West Bengal Assembly elections | Mamata Banerjee files nomination from Nandigram

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday filed her nomination from Nandigram to contest the Assembly poll.

Ms. Banerjee was accompanied by Trinamool Congress State president Subrata Bakshi at the office of Subdivisional Officer (SDO), Haldia.

Before submitting her nomination, she held a road show for about a kilometre to the SDO office. Thousands of people took part in the event, which saw posters with the Trinamool Congress’s new slogan “Bangla Nijer Mein kei Chai” (Bengal wants its own daughter). Earlier in the day, the Trinamool chairperson visited a temple in Nandigram.

“Nandigram is not a new place for me. When Nandigram was in the grip of violence, many brave leaders of Medinipur did not come out of their houses. But I was always there,” Ms. Banerjee said, taking a swipe at political opponent Suvendu Adhikari.

The Chief Minister said that she always dreamt of contesting from Singur or Nandigram, the two places synonymous in the fight against forcible land acquisition.

The Nandigram contest is key in West Bengal, with Ms. Banerjee pitted against former aide Mr. Adhikari of the BJP.

Mr. Adhikari also held a rally in Nadigram and said that he will file his nomination on March 12. The Assembly seat located in Purba Medinipur will go to the polls on April 1.

Input: thehindu

 

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TMC seeks adjournment of Parliament session, cites elections in five states

New Delhi, Mar 8: The Trinamool Congress on Monday sought an adjournment of the Parliament session citing assembly elections in five states of the country.

In a letter to the Rajya Sabha Chairman, TMC national spokesperson and RS member Derek O'Brien said due to the polls, MPs of his party would not be able to attend the Parliament session.

"I am writing to you as the Parliamentary Party leader (Rajya Sabha) for the All India Trinamool Congress. Sir, we urge you to consider the adjournment of the ensuing Parliament session, because of the declaration of elections in five states," he said.

"The Election Commission of India, on 26th February 2021, has announced election for five states, including Bengal. Due to the ongoing intensive election preparations in the State, the Members of Parliament from the All India Trinamool Congress would find it difficult to attend the second part of the Budget Session beginning from 8th March 2021," he wrote in the letter.

TMC MP Sudeep Bandyopadhyay has also written to the Lok Sabha Speaker on the same issue, requesting that Parliament be adjourned due to the polls. While O'Brien's letter is dated March 8, Bandyopadhyay had written to the LS Speaker on February 6.

The second part of the Budget session of Parliament began on Monday but its duration is likely to be curtailed as most top politicians would be busy campaigning for assembly polls taking place in March-April.

As of now, the session will conclude on April 8.

O'Brien, in his letter, mentioned two precedents when Parliament sessions were adjourned due to polls in states.

He cited the example of the 222nd session which commenced on February 21, 2011, and was scheduled to conclude on April 21, 2011. However, due to upcoming state assembly elections in five states -- Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, the House was adjourned sine die on March 25, 2011, he said.

The second instance he provided was the 214th session which commenced on October 17, 2008, and was adjourned early on October 24, 2008, to meet again on 10 December 2008. The session, as per the original schedule, was to continue up to November 21, 2008. However, due to upcoming state assembly elections in some states, the House was adjourned till December 10, 2008. "I am optimistic you will consider this proposal of ours," the TMC leader said.

 

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Assam Excise Department holds series of meetings with counterparts from Arunachal Pradesh & Meghalaya

Clandestine in-flow of liquor into the state from neighbouring states like Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya may play a role in influencing the electorate before and during the assembly election

Ahead of the ensuing State Assembly Election, the Assam Excise Department has conducted series of meetings with their counterparts from the neighbouring states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya.

There is an apprehension that clandestine in-flow of liquor into the state from neighbouring states like Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya may play a role in influencing the electorate before and during assembly election.

The Assam Excise Department has already taken initiative to keep a strict vigil to control and check the inflow of illegal liquor through Inter-State and International Border into the state of Assam.

Recently on January 30, 2021, a meeting was held by the Excise Department of Assam in connection with inter-state/district co-ordination for enforcement of excise lodge in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Tezpur, Sonitpur between the officials of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh comprising of Commissioner of Excise, Assam, Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur, Superintendent of Police, Sonitpur, Deputy Commissioner West Kameng, Assam, Superintendent of Police West Kameng and others took part.

In the meeting, the Commissioner of Excise, Assam initiated the discussion and apprised the officials present about the directions issued by the Election Commission of India in connection with forthcoming Assam Assembly Election 2021. The issue of illegal liquor through the inter-state border specially Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border was discussed with an appeal to give special attention to these aspects. It was decided in the meeting to ensure the reporting of the entry and exit of every vehicle carrying consignments of liquor plying between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

A similar meeting was held on February 2, 2021, in the office of Deputy Commissioner, Rhi-Bhoi District, Nongpoh, Meghalaya, in which Commissioner of Excise, Assam, Commissioner of Excise, Meghalaya, Deputy Commissioner Rhi-Bhoi district, Superintendent of Police Rhi-Bhoi district and other officials.

A meeting was held on February 5, 2021 in Dhemaji in which Commissioner of Excise, Assam, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Dhemaji, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Lakhimpur, Deputy Commissioner Papumpare, Arunachal Pradesh, Superintendent of Police Capital Complex, Arunachal Pradesh, other officials of both state were present.

On the same day, another meeting was held in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dibrugarh in which Commissioner of Excise, Assam, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Dibrugarh, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Sivasagar, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Charaideo, Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police Tinsukia, officials from Arunachal Pradesh and other officials were present.

Following the meetings, it was agreed that intelligence inputs and other vital information would be shared by the concerned officials on both sides of the borders.

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