QKolkata: Assembly Gate Closed For Guv; NRC Death In Jalpaiguri

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Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at the State Legislative Assembly in Kolkata on Dec 5, 2019. 

1. Bengal Assembly’s VIP Gate Closed For Guv

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar visited the Bengal assembly on Thursday only to find Gate 3, the one designated for VIP entry, closed. This is a “sad day for democracy” and “has put us to shame”, the constitutional head of the state said, ratcheting up the discord between Nabanna and Raj Bhavan.

Dhankhar later entered through Gate 2, the one open for the public, perhaps to prove a point. Coming out, he said: “Is it right that the assembly gate meant for the governor’s entry should be closed? This has put us to shame. This is undemocratic. We need to make amends. I will write to the Speaker that this shouldn’t have happened. This is not in consonance with parliamentary practice. This is not befitting to the office of the governor. It also belittles the office of the Speaker. These are trends in democracy we need to curb.”

(Source: The Times Of India)


2. Jalpaiguri Death After Hunt For NRC Papers

Panic over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) claimed another life in Bengal on Thursday with a Jalpaiguri folk singer found hanging from a tree near his home and his family saying that he’d been frantically searching for citizenship papers.

The suspected suicide of Sahabuddin Mohammad, 69, at Panidhura village underscored how repeated declarations by BJP leaders of an Assam-like NRC in Bengal have caused panic in the border districts.

Sahabuddin, a father of three, had been upset for the past few days and was frantically searching for documents to prove his citizenship, his family members said.

“He was a popular Bhawaiya (a form of Rajbanshi folk song) singer. It is unfortunate that he took his life out of panic,” said Umesh Sharma, a researcher in Jalpaiguri.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Woman’s Burnt Body Found In Malda, Rape Suspected

The charred body of a young woman was recovered from a mango orchard in Malda’s English Bazar on Thursday morning, raising fears of a rerun of the horrific Hyderabad gang rape and murder.

Villagers in Tipajani noticed the burnt body on Thursday morning and immediately informed English Bazaar police station. The locals, however, could not identify the woman as the body was badly burnt. The only piece of clothing on the body was a torn sleeve of the blue dress the woman was wearing when she was set on fire. Police sources said there were several injury marks on the body, including her private parts. The woman was possibly raped and strangled and her body burnt, they said.

(Source: The Times Of India)


4. Narada Case: LS Prosecution Nod Yet To Come, CBI tells HC

The CBI on Thursday told Calcutta High Court that it is yet to get the Lok Sabha Speaker’s permission a month after sending him a reminder for granting prosecution sanction against three MPs and a former lawmaker in connection with the Narada sting operation probe.

Present in the court of Justice Joymalya Bagchi, CBI’s lawyer Amajit Dey said the investigating agency had sought permission from Speaker Om Birla. “The permission from the Lok Sabha speaker was sought in April this year. Reminders were sent to him. We are yet to get permission from the speaker,” Dey said.

Once prosecution sanction is granted, CBI will be able to name the four in the charge sheet. All four were named as accused in the FIR the agency filed on 16 April, 2017 after almost a month-long preliminary enquiry.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Mamata: Fear To Blame, Bajaj Has Guts

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has blamed the economic slowdown on a lack of trust in the government of the day and an atmosphere of fear that are forcing industry to close the taps of fresh investment.

“It (the economic situation) is very alarming. People are suffering from uncertainty…. Nobody wants to set up industries. This is the reality today…. Rahul Bajaj has guts, so he could speak up, but can everybody do it?” Mamata asked during her address after inaugurating the 18th edition of Infocom, an ABP initiative.

The chief minister was referring to the weekend statement by veteran industrialist Bajaj in front of home minister Amit Shah that corporate India lacks confidence that the government would appreciate open criticism.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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