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Elections 2021 Highlights: Mamata accuses Amit Shah of ‘trying to incite violence’ in Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would continue to raise her voice against any attempt to divide voters on communal lines.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 10, 2021 6:57:43 am
Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Kolkata. (PTI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday accused Home Minister Amit Shah of pressuring police to “engage in all forms of unethical acts” and alleged he was trying to incite violence in the state, PTI reported.

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Meanwhile, a day after the Election Commission served her a notice for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) with her appeal last week to minority voters not to divide their votes between different political parties, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would continue to raise her voice against any attempt to divide voters on communal lines.

Ahead of phase 4 of the West Bengal Assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held public programs in Kolkata, Bhabanipur, Jagatdal and Madhyamgram today. Party president J P Nadda also participated in roadshows at Chakdaha in Nadia district and Bardhaman in Purba Bardhaman district.

Also in Bengal, TMC candidate Girindra Nath Barman was allegedly attacked by BJP workers while he was returning from an election campaign yesterday. “BJP goons vandalised his car & attacked him. He has sustained head injuries. We demand action,” a TMC worker told ANI.

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20:07 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Amit Shah holds roadshow in Bengal's Jaggadal

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Friday took part in a colourful roadshow at Jagaddal in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district. Shah waved at the crowd from atop a truck which was decked up with flowers and the BJP's symbol, lotus.

A large number of people converged on Ghoshpara Road as they walked following a convoy of vehicles to cover a distance of over a kilometre in the town which is part of the Barrackpore industrial belt.

Holding flags of the party and saffron and green balloons, participants of the roadshow chanted slogans such as 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Amit Shah Zindabad'.

They also shouted slogans against the ruling Trinamool Congress. (PTI)

19:35 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Mamata Banerjee alleges Amit Shah trying to incite violence in Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday alleged Home Minister Amit Shah was trying to incite violence in the state and egging the police to engage in unethical acts. The TMC supremo advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to control Shah, as he may incite riots in the state.

"I have not seen such a 'gunda' (gangster), `dangabaaz' (rioteer) home minister in my entire life. Amit Shah is more dangerous than a tiger. People fear talking to him. I will urge PM Narendra Modi to control Amit Shah first. He is inciting riots here," Banerjee said while addressing a rally in Memari in Purba Bardhaman district.

Accusing Shah of pressuring police to "engage in all forms of unethical acts", she described the ongoing assembly elections in the state, as a bid "to protect the respect of Bengal".

"This election is to stop people from turning Bengal into another Gujarat," she said. (PTI)

19:19 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Assam to order probe into 'spotting of polling officers with ballot papers'

The Cachar district administration in Assam on Friday said it will conduct an enquiry into media reports that a few "election officers" were spotted with ballot papers here.

A preliminary investigation revealed that no official engaged in the polling process was involved in the reported incident, district Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli told PTI.

According to the media reports, the "polling officers were seen with ballot papers on Thursday night". "Election officers do not discharge their duties at night. Since a section of media reported that a few election officers were spotted with ballot papers last night, we will order an enquiry into it," she said.

Silchar constituency went to the poll in the second phase of the assembly elections on April 1. (PTI)

17:36 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Mamata’s remarks against central forces shows frustration: Amit Shah

Coming down hard on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Home Minister Amit Shah Friday said her remarks against central forces shows her frustration over “impending defeat” in the Assembly elections.

He exuded confidence that the BJP will win anywhere between 63 and 68 seats where polling has been held in the first three phases. Polling is over in 91 of the state’s 294 assembly constituencies in the three phases.

“I Have never seen a chief minister or the president of a political party use the kind of words Mamata Banerjee is using against central forces. Is she trying to create anarchy? Does she want disturbance?. More details here.

Amit Shah

17:34 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Will continue speaking about CPRF interference: Mamata Banerjee

Reacting sharply to the notice served on her by the Election Commission of India for her comments over central forces intimidating voters, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit out at the poll panel, saying that she would continue speaking about CRPF interference till it stops working for the BJP.

