QKolkata: TMC Warms Up To Congress Online; Somen Discusses Seats

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Congress leader Somen Mitra. 

1. Online, TMC Warms Up To Congress

Amid the Congress-CPM seat-sharing talks in Bengal, Trinamool on Wednesday started warming up to Congress publicly backing the party’s aggressive stance on the Rafale deal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The ruling Trinamool has been unusually quiet on the rival parties’ seat-sharing deliberations.

According to sources, while CM Mamata Banerjee had earlier indicated that Trinamool will contest all 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, in New Delhi she had urged other opposition parties to focus on the larger objective of removing the Modi government.

(Source: The Times Of India)

2. Won’t Sacrifice Murshidabad And Raiganj: Somen To Rahul

An electoral understanding between Congress and Left for the coming Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal suffered a miscarriage after Pradesh Congress president Somen Mitra called on party chief Rahul Gandhi to say the state unit was not willing to part with the two seats — Raiganj and Murshidabad — that fall in the traditional Congress belt.

The understanding was to be an attempt at maximising anti-BJP and anti-Trinamool votes.

CPM had won these two seats in the 2014 polls. CPM politburo member Mohammad Selim won from Raiganj defeating Deepa Das Munshi by 1,634 votes while CPM’s Badaruddoza Khan took Murshidabad with a margin of 18,453 votes over Congress.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. Rivals Come Together For Manifesto

The Calcutta Club played host to a rare photo opportunity on Wednesday evening as leaders from all major political parties in Bengal stood shoulder to shoulder to accept a people’s manifesto.

The occasion was The Telegraph presents Unputdownable Manifesto, Voice of the People, during which a compilation of people’s wishes was handed over to Sujan Chakraborty of the CPM, Amitabha Chakraborti of the Congress, Dilip Ghosh of the BJP and Sashi Panja of the Trinamool Congress.

The four leaders standing together to get captured in a frame was not the only surprise the event threw up.

(Source: The Telegraph)

4. TMC Civic Project Overdrive In Asansol And Durgapur

The Trinamool-run municipal corporations of Asansol and Durgapur are on a foundation-laying spree for projects and temples ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

Sources said Trinamool was not in a “comfortable” position in the industrial zone because of factionalism and was playing the development and temple cards to take on the BJP, whose Babul Supriyo had won the Asansol seat in 2014.

“We are expect the election dates to be declared anytime. Once that happens, we will not be able to start fresh development projects as the model code will kick in. So we are in a hurry to lay foundations,” said a Trinamool councillor in Asansol.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Darjeeling Tea Planters Call Meet With Unions On Friday

Tea planters in the Darjeeling hills have decided to call a meeting with trade unions here on Friday to discuss wage dues after workers’ bodies announced different modes of agitation for speedy payment of the arrears.

The Darjeeling Tea Association convened the meeting as the agitation is set to take a toll on earnings amidst plucking of first flush leaves — which yield the highest price.

While the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha-affiliated Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union had threatened to stop the dispatch of made tea from Thursday, the Joint Forum — a conglomeration of 20-odd unions — had announced a halt to plucking of first flush leaves from 11 March.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. Alipore Prison Shift Leaves Over 150 Felines ‘Orphaned’

The shifting of the Alipore Central Jail has had an unintended consequence — it has left more than 150 cats ‘orphaned’, with their caregivers moving to the new Baruipur jail premises on the southern fringes of the city.

The sprawling Alipore campus, which used to accommodate over 2,000 prisoners, also housed around 300 cats. Prison authorities are now in a quandary over the fate of these felines and have written to the KMC and NGOs on how best to take care of these abandoned pets.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. JU Engg Depts OK 90% Domicile Quota

A majority of engineering departments at Jadavpur University has agreed on reserving 90% of the general category undergraduate seats for domicile candidates. The resolution of the faculty council of engineering departments will be forwarded to the executive council, the highest administrative decision-making body in the university. If ratified by the EC, the proposal will be sent to the state government for approval.

The WBJEE describes a domicile student as one who has been living in the state for the past 10 years or whose parents have their permanent residence in the state.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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