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Major reshuffle in Bengal BJP likely after Durga puja

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Kolkata, Sep 23: There are strong indications that a major reshuffle is likely to take place in the West Bengal BJP hierarchy just after the Durga puja where new and young leaders will be roped in and more representation from North Bengal will get a preference.

Young Sukanta Majumdar who has been entrusted with a huge responsibility is close to RSS and before becoming the state president had very little experience in handling political and organisational problems. He will not only have to strike a balance between the newcomers and trusted BJP soldiers but he will have to plug the exodus in the party. After the exit of Babul Supriyo, Trinamool has already claimed that more leaders are likely to follow him and there is some truth in it.

Secondly, the former professor of Gourbanga University, Majumdar has not moved out of South Dinajpur much but after becoming the state President he will have to know the topography and the social structure of all the 24 districts of West Bengal within a short time and there he will have to depend on some trusted people.

Majumdar, who owes his allegiance to RSS will certainly prefer to depend on his region and the mother organisation. Majumdar has already said that there were some problems in the election strategy that led to the defeat and indicated that he would prefer new and young leadership in the party.

Sources in the party indicated that people like Debojit Sarkar, Tushar Ghosh, Debasree Chowdhury and Debtanu Bhattacharya – all from RSS might get new responsibility in the party. Indications are also that apart from Jyotirmoy Singh Mahato – who is from North Bengal all the other four general secretaries are likely to be changed.

Not only in the state leadership but huge change in the district leadership is also in the offing. There are altogether 39 organisational districts which are headed by a district President. Sources said that after the posts of the general secretaries, the posts of branch organisations of the party youth wing, peasants’ wing, women’s wing and minority wings, are extremely crucial. Sources said that the defunct district president will surely be replaced. And new faces from the young generation will be roped in.

“All the changes will be as per the constitutional provisions. The new committee will be formed according to the advice of our central leadership. The final decision of the changes will be taken by the central leadership of the party only,” a senior party leader said.

Sources further said that in the new and changed organisational structure, North Bengal will get special preference. In the 2021 West Bengal assembly elections, BJP’s performance was far better than what it did in other pockets of the state. “The new committee will be a combination of the energy of youth and experience of veterans,” a senior BJP leader said.

It would be interesting to see how Majumdar negotiates with Suvendu Adhikari who has a huge political, organisational and administrative experience. Adhikari is the person who has migrated to BJP from Trinamool Congress but has been successful in creating a parallel power-centre in the party and that has been allowed by the central leadership as well. It is not only because he has defeated Mamata Banerjee but because he has a mass base that the saffron brigade wants to capitalize.

There are rumours in the party that Adhikari had initially recommended the name of Sukanta Majumdar which has been endorsed by the then state President Dilip Ghosh. “Majumdar shares a good relation with Suvendu Adhikari. One is the organisational head and the other is the legislative head. Both are young, dynamic, aggressive and are open to new ideas. If they work together the party will be benefited in the future,” another senior leader said.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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MoS home’s son Ashish Mishra sent to judicial custody for 14 days

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Lakhimpur: Son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, Ashish Mishra, was produced before a court here late on the night of October 9, 2021, which sent him to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the October 3 Lakhimpur violence.

After around 12 hours of questioning in connection with the violence in which eight persons including four farmers were killed, a medical team examined Ashish Mishra in the crime branch office, after which he was taken for production before a judicial magistrate, who sent him to custody, senior prosecution officer SP Yadav.

He said an application for police remand of Ashish Mishra was submitted to the judicial magistrate who fixed it for hearing at 11 AM on October 11, 2021. Ashish Mishra was named in an FIR following allegations that he was in one of the vehicles that mowed down four farmers protesting over UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit last Sunday.

Farmer leaders and opposition parties had been demanding Mishra’s arrest but the minister and his son had denied the allegations.
Two BJP workers and their driver were allegedly lynched by angry farmers in the incident. Local journalist Raman Kashyap also died in the violence, which has triggered a political storm and put the BJP government on the back foot in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

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Mayawati questions the Congress on the killing of Dalit in Rajasthan

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Lucknow: Selective outrage of the Congress is always criticised and Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on October 10, 2021 took on the Congress and termed as “condemnable” the incidence of a Dalit person being beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh questioned the silence of the Congress.

A Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death on October 7, 2021 by a group of men in Hanumangarh over his love affair, the Rajasthan police said. Three people have been detained in connection with the case on Saturday. There are several such cases on which the Congress keep blind eye.

Mayawati said: “Will the Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh and Punjab go there and give Rs 50 lakh to the victim’s family? The BSP demands an answer, otherwise it should stop shedding crocodile tears in the name of the Dalits.”

On the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, she tweeted, “The cropping up of the name of the son of the Union minister in the Lakhimpur violence raises questions on the working style of the BJP government.” The BJP should sack the minister as only then will there be any hope of justice for the aggrieved farmers, she added.
Mayawati also said terrorists are killing innocent people almost everyday in Jammu and Kashmir, which is very sad and shameful. The BSP demands that the Centre should take some strong steps in this regard.

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