13 - 12 - 2019

BJP's mission West Bengal: 20-member team of IT, poll experts to prepare ground report

Kolkata, Dec 29,2018:The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has already launched preparations for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. As a part of its preparatory programme, the party paying special attention to the state of West Bengal and has planned to send a delegation of 20 members to the state to kickstart the same. BJP chief Amit Shah has appointed Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav to lead the delegation.

The 20-member delegation of the BJP, which is slated to reach Kolkata on Saturday, comprises media cell and IT cell experts. Sources told Zee News that top students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, Hyderabad, Powai and Chennai have also been included in the team. The IIT students are believed to be IT and call centre experts.

According to the sources, Bhupender Yadav has the responsibility to compile a detailed report on 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal. Amit Shah wants a comprehensive report on how many seats the BJP could win in West Bengal. He also seeks information about the seats where the BJP unit is in a strong position and where the party is relatively weaker.

Mamata Banerjee questions farm loan waivers, triggers speculation of rift with Congress

Kolkata, Dec 27,2018:West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has raised questions on the loan waivers for farmers being announced in several states. In an administrative meeting on Wednesday, the West Bengal Chief Minister said that while some were announcing farm loan waivers, she was gathering information to ascertain if the move actually benefitted people on the ground.

“There are some who are waiving farmers’ loans and I am gathering papers to find out whether farmers are actually benefited or not,” said the Trinamool Congress chief.

While Mamata targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over farmer insurance scheme, she also launched an attack on the Congress party without naming it by referring to loan waiver announcements. Her remark comes just days after newly-elected Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh announced loan waivers for farmers.

Reacting to the TMC chief’s attack over farmer insurance scheme, BJP leader Rahul Sinha termed her as a “worthless chief minister”. He said, “She (Mamata Banerjee) is a worthless Chief Minister. She herself cannot do that much for farmers and is saying this.”

The attack by Mamata over farm loan waiver, meanwhile, triggers speculation on whether she is distancing herself from the Congress party. Even when the Assembly election results were declared on December 11, Mamata had taken to Twitter to wish the people and not the Congress in particular. She, however, congratulated Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao separately for victory in the southern state. The Telangana Chief Minister also met Mamata in Kolkata days after the result.

 

CBI arrests veteran journalist Suman Chattopadhyay in chit fund scam

Kolkata, Dec 20,2018:The CBI has arrested Suman Chattopadhyay, an editor of a prominent Bangla newspaper, for allegedly receiving money from a ponzi scam operator I-Core group, officials said Thursday.

Suman Chattopadhyay, who is also a director in Disha Productions and Media Private Ltd, had allegedly received money from the ponzi scam in his company account as well as his personal account, they said.

The agency has alleged that the I-Core group which had allegedly raised over Rs. 3,000 crore from people offering high returns on investments had diverted a portion of the funds through the company of Suman Chattopadhyay, who is a senior journalist in West Bengal, they said.

He was called for questioning at the CBI office in Kolkata Wednesday and was taken into custody on Thursday, they said.

The officials said he will be produced before a special CBI court in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

The agency had taken over probe in the matter of I-Core group in 2014 registering a complaint under the relevant IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and cheating.

The case was registered on the basis of a Supreme Court order in 2014 directing the agency to take over all cases related to chit fund companies probed by the state police.

Its directors Anukul Maity and his wife Kanika were arrested by the agency last year.

Kolkata Man With Two Children Jumps In Front Of Train, Commits Suicide

KOLKATA, Dec 19,2018:A man committed suicide along with his two sons by jumping in front of a speeding train in West Bengal's East Bardhaman district, a Government Railway Police (GRP) official said on Tuesday.

The incident took place in East Bardhaman district's Masagram railway station in the wee hours of Tuesday.

"Rakesh Singh (28) jumped in front of a train at Masagram station, taking with him his two children, Ajay Singh (5) and Bijoy Singh (3). All three were hit by the train and died on the spot," an officer from the Kamarkundu GRPS said.

"Their bodies have been recovered and sent for autopsy. Primary investigation suggests the man committed suicide due to disputes with his wife and other family members," he said.

The police said that none of the family members have been called for interrogation as no complaint has been lodged in the case so far.

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.