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‘Mamata Banerjee’s govt taking forward appeasement unconstitutionally’: JP Nadda after Calcutta HC order scrapping OBC certificates | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Tearing into the ruling TMC in West Bengal after the Calcutta High Court cancelled all OBC certificates issued in the state after 2010, BJP President JP Nadda on Thursday said that the court's judgement shows how CM Mamata Banerjee-led government was taking forward appeasement unconstitutionally.He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised this issue during the election campaigns and that the leaders of the INDI alliance are shredding the constitution."Calcutta High Court has cancelled the OBC reservation given to the Muslims under the OBC quota subcategory. The Calcutta High Court has also cancelled OBC certificates issued In West Bengal to Muslims from 2010 to 2024. Both these judgements show how Mamata Banerjee's government was taking forward appeasement unconstituti...
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Court ruling on OBC certificates in Bengal exposes Didi’s appeasement politics: Shah | India News – Times of India

Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday accused West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee of resorting to "appeasement politics," while appreciating the Calcutta HC's decision to scrap OBC certificates issued by her govt, reports Rohit Khanna. "I welcome the court's decision to scrap OBC certificates issued by the West Bengal govt which illegally benefitted Muslims with reservations while depriving OBCs of their rights.The decision exposes Mamata Banerjee and INDIA bloc's politics of appeasement. She has openly criticised the order of the honourable court but BJP will not allow TMC to trample on the rights of OBCs," Shah said.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t...
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What Calcutta HC said in order scrapping OBC certificates & why Mamata has ‘refused to accept’ it

Kolkata: Calcutta High Court Wednesday set aside OBC classification of 37 communities under a 2012 law of which it struck down many provisions, while also scrapping all OBC certificates issued in the state after 2010.The division bench of Justices Tapabrata Chakraborty and Rajasekhar Mantha, however, clarified that those who had already secured employment as a result of the said law — the West Bengal Backward Classes (Other than Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) (Reservation of Vacancies in Services and Posts) Act, 2012 — would not be affected by the order. “… from the date of the pronouncement of this judgement, the citizens from the said 77 classes and 37 classes cannot be appointed under the State services or derive any other benefit of any reservation, under the Act of 2012 or ...
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Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee compromising national security for sake of vote-bank politics: Amit Shah | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah made a bold statement at Kanthi rally West Bengal on Wednesday, signaling the BJP's growing strength in the state and targeting the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee.Shah said that the "INDIA bloc" has been decimated following the conclusion of five phases of Lok Sabha polls in the state, indicating a significant dent in the opposition's stronghold.He emphasized the BJP's burgeoning influence, hinting at an imminent political upheaval.Asserting confidence in BJP's electoral prospects, Shah predicted that once the party secures 30 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, the TMC would disintegrate, paving the way for the exit of the Mamata Banerjee-led government. This bold assertion underscores the BJP's ambi...
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EC bars judge-turned-neta from campaign for 24 hrs for ‘low-level’ attack on Didi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: Election Commission on Tuesday censured BJP neta and former Calcutta HC judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay for his "low-level personal attack" on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and debarred him from campaigning for 24 hours from 5 pm on Tuesday.In a strongly-worded order, EC said the BJP candidate's statement was a "direct affront on the status of women in India" and he did not "remotely deserve any benefit of doubt", given his educational and professional background.Sending a copy of the order to BJP president J P Nadda, the poll panel also held the party accountable.Gangopadhyay's statement outrightly condemnable: EC Responding to former Kolkata HC judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay's "low-level personal attack" on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Election Commission hel...
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Adhir in pickle as Congress high command takes stern view of defacement of Kharge poster

Kolkata: West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury seems to be on a sticky wicket after being snubbed by party president Mallikarjun Kharge at an INDIA bloc meet last week in Mumbai during a news briefing.Kharge made it clear that Adhir Ranjan’s archrival and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee is with the INDIA bloc in spite of her flip-flop about her stand with the Congress-led INDIA bloc. “Mamata Banerjee is with the alliance, she said she would join the government. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will not make the decisions. The decisions will be made by me and the high command, and those who don’t agree will go out,” Kharge had said. Show Full Article This was interpreted in the political circles as a warning from t...
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‘Made Low-Level Personal Attack’: EC Bars Abhijit Gangopadhyay From Campaigning For 24 Hrs

