An article in Ganashakti reiterated the stance of CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra, alleging that the “unofficial understanding” between the BJP and Trinamool Congress was responsible for their defeat.
Mamata — in the last few weeks — has been carefully planning the political direction that her party will take, said sources. Cabinet ministers and party leaders could not meet her weeks before the results.
Sources close to state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and former state party chief Manas Bhunia maintain that their leaders should be considered for the post if the Left-Congress alliance comes to power.
Brought to vote on a rickety cart, Akkel Ali asked his son the obvious question: “How do I vote?” The son, a first-timer himself, read the poster at the booth carefully and finally explained to his father.
“Cooch Behar was never a part of India and now we have to bow our heads to rules and regulations that aren’t ours...we have adapted to the Constitution and democracy but it is not in our blood...we want our lost glory back, ” said Ananta Rai, ‘Maharaja’ of Cooch Behar.
This is not the first time that Mamata Banerjee has singled out and accused the ABP group -- dailies Anandabazaar Patrika and The Telegraph, along with Bengali news channel ABP Ananda -- of being partisan.
Though an unprecedented presence of central forces’ personnel prevented any major violence — parties, across the spectrum, remained on tenterhooks. Never before, they claimed, had voters been this “covert”.
The Trinamool congress was caught on a wrong foot on Saturday when party leader Derek O’Brien showed a picture to media persons in which BJP leader Rajnath Singh was seen offering ‘laddu’ to CPI (M) leader Prakash Karat.