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Biswa Bangla row: Mukul Roy summoned by court after Abhishek Banerjee files defamation case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday filed a criminal defamation case against former TMC Rajya Sabha MP, now BJP leader, Mukul Roy.The case was filed at Bankshall Court in Kolkata. On the basis of Abhishek’s complaint and the documents submitted, Bankshall Court has issued a summon to Roy on December 20. Post filing the case, Abhishek said that he had been hurt by the allegations levelled by Roy. He also gave a challenge to Roy saying, “If I say something, people might choose to believe me or not. Similarly with Roy. Now it is up to the court to decide and pass a verdict. Then everyone will believe what the truth is. He has alleged that I am the owner of business entities named Biswa Bangla and Jago Bangla. If he cannot prove it, he should leave his seat and Bengal. If he can prove it fair and square, I will leave politics.”Roy, however, interacting to mediapersons maintained that he had not said anything without documents. “These papers are that of the corporate affairs ministry. If it is tried in any court of the country, I will be able to prove that what I had said is true,” he said. Reacting to Abhishek’s comments he said, “These are attempts to divert people’s attention from the issue. He is a young man and is immature that is why he throws these challenges.”
ALSO READ Mukul Roy moves Delhi HC against West Bengal govt over alleged tapping of his phoneHe added that earlier Alipurduar District Court had passed an injunction prohibiting Roy from making public statements against Abhishek following a petition by him but Roy repeated it again at a press conference on November 25. “Now I have filed a criminal case against him. I have my full faith on the judiciary. People are watching. We have shown how to win convincingly through ballot. We will do the same in this legal battle as well,” he added.Along with Abhishek, also present at the court was party MLA Smita Bakshi’s son Soumya Bakshi. Abhishek’s lawyer said that the defamation case has been filed under section 202 of the Indian Penal Code.
ALSO READ Why Mukul Roy is getting ‘Y-plus’ security? Trinamool leader files plea in Calcutta High CourtInterestingly, Roy too, had filed a similar case against Abhishek last week at Patiala House Court in New Delhi saying that the legal notice which was sent to him was defamatory. It will be heard on December 1. State BJP leadership refused to comment on the issue. “It is Roy who has alleged and the case is against him. The party is with him but he himself will have to prove the credibility of his allegations,” said a senior state BJP leader.In another development, the Biswa Bangla Biswabidyalay Bill (Biswa Bangla University Bill) was tabled by state education minister Partha Chatterjee at the West Bengal state Assembly while Opposition members opposed the title of the bill. Left Front and Congress members suggested that the bill should referred to the select committee which was turned down by speaker Biman Banerjee. Chatterjee said that the name had nothing to do with the Biswa Bangla logo. The proposed university would be located at Bolpur in Shantiniketan. Opposition members said that they opposed the use ‘Biswa Bangla’, which was a tainted phrase, in the name of a university at Shantiniketan because it amounted to an insult to Rabindranath Tagore.

TMC youth wing hold protest against Mukul Roy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Within 36 hours of former Trinamool second-in-command Mukul Roy’s first public rally at Rani Rashmoni Avenue where he made serious allegations against the party’s top brass, the north Kolkata youth wing of the party put up a counter rally. Held at the same place in central Kolkata, it saw top party leaders, without naming Mukul, call him ‘gaddar’ (betrayer) and ‘Kalidas’ (one who ends up harming himself).Senior leaders, including state education minister Partha Chatterjee and state urban development minister Firhad Hakim along with several MLAs and other leaders were present.State president for the party’s women’s wing and minister of state for health Chandrima Bhattacharya said people who had made their fortune in the party were now foulmouthing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “It is she who picked him up from the dust and sent him to Delhi. He enjoyed the privilege for so many years and now has changed sides to hide his misdeeds thinking that the party at Centre will help. He doesn’t know that the law will take its own course,” Bhattacharya said.Admitting that the TMC had once been a part of the NDA, Hakim said, “Although we don’t subscribe to their political ideologies, the tie-up was done looking at one man, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. At present, the man who is at the helm of party affairs is also behind mass killings in Gujarat. We cant agree to his ideologies. Those who have joined him have given up their own principal.”Party MLA Arjun Singh said that without the backing of Mamata, Mukul would not be able to win even a councillor election. “He had said that he has his men at 77,000 booths of the state but I am challenging him. If he can name even seven persons of the party, of seven booths at Kanchrapara, I will give up my political career. He can only be called a ‘gaddar’ and Kalidas,” Singh said.On November 10, from a BJP rally at the same place, Mukul had alleged that the the logo of Biswa Bangla belonged to a private entity owned by Abhishek Banerjee.In another development on Monday, Abhishek had sent a legal notice to Mukul which said that the statement made by him at a public meeting was concocted and that it was a conspiracy. He has also been asked to tender an unconditional apology in the next 48 hours to avoid legal steps against him.Mukul’s lawyer, however said that he stuck to what he had said and that there was no question of an apology.

