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Can’t intimidate us with jail, says Mamata after CBI’s notice to Abhishek Banerjee’s wife

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Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], February 21 (ANI): Soon after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) served notice to the wife of Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Abhishek Banerjee in a coal scam case, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said the people of Bengal cannot be intimidated with jail.
Addressing an event celebrating the International Mother Language Day at Deshapriya Park here, Banerjee said, “There are some leaders (in Delhi) who said they knew how to break the spine of Bengal. It is not easy to break our spine. Bengal taught me to fight bravely like a tiger. We cannot be intimidated with jail. The people who have fought against guns do not fear fighting a rat.”
She urged people to answer phone calls by greeting ‘Joy Bangla’.
“I request all of you to say ‘Joy Bangla’ whenever you answer a phone call instead of ‘hello’,” said the chief minister.
Earlier on Sunday, CBI served a notice to Rujira Banerjee Naroola, the wife of Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee asking her to join the investigation related to the coal scam case.
“At 2 pm today, the CBI served a notice in the name of my wife. We have full faith in the law of the land. However, if they think they can use these ploys to intimidate us, they are mistaken. We are not the ones who would ever be cowed down,” tweeted Abhishek Banerjee.
Without naming, the TMC leader has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government of exploitation of power.
Tensions between the TMC and BJP have intensified recently as the Assembly polls in West Bengal draw near.
Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are likely to take place in April-May this year. (ANI)

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UDF-LDF turned Kerala into centre-stage of political violence, corruption: Amit Shah

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 7 (ANI): Slamming the popular alliances Left Democratic Front (LDF) and United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the state that was known as the land of social revolution is now known for corruption, political violence and ill-governance.
“This land of Kerala has always been the land of social revolution. However, this land is known for corruption, political violence, and ill-governance today,” said Shah while addressing the valedictory function of BJP’s Kerala Vijay Yatra in Shangumugham.
He said Kerala was the first state to defeat illiteracy and develop tourism as an industry, but today, with UDF-LDF, it has turned into the “center-stage of political violence and corruption”.
“When UDF comes, it does the Solar scam. When LDF comes, it does the Dollar scam. They’re both competing in how corrupt they can be!” the Union Minister said.
Demanding public answers from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Shah raised questions about the gold smuggling case.
“Did the chief accused in the dollar and gold smuggling case work under you in your office? Did your department or government pay them a monthly salary of Rs 3 lakh? Did your Principal Secretary help the chief accused or not? Did you and your Principal Secretary take this woman at government cost on a foreign trip? Why did this accused woman continuously come to the CM’s residence? What was going on? Did the CM office pressurize customs when the smuggled gold was found? If yes, why? Did you investigate in detail the attack on ED and Customs officers? An important person died under mysterious circumstances. Did you get that investigated?” asked the Minister and said the people of Kerala want to know answers to all these questions.
Talking about Kerala Vijaya Yatra, Shah said the 1,940 km long Yatra was started with the idea of transformation in Kerala. “With 62 large rallies and innumerable rural rallies, today it concludes in Trivandrum. From today, we start working on the mission of Aatmanirbhar Kerala,” he said.
Praising the newly inducted member of the BJP, ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan, the Union Minister said, “Due to the development of Konkan railway, South India was connected to the rest of the country and development reached here. E Sreedharan Ji has played a key role in this journey! We all are happy that infrastructure maker ‘Metro Man’ has chosen BJP for ‘Bharat Nirman’.” (ANI)

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Shiv Sena will contest 20-25 seats for Goa Assembly election: Sanjay Raut

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Panaji (Goa) [India], March 7 (ANI): Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday announced that his party will contest at least 20-25 seats for the Goa Legislative Assembly election next year.
“The party will contest in all the Assembly constituencies where it has its presence,” Raut said while speaking to ANI in Panaji today and added that there is largescale unrest against the BJP-led government in Goa but the opposition parties have failed to encash on these sentiments.
“There is unrest against the government in Goa but at the same time the opposition parties are not doing their work properly,” Raut mentioned.
He also informed that during his visit to the state, he reviewed the preparation of the party to face the election in 2022.
“I have come here to review the preparations of the party to face the next election and how many seats, we would be able to contest,” he added.
Raut recalled that his party had contested the last election in alliance with like-minded parties and contested only on three seats.
“Some political parties which question the strength of Shiv Sena in the state, should show their own prowess by contesting without having any alliance during the next election,” he said.
The Shiv Sena earlier announced that it has decided not to contest the West Bengal Assembly polls and wished a ‘roaring’ success to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The decision was taken after a discussion with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Raut, who on January 17 had said Shiv Sena will contest the West Bengal Assembly Elections, however on March 4 he said that the party will stand in solidarity with the West Bengal Chief Minister. (ANI)

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Congress to back farmers’ protest even if it goes on for 100 weeks: Priyanka Gandhi

