The numbers at the Maidan have been swelling and now they are in their hundreds, as women come with husbands and children, and students drop in to lend support, shouting slogans such as 'azadi', 'halla bol' and 'inquilab zindabad'.
The Prime Minister said the dispute that has arisen over CAA has made the world take notice of the persecution of minorities in Pakistan. “Had we not amended the citizenship law, this “vivaad” (dispute) would not have arisen. Had this dispute not arisen, the world would not have known about the kind of atrocities that were perpetrated on the (religious) minorities in Pakistan,” he said.
Stressing on her government’s focus on rural and medium and small scale business, the CM on Thursday said that her government would start procuring materials meant for relief aid from weaver’s cooperative society.
“Three months of GST revenue, that is Rs 2,200 crore, is Bengal’s due. If the Centre will not pay this month’s dues, it will jump to 3,000 crore. I will raise this issue for Bengal at the GST Council,” Amit Mitra said.
Government sources said among the Bills for which the Governor has not given his nod yet are West Bengal (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 that makes lynching punishable by death sentence and West Bengal State Commission for SC and ST Bill.
The government also plans to increase the number of charging stations in and around the city. If things go as per plan, the transport department would convert its entire bus fleet to electric models in a few years from now.
Once a Congress bastion, which was represented by one person — Gyan Singh Sohanpal also popularly known as ‘Chacha’ — for 10 times, the constituency turned saffron in 2016 as the urban voters elected Dilip Ghosh, the state BJP chief, who defeated Sohanpal by over 4,000 votes.
Sources in the CBI said the probe into the sale of Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s paintings and Saradha scam had overlapping zones since some of the owners of the deposit mobilising company had allegedly bought the paintings during exhibitions organised by the party mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’ in 2010 and 2011.
“Help them (cyclone-affected people) in the way in which you saved them. For some days, don’t look at duty time. Do as much work you can. If necessary, work for 12 hours. Don’t worry, we will compensate you in other ways later,” she told the officials at the meeting.
Mamata, who reached here after taking an aerial survey of the affected areas, also directed setting up of similar task force, led by the district magistrate, in each of the affected districts to monitor relief work.
Shaken by the tragedy, villagers have spent sleepless nights since Tuesday. Around 3 am on Thursday, people started milling around the ground, where a makeshift structure was set up to keep the coffins.