Iterating that the ECI was working at the behest of the BJP, Banerjee said, the prime minister campaigns on polling days, yet there is no ruling that he has violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

Speaking at a rally at Jamalpur in Purba Bardhaman, the TMC chief said, "I will continue speaking about interference by CPRF till it stops working for the BJP. Will salute the force, once it does. I do not care anything about your (ECI's) showcause letters."  (PTI)

14:33 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Convoy of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat allegedly attacked by TMC workers in Kolkata

A group of TMC workers allegedly attacked Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat's convoy in Kolkata yesterday, ANI reported. 

14:31 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Amit Shah holds door-to-door campaign in Bhawanipuri, Kolkata
14:11 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Mamata's fulminations against CAPF betrays frustration: Shah

Coming down hard on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday her fulminations against central forces betrayed frustration over "impending defeat" in the Assembly elections. He exuded confidence that the BJP will win anywhere between 63 and 68 seats where polling has been held in the first three phases.

Polling is over in 91 of the state's 294 assembly constituencies in the three phases. "I Have never seen a chief minister or the president of a political party use the kind of words Mamata Banerjee is using against central forces. Is she trying to create anarchy? Does she want disturbance? I want her to have some common sense. She should know that central forces do not function under the home ministry during elections. They are under the control of the Election Commission," he told a press conference. (PTI)

13:44 (IST)09 Apr 2021
'Information on vaccine shortage is not right,' says Shah

"The information on vaccine shortage is not right. All states are being provided adequate number of vaccine doses," Home Minister Amit Shah said at a press conference in Kolkata. 

13:05 (IST)09 Apr 2021
'BJP will win 63-68 seats in the first three phases in Bengal,' says Shah

At a press conference in Kolkata, Home Minister Amit Shah said that the BJP has received unprecedented support in West Bengal during the ongoing Assembly Elections. "As per our estimation, BJP will win between 63 to 68 seats in the three phases," he added. (ANI)

13:01 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Is Mamata pushing people towards anarchy? Shah on Mamata's 'gherao CRPF' comment

Addressing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's controversial comments on the central forces in the state, Home Minister Amit Shah said: "The frustration of TMC is very much evident from their action and speeches. I haven't seen such a leader or CM in my life who give statements to 'gherao CRPF'. Is she pushing the people towards anarchy? I don't understand."

"When CAPF is deployed for poll duty, it doesn't come under the jurisdiction of the Home Ministry. It comes under Election Commission," he added. 

This comes after Banerjee, at an election rally in Cooch Behar, alleged that CRPF personnel were keeping people from casting their vote. (ANI)

12:26 (IST)09 Apr 2021
‘Completely false and provocative’: Mamata gets EC notice for her remarks on Central forces

Calling her statements against the Central Paramilitary Forces “completely false and provocative,” the Election Commission on Friday issued a notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and asked her to explain her stand on the same before 11 am Saturday.

If Banerjee fails to explain herself, action would be taken against her for violating the Model Code of Conduct as well as sections 186, 189, 505 of the IPC, the notice said.

In a strongly worded notice, the poll body deemed the statements made by the TMC supremo on May 28 and April 7 as an attempt to “berate and vilify Central Paramilitary Forces during the electoral process.” This, it adds, was “causing extreme demoralisation amongst the ranks and file of these forces.” Read the full report here. 

12:23 (IST)09 Apr 2021
SC refuses to entertain petition seeking CBI investigation into Mamata Nandigram attack

The Supreme Court has refused to entertain a petition seeking a CBI investigation into the alleged incident at Nandigram in West Bengal, which left the state Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee injured on March 10, ANI reported. 

11:41 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Convoy of BJP candidate from South Howrah allegedly attacked

The convoy of Rantidev Sengupta, BJP's candidate from South Howrah was allegedly attacked by unidentified persons yesterday, ANI reported. "People who attacked my vehicle were raising 'khela hobe' slogans. A party has accepted its defeat so they are resorting to such attacks," Sengupta said. 

10:34 (IST)09 Apr 2021
EC issues 2nd notice to Mamata over 'Gherao CRPF' remark

The Election Commission (EC) has issued a notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking her to explain her stand on her recent comments about central forces in the state by April 10. This is the second notice issued to her by the EC. 

"Keep an eye on CRPF personnel. Gherao them because they do not let people cast their votes. While one team will engage them in conversations the other team will cast votes. This is how everyone can exercise their franchise," Banerjee had said at an election rally in Cooch Behar earlier. 

10:12 (IST)09 Apr 2021
BJP alleges its office in Durgapur was vandalised by TMC workers

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in Basudha area of Durgapur was allegedly vandalised by TMC workers yesterday. "TMC goons have vandalised our office. If they think BJP can be stopped by such attacks then they are wrong. People are with us," a BJP worker told ANI. 

09:44 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Nandigram Rally: Suvendu Adhikari gets EC notice for ‘hate speech’

The Election Commission of India has sent a notice to BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct in a speech he made at a Nandigram rally on March 29.

According to the Election Commission, they received a complaint from CPI (ML) politburo member Kavita Krishnan, in which it was alleged that Adhikari delivered a hate speech at the Nandigram rally. An authenticated transcript of the alleged speech was also received from the Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal, said the Commission.

“The statement by Suvendu Adhikari has been examined in the Commission and the same has been found to be in violation of the clauses,” read a portion of the notice by ECI to Adhikari. Read the report here. 

09:43 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Tollyganj: From box office to ballot box, where stars cross paths

THE political battlefield in West Bengal is a star-studded affair this time, with names from its film and television industries arrayed on both sides of the divide. Now the rift is also playing out in the very home of Tollywood — the Tollyganj Assembly constituency in South Kolkata that votes on April 10.

The TMC, which has assiduously courted stars in its climb to power, counts Tollyganj as among its strongholds, having won the seat since 2001. For the last three elections, it has been won by the party’s Aroop Biswas, the West Bengal PWD Minister.

However, in the BJP corner this time is a name with as much star power — MP, Union minister and popular singer Babul Supriyo, counted by some as among BJP chief minister candidates. The Sanyukta Morcha’s candidate is a name as at home in Tollyganj: actor Debdoot Ghosh. Read the report here. 

09:42 (IST)09 Apr 2021
Battle of ideas Ahead of elections, when religion divides, unites: A tale of two towns

Bauria and Dhulagarh are 15 km and a world apart. While Bauria is a model for religious amity, Dhulagarh, the site of a communal clash in 2016, still nurses deep scars. Shaped by their experiences, the voters of Bauria and Dhulagarh have very different expectations of the elections. The Indian Express reports.

Bauria

(District Howrah, part of Uluberia Purba Assembly constituency )

The 400 sqft Samadhi Baba Ashram in Bauria is mandir for some; mazar for the others. Locals say the centuries old shrine is the final resting place of a fakir called Syed Baba Abid Ali by Muslims and Nityanand Goswami Mahato Maharaj by Hindus.

“On Friday, there are more Muslims in this room and on Mondays, there are more Hindus. That’s the only difference here. We haven’t put even a curtain between the Shivalinga and the tomb because that’s the way it has been for centuries,” said Shyamal Babu, a retired bank employee who maintains the shrine with his wife Seema. Read the full report here. 

09:39 (IST)09 Apr 2021
TMC candidate from Mathabhanga alleges he was attacked by BJP workers

TMC candidate Girindra Nath Barman was allegedly attacked by BJP workers while he was returning from an election campaign yesterday. “BJP goons vandalised his car & attacked him. He has sustained head injuries. We demand action,” a TMC worker told ANI.

Election People queue up to vote at the Diamond Harbour constituency in West Bengal. (Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)

The Election Commission Thursday issued a notice to BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari for 'communal overtones' of his speech made on March 29 aimed at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Addressing a poll rally in West Bengal's Damjur, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said the Election Commission could serve her ten notices but she would only urge people to vote unitedly without any division. "How many complaints have been filed against Narendra Modi? He does Hindu-Muslim every day," ANI quoted her as saying.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed that West Bengal is not a safe place for women under the TMC government and if the BJP comes to power, anti-romeo squads would be formed in the state just like UP.

BJP President JP Nadda held three roadshows in Alipurduar, Dinhata, and Mekliganj ahead of the fourth and final phase of the Assembly elections in the state.

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