Mukul Roy blasts Mamata’s nephew in first speech, claims company which sponsored U-17 WC run by nephew Abhishek

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his first public meeting as BJP leader, former TMC second-in-command and ex-Rajya Sabha member Mukul Roy tore into TMC alleging the much talked about ‘Biswa Bangla’ was actually a business entity owned by TMC MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.“What is Biswa Bangla which sponsored the recently concluded Under-17 FIFA World Cup? It is not a government entity. It is a private business entity, owned by Abhishek Banerjee,” Roy said, holding up a bunch of printouts.He said that ‘Jago Bangla’ the Bengali daily and party mouthpiece was also a company owned by Abhishek. “After All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) was formed all the leaflets, pamphlets, hoardings and each and every printed material was printed by a company owned by Abhishek,” he said. He also alleged that state education minister Partha Chatterjee was at the helm of one of the leading puja committees which organised pujas along with corporate partnership of four chit fund companies.Roy had promised to divulge his reason of leaving TMC at this public meeting and amidst thundering applause of an unprecedented turnout for a BJP rally, said, “I have left TMC because it had failed to fulfil any of its commitments which it made before coming to power. It was getting suffocating within the party. There are many more who are suffering but are unable to say so. For all of them I am saying that TMC has become a limited company. If you delay leaving it, it might be too late.”He alleged that Mamata was using the police to rule the state and that is why she was putting her favourite IPS officers at important posts irrespective of what their track record had been. “At a time when the state was reeling under dengue, she was busy inaugurating a film festival and would leave for London tomorrow. The present dispensation would throttle any voice of dissent. Even the CPI(M) was not like this. At least they allowed the Opposition its rights,” he said.Taking a dig at Mamata’s foreign trips he said, “Just like Jyoti Basu (former Bengal Chief Minister), Mamata too has this habit of going to London on the pretext of bringing in investment which never came.”He threw a challenge at his former party and said that in the forthcoming elections there will be a ‘parivartan’ of ‘parivartan’ and to the BJP cadres he said, “For that just tears flowing down your eyes would not do. There should be fire coming out of your eyes.”Before he signed off he said that it was only Part I of things he had to say against the government. There would be many such in the near future.Soon after the rally, West Bengal home secretary Atri Bhattacharya and Partha Chatterjee refuted the allegations in two separate press conferences. “Biswa Bangla logo was designed by Mamata Banerjee. West Bengal government owns the logo. I can assure you that the logo is not owned by any individual,” Bhattacharya said.Chatterjee, talking to media persons at the party office said that the allegations were baseless. He said that the fact that party was promoting the youth did not go down well with Roy. “Now it is clear what the bone of contention is,” he said.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, during his speech at the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival referred to her upcoming London trip and said, “I go to one foreign trip every year for inviting investment. I generally dont go to foreign countries. This year I had to go to receive a prize from the UN for our project, Kanyashree.”

