Connect with us

National

Constituency watch: Missing ‘X-factor’ of Anubrata Mondal makes contest interesting at Birbhum

Published

on

Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) Birbhum Lok Sabha constituency is going for polls this time in the absence of Trinamool Congress strongman Anubrata Mondal, the X-factor in electoral politics not just for this constituency but for the entire district.

Birbhum is going for Lok Sabha polls in the fourth phase on May 13.

The absence of the ruling party’s former District President, who used to control the Trinamool Congress’ well-structured organisational machinery while sitting at his party office during elections, makes the situation a bit critical this time for actress-turned-politician and three-time Trinamool MP from Birbhum, Satabdi Roy.

Mondal is currently in Tihar Jail in New Delhi because of his alleged involvement in the cattle smuggling racket in West Bengal.

Except for this missing X factor, going by past poll statistics, Birbhum is one of the safest seats for the Trinamool Congress.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, even in the midst of a massive BJP wave throughout West Bengal, Satabdi Roy got elected by a margin of over 90,000 votes.

ALSO READ:  Andhra Pradesh CS, DGP to appear before ECI in Delhi over poll violence

However, the BJP was able to make a dent and its vote share went up by 20.52 percentage points from what it was in 2014.

Anyhow, this upswing was not evident in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, when Trinamool Congress candidates emerged as victors in six out of seven Assembly constituencies under this Lok Sabha seat.

Political observers say those spectacular results were when Mondal was in full-control of the organisation at Birbhum, which is not the case this time.

The BJP this time has fielded former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Debashis Dhar, who resigned from service to join electoral politics.

In his first appearance in the political spectrum Dhar has already proved that he is as confident in handling the campaign microphone as he was in handling the baton.

The Congress this time has fielded Milton Rashid as its candidate from Birbhum as part of its seat-sharing agreement with the Left Front.

ALSO READ:  TN SIT finds similarity between Cong leader's mysterious death and murder of K.N. Nehru’s brother

Milton Rashid is a veteran party organisational man from the district.

From 1971 to 2004, Birbhum gave CPI(M) candidates 10-consecutive victories.

The highly-acclaimed parliamentary speaker Dr Ram Chandra Dome, got elected from this constituency as a CPI(M) candidate for six-consecutive terms from 1989 to 2004.

However, in the midst of a massive Trinamool Congress wave, Satabdi Roy got elected from this constituency in 2009. She was re-elected in 2014 and 2019.

Birbhum is famous for the legendary Tarapith Maa Tara temple, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, the shrines which are believed in Hindu mythology to be created out of the different body parts of Devi Sati.

Birbhum is predominantly a rural Lok Sabha constituency with the principal bread-earning medium being agriculture.

–IANS

src/rad

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

National

Bomb threat for IndiGo flight at Delhi airport turns out to be hoax (Ld)

Published

on

By

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) An IndiGo flight bound for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh received a bomb threat at Delhi airport on Tuesday morning, which later turned out to be a hoax, police said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) Usha Rangnani said that at around 5 a.m., information was received regarding a paper found in the lavatory of an Indigo flight scheduled to depart for Varanasi, with the word ‘bomb@5.30’ written on it.”

“Following the standard security protocols, a thorough inspection was conducted, and no suspicious items were found,” said the DCP.

According to airline officials, IndiGo flight 6E2211 operating from Delhi to Varanasi with 176 passengers onboard, had received a specific bomb threat at the airport.

The threat call was received at around 5.40 a.m., said officials.

“All necessary protocols were followed and the aircraft was taken to a remote bay as per guidelines by airport security agencies.

All passengers were safely evacuated via the emergency exits,” said an airline official.

ALSO READ:  Two houses in Meitei village near India-Myanmar border set ablaze

In a similar incident on May 16, a tissue paper, with the word “bomb” written on it, was found in the Air India flight AI819 lavatory at Delhi airport, prompting security agencies to conduct an inspection, but it turned out to be a hoax.

–IANS

ssh/dpb

Continue Reading

National

Two injured as DTC buses crash in southwest Delhi

Published

on

By

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Two people sustained injuries after a Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus hit another stationary bus in southwest Delhi’s Nauroji Nagar on Tuesday morning, police said.

Sharing the details, police said that information was received on Tuesday morning at Safdarjung Enclave police station regarding an accident at Nauroji Nagar bus stand on Outer Ring Road between two DTC buses.

Upon reaching the spot, it was revealed that a DTC electric bus driven by Akash was picking up passengers from the Nauroji Nagar bus stand when another DTC bus driven by Chandveer hit it from the rear side.

“Two persons namely Mukesh Kumar and Shamshula, both residents of Durga Park, West Sagarpur, received minor injuries and are undergoing treatment at AIIMS Trauma Centre,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Rohit Meena.