The Election Commission on Tuesday censured Abhijit Gangopadhyay, former Calcutta High Court judge and BJP candidate from Tamluk Lok Sabha seat, for his controversial comment on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and debarred him from campaigning for 24 hours. In the order, the poll panel asked BJP president JP Nadda to issue an advisory on behalf of the party to all candidates and campaigners to make sure that this lapse does not recur during the campaign period. Abhijit Gangopadhyay joined the BJP on March 7 days after resigning as a judge of the Calcutta High Court.  ALSO READ | TMC Writes To EC Against BJP's Abhijit Gangopadhyay Over 'What's Your Price' Remark Against Bengal CM Mamata The ECI described Gangopadhyay's remark as a low-level per...
‘Brought damage, disrepute to Bengal’ — EC bars BJP’s Abhijit Gangopadhyay from campaigning for 24 hrs
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‘Brought damage, disrepute to Bengal’ — EC bars BJP’s Abhijit Gangopadhyay from campaigning for 24 hrs

Kolkata: The Election Commission (EC) Tuesday censured and debarred BJP’s Tamluk candidate and former Calcutta High Court judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay from campaigning for 24 hours in his Lok Sabha constituency. Gangopadhyay’s words have brought “damage and disrepute” to West Bengal, the EC said in a strongly worded four-page letter. ThePrint has accessed a copy of the EC order.  Stating that women have the highest respect in Indian society and that it has been the Commission’s endeavour to strengthen women’s representation and participation in the electoral process, the EC found the former judge to have violated the model code of conduct during his election campaign.  Show Full Article It added that Gangopadhyay’s statement was a dir...
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‘Low-level personal attack’: EC censures BJP’s Abhijit Gangopadhyay for remarks against Mamata Banerjee, debars him from campaigning for 24 hours | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Tuesday censured BJP leader and former Calcutta high court judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay for his remarks against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and barred him from campaigning for 24 hours starting 5pm today. The poll body said Gangopadhyay's words had brought damage and disrepute to the state of West Bengal which has a distinguished tradition of respect for women.The EC, in its order said, “he has made a low-level attack and thus violated provisions of Model Code of Conduct.Women have commanded highest respect in Indian society, past and present and the Indian constitution and all institutions of the country have constantly pursued the ideas and ideals of ensuring the rights and dignity of women on all fronts and further empowering them.”T...
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Bharat Sevashram’s Kartik Maharaj Serves Defamation Notice On Bengal CM Mamata

The Bharat Sevashram Sangha has served a notice on Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Kartik Maharaj, a monk associated with the organisation, has cautioned of further legal steps if CM Mamata fails to apologise within four days. The Bharat Sevashram Sangha suddenly shot to the forefront of the election campaigns in Bengal after a war of words ensued between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Mamata over the "allegiance" of the organisation and Kartik Maharaj. While CM Mamata alleged that Kartik Maharaj was directly associating himself with politics and siding with the BJP, PM Modi claimed that she was insulting Hindu seers.  Mamata Banerjee's Comment On Kartik Maharaj At a rally in Goghat under the Arambagh Lok Sabha constituency on Saturday, Mamat...
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Remarks on Didi ‘beyond dignity’, says EC, sends notice to ex-judge | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: BJP's Tamluk candidate and former Calcutta HC judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay received a show-cause from Election Commission Friday, asking him to explain by 5pm Monday why "appropriate action" should not be initiated against him for "improper, injudicious" remarks about Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee that prima facie violate the model code of conduct.Acting on Trinamool Congress's plea that Gangopadhyay be barred from the election for his "misogynistic and inappropriate comments lacking all sense of dignity", EC said parts of Gangopadhyay's speech at a campaign rally in East Midnapore's Chaitanyapur last Wednesday were "beyond dignity in every sense of the term (and) in bad taste"."What is your price, Rs 10 lakh? Is that because you use Keya Seth make-up (a personal care products brand)...
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‘Congress will bulldoze Ram temple, if voted to power’, says PM Modi in Barabanki rally

Lucknow: Addressing a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked Friday that if Congress comes to power, it will ‘bulldoze’ the Ram temple in Ayodhya.“If they come to power, they will send Ram Lalla to a tent again, and run a bulldozer over the temple,” he said. The prime minister added, “They (INDIA bloc) should take tuition from Yogi ji — where to run a bulldozer and where not.” Show Full Article Saying that the power of a single vote ended the 500-year-long wait for the establishment of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, Modi said that people used to “shed tears” and slam the previous government on seeing “Ram Lalla in a tent”. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister ...
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ECI Show Cause Notice To BJP’s Abhijit Gangopadhyay Over ‘Injudicious’ Remarks Against Mamata

