Mamata Banerjee announces Trinamool candiates for Bengal
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KOLKATA: Mamata Banerjee named several new faces while declaring her list of Trinamool candidates from Bengal. Among the new aspirants there are former Indian soccer player Baichung Bhutia, actors Deb, Moon Moon Sen and Sandhya Ray.
There are some green horns like Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee who will be contesting from Diamond Harbour. It might be mentioned that last time Somen Mitra was elected from Diamond Harbour and he switched over to Congress in February and is likely to contest from north Kolkata.
Sugata Bose is also a new face from Jadavpur, though he belongs to a political family as his father Sisir Bose was a Congress MLA and her mother Krishna Bose was a Trinamool MP from the same Jadavpur seat. The teacher from Harvard however has to face a tough fight.
Mukul Roy claimed that the party will bag over 30 out of the 42 seats in Bengal.
Mamata was, however, unhappy with some candidates who had been retained. They include Tapas Pal, Satabdi Ray and Hazi Nurul islam. Pal will be fighting to retain Krishnagar, while Satabadi will be from her old Birbhum seat. But Hazi Nurusl had been shifted to Jangipur seat from Basirhat and in his place minority leader Idrish Ali had been given ticket at Basirhat. Former cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin is likely to contest as a Congress candidate from Basirhat.
Party MPs Sudip Bandopadhyay will be from Kolkata north and Subrata Bakshi from Kolkata south.
Singer Indranil Sen had been placed at Berhampore to contest against Adhir Choudhury, Union minister of state for railways and Pradesh Congress President.
Kalyan Banerjee is from Serampore, Saugata Roy from Dum Dum, Dinesh Trivedi is from Barrackpore. Dasarath Tirkey will contest from Alipurduar. Bijay Barman will contest from Jalpaiguri.
Theatre artist Arpita Ghosh is to contest from Balurghat.
Mamtaz Begum who is a doctor and daughter of former Bengal assembly speaker Monsoor Habibullah will be contesting from Burdwan Durgapur seat. Dola Sen will contesting from Asansol. Uma Soren is from Jhargram and Soumitra Khan is from Bishnupur.
Father and son, Sisir Adhikari and Subhendu Adhikari will be contesting from Contai and Tamluk seats. CM Jatua had been renominated from Mathurapur. However, Gobinda Naskar had been dropped and in his place Kapil Krishna Thakur will be contesting from Bongaon and Saugata Barman will be contesting from Ranaghat, as the sitting MP Sucharu Halder had been dropped.
From Raigunj, Satya Ranjan Das Munshi had been nominated who is the brother of Priya Ranjan Das Munshi to contest against Priya Ranjan’s wife Deepa das Munshi, who is a union minister and that is considered to be a master stroke of Mamata.
Moon Moon Sen will contest from Bankura, while Sandhya Ray is for Midnapore and Deb will be from Ghatal. Baichung will be contesting from Darjeeling.
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Modi promises to carry on Vajpayee’s vision for North East
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Staurday said that he would continue the vision of Atal Bihari Vajpayee for development of the north eastern states.
“During the NDA regime, Vajpayeeji created a separate ministry and various councils exclusively for the region with separate budgetary provisions,” Modi told a public rally here.
“Moreover, he also directed all the departments to contribute 10 per cent of their budget for development of the north eastern states,” he said.
“I assure you that I will continue the vision and mission for the north east started by Atal Bihari Vajpayee,” he said.
“If all the states of the region progress than only will India progress,” he said
He claimed that at a meeting of chief ministers in 2012, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki had criticised the central government.
“When a Congress chief minister has no faith in the Centre, how can we repose faith in the government?”
“When the UPA government did not bother to listen to the grievances of a chief minister who is from the same party, how will they redress the grievances of the common man?” he asked.
Delhi govt orders criminal cases against Union Minister Moily, industrialist Mukesh Ambani among others
New Delhi: Delhi Government on Tuesday ordered filing of criminal cases against Union minister Veerappa Moily, former minister Murli Deora, Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani and others following complaints of irregularities in pricing of natural gas in KG basin.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi Government has been asked to probe the matter based on a complaint filed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subrmanian, Admiral Tahiliani, former Navy Chief and eminent lawyer Kamini Jaiswal besides a former Expenditure Secretary.
“Today we have asked the ACB to probe the case. We are filing a criminal case against Murli Deora. FIRs are being filed against Moily, Mukesh Ambani former DG of Hydrocarbons V K Sibal, Reliance Industries Ltd and others,” he said addressing a press conference here.
