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Abhishek Banerjee Reaches Delhi, Ahead of TMC Protests Against MNREGA Funds

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Banerjee claimed that Giriraj Singh has expressed his inability to meet the TMC representatives as he would not be in Delhi, though he is scheduled to meet BJP MPs from Bengal.

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The TMC claimed the denial of trains as well as cancellations of a flight to Delhi were part of an attempt by the ruling BJP party to scuttle its demonstration

Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee reached Delhi on Sunday ahead of the party’s planned protest against denial of MGNREGA and housing scheme funds to Bengal government in the national capital. Forty-nine busloads of TMC supporters are slated to reach Delhi on Monday.

The TMC will hold a peaceful sit-in by its MPs and state ministers at Rajghat on October 2, and a peaceful rally of the MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme) job card holders the next day, party officials said. Both the programmes will be live streamed. The buses were mobilised by the regional party after the Indian Railways refused to rent out special trains to take the workers to Delhi pleading unavailability of rakes.

The TMC claimed the denial of trains as well as cancellations of a flight to Delhi were part of an attempt by the ruling BJP party to scuttle its demonstration. Speaking to reporters at the NSCBI Airport here before flying to New Delhi, Banerjee said, ”The agitation will continue till the rightful dues of the people of Bengal are released by the Centre”.

The TMC general secretary said that though the state government had sent verified lists of beneficiaries in December 2022, the Centre is yet to make payments. ”If anyone is found guilty of corruption in a 100-day work or housing scheme, let action be taken against them, but why is money to the beneficiaries stopped?” he asked.

The BJP has been asserting that the payments were stopped due to ”irregularities”. Banerjee also demanded the arrest of Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh following the deaths of three children in Bankura district in a mud house collapse recently, claiming that the deaths could have been avoided if the family had received due financial aid under the government housing scheme to build brick and mortar housing.

Banerjee claimed that Giriraj Singh has expressed his inability to meet the TMC representatives as he would not be in Delhi, though he is scheduled to meet BJP MPs from Bengal. ”This again establishes the step-motherly attitude of BJP towards Bengal,” said the TMC leader.

”It is established that the BJP is forcibly stopping payment of dues of the people of Bengal,” the Diamond Harbour MP said. ”Refusal to allot a special train, cancellation of flight, denial of permission for holding the protest meeting in Delhi, all indicate their attempt to stop the voice of the state’s people,” he said.

Full-service carrier Vistara has cancelled one of its flights from Kolkata to Delhi scheduled for Sunday, saying it needed to operate additional flights for passengers stranded in Kolkata and Port Blair. Meanwhile, several Trinamool Congress workers were injured when one of the 49 buses taking them to Delhi to take part in a protest met with an accident in Jharkhand on Sunday.

The bus careened and went down to a field behind the highway, leaving a few passengers slightly injured. Its occupants were brought back to Purulia town in West Bengal for medical treatment, a party leader said. Following the accident, senior West Bengal minister Shashi Panja accused the BJP of being responsible as it was behind the refusal by the railways to allot special trains for the event.

”Check your hands @Dr SukantaBJP, they’re red with the blood of those injured,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter. BJP West Bengal president Sukanta Majumdar on the other hand claimed that while TMC leaders were travelling by aeroplanes, the protesters were being made to take buses to Delhi.

”The way TMC leaders are enjoying the luxury of flights and pushed these innocent people to the brink of life risk is condemnable,” he retorted on X. A TMC leader said that the buses, which left Kolkata and other districts of West Bengal on Saturday night, would start reaching Delhi by early Monday.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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BJP Will Probe Sudden Deterioration of Naveen Patnaik’s Health After Winning in Odisha: PM Modi

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PM Narendra Modi addresses a rally in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj. (Image: X/narendramodi)

BJP leader Amit Malviya had posted a video of Odisha CM Patnaik’s hand shaking while addressing a rally and VK Pandian reaching out for the CM’s hand to stop it from trembling.

The noise around the health of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is growing louder after a video of his hands shaking while addressing a rally went viral. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now said that if the state brings the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power, they will investigate Patnaik’s deteriorating health.

“Every well wisher of Naveen Babu is worried at the sudden deterioration of his health in the last year. Is there any lobby behind this? After our Government is formed in Odisha, a special committee will be formed to investigate this issue and bring out the complete truth,” PM Modi said addressing a rally in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj on Tuesday.

This came a day after BJP leader Amit Malviya posted a video of Patnaik’s hand shaking while addressing a rally and VK Pandian reaching out for the CM’s hand to stop it from trembling.

“Naveen Patnaik ji has had a memorable tenure as Chief Minister. But now he is indisposed. It is however unfortunate how he is being pushed to keep up a facade. Odisha realises it. A graceful farewell to the veteran politician and BJD, in these elections, would be a befitting tribute,” Malviya said in his post on X (previously Twitter).

This was followed by other BJP leaders posting the same video on social media. “Pandian Babu is even controlling the hand movements of the chief minister. I shudder to imagine the level of control a retired ex-bureaucrat from Tamil Nadu is currently exercising over the future of Odisha,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote while posting the video on X.

Reacting to BJP’s posts, CM Naveen Patnaik had called it a “non-issue”. “I believe the BJP, which is known to make non-issues into issues, are discussing my hands. This will certainly not work,” Patnaik said in a video message on Monday. “Senior BJP leaders including chief ministers and Union ministers, who are visiting the state as guests…we expect them not to use poor language and make false allegations. This is not appreciated by the people of Odisha. I pray to Lord Jagannath that better sense prevails with them,” he said.

Earlier this month, too, Patnaik had hit out at the BJP for lying about his health. “There is a limit to the lies that the BJP can tell. As you can see, I am in very good health and I have been campaigning for around a month all over the state,” Patnaik had said.

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Kejriwal Aide Bibhav Kumar Moves HC Against Arrest in Swati Maliwal Assault Case

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Bibhav Kumar was sent to five-day police custody. He will be produced before the court on May 24 in Swati Maliwal assault case. (PTI File Photo)

In his petition, Kumar sought a direction to declare his arrest as illegal and in gross violation of the provisions of Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure and against the mandate of the law

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s close aide Bibhav Kumar on Wednesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging his arrest in connection with the alleged assault on AAP MP Swati Maliwal at the CM’s residence earlier this month.

In his petition, Kumar sought a direction to declare his arrest as illegal and in gross violation of the provisions of Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure and against the mandate of the law.

He also sought “appropriate compensation” for his “illegal” arrest and initiation of departmental action against the erring officials who were involved in the decision making of his arrest.

On Monday, Kumar’s bail plea was dismissed by a sessions court here, which said there appeared no “pre-meditation” by Maliwal in lodging the FIR and that her allegations could not be “swiped away”.

Rajya Sabha MP Maliwal has alleged that Kumar assaulted her at the chief minister’s official residence on May 13.

Kumar was arrested on May 18 and he was sent to police custody for five days the same day by a magisterial court, which observed that his anticipatory bail plea had become infructuous because of his arrest.

Last Friday, he was sent to four-day judicial custody.

The FIR against Kumar was registered on May 16 under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) provisions, including those related to criminal intimidation, assault or criminal force on a woman with the intent to disrobe and attempt to commit culpable homicide.

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