13 - 12 - 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.

Sovan Chatterjee Resigns As Minister. Mamata Banerjee Asks Him To Quit As Kolkata Mayor Too

Kolkata,Nov 21,2018: Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sovan Chatterjee, who is the Fire and Emergency Services and Housing minister in West Bengal, resigned from the state cabinet on Tuesday, news agency ANI reported. Reports also suggested that he would also quit as mayor of Kolkata city. As per the news agency,  State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim has taken charge of both departments. 

Following his resignation, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has asked him to quit his post as Kolkata Mayor as well by tomorrow, news agency PTI reported. As per sources, Banerjee is said to be livid at his decision to resign from the state cabinet. Notably, this will be the first time in the party's history when a mayor would be resigning from his or her post.

Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat, Banerjee said, "He had earlier expressed his will to resign four-five times... We thought that he will realise (his mistakes). He resigned today and we have accepted it. He has also been asked to quit the post of city mayor."

Chatterjee's resignation letter has been forwarded to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. "Firhad Hakim will take additional responsibilities of the two departments held by Chatterjee. Since a mayor has to be elected, we will decide on it later,"  the chief minister told reporters. She added that Kolkata Municipal Corporation Commissioner Khalil Ahmed has been directed to oversee operations of the civic body for the meantime.

Chandrababu Naidu meets Mamata Banerjee in Howrah, announces postponement of Opposition conclave in Delhi

KOLKATA, Nov 20,2018: Telugu Desam Party chief and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday arrived in Kolkata to discuss details of forming a non-BJP alliance with the like-minded parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Naidu later met his West Bengal counterpart and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in Howrah in the evening, according to ANI.

Naidu had reached Kolkata in the afternoon from where he left for Nabanna where he was received by Mamata Didi herself.Following his meeting with Mamata, the TDP president announced the postponement of a November 22 opposition conclave in Delhi to chalk out details of the proposed anti-BJP front.

Emerging from an hour-long meeting with his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee here, Naidu told reporters that the fresh date for the meeting of non-BJP parties will be announced very soon.Flanked by the Trinamool Congress chief, Naidu attacked the NDA government at the Centre alleging that institutions like the CBI, ED, Income Tax department, RBI and CAG are under "severe pressure".

Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal governments had on Friday withdrawn the 'general consent' accorded to the CBI to conduct probe and raids in their states."We wanted to meet on November 22 earlier because of the elections... We wanted to make it before Parliament (winter) session.

"Those who are opposing the BJP will join and discuss. We will chalk out a programme to move forward take this momentum further on the agenda to protect the nation," the Telugu Desam Party chief said, adding the fresh date for the meeting will be decided very soon.

Ahead of meeting the West Bengal Chief Minister, Naidu had earlier held crucial discussions with Janata Dal-Secular chief and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and DMK chief MK Stalin over the possibility of forging a Mahagathbandhan or Grand Alliance of secular parties.

Mamata Banerjee was possibly the first non-BJP leader who tried to unite the Opposition ever since the Centre took the move to ban the old currency notes of high denomination.Even at that point in time, she had reached out to CPI-M's Sitaram Yechiry for holding a joint protest against the Centre's move.

Mamata had earlier mooted the theory of one-to-one fight against the Narendra Modi-powered BJP.''Whoever is strong in whichever area should fight out the BJP and others should support that party,'' she had suggested.However, Mamata 'didi' has still not confirmed whether she will attend the big Magathbandhan meeting on November 22 or send some representative.

Mamata has, meanwhile, called a meeting in Kolkata on January 19 where she has invited big political players of the country.Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, MK Stalin and several others have given their consent to take part in the grand anti-BJP show in Kolkata.