2019:A group of BJP activists on Friday protested against the nomination of Nisith Pramanik, who recently switched to the saffron party from the Trinamool Congress, as a candidate from Coochbehar constituency in West Bengal.

They vandalised furniture, ransacked the party office in Coochbehar, and heckled district chief Malati Rava on Thursday night, alleging that she took a bribe from Pramanik.

"We do not want any turncoat to be selected from Coochbehar. The party did not consider leaders who have been fighting against Trinamool for years. We are disappointed," a worker said.

Refuting all the allegations against her, Rava said the central leadership had nominated Pramanik and the district leaders had "no say" in it.

"We, from the district, have not recommended him... They (BJP workers) are unhappy and expressed their dissatisfaction. It is a natural phenomenon in a political party and everything would be sorted out," she told IANS over phone.

Taking strong exception to the protest, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Dilip Ghosh said those not willing to accept the central leadership`s decision may leave the party.

"We have gained in strength in West Bengal over the past two-three years... As a cadre-based and disciplined party, we have to accept the decision. Those who are opposing it can leave us," he added.

According to party sources, Dipak Barman, a long time party worker, may fight from the seat as an Independent candidate.

Rava, however, ruled out any such possibility.


Chinese national arrested for flying drone over Kolkata's Victoria Memorial

Kolkata,March 19,2019: A Chinese national has been arrested in Kolkata for allegedly flying a camera-fitted drone over the Victoria Memorial and clicking aerial photographs of the iconic monument, the Kolkata Police said on Sunday.

The monument is situated close to the Fort William, the Eastern Command headquarters of the Indian Army.

The arrested person, identified as Li Zhiwei, was first spotted by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Saturday and was later handed over to the Kolkata Police. He has been sent to police custody till March 25.

Zhiwei, 34, a resident of Shenzen City in China, was caught red-handed by the on duty CISF personnel while he was flying a drone fitted with a camera inside the premises of the Victoria Memorial and clicking photographs of the monument from all directions with the help of a remote control and his mobile phone without any valid permission," the police said.

He was handed over to the Hastings police station on Saturday evening along with a brown coloured drone and a remote control.

"The accused has been arrested for violating the regulation of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Further probe into the matter is on," the police added.


In a first, Trinamool Congress fields 40.5% women candidates

KOLKATA,March 13,2019: In a first, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) has fielded 40.5 per cent women candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, up from 35 per cent last time. 

West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee announced the names of the 42 candidates on Tuesday, out of which 17 are women. 

“I want to thank Ma Mati Manush. Greetings to all. Today we announced our list of 2019 Lok Sabha candidates for Bengal & some other States.I am all the more happy & proud because 41% of our candidates (17/42 seats) are women. Trinamool’s list speaks for itself #UnityInDiversity,” tweeted the party chief.

“This is a proud moment for us," Banerjee said while briefing the media. “I would be more happy if I could have given 50 percent to women.”

These candidates and the constituencies from which they'll contest are:

1. Satabdi Roy: Birbhum
2. Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar: Barasat
3. Sreemati Dev Varma (Moon Moon Sen): Asansol
4. Arpita Ghosh: Balurghat
5. Mausam Noor: Maldaha North
6. Rupali Biswas: Ranaghat
7. Mohua Moitra: Krishnanagar
8. Mamata Thakur: Bangaon
9. Sajda Ahmed: Uluberia
10. Nusrat Jahan: Basirhat
11. Pratima Mondal: Jaynagar
12. Mimi Chakraborty: Jadavpur
13. Mala Roy: Kolkata South
14. Dr Ratna De Nag: Hooghly
15. Aparupa Poddar: Arambag
16. Beerbaha Soren: Jhargram
17. Mamtaz Sanghamita: Bardhaman-Durgapur


Trinamool Congress releases list of its candidates for Lok Sabha election

 Kolkata, March 12,2019: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced a list of TMC candidates for the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state. 

Announcing the list, Mamata said that six sitting MPS will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and will work for the organisation. She also said that this time, at least 41 per cent nominees of Trinamool Congress candidates will be women. "Trinamool Congress will field 41 per cent female candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. This is a proud moment for us." 

This year, the party will also contest seats in Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar and Andaman, said the TMC supremo. 

Take a look at Trinamool Congress candidates list for 42 seats: 

  1. Coochbehar: Sri Paresh Chandra Adhikary
  2. Alipurduar: Sri Dasrath Tirkey
  3. Jaipaiguri: Sri Bijoy Chandra Barman
  4. Darjeeling: Sri Amar Singh Rai 
  5. Raiganj: Sri Kanaia Lal Agarwal
  6. Balurghat: Sri Arpita Ghosh
  7. Maldaha Uttar Smt. Mausam Noor
  8. Maldaha Dakshin: Dr. Moazzem Hossain
  9. Jangipur: Janab Khalilur Rahaman
  10. Baharampur: Sri Apurba Sarkar
  11. Murshidabad: Janab Abu Taher
  12. Krishnagar: Ms. Mahua Moitra
  13. Ranaghat: Smt. Rupali Biswas
  14. Bongaon: Smt. Mamatabala Thakur
  15. Barrackpore: Sri Dinesh Trivedi
  16. Dum Dum: Prof. Saugata Ray
  17. Barasat: Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar
  18. Basirhat: Nusrat Jahan
  19. Joynagar (SC): Smt. Pratima Mondal
  20. Mathurapur (SC): Sri CM Jatua
  21. Diamond Harbour: Sri Abhishek Banerjee
  22. Jadavpur: Ms. Mimi Chakraborty
  23. Kolkata Dakshin: Smt. Mala Roy
  24. Kolkata Uttar: Sri Sudip Bandyopadhyay
  25. Howrah: Sri Prasun Banerjee
  26. Uluberia: Sajda Ahmed
  27. Serampore: Sri Kalyan Banerjee
  28. Hooghly (SC): Dr. Ratna De (Nag)
  29. Arambagh: Smt Aparupa Podda
  30. Tamluk: Sri Dibyendu Adhikari
  31. Kanthi:  Sri Sisir Adhikari
  32. Ghatal (ST): Sri Deepak Adhikari (Dev)
  33. Jhargram: Mr. Birbaha Soren
  34. Medinipur: Dr. Manas Bhuina
  35. Purulia (SC): Dr. Mriganka Mahato
  36. Bankura: Sri Subrata Mukherjee
  37. Bishnupur (SC): Sri Shymal Santra
  38. Bardhaman Purba (SC): Sri Sunil Kumar Mondal
  39. Asansol: Sreemati Dev Verma (Moon Moon Sen)
  40. Bardhaman-Durgapur: Dr. Mamtaz Sanghamitra
  41. Bolpur (SC): Sri Asit Mal
  42. Birbhum: Smt. Satabdi Roy

Attacking the Narendra Modi-led government, Mamata said that she had information that VVIPs were using choppers and chartered flights to transport money to distribute among voters 'as a bribe'.

Lok Sabha election in West Bengal will begin on April 11 and polling would be held in seven phases till May 19, followed by the counting which would take place on May 23, the Election Commission on Sunday. 
The Trinamool presently represents 32 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats.