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Episode 420 July 3, 2019

TMC’s ‘cut money’ blowback, listing OBCs to SC and Mumbai rains

TMC leaders in the West Bengal are facing serious blowback and are now being hounded by people to return “cut money” or illegal commissions that they allegedly took from people to “facilitate” the grant of central and state government schemes. In the first segment, Ravik Bhattacharya who reports from West Bengal for the Indian Express, joins us to talk about how the agitations started, the system of “cut money” works in Bengal and how the BJP is taking advantage of this situation. Next, Apurva Vishwanath, who reports on courts and the law for the Indian Express, explains on what basis the UP government is trying to include 17 OBC groups in the Scheduled Castes (SC) list and how these communities are listed under their respective categories. And last, several people die in rain-related incidents in Mumbai.


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TMC’s ‘cut money’ blowback, listing OBCs to SC and Mumbai rainsTMC leaders in the West Bengal are facing serious blowback and are now being hounded by people to return "cut money" or illegal commissions that they allegedly took from people to "facilitate" the grant of central and state government schemes. In the first segment, Ravik Bhattacharya who reports from West Bengal for the Indian Express, joins us to talk about how the agitations started, the system of "cut money" works in Bengal and how the BJP is taking advantage of this situation. Next, Apurva Vishwanath, who reports on courts and the law for the Indian Express, explains on what basis the UP government is trying to include 17 OBC groups in the Scheduled Castes (SC) list and how these communities are listed under their respective categories. And last, several people die in rain-related incidents in Mumbai. You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook and Twitter @expresspodcasts, or send us an email at podcasts@indianexpress.com. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on www.indianexpress.com/audio.