Congress can stand for Rahul Gandhi’s dog Pidi but not for national anthem: Himanta Biswa Sarma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Tuesday, Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma took aim at Congress and Rahul Gandhi over the national anthem row. Claiming that Congress leaders would stand to greet Rahul Gandhi’s dog Pidi, he claimed Congress were mocking the idea of respecting the national anthem. He asked Rahul Gandhi to take a break from Pidi and tell the world why his leaders are out to insult the national anthem.He wrote on Twitter: “Intrigued to see brazen manner in which leaders of @INCIndia are mocking at idea of respect to #nationalanthem. #CongressInsultsAnthem. While they’d stand even to greet #Pidi while at 12 Tughlak Lane, leaders like @_SandeepDikshit have reservations getting up for anthem.”
ALSO READ Next Cong VP? Twitter full of jokes about Rahul Gandhi’s dog PidiHe added: “Does @OfficeOfRG have guts to tell us his stand on #JanaGanaMana.We’re extremely puzzled to see @INCIndia discomfort over 52 seconds stand. Urge @OfficeOfRG to take some time off Pidi & tell the world why his leaders are out to insult our #nationalanthem. #CongressInsultsAnthem. If party line is to contrary, we expect @OfficeOfRG to ‘train’ his leaders to be obedient & follow his instructions. #CongresInsultsAnthem.”Biswa Sarma had hit out at Rahul Gandhi after the latter posted videos of his dog on Twitter.”People (have) been asking who tweets for this guy… I’m coming clean..it’s me..Pidi..I’m way smarter than him. Look what I can do with a tweet..oops..treat!,” Gandhi said on twitter, posting a video of his dog doing a trick at his master’s command.The video shows a hand placing something edible between the dog’s eyes and nose as the Congress vice president is heard issuing some commands. In a swift, deft move, the canine jumps and catches it in his mouth.The twitter post drew varied response from his political rivals and followers.Among initial twitter reactions to the Congress leader s tweet was one by former Assam Congress strongman Himanta Biswa Sarma, who had quit the party and joined the BJP on the eve of the last state elections, accusing Rahul Gandhi of “indifference” to party affairs.”Sir @OfficeOfRG, who knows him better than me. Still remember you busy feeding biscuits to him while we wanted to discuss urgent Assam’s issues,” Sarma said, provoking Congress leaders to lash out at him.”We also know you better now,” was the reaction of Mahila Congress president and Lok Sabha MP from Silchar Sushmita Dev, who tagged Sarma.Congress social media in charge Divya Spandana, responding to Gandhi s tweet said, “So know you who can match this talent.”Gandhi’s tweet came at a time when his social media popularity is a subject of intense discussion.The BJP has accused Gandhi of using bots to inflate his fan following on the microblogging website, but the Congress defended his Twitter resurgence as natural. The bot is a software that can be used to autonomously perform actions such as tweeting, retweeting, liking, following, unfollowing, or direct messaging other accounts.Earlier, veteran Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Tuesday criticised the Jaipur Mayor and Bharatiya Janata Party for imposing the ‘diktat’ of singing National Anthem on the staff of Jaipur Municipal Corporation.”The issue has never been, and I believe never should be about singing the National Anthem. Every citizen of this country respects it and the Jaipur Mayor or his political party(BJP) have no monopoly,” Khurshid said.The Jaipur Municipal Corporation in Rajasthan recently issued a directive to its staffers to sing the national anthem every morning and national song every evening. The biometric system of attendance will not accept any entries after the morning anthem.Further, the Jaipur mayor said that those who don’t want to sing the national anthem can go to Pakistan.The former Union Minister said there may be many complaints about how BJP have dealt with issues of national importance in the past.”What is happening with the national anthem is that there was an amusing decision about it taken where people were required by the Supreme Court to stand up for the national anthem in cinema theatres. Now SC itself revised its view and it feels that you don’t need to show everywhere that you respect the anthem and therefore, they asked the government to consider it,” he asserted.Khurshid said that imposing such diktats is an insult to the National Anthem itself.”Nobody ever said that there is an issue about singing the anthem and nobody asked others to stop singing it. I think for somebody to raise something of this nature, frankly, I believe is not only idiotic but also an insult to the National Anthem itself. They are speaking an untruth about the respect the people have for the national anthem of this country,” Khurshid said. With inputs from agencies

