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Sourav Ganguly Bats Away Flak on Steel Plant Announcement in Madrid: ‘Can Go Wherever I Want…’ | Exclusive

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Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, in Madrid, on September 16. (PTI)

Sourav Ganguly on criticism on his WB Steel Plant Announcement in Madrid: “I am an independent public personality. I will go wherever I want. I don’t have any political colour as such. I am not answerable to anyone.”

Amid the criticism over Sourav Ganguly’s announcement of a third steel factory in West Bengal’s Medinipur, during his Madrid tour with WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the former Indian skipper told News18 that while he is “not affected by it, it should stop”.

“I would just like to thank Mamata didi. We will build our third steel plant in Bengal. A lot of us believe that I am only into sports, but we started with a small steel plant in 2007 and in five-six months, we will build a new steel plant in Medinipur. Let me tell you from my experience and not just because I am travelling with the chief minister that the entire process took just four-five months. So I want to thank them all,” Ganguly had said, while making the announcement.

Sources said the plant will be built in Salboni with an investment of Rs 2,500 crore.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Sukanta Majumdar slammed the announcement saying “industrialists from Spain should have announced a factory”, while JP national secretary Anupam Hazra wrote on Facebook, “Greg Chappell, Sorry sir for badly criticizing you without assessing the depth of your foresight. (My personal view).”

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Your announcement in Spain met with a lot of criticism…

I don’t get hurt, I am not that type of person. There is no point connecting everything to politics. I am not a political person. I am not a Member of Parliament (MP) or a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) or a councilor, nor am I interested in becoming one. I am an independent public personality. I will go wherever I want. I don’t have any political colour as such. I am not answerable to anyone.

People have been attacking you personally, with your land…

This should stop. This is not required. Everybody does business wherever they get an opportunity. It could be in Bengal, Mumbai or Chennai. This is normal…Our society has space for everyone, be it politician or sportsman (Greg)… you can’t jumble them up and make khichuri. Does this happen when it comes to other states? Actor Amitabh Bachchan’s wife is an MP with the Samajwadi Party, while he is the ambassador of Gujarat. He attends film festivals in Kolkata too.



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Lok Sabha Polls Will Be Dynastic Politics & Corruption Versus Development Fight: Nadda

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BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI/File)

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the LS polls

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda has said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be a battle between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Addressing party workers from Mumbai’s western suburbs during his visit to the metropolis on Wednesday, Nadda said under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India is well on its way to become the third largest economy in the world from fifth now.

Attacking anti-BJP opposition parties, he alleged that they were either dynastic or steeped in corruption.

“You have to reach out to voters and seek their support for a fresh mandate (for BJP at the Centre). First-time voters in the last ten years have seen only development and not corruption like previous governments,” Nadda asserted, referring to the decade-long rule of the Modi administration that started in 2014.

He said the Lok Sabha elections, likely to be held in April-May, will be a fight between dynastic politics and corruption on one side and development on the other.

Dynastic politics and corruption will lead to destruction, Nadda said and highlighted the BJP’s development agenda.

Earlier in the day, Nadda met BJP office-bearers from all the 36 assembly constituencies in Mumbai besides party MPs and MLAs from the metropolis.

In his address, Nadda asked BJP leaders from Mumbai to ensure the party ideology reaches the last person in society and urged them to give a befitting reply to opposition attacks on the saffron outfit and its government.

He advised BJP leaders to extensively use social media and seek support of prominent personalities on issues of public interest.

Nadda also chaired the Election Management Committee’s meetings for all the six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai as part of preparations for the national polls.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP and its then-ally, the undivided Shiv Sena, won three seats each in Mumbai. In the Maharashtra assembly polls held in October that year, the BJP won 16 of the 36 seats in the city, while 14 were bagged by the Sena.

The state, where the BJP is in power in alliance with the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and the Ajit Pawar-headed NCP, has a 288-member legislative assembly.

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



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BJP to Release Documentary on Alleged Atrocities Against Women in West Bengal’s Sandeshkhali

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Last Updated: February 21, 2024, 23:05 IST

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am (Image: X/BJP)

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

The BJP is set to release a documentary on Sandeshkhali on Thursday with the party intensifying its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government over the alleged incidents of atrocities and sexual assault on women there.

The “exclusive” documentary titled ‘The Sandeshkhali Socker – The Big Reveal’ will be released Thursday morning at 9 am, the BJP said in post on X, asking Banerjee in Bangla, “Didi ke bolo aaro koto ‘Sandeshkhali’ (Tell didi how many more Sandeshkhali like incidents)”.

This comes amid a raging war of words between the BJP and the TMC over alleged incidents of rape and harassment of women in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

The riverine Sandeshkhali area — situated on the borders of the Sunderbans, about 100 kilometres from Kolkata — has been witnessing protests after the local women accused absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his supporters of land grab and sexual assault under coercion.

Interestingly, ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ is a campaign launched by the TMC after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to provide a platform for the people of West Bengal to directly raise their concerns or lodge complaints with Chief Minister Banerjee.

The TMC’s move was reportedly aimed at countering the BJP in the state.

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



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