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“Golden Moment”: Former Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi Joins BJP
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“Golden Moment”: Former Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi Joins BJP

Former Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi today joined the BJP, the latest in a long list of such defections over the past many months. The 70-year-old's change of course comes merely weeks ahead of the West Bengal Assembly polls, the run-up to which is already seeing a bitter battle of attrition between the two political parties. "This was the golden moment I had been waiting for," Mr. Trivedi said today after joining the BJP at party headquarters in New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal. He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said Bengal is capable. "There is violence, corruption, and terror in Bengal. Bengal is a land of culture. Bengal is a pride of us and we imagine Sonar Bangla. Today people of Bengal are happy for a real transform...
Six BJP workers injured in bombing incident in West Bengal
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Six BJP workers injured in bombing incident in West Bengal

Six Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were seriously injured in an alleged crude bomb blast in Rampur village of South 24 Parganas district late Friday night. The injured were brought to Canning Subdivision Hospital for treatment. The injured BJP workers alleged that the bomb was hurled at them by Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers when they were returning from a wedding. The police has started an investigation into the incident. Incidents of political violence have been regularly making headlines in poll-bound West Bengal. The elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal will begin on March 27. The state is going to witness eight-phase Assembly polls this year.
BJP slams opposition for creating confusion around efficacy of ‘indigenous vaccine’
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BJP slams opposition for creating confusion around efficacy of ‘indigenous vaccine’

Slamming the opposition, particularly the Congress party, for 'doing politics, creating confusion' during the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the country, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said it is the duty of every politician, across party line to stand together during such 'historic' time, but all that the opposition did was to keep 'taunting the government'. Addressing the media here on Friday, Patra said the opposition created confusion in the country about the efficacy of 'indigenous Covid-19 vaccine and taunted the Prime Minister and other ministers to take it. "In order to create confusion in the county, the opposition used to question the efficacy of our indigenous vaccine. They used to say if the country trusts the vaccine then the Prime Minister should get the vaccine first. We...
BJP names E Sreedharan as its CM candidate for Kerala
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BJP names E Sreedharan as its CM candidate for Kerala

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday announced 'Metroman' E Sreedharan as its chief minister candidate for the upcoming Kerala assembly polls. The decision was made public by the BJP state chief K Surendran. I think there will be a landslide migration to BJP in Kerala: Metro man E Sreedharan Sreedharan, the architect of the Delhi Metro, had formally joined the BJP on February 25 in the presence of Union minister RK Singh at a function at Changaramkulam in Malappuram district when the 'Vijay Yatra' led by Surendran reached there. The 88-year-old is also a part of the BJP's 16-member state election committee for the state assembly polls. Sreedharan's impact likely to be 'minimal'; BJP not serious contender in Kerala: Shashi Tharoor The election for the 140-member Kerala...
Congress does not agree with Shiv Sena’s demand for Bharat Ratna to Savarkar, says Nana Patole
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Congress does not agree with Shiv Sena’s demand for Bharat Ratna to Savarkar, says Nana Patole

Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole on Friday said that the party does not share the same stand with Shiv Sena, its alliance partner in Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, over the demand for India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna to Hindutva ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. "Bharat Ratna should be conferred on Savitribai Phule and Shahuji Maharaj. Shiv Sena's stand is not our stand," Patole told media while responding to a question on Shiv Sena's demand for Bharat Ratna to Savarkar. "To confer Bharat Ratna is the responsibility of central government and not the issue of the state government," he added. This comes two days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the state Assembly on Wednesday questioned Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on why the rulin...
BJP likely to announce candidates for first two phases of West Bengal
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BJP likely to announce candidates for first two phases of West Bengal

The Central Election Committee (CEC) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has discussed the candidates for two phases of the Assembly elections for West Bengal and Assam. The party is likely to announce the list of candidates for both states soon. Top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, BJP chief JP Nadda and other members of the party held a meeting with leaders of Assam and West Bengal on Thursday, here at the party headquarters. BJP and its two alliance partners have sealed the seat-sharing deal for 126-members Assam Assembly. According to sources, BJP will contest on 92 seats, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) will fight on 26 seats and United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) will field its candidates on 8 seats. In t...
Dilip Ghosh confident of BJP winning West Bengal elections by 200 seats
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Dilip Ghosh confident of BJP winning West Bengal elections by 200 seats

Ahead of the West Bengal Assembly elections, state party chief Dilip Ghosh said on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party will definitely win by 200 of the total 294 Assembly seats. "We will not get less than 200 (seats). It will definitely be more than 200. We did not begin preparations today, we had started five years back," said Ghosh. "We have proceeded phase-wise, we all saw results in Lok Sabha elections and we are going ahead with the mantra of '19 mein half, 21 mein saaf'," Ghosh added, speaking about the party vote share in the 2019 Lok Sabha Election. Earlier, Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday dismissed speculations of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly joining the party, saying he had no idea about it and it had not been discussed. "I have no i...
BJP’s CEC to meet today, likely to finalise first list of candidates for upcoming Assembly polls
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BJP’s CEC to meet today, likely to finalise first list of candidates for upcoming Assembly polls