SEE PICS: Mamata Banerjee inaugurates Biswa Bangla Convention Centre; calls it ‘biggest in Eastern India’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today inaugurated the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre here, which she claimed to be the biggest in eastern India, and said that she wanted all states to grow, develop and inspire each other to do better.The main convention hall has a seating capacity of 3,000.The complex at New Town also has two smaller-capacity auditoria, each with a seating capacity of 434, and four large exhibition halls including a banquet hall.A business hotel is located at the convention centre.”We want all states to prosper and move forward on the road of growth. If we do good work that will be followed by others. Also, if others do good work, we will follow them and be inspired,” Banerjee said at the inauguration programme.”West Bengal has already proved its worth by hosting the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup successfully. Before Diwali the lamp of development is glowing in Bengal and Kolkata shines brighter than other cities,” she said.Describing the convention centre as the biggest in eastern India and one of the largest in the country, the chief minister said it was beautifully constructed by the Larsen & Toubro under the supervision of the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) at a cost of Rs 500 crore.The Bengal Global business Summit in January next year is going to be held at this convention centre, she said.”This (convention centre) is the new jewel in the crown of the state and of the country. The booking for the centre for 2019 has started already and that proves the industrial development in Bengal,” Banerjee said.The chief minister, who named the complex as Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, had proposed its setting up.Lauding West Bengal’s culture and heritage, she said her government has allocated Rs 350 crore to build a business centre at Digha in East Midnapore.

John Abraham may hold fund raiser for Assam flood victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bollywood actor and ISL franchise NorthEast United FC owner John Abraham today said he is willing to hold a fund raising event to help the flood victims of Assam in association with the state government. “We would like to have a fund raising event for flood victims. But this has to be a government bona fide event. We would like to have this in association with the government,” Abraham said at a press conference here. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have been informed about this, he said. “The latest flood has been very devastating. Over 50 persons have been killed. More than 200 animals died in Kaziranga National Park. Today morning I saw a picture of a carcass of a tiger, and it just killed me. “Our heart is for Assam flood. Our solidarity is with the victims of Assam flood. NEUFC will always be with flood victims whenever there is any necessity,” Abraham said. The third wave of devastating flood has so far claimed the lives of 67 persons across Assam. With these, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood related incidents in Assam went up to 151, including eight in Guwahati.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ahead of polls, Tripura gets saffron tinge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six TMC MLAs from Tripura, sacked from the party last month, joined the BJP on Monday, lending a tinge of saffron to the 60-member state Assembly, dominated by the communists for decades.The BJP has become the main Opposition party in Tripura, a state it has never won. The ruling CPM has 50 seats in the Assembly and its ally CPI has one MLA.MLAs Sudip Roy Barman, Ashish Kumar Saha, Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl, Biswa Bandhu Sen, Pranjit Singh and Dilip Sarkar were inducted into the BJP in Agartala in the presence of Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan.Tripura goes to the polls next year. The BJP has seen a recent surge in support in the North East, after winning elections in Assam and forming governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.Pradhan said that Tripura will be headed by a BJP Chief Minister in 2018. “They (the TMC MLAs) are joining my party, a strengthened party in Tripura. It is very clear that the next government in Tripura will be headed by a BJP CM,” he said.The former TMC members had met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi on Saturday. Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was also present at the meeting.The six had resigned from the Congress and joined the TMC protesting against the grand old party’s alliance with the CPI-M ahead of the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections. Led by Barman, the six legislators had voted for NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, which resulted in their ouster from the TMC.Barman said that his party was searching for a platform from where they can give a solid fight to the CPM, thereby defeating and uprooting it form the government.”There will be heavyweight leaders of West Bengal also joining the BJP soon to dislodge the forces in West Bengal as well,” he said.