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued a show cause notice to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate Abhijit Gangopadhyay for his derogatory remarks against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The ECI deemed Gangopadhyay's comments "improper, injudicious, beyond dignity in every sense of the term, in bad taste" and a violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and its advisory dated March 1, 2024. The notice requires Gangopadhyay to explain by 17:00 hrs on May 20, 2024 why action should not be taken against him. Failing to respond will result in the ECI proceeding without further reference to him. "In the event of no response from your side within the stipulated time, it will be presumed that you ha...
RSS-run schools are going strong in West Bengal, and Trinamool Congress is irked
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RSS-run schools are going strong in West Bengal, and Trinamool Congress is irked

Expanding on what the chief minister said, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O’Brien told ThePrint how the RSS has grown and questioned its funding. “RSS ‘shakhas’ across India increased by 62 per cent between 2014-23. Is the RSS a registered entity? It is neither a political party, a company, nor a charitable trust. So, what is it? It collects funds worth millions from multiple undisclosed channels. Does it pay taxes?” he asked. On his point about the RSS’s collections, the MP cited a paper titled ‘Hindu Nationalist Influence in the United States, 2014-2021: The Infrastructure of Hindutva Mobilizing’, which stated that “between 2001-2019, according to available tax returns, seven Sangh-affiliated charitable groups reportedly spent at least $158.9 million on their programming, sending m...
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‘INDIA bloc my brainchild, very much part of it’: Mamata Banerjee’s U-turn after ‘outside support’ remark | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A day after announcing that Trinamool Congress (TMC) will extend "outside support" to the INDIA alliance to form government at the Centre if it wins the Lok Sabha elections, now Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has taken a U-turn and said she is "very much part of INDIA alliance" at the national level. Addressing a rally in Bengal's Tamluk, the TMC chief said, "At all India level, some people have misunderstood my statement yesterday.I am very much part of the INDIA alliance. The INDIA alliance was my brainchild. We are together at the national level and will continue to be together."The clarification comes a day after her "outside support" remark led to speculations of her exiting the united opposition alliance against the BJP. At the same time, Mamata made it clear tha...
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‘Don’t trust Mamata, she can even go with BJP’: Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on ‘outside support’ remark | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A day after Trinamool Congress chief and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said she would provide "outside support" to the INDIA bloc if it wins Lok Sabha elections, Congress's Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said he does not trust her and that she can even go with BJP if it wins. Chowdhary also accused Mamata of "breaking up the alliance". "I don't trust her (Mamata).She left the alliance and ran away. She can also go towards the BJP if the results are favourable to them ... Everyone saw that she was the one who broke the alliance [in Bengal]," he told news agency ANI. Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said her party would provide "outside support" to the INDIA bloc to form government at the Centre. "We (TMC) will support the INDIA bloc from outside to form a government at the Centre....
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‘Would have made Hirak Rani’: Amit Shah invokes Ray classic in dig at Mamata

Hooghly: Union Home Minister Amit Shah drew a direct parallel between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the ruthless ruler from auteur Satyajit Ray’s cult classic ‘Hirak Rajar Deshe’.Addressing a public meeting in the Hooghly district on Wednesday, ahead of the fifth phase of polling in Bengal on May 20, Shah said the legendary filmmaker would have helmed a sequel to ‘Hiraj Rajar Deshe’ titled ‘Hirak Rani’, if he were alive today. The moniker ‘Hirak Rani’ has often been used by BJP heavyweight and the Leader of the Opposition in the Bengal assembly, Suvendu Adhikari, as he accused her of presiding over a loot of public money and central funds. Show Full Article “Satyajit Ray, as we all know, was one of Bengal’s proud sons and a glo...
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‘TMC Will Support I.N.D.I.A Bloc From Outside To Form Govt’: Mamata Says In Poll Rally In Hoogh

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday labelled the Election Commission (EC) as a "puppet" operating under the directives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Expressing scepticism about the BJP's ambitious target of 400 seats in this Lok Sabha elections, Mamata Banerjee said her party will support the I.N.D.I.A bloc from outside to form the government. "BJP is claiming of winning 400 seats, but people are saying it will not happen this time. We (TMC) will support the INDIA bloc from outside to form a government at the Centre," she said. ALSO READ | Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Offers To 'Personally Cook' For PM Modi. BJP Alleges 'Ploy', CPIM Quips 'Dada-Bon' Addressing an election rally at Chinsurah in Hooghly district, Banerjee criticised the...
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Breaking News Live: 14 Trapped At Copper Mine In Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu After Lift Collapse

