QKolkata: Amit Shah Chopper Denied Permission for Landing & More

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BJP chief Amit Shah. 

1. Landing Blocked, Amit Shah Heads to Calcutta

On a day Amit Shah’s helicopter was denied permission to land on a private plot in Baruipur, the BJP president announced his plan to arrive in Calcutta on Tuesday for a road show through the heart of the city and dared chief minister Mamata Banerjee to arrest him for chanting “Jai Shri Ram”.

“Mamatadi, I am coming to Calcutta tomorrow. If you have guts, arrest me for chanting Jai Shri Ram,” Shah said at an election rally in Canning, South 24 Parganas.

Canning is part of Joynagar Lok Sabha constituency.

(Source: The Telegraph)

2. Supreme Court to Hear Mamata Morphed Photo Case Today

The Supreme Court will take up on Tuesday a habeas corpus petition filed by the family of Bengal BJP youth leader Priyanka Sharma who was arrested for sharing on Facebook a morphed photograph of chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

The habeas corpus petition is filed before a high court or the Supreme Court seeking the production of a person whose whereabouts are not known.

After her arrest by Howrah police on 9 May, Priyanka was remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

A bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna on Monday agreed to hear the habeas corpus plea urgently after senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul urged the court to take up the case on a priority basis as it involved fundamental rights to life and liberty.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Attack on Trinamool Workers and Homes By BJP

Over 20 Trinamul workers were injured and several offices of the party were ransacked by alleged BJP activists in Jhargram and West Midnapore shortly after the sixth phase polling ended on Sunday.

The Trinamul block president of Binpur 1, Biswajit Das, was beaten up with rods on Sunday night.

Das was admitted to a local hospital. Trinamul also alleged that several party workers had fled homes at Satdhara village in Jhargram following threats from the BJP.

“Our workers either suffered injuries or fled their homes in the face of attacks by the BJP. We have asked police to stop this hooliganism,” said Sukumar Hansda, the chairman of Trinamul core committee in Jhargram.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. Shah’s ‘Kangal Bangla’ Jibe Earns Didi Rebuke

BJP national president Amit Shah on Monday launched into his fiercest attack on the Trinamool Congress so far, accusing the Mamata Banerjee government of turning “sonar Bangla (golden Bengal)” into “kangal Bangla (pauper Bengal)”.

Shah’s jibe, which came at a rally in Canning and followed the denial of permission for his chopper to land in Baruipur, provided an opportunity for Bengal CM Banerjee to return fire, playing on the “Bengali pride” issue. Speaking at a rally in Budge Budge about four hours after Shah’s Canning rally, she said: “They say Mamata Banerjee has made Bangla ‘kangal’. Does he even know the meaning of the word ‘kangal’? How dare he? How does he get the audacity? People of Bangla will teach him a lesson for insulting our state. These half-educated, ill-informed leaders know nothing about Bangla.”

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Bharati’s Guard to Face Police Quiz

A police team was set up on Monday to question BJP Ghatal candidate Bharati Ghosh’s security guard who allegedly opened fire outside a poll booth in Keshpur during sixth-phase polling on Sunday.

The firing at Dogachhia in Keshpur left Trinamool worker Bakhtiar Khan injured when a bullet hit his right hand. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan opened fire when suspected Trinamool men started hurling bricks at Ghosh outside the booth.

(Source: The Times Of India)

6. Dilip’s Ex-Aide Is 1 Of 2 In Cash Net

The Government Railway Police (GRP) on Sunday afternoon arrested two persons, including a former personal assistant of Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, and seized Rs 1 crore from their possession.

According to police, the duo was identified as Gautam Chakraborty of Dak Bunglow, Barasat and Lakhi Kanta Som of Neb Sarai police station, Delhi. A local court remanded the duo in police custody for four days while the state CID began investigations.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Check-In Glitch Hits 30 Flights In Calcutta

A fault in the core server of the city airport in the afternoon and a thunderstorm late on Monday evening disrupted flights, inconveniencing thousands of passengers, airport officials said.

The thunderstorm forced the Calcutta air traffic control to divert five city-bound flights.

The server fault, which was detected around 5.15pm and could not be fixed even late at night, led to delay in the departure of around 30 flights.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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