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Building collapse: BJP complains to EC against Kolkata Mayor for MCC violation by announcing compensation

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Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) The BJP filed a complaint with the Election Commission on Tuesday against Kolkata Mayor, Firhad Hakim, accusing him of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by announcing compensation for those affected by a building collapse in Garden Reach area.

Nine people were killed and 12 were injured after an under-construction five-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of southern Kolkata on Monday.

While making a visit to the accident spot, Mayor Hakim, who is also the Municipal Affairs & Urban Development Minister, announced that the West Bengal government would provide a compensation of Rs 500,000 to the kin of the deceased and Rs 100,000 to those injured in the collapse.

On Tuesday, BJP leader Sisir Bajoria forwarded a complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner, Rajiv Kumar, as well as to the Chief Electoral Office, West Bengal accusing the mayor of MCC violation by making the compensation announcement.

Till the time of filing of the report, there was no reaction from the Mayor on this count.

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Meanwhile, senior BJP leader from the Garden Reach area, Rakesh Kumar Singh has claimed that he had alerted different state and central agencies of illegal constructions in the area two years ago.

“I sent letters in 2022 to the Chief Justice of India, Calcutta High Court Chief Justice, Governor, Chief Minister, West Bengal Municipal Affairs & Urban Development Minister, the Kolkata Police Commissioner and finally to the Enforcement Directorate about this menace of illegal construction. But my letters yielded no result. What happened at Garden Reach on Monday is just the tip of the iceberg.

“Even a minor earthquake in Kolkata can result in the collapse of several such buildings in the Garden Reach area,” Singh said.

–IANS

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Lalu Prasad demands Nitish Kumar’s resignation after Centre rejects Bihar’s special status

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Lalu Prasad demands Nitish Kumar’s resignation after Centre rejects Bihar’s special status

Patna, July 22 (IANS) After the Central government turned down the special status for Bihar, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

“Centre has refused to give the special status to Bihar so Nitish Kumar should resign from his post. We will fight for special status at any cost,” the RJD Chief said.

He also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over not granting special status to Bihar.

“PM Modi and Nitish Kumar shamelessly gave Bihar a ‘Jhunjhuna’ (toy). If not the status of a special state, then give anything to Bihar in the name of a special package! JD-U bowed down to BJP,” he wrote on X.

The demand for special status for Bihar has been a recurring issue, with various leaders from the Janata Dal (United) advocating for it.

JD-U Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Jha had brought up the issue in an all-party meeting, stating that the Central government should either grant special state status or arrange for a special package for Bihar.

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Similarly, JD-U MP Rampreet Mandal raised the issue in the Lok Sabha, emphasising that special state status is essential for promoting economic development and industrialisation in backward states.

Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, the Water Resource Minister of Bihar, said, “We have a longstanding demand of special status for Bihar but if any technicalities arise in it, Centre should consider at least a special package for a backward state like Bihar.”

–IANS

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Trinamool to move motions on NEET, 3 criminal laws during Assembly's Monsoon Session

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Trinamool to move motions on NEET, 3 criminal laws during Assembly's Monsoon Session

Kolkata, July 22 (IANS) The ruling Trinamool Congress will move two special motions on the floor of the West Bengal Assembly this week during the Monsoon Session.

The first motion will be for scrapping of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the second will be on the three new criminal laws introduced in India, confirmed the Assembly Speaker.

The decision to move these two special motions was taken at the Business Advisory Committee of the state Assembly on Monday, when the Monsoon Session resumed.

However, as per convention, on the first day the session was adjourned after obituary mention.

The Speaker said that the motion demanding scrapping of NEET and restoration of the previous system of individual state governments conducting such examinations, will be moved on the floor of the House on Tuesday and there will be debates on the matter on Wednesday.

Similarly, another motion on the three criminal laws in the country will be moved by the Treasury Bench on Friday and debates on the matter will be conducted on next Monday.

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already sent a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24 raising the same demand on scrapping of NEET examination.

She had also written to the Prime Minister objecting to the implementation of the three new criminal laws without proper groundwork and preparation.