Breaking News Live: Hello and welcome to the live blog of ABP Live. Please follow this space for all the breaking news and latest updates from India and around the world. Rahul Gandhi, Kharge To Visit Odisha On May 15, 16  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and party president Mallikarjun Kharge will visit Odisha on May 15 and May 16, respectively to address election rallies.Briefing media persons here, AICC in-charge of Odisha, Ajoy Kumar on Monday said Gandhi is scheduled to address an election rally in Bolangir on May 15.He will arrive here at Bhubaneswar airport at around 11 am and then directly proceed to Bolangir to address a public meeting at around 11.30 am, Kumar said. Kharge would address a public meeting in Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency on May 16. The Congress president is also ...
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Sandeshkhali case: Judicial custody for BJP worker | India News – Times of India

SANDESHKHALI: A BJP Mahila Morcha functionary in Sandeshkhali was on Tuesday sent to judicial custody for eight days by a Basirhat court after surrendering in order to get bail. A complaint had been lodged against Piyali Das alias Mampi by a "rape survivor" stating that the BJP member had coerced women into lodging false rape complaints."After receiving the complaint on Friday, cops had summoned Das but she didn't turn up at Sandeshkhali police station.Investigating officers then moved the Basirhat ACJM court, which issued the order to file a case against Das. Police then registered an FIR against her and initiated a case," a senior Basirhat district police officer said.Police sources said another complaint was lodged against Das on Monday containing the same allegations.Das said she ha...
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Mamata Offers To ‘Personally Cook’ For PM Modi, BJP Alleges ‘Ploy’, CPIM Quips ‘Dada-Bon’

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's recent offer to prepare a meal for Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ignited a flurry of responses from various political quarters, inviting both support and criticism from different parties. According to news agency PTI, CM Mamata Banerjee, during an election rally, took a dig at the BJP's alleged interference in food habits, stating, "I will be happy to cook food for Modi, but I am not sure whether the PM will be ready to savour my cooked meal." She expressed uncertainty over whether Modi, a vegetarian, would accept her offer. "I love both vegetarian foods like Dhokla and non-veg foods like macher jhol (fish curry)," she added, emphasising the diversity of food preferences across communities and sects. ...
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‘If They Ask For 50-Year Old Certificate…’: Mamata Says ‘Won’t Allow NRC’

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee voiced her staunch opposition to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Monday, stating, "I will not allow NRC." Addressing a gathering in North 24 Parganas, Bangaon, Banerjee raised concerns over the exclusion of 19 lakh Hindu Bengalis from the NRC list in Assam. She emphasised the challenges faced by persons who may be asked for documentation, remarking, "If they ask me for my parents' certificate, I don't even know their birthday, from where will I get the certificate." #WATCH | North 24 Parganas, Bangaon: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says, "I will not allow NRC... Names of 19 lakh Hindu Bengalis have been removed from the list in Assam...If they ask me for my parents' certificate, I don't even kn...
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Trinamool versus Trinamool

Trinamool leader Kunal Ghosh during a press conference in Kolkata. | Photo Credit: PTI During the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress leadership is battling electoral challenges from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left-Congress combine. It is equally grappling with a challenge from within: the divide between the old guard and the new leadership.The demand for making way for new faces in the party has been growing stronger with every passing day. Yet, the Trinamool leadership has been conservative in the allocation of tickets. In Dum Dum, for instance, it has fielded the senior-most member of the party, Saugata Roy, 76. In Kolkata Uttar, the Trinamool has fielded Sudip Banerjee, 75. While some party leaders believe that Sudip Banerjee, a nine-time MP, is too ol...
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Sandeshkhali: Clash Breaks Out Between TMC, BJP Workers, Mamata’s Party Blames Rekha Patra

A clash broke out between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali. The TMC pinned blame on BJP Lok Sabha candidate Rekha Patra alleging that she led an "assault" against their workers. The Sandeshkhali area, located on the borders of the Sundarbans, had witnessed widespread protests in February following allegations of sexual abuse and land grabbing against now-arrested TMC leader Shajahan Sheikh and his supporters. #WATCH | West Bengal: A clash broke out between TMC and BJP workers in Sandeshkhali, more details awaited. pic.twitter.com/4Cnh3F9RNM — ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2024 "THE VISUALS SHOW HOW @BJP4Bengal IS RATTLED BY THE SANDESHKHALI EXPOSÉ! See for yourself how the women, led by BJP'...