"We feel insulted and humiliated. A dictatorship is going on. The Prime Minister is feeling so insecure that he did not even listen to the chief ministers. What is this fear about?" Mamata Banerjee asked.
Representing the four, senior lawyer Abhishek Singhvi and advocate and TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee approached the Calcutta High Court Division Bench in the morning. But the matter will be heard only on Wednesday along with the CBI plea of transfer of case out of West Bengal.
They were granted interim bail by the court of the Special CBI Judge (1) that was stayed by the Calcutta High Court which frowned on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dharna at the CBI office earlier in the day.
During its campaign for the state Assembly polls, the BJP had alleged that the Trianmool Congress government was not cooperating and blocking the funds for farmers, while the latter pointed fingers at the Centre.
Of the 292 seats for which results were declared, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) bagged 213 while the BJP managed to win 77 seats. One seat went to the Indian Secular Front (ISF) while an independent candidate won one constituency.
The BJP said that six of its workers were among those killed and that “TMC goons” attacked and vandalised several of its offices, including one in Nandigram where the party's candidate Suvendu Adhikari defeated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
In an ironic twist to the Trinamool Congress’s triumph, however, Banerjee herself lost — she was edged out narrowly by her lieutenant-turned-BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, whom she had chosen to confront in his stronghold of Nandigram.
In fact, as per election results and leads till 6 pm, the BJP's vote share stood at 37.70%, a decline of nearly 3% from its 40.30% votes in 2019. On the other hand, the TMC had increased its vote share to 48.20% from 43.30% in 2019. In other words, a 10% vote gap stood between the two parties.
In an order issued Friday, the state government also prohibited all kinds of social, cultural, academic and entertainment gatherings. It was also announced that markets will remain open from 7 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 5 pm.
Clashes erupted between the Opposition party and Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers who were accused of attacking Ganguly’s car with bamboos and sticks — beaking the vehicle’s windshield — while it was passing through villages in Illambazar.
In the last few days, amid a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections, political leaders addressed virtual rallies and press conferences as the Election Commission (EC) imposed curbs on the number of participants at each meeting.
Though most Matuas backed the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the hope of an expedited citizenship process, some point out that several Hindus were kept out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam in 2019.