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Bengal Leads In Phase 5 Turnout Amid Violence, Maha Logs Lowest. Check Seat-Wise Percentage

Lok Sabha Polls Phase 5: The fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections witnessed a voter turnout of over 57.51 per cent on Monday, covering 49 constituencies across six states and two Union Territories. This phase, however, was marked by sporadic incidents of violence, particularly in West Bengal, and a poll boycott in a village in Uttar Pradesh. Additionally, EVM glitches were reported in several booths in Odisha and West Bengal. According to the Election Commission, the approximate polling percentage recorded was 57.51 per cent. Among the states, Maharashtra recorded the lowest voter turnout at 49 per cent, while West Bengal saw the highest at 73 per cent. Other states and a union territory reported the following turnouts: Bihar at 53 per cent, Jammu and Kash...
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Bengal governor ‘harassment’ case: Complainant says Raj Bhavan staff booked by cops ‘tried to silence’ her

Kolkata: The Kolkata police have booked three staffers of Raj Bhavan, including the governor’s officer on special duty (OSD), for allegedly restraining a woman from filing a sexual harassment complaint against Governor C.V. Ananda Bose on 2 May. An FIR was filed under IPC sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 166 (public servant disobeying law) on 15 May at the Hare Street Police Station, according to a police statement issued Friday. The police have named OSD Sandeep Singh Rajput, pantry staff and assistant Kusum Chhetri and chaprasi (peon) Sant Lal in the FIR. Sources in the police told ThePrint that all three have been served notices to appear before the police Sunday for questioning.  Show Full Article The police also recorded t...
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CM Mamata Publicly Insulted Our Seers Under Pressure From Muslim Extremists: PM Modi

Addressing a crowd in Bishnupur, West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday delivered a scathing critique of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), accusing the ruling party of widespread corruption and jeopardising the future of the state's youth. "TMC has not even spared your children in its hunger for money. Here the 'teacher recruitment scam' has put the future of the youth as well as the coming generations at stake," Modi stated. Further, Modi accused the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of disrespecting revered organisations and Hindu faiths. "TMC is shaking because it sees its time is over now. In their desperation, TMC leaders have started to hurl abuses at prestigious organisations like ISKCON, Ramakrishna Mission, and Bharat Sevashram...
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Lok Sabha elections 2024: Campaigning ends for fifth phase, 49 seats to vote on May 20 – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Campaigning for the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections ended on Saturday amid the sweltering heat and high-pitch political rhetorics and promises by contestants in the fray.In the fifth phase, polling will take place in 49 constituencies across six states and two Union Territories, including the high-stake Rae Bareli and Amethi seats from where former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Union minister Smriti Irani are contesting.For Rahul Gandhi, Rae Bareli will be the second seat from where he is contesting the national polls. The Congress scion has already contested from Kerala's Wayanad in the second phase. Rae Bareli is a Nehru-Gandhi family pocket borough that was represented by his mother Sonia Gandhi since 2004. The BJP has fielded UP minister Dinesh Pratap Singh.I...
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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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Lightning Strikes Claim 11 Lives In West Bengal’s Malda, CM Mamata Offers Condolences

In a tragic incident, at least 11 individuals lost their lives on Thursday afternoon due to lightning strikes in various locations across West Bengal's Malda district. The official stated that the district administration has announced compensation of Rs 2 lakh each for the families of the deceased. "So far, 11 people have been killed due to lightning strikes. A number of injured people are being treated at various hospitals. Some of the injured are in critical condition," the official said, PTI quoted saying. CM Mamata Says District Admin Working Tirelessly In response to this natural disaster, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee expressed her sympathy through her social media platform X (formerly Twitter) for the families affected by the lightning strikes in...
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11 killed in lightning in West Bengal’s Malda | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: At least 11 people lost their lives and two sustained injuries due to lightning strikes in various locations across Malda district in West Bengal on Thursday, police reported. Among the deceased were two minors from the Manikchak police station area, three from Sahapur under Malda police station, two from Adina under Gajol police station, and two from Balupur under Ratua police station. Additionally, a couple tragically passed away while working in the fields in Harishchandrapur, with the remaining casualties being residents of the Englishbazar and Manikchak police station areas.More details are awaited. (With details from agencies)!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } ...
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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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BJP To Win 24-30 Seats In Bengal, Become Single Largest Party In South India: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the BJP will win 24-30 seats in West Bengal and emerge as the single largest party in South India. In an interview to news agency ANI, Amit Shah said that the BJP got 65 Lok Sabha seats in the last election and the party will get more seats than in 2019. Reacting to the opposition's "Dakshin mein BJP saaf aur Uttar mein half" remark, Shah said, "I stand by my statement. Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu - combining the seats in these 5 states, BJP will emerge as the single largest party." #WATCH | Kolkata: On being asked the number of seats BJP will win in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah says "...We are winning 24-30 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in West Be...
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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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Family feud, broken marriage echo in battle for West Bengal’s Srerampur seat