“Legal action is being taken in the matter,” the DCP added.

–IANS

ssh/uk

ALSO READ:  Andhra Pradesh CS, DGP to appear before ECI in Delhi over poll violence
Continue Reading

National

No feasibility study needed for solar rooftop connections up to 10 kW in TN

Published

on

By

Chennai, May 28 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has directed the state power utility TANGEDCO not to conduct a technical feasibility study for solar rooftop proposals of up to 10 kilowatts.

The regulatory commission in the state in an order dated May 23, has directed the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) to exempt consumers using solar rooftops of up to 10 kilowatt power based on Rule 7(A) of Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Amendment Rules, 2004.

The TNERC came out with the directive after TANGEDCO ordered an exemption on solar rooftops with a capacity of up to only 3 kilowatts.

The directive was required after several households complained that there was a delay in installing rooftop solar systems in households by the TANGEDCO.

The regulatory commission also directed TANGEDCO that the sanction power of the Grid Interactive Solar Photovoltaic Power System capacity of up to 10 kW should be delegated to the lower-level field officers.

ALSO READ:  Himachal: Cong sets up panel for 'better coordination' between state govt & party organisation

While TANGEDCO has to conduct the study and produce the feasibility report for a solar rooftop project in households within a fortnight, consumers told IANS that there has been an inordinate delay.

Meenakshi Sundaram, a retired College professor, who wanted to install a solar rooftop connection of 8 kW, told IANS that there has been a long delay from Tangedco and several consumers like her were dejected.

–IANS

aal/dpb

Continue Reading

National

LS polls: PM Modi to campaign in Jharkhand, Bengal today

Published

on

By

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will campaign in Jharkhand and West Bengal on Tuesday for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The Prime Minister will hold a public meeting in Jharkhand’s Dumka at 12:15 p.m., followed by another two in West Bengal’s Barasat at 2:30 p.m. and Jadavpur at 4:00 p.m.

Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to offer floral tributes at the statue of Subhas Chandra Bose in Kolkata Uttar at 5:55 p.m. and then begin a roadshow. After the roadshow, he will offer floral tributes at the statue of Swami Vivekananda at 7:00 p.m.

Major political developments that will unfold across the country on Tuesday:

* Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold public meetings in Odisha’s Chandbali at 12:30 p.m., Jajpur at 2:15 p.m., and Puri at 4:00 p.m.

* BJP President J.P. Nadda will address public meetings in Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur at 11:00 a.m., Mandi at 1:15 p.m., and Rohru at 3:15 p.m.

ALSO READ:  Andhra Pradesh CS, DGP to appear before ECI in Delhi over poll violence

* INDIA bloc partners Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav will address ‘Parivartan Sankalp Sabhas’ in Uttar Pradesh’s Rudrapur (Bansgaon Lok Sabha constituency) at 3:15 p.m. and Gangapur (Varanasi) at 5:10 p.m.

* Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will address election rallies in Pipiganj, Gorakhpur at 11:10 a.m. and Mirzapur at 1:00 p.m. From there, he will go to Bihar to hold public meetings in Fatuha (Patna) at 3:10 p.m., Bhojpur at 4:30 p.m. and Patliputra at 6:00 p.m.

* Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav will address an election rally at 1 p.m. in Uttar Pradesh’s Dohrighat (Mau) for the INDIA bloc candidate from the Ghosi Lok Sabha constituency.

* Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Nishad Party chief Sanjay Nishad will address a public meeting in the Chauri Chaura Assembly constituency of the Bansgaon Lok Sabha constituency.

* Gujarat Congress President Shaktisinh Gohil will address a press conference at 12 noon at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

ALSO READ:  PM Modi unveils statue of Sant Ravidas, says his govt following the seer's ideology

–IANS

sha/

Continue Reading

National

IndiGo flight receives bomb threat at Delhi airport

Published

on

By

New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) An IndiGo flight bound for Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh received a bomb threat at Delhi airport on Tuesday morning, prompting authorities to declare an emergency, police said.

According to airline officials, IndiGo flight 6E2211 operating from Delhi to Varanasi had received a specific bomb threat at the airport. The threat call was received at around 5.40 a.m., said officials.

“All necessary protocols were followed and the aircraft was taken to a remote bay as per guidelines by airport security agencies. All passengers were safely evacuated via the emergency exits,” said an airline official.

“The flight is currently undergoing inspection. Post completion of all security checks, the aircraft will be positioned back in the terminal area,” the spokesperson added.

More details are awaited.

–IANS

ssh/dpb

ALSO READ:  PM Modi unveils statue of Sant Ravidas, says his govt following the seer's ideology
Continue Reading

Trending