The Central Election Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will meet on Thursday and is likely to finalise its first list of candidates for Assembly polls in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda, and other senior party leaders will attend the meeting which is scheduled to be held in the evening today at party headquarters here. BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and party's Central Observer for West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya arrived in Delhi on Wednesday to attend the CEC meeting. On Wednesday, Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and his Cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma met Shah at his residence here to discuss strategy for Assam Assembly elections ahead of the...
BJP likes Saurav Ganguly’s ‘face’ for Bengal elections once again
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BJP likes Saurav Ganguly’s ‘face’ for Bengal elections once again

Today the matter will once again be about the assembly elections in West Bengal. Will start with Bharatiya Janata Party. ‌ BJP high command has won this state by adding to its reputation. For the last few months, PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and party president JP Nadda have made all the efforts in politics, so that they can retain their throne on the power of Bengal. But still, the BJP central high command is feeling that there is a shortage somewhere. Let us tell you what is the lack that still haunts PM Modi and Amit Shah, he is a 'popular face' of Bengal for the assembly elections. Till now the BJP central leadership had placed many Bengali Manoos from Bengal Party President Dilip Ghosh, Shubendra Adhikari from TMC, and BJP MP Babul Supriyo as future CMs but it did not fit the exp...
Son of a BJP MP shot himself with his brother-in-law to trap someone else.
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Son of a BJP MP shot himself with his brother-in-law to trap someone else.

Son of a BJP MP shot himself with his brother-in-law to trap someone else.The shooting of Ayush, the son of BJP MP Kaushal Kishore, took place in the early hours of Wednesday. Ayush's brother-in-law Adarsh ​​has revealed that his brother-in-law shot himself. In the police interrogation, Adarsh ​​said that there was a conspiracy to implicate a person, but it was not yet clear who the person was. The police is investigating the entire matter. ADCP North Prachi Singh said that Ayush was returning home after about 2.45 pm. On the way, the miscreants fired on him. The bullet came out penetrating Ayush's right hand. Ayush has been admitted to the Trauma Center in Lucknow. Aayush is currently not in a position to give a statement. After receiving the information that the son was shot, all the ...
BJP leaders to hold meeting over West Bengal Assembly election today
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BJP leaders to hold meeting over West Bengal Assembly election today

The core committee of BJP's West Bengal unit will hold a meeting here in the national capital in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party chief JP Nadda on Wednesday. The committee will discuss election strategy and will also discuss probable candidates for the upcoming Assembly polls of West Bengal. BJP MP Mukul Roy, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh, party's West Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya, and other top BJP leaders are likely to attend the crucial meeting. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh had on Tuesday said that the core committee of the party will soon declare names of the candidates for the first and second phase of elections in West Bengal. "Core Committee discussed candidates for the first and second phase of the election her...
Former Kerala High Court Judge PN Ravindran joins BJP
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Former Kerala High Court Judge PN Ravindran joins BJP

Former Kerala High Court Judge P N Ravindran on Sunday joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Kochi. During the BJP state president K Surendran's 'Vijaya Yathra' at Thripunithura in Kochi, Sitharaman welcomed Ravindran into the party. Earlier in the day, Sitharaman had lashed out at the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in Kerala over the state budget and accused it of giving all the budget money to the Kerala infrastructure investment fund board (KIIFB). The election for 140-member Kerala Assembly is scheduled to be held in a single phase on April 6. 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 e...
Congress-Left-ISF alliance not a threat to BJP in West Bengal, says
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Congress-Left-ISF alliance not a threat to BJP in West Bengal, says

The Congress-Left alliance with Indian Secular Front (ISF) is not a threat to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal, said party National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Saturday. "In West Bengal, we are targeting 51 percent voters and therefore we don't care who forms an alliance with whom. We will get 51 percent votes and form a government with a two-thirds majority, "Vijayvargiya told. Talking about All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) possible entry in West Bengal politics, the BJP leader said Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM would not affect his party's vote bank. "Owaisi Ji wanted to enter West Bengal politics on the back of ISF, but now that ISF is part of the left alliance, we will have to see his next move. But it will not damage BJP's vote," Vijayvarg...
Voting underway for civic bodies in Gujarat’s Vadodara
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Voting underway for civic bodies in Gujarat’s Vadodara

Polling is currently underway for civic polls on 88 seats in Gujarat's Vadodara district along with 34 zila panchayat seats and 168 taluka panchayat seats. Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. This comes days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged victorious in the local body polls in six districts earlier this week, nearly wiping out the Congress. Other districts in the state, including 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats, and 231 taluka panchayats, are also going to polls today. According to District Collector Shalini Agarwal, several returning officers and assistant returning officers have been deployed for the same. "9,61,830 voters have registered for the Zila and taluka panchayat polls and 94,250 have registered for Nagar Palika polls. 1,308 ...
Bengal to vote in 8 phases, Assam 3, one-dayers in Tamil Nadu, Kerala
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Bengal to vote in 8 phases, Assam 3, one-dayers in Tamil Nadu, Kerala

The Election Commission on Friday announced polls in Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Puducherry between March 27 and April 29, setting up several high-stake electoral contests with unprecedented eight-phase voting in Bengal The state, which has seen rising bitterness and violence between Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters, will see the country’s most staggered assembly poll to date. The election in Assam will be in three phases, up from two in 2016 while Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Puducherry will have a single-day poll on April 6. Counting for all the assemblies will be held on May 2. The elections are a trial of strength for BJP in the wake of the long-drawn agitation by farmers’ unions opposed to the new agri laws. Though the states going to polls are largely unaffected ...