Srerampur: It’s not just an electoral battle, but a personal showdown in West Bengal’s Srerampur Lok Sabha constituency—between a father and his former son-in-law. Here, the personal has become political, with incumbent Trinamool MP Kalyan Banerjee openly sharing the bitter saga of his daughter’s marriage and subsequent divorce to BJP candidate Kabir Shankar Bose.Addressing a gathering of women from an open jeep while campaigning last week, Banerjee recounted his struggles as a father. “For 18 years I lived with my family under a small roof in Kolkata. I have faced many hardships to raise my daughter,” he said. “She faced the toughest challenge of her life and today she got the courage to stand up on her feet. I pray to God, no daughter in this country faces such a challenge.” ...
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LS Election Phase 4: Over 17 Crore Voters To Exercise Their Franchise Across 96 Seats

LS Election Phase 4 2024: As Phase 4 of the General Elections is scheduled for Monday, May 13, 2024, polling booths are primed across 10 States/UTs for the voting process to unfold smoothly, encompassing 96 Parliamentary Constituencies, as well as all 175 seats of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and 28 seats of the Odisha Legislative Assembly, the Election Commission of India (ECI) informed. To enhance voter turnout, the Election Commission has extended polling time in certain assembly segments of 17 Parliamentary Constituencies in Telangana. As per the Meteorological predictions, the weather is expected to be normal to below normal, ensuring comfortable conditions for voters. The ECI has ensured facilities like water, shade, and fans to ensure v...
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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'...
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BJP in cahoots with West Bengal coal mafia: TMC – Times of India

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress has alleged that coal smugglers had come to see off Union home minister Amit Shah at Andal airport in West Bengal on Friday. Shah had participated in rallies at Krishnaganj, Rampurhat and Raniganj.TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee made the allegation during a road show at Uluberia on Saturday. Speaking to reporters, state minister Sashi Panja also alleged that BJP was hand-in-glove with Bengal’s coal mafia.“Many involved in smuggling of coal were seen during the departure of home minister Amit Shah,” she alleged.TMC said Joydev was a coal smuggler and listed out names of 16 BJP functionaries who had come to see off Shah. The list was signed by Bappa Chatterjee, BJP’s Asansol organizational district president. TMC also shared a photograph where Shah was ...
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Dilip takes guard in Bardhaman as all-rounder Kirti looks to do a 1983 – Times of India

BURDWAN: The battle of ballots between BJP and Trinamool Congress in West Bengal's Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat is poised to be an exciting one, with both parties fielding candidates with strong personalities to checkmate each other.On March 10, Trinamool shook up the poll scene when it fielded cricketer Kirti Azad, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, as its candidate here.Three weeks later, BJP came up with an even bigger surprise by naming its outspoken but controversial battle-hardened campaigner, Dilip Ghosh, for the constituency.Ghosh (59), who had won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Midnapore, has taken the change of seat in his stride. "The party sent me to Andaman, and I helped build a base there. I was sent to Kharagpur and won. I was asked to contest from Midna...
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BJP paying money to buy votes: Mamata Banerjee | India News – Times of India

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the BJP is paying money to people to buy votes. Speaking at an election rally at Arambagh in support of Trinamool Congress candidate Mitali Bagh, Banerjee alleged that the saffron party is paying money to the extent of Rs 5,000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 to people to purchase votes. "The BJP leaders at present are former CPI(M) 'harmads' (anti-socials). If you don't want a reign of terror to usher in, then refrain from voting for the BJP", she said. Banerjee said this election is to change the power equation in Delhi. "This power equation in Delhi has to be altered and change has to be brought in", she said. The TMC supremo said the BJP is in the habit of "defaming" the people of B...