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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With the toll in the West Bengal floods rising to 85, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday called an all-party meeting.

“The meet will be held on Saturday,” Banerjee, who is also the chairperson of the Trinamool Congress, told media persons.

Nearly 63 lakh people across 53 municipalities and 16,300 villages across 12 districts have been affected by the floods which have so far claimed 85 lives.

Disaster management department officials said that due to little rainfall in the districts, the flood situation has improved to some extent. The discharge of water from the barrages was also lower than the previous days.

While 83 lives were lost till Tuesday, there were reports of two more deaths on Wednesday.

The government has opened 2,546 relief camps sheltering more than 4.56 lakh people. A total of 667 medical camps are also under operation.

Over one lakh houses have been destroyed and 1.12 lakh suffered partial damage. There has been crop loss across an area of 8,20,435 hectares.

Meanwhile, Banerjee’s decision for the all-party meet comes days after she ridiculed the opposition which has been clamouring for such a meet, criticising the Banerjee regime for its inept handling of the calamity.

Though there were reports that Banerjee called Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra, he said he was yet to receive a formal letter regarding the meeting.

Earlier, Mishra and Congress legislative party leader Mohammed Sohrab had written to Banerjee asking her to convene an all-parry meet.

Banerjee has sought appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the flood scenario and would be heading for New Delhi on August 11.

Accusing the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) of inundating Bengal by releasing excessive water, Banerjee on Tuesday said she had called up union Power Minister Piyush Goyal putting forth her grievances over the matter.

The DVC has refuted the charges, asserting that the release of water from its system was not the reason for flooding in the downstream areas.

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Entire Hindus of a Village Barred from Voting

When the lips of the judiciary, MEDIA are sealed with the glue of hypocrisy, the tragedy of humanity is sure to come about!

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Truly speaking, Didi’s strong hunger for the chair of power has long disrobed her cover of sainthood. It has totally blinded her eyes and deafened her ears.

Salil Gewali

What has been happening in the West Bengal during the TMC rule is beyond what one really can imagine. The Mamata government has openly been flouting democratic values. The constitutional obligations have been undermined with impunity — without a bit of mercilessness towards the persecuted citizens who are mostly original Bengali and others. The violence that killed about 18 people in the last Panchayat election 2018, has so traumatized the natives, now they live in constant fear. They do not know what holds tomorrow for them. But such serious political crimes committed by TMC or such other parties have very small longevity — they just wither away too soon.

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What has been happening in the West Bengal during the TMC rule is beyond what one really can imagine. The Mamata government has openly been flouting democratic values.

Truly speaking, Didi’s strong hunger for the chair of power has long disrobed her cover of sainthood. It has totally blinded her eyes and deafened her ears. She, in fact, cannot see the pains and sufferings of the indigenous people, nor can she listen to the grievances of the deprived and oppressed. Nevertheless, she is always extra compassionate towards a certain class of people. Thus, many have been cordially invited by her administration from across the border. Against that hardly any media people take an earnest step forward to alert the citizens and the government machinery as they do for “Citizen Amendment Bill”. Is this not a big hypocrisy?

Mamata’s unhindered invitation to the “infiltrators” has definitely made her still stronger, and finally more domineering and terribly brutal.  That how many new citizenships have been awarded during her tenure is quite unaccountable. Those lucky guests are now blessed with additional facilities. Besides a lot of largesse, they are allowed to take up arms and ammunition for their protection too. They can even pose threats and fire the shots if anyone stand in their way, of course such cases are mostly under-reported. A number of terrors groups have a direct connection with the TMC MPs and MLAs. The police forces cannot touch those very special citizens. The sorrowful plight of the natives does not become a subject of discussion in the newsrooms either.

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Is it a small joke that about 600 citizens in Raiganj, West Bengal, were not allowed to cast their vote in phase two of the Elections held on 18th April?

Is it a small joke that about 600 citizens in Raiganj, West Bengal, were not allowed to cast their vote in phase two of the Elections held on 18th April? India Today media quotes – “Entire village barred from voting in West Bengal’s Raiganj, claim residents”. Well, the voters who were openly intimidated by the TMC cadre not to vote were at the crossroad and distressed. Their votes were already cast by Didi’s beloved. Those who were deprived of the voting right are Hindus. Having left with no option they only staged a silent protest anticipating the hard times near future. Even media persons were beaten up and their cameras smashed — as reported by the prestigious media -Times Now.

Is it not an unprecedented shocker? Why is there a conspicuous absence of the outrage and the scream of nation-wide condemnation now? If any they will just die down too soon. Just a few days back a 22-year-old BJP worker was found hanging from a tree in Senabana village, the crime allegedly committed by TMC hooligans. Such heinous killings of the particular community or party workers, other than TMC, are common occurrences that never raise the eyebrows of the intellectuals — they never become a “DADRI”. It quite seems that the Election Commission of India is just like a toothless tiger.

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Didi’s strong hunger for the chair of power has long disrobed her cover of sainthood. It has totally blinded her eyes and deafened her ears.

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Wow, Didi has moved an extra mile in this election. She has invited a popular film star‘Ferdous Ahmed’ from Bangladesh. Who will warn her that it is a step towards the danger? Yes, she wants her voters well sweetened up before they ensure her landslide victory. Oh God, who will ring the alarm bell now that her victory is only going to worsen the plight of the indigenous citizens? Is all armchair intellectualism a farce? Alas, when the lips of the judiciary and media are sealed with the glue of hypocrisy, the tragedy of humanity is sure to come about!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali