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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. 


Rabindranath Tagore's statue vandalised in West Bengal

Kolkata, March 9,2019:A statue of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was vandalised near Kolkata in West Bengal, news agency ANI reported on Saturday. 

The incident took place in Bidhannagar and was done by three men, according to a TMC Councillor. While two of them managed to escape, the third person was caught and handed over to the police.

Speaking on the incident, Trinamool Congress (TMC) Councillor, Nirmal Dutta said, "Three men vandalised the statue, we caught one of them while the other two managed to escape. We don't know why they did it. The one who was caught has been handed over to the police."

More details are awaited.

State funeral, 21-gun salute for Matua matriarch Binapani Devi, who died aged 100, in West Bengal today

Kolkata, March 6,2019: The West Bengal government has announced a state funeral and 21-gun salute for  Matua community matriarch Binapani Devi, who died at the state-run SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday. Binapani Devi, popularly known as 'Boro ma', died following a multi-organ failure at the age of 100.

According to doctors, she died around 8.52 PM on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had condoled her death.

"Last month, I had the honour of seeking the blessings of Boro Ma Binapani Thakur at Thakurnagar. I will always cherish the interaction I had with her. We stand in solidarity with the Matua community in this hour of sadness," PM Modi tweeted.

'I am deeply pained at passing away of Matua matriarch Boro Ma Binapani Thakur. My condolences to her family & my brothers & sisters of Matua Community at this moment of grief. It was a great opportunity for me to meet Boro Ma last November, on the centenary of her birthday,'' Mamata said in a tweet.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to inform that Binapani Devi would be given a state funeral with gun salute on Wednesday.

"After overseeing arrangements I just left the hospital. 6 senior ministers there to take care of the last rites. She will be accorded state-funeral with gun salute tomorrow (Wednesday). We are proud to have conferred Banga Bibhusan on Boro Ma. May her soul rest in peace," Mamata said in a tweet.

Matua votes were considered a major factor in the Trinamool Congress's win in the 2011 and 2016 Assembly polls.

Mamata Bala Thakur, a member of Boro Ma's family, is a Trinamool Congress parliamentarian.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Boro Ma this February during his visit to Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas district where he addressed a rally.

Thakurnagar is the headquarters of the Matua Mahasangh, the organisation of the the community.

With an estimated population of 30 lakh in the state, Matuas can influence results in at least five Lok Sabha seats in North and South 24 Parganas districts.