Without explaining whether Delhi Government has jurisdiction to probe the case, Kejriwal alleged that Reliance Industries Ltd was benefited as Oil Ministry decided to hike the natural gas price to USD 8 per million British thermal unit as against current USD 4.2 from April 1.
He alleged that RIL did not produce adequate gas from eastern offshore KG basin block so as to put pressure on the government to hike the price. Reliance did not offer any immediate comments on the issue.
The government has already approved a proposal to price domestic gas at an average of international gas hub prices and actual cost of importing gas in its liquid form into India. The Chief Minister said hiking the price of natural gas will have a “cascading effect” on the economy as rates of transportation, power production, fertilisers and food items will go up significantly.
“I am writing to Prime Minister and the Oil Minister to kept the decision in abeyance pending the probe. I will also request PM to direct all ministries to cooperate with the probe,” Kejriwal said. He said the complaint alleged “collusion between some Union ministers and Reliance Industries Ltd” that purportedly resulted in the decision to double the gas price from April 1. The Chief Minister did not answer when asked whether Delhi Government has jurisdiction to probe the matter.
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Govt to recruit 16000 SC, ST employees
The Mamata Banerjee government is set to launch a recruitment drive ahead of the Lok Sabha polls for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates for around 16,000 posts lying vacant in various departments.
Senior government officials said a proposal to begin the drive was likely to be placed before the cabinet on January 25.
Sources said preparations to implement the plan had been made and chief secretary Sanjay Mitra had approved the move at a meeting in Nabanna on January 16.
“The government is in a hurry to start the recruitment process before the Election Commission declares the Lok Sabha election dates,” an official said.
“The recruitment process will be held up for a few months if we fail to start it before the poll dates are announced as the model code of conduct will come into effect. If the process begins before the model code kicks in, it will not have to be stopped. The chief minister is keen to begin the recruitment drive as soon as possible so that she can reach out to the SCs and STs before the Lok Sabha elections,” an official said.
Senior officials said according to the provisions of the West Bengal Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (reservation of vacancies in services and posts) Act, 1976, 11,904 posts meant for SCs and 4,437 for STs were lying vacant in 16 departments.
The act lays down that 22 per cent government jobs have to be reserved for SCs and 6 per cent for STs.
Nitish turns up heat on graft in govt
Patna, Jan. 15: Chief minister Nitish Kumar today instructed government departments to dispose of around 800 cases of corruption pending against public servants within two months.
Sources said the chief minister wants the proceedings to end before the Lok Sabha elections to keep his promise made to the people during the 2010 Assembly polls.
During a review today of corruption cases, Nitish learnt that around 800 cases of departmental proceedings were pending against government officials for involvement in corrupt practices since 2000. He directed the heads of the departments concerned to finish the proceedings within two months. “Even if 40-50 per cent of the cases are disposed of within that time, it would send a strong message to corrupt public servants,” he said.
Underlying the need for strengthening the vigilance committees in the districts, Nitish asked officials to activate the panels for better monitoring and execution of welfare and development schemes at the grassroots.
“If required, bring about changes in the existing circulars and vest powers with the district magistrates (DMs) so they could take immediate action against those involved in corrupt practices,” he said.
The chief minister was surprised to know that some officials had not been suspended by the departments concerned even after graft cases were lodged against them. He asked the officials to improve the delivery mechanism in the larger interest of the people. “The majority of the complaints come from three places (block, circle and police stations), which need to be revamped immediately,” he said.
Sources said that during his different yatras, Nitish had received complaints from the people about corruption prevalent in government offices, as well as in public distribution shops meant for economically backward sections.
Trinamool rubbishes A.K Ganguly’s allegations against Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Jan 8: Rubbishing retired justice A.K. Ganguly’s contention that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not want him to continue as state human rights panel chief after some decisions taken by him went against her government, ruling Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy Wednesday said Ganguly’s claims were not borne out by facts.
“We did not complain about Ganguly earlier. After the Supreme Court panel report came out, Mamata Banerjee wrote to the president, as he is the only competent authority to remove the human rights panel chairman,” said Roy. “The charge that the Bengal chief minister was biased does not stand to reason, or was borne out by facts,” he said. Welcoming Ganguly’s resignation, Roy said “otherwise he would have been dragged over the coals in the Supreme Court inquiry”. Bowing to mounting pressure following a law intern’s allegation that he had sexually harassed her, Ganguly stepped down as West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairman Monday.
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