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Divested of key portfolio, BJP Minister in MP threatens to quit

Bhopal, July 21(IANS) Upset after being divested of the key Forest and Environment portfolio, first-time Cabinet minister in Madhya Pradesh, Nagar Singh Chouhan, on Monday threatened to quit from the Council of Ministers in the next two days.

Chouhan, a four-time tribal MLA who is now left with the Scheduled Caste Welfare portfolio, said he would quit the ministerial post and serve the people of his community, adding that his wife Anita Nagar Singh Chouhan, who is a first-time Lok Sabha member, might also quit as an MP.

On Sunday, Nagar Singh Chouhan was divested of the Forest and Environment portfolio which was allotted to Ramnivas Rawat, a six-time Congress MLA who switched sides to the BJP on April 30.

“I have been associated with the BJP for over 25 years. Yet I wasn’t consulted before the decision to divest me of the Forest and Environment portfolio was taken. I have already discussed the issue with (state BJP chief) V.D. Sharma. I will announce my decision in the next two days,” Chouhan told mediapersons on Monday.

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The BJP leader also said what made him more upset was the fact that the ministry was allotted to someone who joined the party from the Congress only a few months back.

When asked if his ‘pressure tactic’ had anything to do with the possibility of him being dropped as a minister in a future Cabinet reshuffle, Chouhan said he never asked for any post in 25 years of his political career.

“I never asked for a ticket for my wife before the Lok Sabha polls. It was the party that chose my wife as its candidate, and we didn’t disappoint as she won by more than 2 lakh votes, the highest winning margin ever from the seat (Ratlam).

“Now if the party feels that two members from the same family cannot be bestowed with key responsibility, I’ll quit as a minister and remain just an MLA, while my wife will step down as an MP,” said Chouhan, considered a loyalist of former CM and current Union Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

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Notably, this is the first resentment shown by any BJP leader after Chief Minister Mohan Yadav assumed office in December last year.

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JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna gets conditional bail in unnatural sex case

Bengaluru, July 22 (IANS) A special court on Monday granted conditional bail to JD(S) MLC Suraj Revanna, the grandson of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, in connection with an unnatural sex case.

The Special Court for MPs/MLAs has instructed Suraj Revanna to appear before the investigating officer in the case whenever required and to sign in with the police authorities on every second Sunday.

He has also been ordered not to contact the complainants by any means, directly or indirectly. Two complaints have been lodged against Suraj Revanna by JD(S) workers, accusing him of forceful unnatural sex.

The case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Suraj Revanna’s brother, Prajwal Revanna, is jailed in connection with an alleged sex video scandal. Their father, JD(S) MLA H.D. Revanna, was arrested in a kidnapping case linked to the sex video scandal but is out on conditional bail. H.D. Revanna’s wife, Bhavani Revanna, has also secured bail in the kidnapping case.

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Suraj Revanna was arrested on June 23. Earlier, the court had rejected his bail petition.

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Regional industry conclave opened new doors for industrial revolution in MP: CM

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Regional industry conclave opened new doors for industrial revolution in MP: CM

Bhopal, July 22 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav on Monday said that the initiative to organise the ‘Regional Industry Conclave’ in different parts of the state has opened new doors of the industrial revolution in the state.

“During the Regional Industry Conclave in Jabalpur on July 20, the investors gave investment proposals worth about Rs 22,000 crore for setting up large units as well as MSME units. This investment will generate a large number of jobs,” the Chief Minister said.

He said that more proposals are likely to come in the coming months as the communication with leading industrialists and business houses is still in process.

He said that the state government has taken concrete initiatives for the development of industries at the regional level.

“The use of a new mantra has been started effectively. This was the second Regional Industries Conclave. The first was held in Ujjain in March this year and the government had then received the investment proposal of more than Rs 15,000 crore,” he said.

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He said that there is a plan to organise a regional industry conclave in other big cities of the state in the coming months.

“These include Sagar, Rewa, and Gwalior. This will help in encouraging local entrepreneurs to invest in the Bundelkhand, Vindhya, and Chambal regions,” he said.

–IANS

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