QKolkata: TMC Wins All Three Bypoll Seats; NRC A Deciding Factor

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Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress won all three seats in the West Bengal bypolls. Image used for representational purposes.

1. ‘Arrogance’ Beaten 3-0 By ‘Humble’ Trinamool

The Trinamool Congress on Thursday handed the BJP a 3-0 rout in the Bengal Assembly by-elections, bearing out Mamata Banerjee’s post-general-election claim that the battle was far from over despite the BJP bagging 18 Lok Sabha seats from the state.

Trinamool won all the three seats that went to the polls, picking up Kharagpur Sadar and Kaliaganj, which it had never won before, along with Karimpur.

“The BJP’s arrogance has cost them,” the chief minister said in her initial reaction before pledging that her party would be “humbler” and “work harder” for the state’s development.

“The message is clear: Ek, dui, tin, BJP-ke biday din (One, two, three, say goodbye to BJP),” Mamata added, the excitement in her voice underlining her relief.

(Source: The Telegraph)


2. NRC Fears: Trinamool Reaps, BJP Weeps

A relentless campaign against NRC, booth-level strategic planning by Prashant Kishor’s team and a “humble” approach to voters by state minister Rajib Banerjee brought Trinamool victories in the Kaliaganj and Karimpur Assembly bypolls on Thursday.

At least one BJP leader, Kaliaganj candidate Kamal Chandra Sarkar, conceded the party’s vow to introduce NRC in Bengal had “backfired”.

Since 1998, this is the first time Trinamool snatched the Kaliaganj seat in North Dinajpur from rivals and stepped into the hometown of late Congress veteran Priya Ranjan Das Munshi.

Trinamool retained the Karimpur seat in Nadia and increased its margin over the results of the previous Assembly election and the parliamentary polls earlier this year.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Cops Stand By To Push Back Bangla Detainees

Police have been asked to be on standby for the start of the diplomatic and administrative process to deport a section of the 59 Bangladeshi citizens, currently housed in a Howrah safe house.

TOI had reported on Thursday that 59 Bangladeshis, waiting to be returned to their country, face an uncertain future after a central agency input informed the Bengal government that the “situation along the border is not conducive” for their pushback. The Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office in Bengaluru had issued deportation orders against them after they were detained by Karnataka cops.

The police have thrown a three-layer security ring around the safe house, in which 41 of the detainees — including women and children — have been kept.

(Source: The Times Of India)


4. Med Supply Fails To Keep Pace With Malaria Spike

Even as Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) continues its war against dengue, investing in considerable resources – manpower and funds – civic doctors face another winged menace: the sudden spike in malaria cases in the past two months.

A KMC health department official said the number of malaria cases had shot up from 2,000-odd till end of August to over 8,000 by October end, a four-fold rise in two months. As cases continue to be reported, officials expect the number to cross 9,000 by the end of November.

A recent outbreak of malaria at the students’ hostel at NRS Medical College and Hospital prompted the civic health department to conduct a special drive at the site. After detecting multiple breeding sites of female Anopheles mosquitoes, which spread malaria, on the hostel premises, civic officials asked the hospital authorities to clear the garbage piled up on the compound.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. TikTok Fame Craze Lands Duo In Cop Net

Two youths landed in cop net after they posed with the carcass of a fishing cat, the state animal of Bengal, to become famous on TikTok, an online video-sharing platform, on Wednesday night. The duo was detained from the New Town-Rajarhat area on Thursday.

This incident comes four years after some villagers killed a fishing cat in Howrah and posed with the carcass in front of camera.

Forest officials said the fishing cat was run over by a vehicle in the Kulberia area under Kolkata Leather Complex police station on Wednesday.

The purported video, which first appeared online on Wednesday night, shows two youths on a bike dragging the fishing cat’s carcass, while a third youth recording the entire sequence, saying they have killed a “tiger” that was caught in the local Kulberia ground.

A source said that the post was shared by several people and by Thursday morning, there were at least 250 shares.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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