Day: May 3, 2024


West Bengal | The Mamata pushback

The thousands packed into the venue—the Sukanta Sporting Club ground, in a village not far from the border—swore and seethed impatiently on a recent afternoon in Dhubulia, in south-central Bengal’s Nadia district. The rallyists gathered in support of Mahua Moitra, the Trinamool Congress candidate for Krishnanagar, were cooking on slow flame in the stifling heat. For hours, the gathering chafed under the intense discomfort, calling for water and fighting for a place in front of the pedestal fans. Then, a mechanical rumble issued from the sky, as the helicopter carrying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hove into view. That’s all it took for the crowd to revive itself. The emergence of Mamata’s familiar figure, in her trademark blue-bordered white sari, drew hysteric cheers. In Bengal, scen...

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury | Lone warrior of the Congress

A curious sight greeted people at the joint Congress-CPI(M) rally in Baharampur, in Murshidabad district, on April 18. Supporters were struck by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury—the Bengal Congress chief who is seeking to be elected from the Baharampur constituency, which he has been winning since 1999, for a sixth time—with a scarf printed with CPI(M) symbols around his neck. The Congress and the Left are strange bedfellows, but this is the new political reality in Bengal where Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, though part of the INDIA alliance, has decided to contest alone. And Chowdhury, who opposed a seat sharing deal with the TMC, has been among Mamata’s worst critics. Standing beside him was CPI(M) state secretary Mohammed Salim, the alliance candidate from the Murshidabad seat. Source link ...

Bihar | Tejashwi leads the charge

"Our approach is one of santushtika­ran (satisfaction), theirs (the Congress-led opposition) is tushtikaran (appeasement)...” In a 30-minute address replete with rhetoric and promises of a better tomorrow, at Munger on April 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not pull his punches. From Bihar’s “dark ages” under Lalu Prasad and his Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to the Congress’s “ominous gaze” on the common man’s property (via the much hyped ‘inheritance tax’), the BJP’s campaigner-in-chief whip­ped up enough bogeys to make a strong pitch for the NDA. Source link

UK’s new climate action plan unlawful, London’s high court rules – Times of India

LONDON: Britain's latest climate action plan is unlawful, London's high court ruled on Friday in a legal challenge by three environmental campaign groups over emissions targets. Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth and the Good Law Project took legal action last year over carbon budgets set by the government in 2023 to meet Britain's target of net zero by 2050. Those emissions targets were set after a 2022 ruling that Britain had breached legislation designed to help reach the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of containing temperatures within 1.5 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels. The three groups argued that the new plan was also unlawful, citing as one example the fact that the then energy minister Grant Shapps was not told of the risk that policies to reduce emissions could not be deliv...