Six sacked TMC MLAs join BJP in Tripura

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six Tripura MLAs, who were sacked by the Trinamool Congress and voted for NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election, today formally joined the BJP. The six legislators, led by former leader of the opposition (Congress) in the Tripura Assembly Sudip Roy Burman, were welcomed into the saffron party by Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the party’s North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener Himanta Biswa Sarma, state BJP chief Biplab Kumar Deb and state party observer Sunil Deodhar. Besides Roy Burman, the other MLAs are Ashish Kumar Saha, Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl, Biswa Bandhu Sen, Pranjit Singha Roy and Dilip Sarkar. The MLAs had met BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi on August 5. On July 3, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee had said the party would have no relations with the six MLAs. The six legislators had quit the Congress and joined the TMC in protest against the Congress’ electoral tie-up with the Left, ahead of the 2016 West Bengal Assembly election. In the run-up to the presidential poll, the MLAs had announced that they would not vote for a candidate supported by the CPI(M) and were sacked by the TMC. Burman in his speech pledged to oust the “repressive and fascist” Manik Sarkar government. “When Congress betrayed us in our movement to oust the Left Front government, we thought TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee would help us in our mission. But we found that she became close to Sonia Gandhi and Sitaram Yechury,” he said. “Had we been in TMC, it would have been comfortable for CPI-M to divide the opposition and remain in power. We did not want to give them this opportunity,” he added. Pradhan said law and order has completely collapsed in Tripura and crime against women has gone up. “The LF government has no right to remain in power even for a moment.” Tripura, he said, is rich in natural resources like natural gas and could become self reliant but has remained poor and dependent due to its government’s inefficiency. Sarma said with the six MLAs joining BJP “the last nail in the coffin of the Left Front government in Tripura has been struck”. Exuding confidence that BJP would form the government in the state after the assembly elections slated for February next, he said “Development of the state would then be taken up with the blessings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants to convert the Northeast into a developed region.” In his speech, Deb expressed confidence that BJP would win the 2018 assembly poll in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No work on Smart City project during Congress rule : Himanta

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after union minister M Venkaiah Naidu criticised the delay in the smart city project here, Guwahati Development Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said it got delayed as no work on it was done during Congress rule. “We started very late. There was no work during Congress period. We moved backward by 7-8 months in the last government’s tenure,” Sarma said at a press conference here. The work for Smart City project started only about nine months back, he added. “We are now working on to make Guwahati a Smart City. It will take 4-5 months more to catch up with other cities,” Sarma said. Yesterday, Naidu had termed work of the Smart City project in Guwahati, which was selected during the first round itself, as “not satisfactory” and said the North East states would have to improve implementation of central schemes to catch up with the rest of the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JK Himalayan Drive creates history, enters third country

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Biswa Bangla JK Tyre Himalayan Drive 5 today became the first TSD (Time, Speed and Distance) rally from the country to enter a third nation, even as Asgar Ali and Muhammad Mustafa continued their reign for the fourth successive day. The five-day rally that began in Siliguri went all the way to Bhutan before returning to India and then making its way to Nepal. On the final day, it will come back to Siliguri to make it India’s first and only ti-nation TSD rally. India’s kings were comfortably ahead of the field and should take the championship too unless they suffer an unexpected mishap, or somebody pulls off something miraculous. The rallyists started from Darjeeling this morning and made their way to Ghoom, which has India’s highest railway station at 7407 feet. They then drove down the pine-tree lined road to Mirik to reach Pashupatinagar in the Indo-Nepal border. Once inside Nepal, the rallyists drove down the hills to reach the Terai region of that country and took the East-West highway before turning right into a dirt track through a forest and then drive over a river bed. This 20 kilometer-stretch was the toughest part of the day’s rally and tested the competitors’ skills and endurance skills, especially since this stretch came at the fag end of the 260-kilometer-long fourth leg of the rally. The fourth leg had 15 time controls.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Edu dept is not serious about detecting fake degrees: Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said his department is not serious about detecting fake degrees of college teachers and is trying to protect some of the accused even as he assured to “personally look into the matter.” Sarma made this revelation while replying to an issue of a college teacher getting job allegedly on the basis of a fake Ph.D degree, during the Zero Hour. The issue was raised by BJP MLA Ashwini Ray Sarkar. “When I got the answers of this Zero Hour question from my department, I was not satisfied. There is a tendency to protect the culprits having jobs through fake degrees,” Sarma said in Assam Assembly. “The education department should have taken initiatives to detect fake degrees while getting jobs in the colleges,” he said. “It seems our department is not serious and has not shown any activeness in this regard. I will personally look into the matter and check the things,” the minister said. He further informed that the education department will contact UGC in future to verify the validities of such degrees as well as some doubtful universities offering Ph.D.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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