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Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 7 (ANI): A day after the farmers’ protest against the new farm laws entered its 100th day, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday told the farmers not to lose hope and assured that her party will continue to support their fight even if “it takes 100 weeks or 100 months.”
“Do not lose hope, it has been 100 days. Even if it takes 100 weeks or 100 months, we will continue this fight with you till this government takes back its black laws.”
Addressing a Kisan mahapanchayat here today, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “This is Meerut, the place from where the first revolt of the freedom struggle started. From here our fight for freedom started. Who was involved in that freedom struggle? Who got our nation freed? The farmers of this country did.”
“That time thousands of farmers participated in the movement. Many got martyred and they fought with a lot of courage. What was the fight for? The British administration was exploiting the farmers. ‘Lagaan’ was collected for the British company and the farmers were not able to get their hard-earned money,” said the Congress leader.
Attacking the three new farm laws, she further said, “In a similar manner, the BJP government is also exploiting the farmers. It has bought three such laws that will not let you (farmers) get your income. You better know what these three laws are. One law permits hoarding by big industrialists and billionaires. They can deposit as much quantity, for as much time, and for as much price– everything is decided by them. This is the first law.
“The second law is also interesting. They have said that private mandis can be opened where no tax shall be charged and tax shall be levied in government mandis. Overall if we see, it seems that the opening of private mandis is good and shall facilitate the farmers. But in reality, if tax is charged in government mandis and the same is not charged in private mandis, then slowly and gradually all the farmers will start going to private mandis. This means, slowly all the government mandis will shut down. But, there is a difference of MSP between private mandis and government mandis, remarked the Congress leader.
She further explained, “In government mandis, it is fixed that farmers get minimum support price, but this is not the case with private ones. After some time there will be private mandis all over, government mandis will shut down and you (farmers) will stop getting MSP.
“Now let me tell you about the third law. It is written in the third law that if a billionaire wants to enter into a deal with you (farmers) then he has permission to do so,” said the Congress leader.
Further elaborating by giving an example, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, “Suppose the billionaire goes to a village and tells 10 farmers to grow sugarcane for him at the rate of 500 per quintal. Now the farmers agree to the deal, put in all their efforts, grow sugarcane and then take it to the billionaire and tell him to buy them as per the deal.”
“Now this law states that if that billionaire after entering the deal refuses to take the farmers’ produce and tells the farmers to sell their produce at Rs 150 per quintal instead of 500, then he is permitted to do that because according to the law, if any farmer disagrees with the deal or the farmer is not treated as per the deal and does not get the price as per the agreement, then no farmer can approach any court,” said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The farmers’ protest against the Central government’s three new farm laws entered its 100th day on Saturday. The protesting farmer unions observed March 6 as ‘Black Day’.
The farmers blocked Western Peripheral Expressway in Kundli, Sonipat following their announcement of blocking the Expressway on Saturday for five hours from 11 am-4 pm.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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Written test for Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun to be held on June 5

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Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], March 7 (ANI): The written entrance examination for admission to the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun, for January 2022 term will be conducted on June 5.
“The applications duly completed must reach on or before April 15. Applications received after April 15 will not be entertained,” said a spokesperson, the Directorate of Defence Services Welfare, Punjab.
The spokesperson also informed that only boys are eligible to apply for the admission.
“Selected candidates will be given admission in class 8. The written part of the examination will consist of three papers, namely, English, Mathematics and General Knowledge. Minimum pass marks in each paper including interview will be 50 per cent,” read a statement by the Punjab government.
The viva-voce test will be held for only those candidates who qualify in the written exam and the date for the viva-voce test has been fixed as October 6.
The written paper will be conducted at Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan in Chandigarh. (ANI)

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Kerala Polls: Actors Devan, Radha, former bureaucrat KV Balakrishnan join BJP in presence of Amit Shah

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Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 7 (ANI): Kerala People’s Party chief and actor Devan, along with actor Radha and former bureaucrat KV Balakrishnan joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Kerala in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in Thiruvananthapuram today to participate in the valedictory function for BJP’s Kerala Vijay Yatra being held in the Shangumugham area.
Kerala state BJP chief K Surendran and ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan were also present during the event.
Addressing the event, Surendran said only BJP can save Kerala. “People here are seeking a change from the corrupt fronts of LDF and Congress. The reformers have dreamed of a Kerala which is not this Kerala,” he said.
Explaining why he entered politics at this age, Sreedharan said that he has enough energy to work and wants to use it for the development of Kerala.
“Many people ask me why I entered politics at this age. My answer is — I worked on many projects for the country. At this age too, I have enough energy to work and I want to use it for the development of Kerala. That’s why I joined BJP,” he said.
The ‘Metro Man’ recently joined BJP ahead of Assembly polls in the state and has hinted at the possibility of becoming the Chief Minister of state if BJP comes to power.
The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly in 14 districts will be held in a single phase on April 6. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.
The tenure of the 14th Kerala legislative assembly will come to an end on June 1, 2021. A total of 2,67,88,268 electors will elect the candidates in Kerala for the 15th legislative assembly. For Assembly poll 2021, the number of polling booths in Kerala has been extended from 21,498 to 40,771.
According to the commission, of the 140 Assembly seats, 14 seats are reserved for the SC category and two are reserved for ST category candidates. (ANI)

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We will hold meeting with farmers in Kolkata on March 13, says BKU leader Rakesh Tikait

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said he would hold a meeting with farmers on March 13 in Kolkata.
“We are going to Kolkata on March 13. We will speak with farmers there about their concerns and ask if their produce are being bought at MSP or not,” Tikait said interacting with reporters while visiting Bala Sahib Dialysis Hospital in Delhi.
“The government has gone to Kolkata. They will return in one and a half month. We are also going there. We will meet the government there only,” he added.
When asked about the stalemate between farmers and the Centre even after more than 100 days, Tkait said that the government, sooner or later, will have to pay heed to farmers’ issues.
Speaking about the hospital he said it is a free-of-cost hospital for kidney dialysis for the poor and is fully funded by the Sikh community.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

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