QKolkata: Shah Seminar Today; Mirza Points at Mukul in Narada 

Your daily lowdown of all things Kolkata.

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File photo of Home Minister Amit Shah. 

1. TMC Piles Pressure, BJP Awaits Shah Seminar to Allay NRC Fears

The National Register of Citizens in West Bengal has become a rallying point for the Opposition — Trinamool and Left-Congress — against BJP, which is in a tight spot following the scare among communities, both Hindus and Muslims in the state, after 19 lakh people couldn’t make it to the final NRC list in Assam. Bengal BJP leaders are looking to party president Amit Shah to allay the fears at least among Hindus when he addresses a seminar on NRC at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. Sensing the fear, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat assured pracharaks in a closed-door meeting in Howrah’s Uluberia on 23 September that not a single Hindu would have to leave the country.

(Source: The Times of India)


2. Mirza Points Narada Finger At Mukul, Who Sniffs a Plot

Suspended IPS officer SMH Mirza was remanded in jail custody till 15 October by a special CBI court on Monday but not before he took a dig at senior BJP leader Mukul Roy, alleging that not being seen on the video will not absolve Roy of the charges. The BJP leader sniffed a larger conspiracy against him.

Mirza made the allegations while he was being whisked to prison a day after he was taken by CBI to Roy’s Elgin Road apartment to reconstruct the Narada sting tapes case. In the court, CBI raised concern over Mirza trying to influence the investigation. Narada News boss Mathew Samuel, who was earlier summoned by the agency, is likely to appear before it on 5 October.

(Source: The Times of India)

3. Sabyasachi Set to Join BJP Today, But Won’t Give Up Councillor & MLA Post

Former Bidhannagar mayor Sabyasachi Dutta is set to join BJP on Tuesday, putting behind six months of speculation over his political future sparked by party leader Mukul Roy’s visit to his Salt Lake residence ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in March for a plate of ‘luchi-aloor dom’.

Dutta, Trinamool’s Rajarhat-New Town MLA, will attend the BJP seminar on NRC and is likely to take the party flag from BJP president and Union home minister Amit Shah at Netaji Indoor Stadium, sources said.

(Source: The Times of India)


4. Double-Decker Buses to Make a Comeback This December

Come December, Kolkatans will again get to ride double-decker buses. These buses used to ply across the city from 60s till late in the 90s, before the Left Front government discarded them. West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) is acquiring four double-deckers for the city. Two among them will hit the streets in December.

“Our transport secretary went to London and saw how double-decker was favoured by tourists from across the globe for touring around the city. The top deck of the bus is without roof facilitating tourists to catch best glimpse of London city. We will be replicating the model in the city,” said Bengal’s transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Monday.

(Source: The Times of India)

5. Gang Grabs Calcutta-Bound Truck With Tea, But Can’t Drive

A three-member gang stopped a truck ferrying tea worth over Rs 1 crore, held the driver and the cleaner at gunpoint and forced a detour before throwing them off the vehicle on Sunday night, only to realise that they could not drive the heavy vehicle.

The incident took place near the Ghoralia Bypass off NH12 when the three stopped the Calcutta-bound truck ferrying 22,488kg of tea from a company in Assam’s Tezpur.

The men, introducing themselves as insurance officials, asked driver Azibur Khan to show documents. They then got in and forced Khan at gunpoint to take a diversion.

“The robbers stopped me near Santipur. I was on my way to Kidderpore in Calcutta. They held a gun to my head and forced me to take the Phulia-Hanskhali Road,” said Khan.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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