Tuesday October 17, 2017
Home Politics West Bengal M...

West Bengal Municipal election: People outraged at hooligans

0
90

By Arnab Mitra

The Bidhannagar municipal election turned into a virtual battlefield with several incidents of booth capturing, rigging, brick batting and hurling bombs reported from Karunamoyee, Baishakhi and several other places of Bidhannagar right from early morning. Despite all the obstacles, people were seen forming long queues at every booth since morning. Apart from the young and middle aged, many elderly people and future voters were also seen at various polling booths.

NewsGram spoke to a few people and here is their reaction.

70 year old Gayetree Sarkar said that she has never missed any opportunity to caste her vote since 1952. Though she is happy to be a part of this democracy, she also expresses her regrets over the condition of the state.

Baishakhi resident, 89 year old Shephali Das said, “Mamata is like my daughter, but I don’t like the way she is running the state.”

The general reaction of the people was very optimistic and they said that democracy will eventually win against hooliganism.

According to the Election Commission, the percentage of votes polled were – Bally:43.5; Asansol: 47 and Bidhannagar: 38.5.
12081554_10205068473688497_1525295046_n
12064122_10205069305349288_467597053_n

12081512_10205069306109307_42461992_n12077281_10205069305909302_117142135_n 12092220_10205069305269286_1298822714_n
12087456_10205068472928478_1207877395_n12071406_10205069305789299_125388346_n

Next Story

Remove ‘Aam Aadmi’ words from all AAP Government Schemes, says Delhi Election Commission ahead of Municipal Elections

The commission also demanded a "compliance report" within 48 hours

0
48
People standing in queue during UP Elections. (representational Image), VOA

New Delhi, March 22, 2017: Ahead of municipal elections in the national capital, the Delhi Election Commission has directed the AAP government in the capital to remove “Aam Aadmi” words from all forms of display of its schemes.

The commission through a letter on Monday directed the Delhi Chief Secretary and all the three city municipal commissioners to remove the words “Aam Aadmi” from all forms of display, including hoardings, banners, name plates, billboards, in Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic and Aam Aadmi Bypass Express Service or anywhere within the jurisdiction of the Delhi government.

The letter became public on Tuesday.

The commission also demanded a “compliance report” within 48 hours.

Go to NewsGram and check out news related to political current issues.

The action comes after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Vijender Gupta on March 18 submitted a memorandum to the state Election Commission seeking removal of words “Aam Aadmi” from the names of the government-run schemes, including Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic and Aam Aadmi Bypass Express Service and others.

Elections for the North, East and South Delhi Municipal Corporations are scheduled to be held on April 22 and the results will be announced on April 25.

The model code of conduct is in force from March 14.

Look for latest news from India in NewsGram.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is gearing up for intensive campaigning for the civic polls from March 31.

AAP Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has planned several public meetings across the city for the municipal polls. (IANS)

Next Story

BJP braces for Patel community resentment in upcoming elections

0
67

New Delhi: Elections of the municipal corporation in Gujarat are due on November 22 and given the Patidar communities increasing gap from BJP, Chief Minister Anandi Patel is shifting her focus towards auxiliary OBC’s and minority communities for electoral support.

Six municipal corporations, 253 municipalities, 208 taluka panchayats, 26 district panchayats are due for elections on November 22 and 29. The increasing resentment within the Patidar community that has been the strength of the BJP in Gujarat is now frightening the government by denying its electoral prospect.

The Patidar or Patel community who have been protesting for reservations of Dalits, Adivasis and OBC in educational institutes and government jobs, initiated an agitation recently under the leadership of Hardik Patel for themselves to be counted under socially and economically weaker communities of the State.

The agitation has created strong resentment amongst this community, which used to be one of the richer and financially stronger groups of the state and thus had good connect with political classes. The recent decline of their supremacy compelled them to ask for reservation and also their ulterior motive to have a reservation for the children in educational institutes.

Although, these age-old supporters of BJP are now shifting their allegiances towards Congress and other parties to show their anger.

This resentment has put BJP under austere strain which had become obvious when the state government issued an ordinance to delay the state and municipal elections. They had also mentioned caste-war likely circumstance across the state. The government had also kept NOTA out of the electoral alternative.

The Gujrat High Court bluntly rejected the ordinance and only did they announce the electoral dates to be the same, they also said the voters would get back the NOTA choice.

Yet this has not slowed Bhartiya Janta Parties attempts at luring voters as their new slogan says- Saunu heet, Bhajapa ni Jeet (In everyone’s interest, BJP’s victory).

There is still time for Modi and Amit Shah to step in the electoral campaigning and a probable shift of mode can take place. Although, as for now BJP and Anandi Patel need to devise a new strategy to overcome this loss of supporters to not revisit a Bihar like the electoral failure.

Next Story

Bengal poll panel chief resigns, opposition slams Trinamool

0
37

Kolkata: Putting into uncertainty the fate of the recently-held polls to four local bodies, West Bengal State Election Commissioner SR Upadhyay on Tuesday tendered his resignation.

Upadhyay, who has been facing severe criticism from opposition parties over the violence-marred polls to the municipal corporations of Bidhannagar, Asansol and parts of Howrah held on Saturday, tendered his resignation to Governor KN Tripathi.

Confirming the move, Tripathi said he has forwarded the resignation for the views of the Mamata Banerjee government.

“The state election commissioner came to me and handed over his resignation. I received his resignation and he pressed for it. I have sent the resignation letter for the comments of the government. I am yet to receive the views of the government,” Tripathi told media persons.

On whether he asked Upadhyay to continue, the governor said “No”.

The move comes a day after Upadhyay announced that the vote count for the three civic bodies, that was on Sunday put on hold following mounting protests over allegations of violence and rampant malpractices, will be held on October 9.

The SEC on Sunday indefinitely postponed the vote count scheduled for Wednesday to look into the allegations of malpractices.

The SEC’s decision on Monday announcing the new date of counting came barely hours after the ruling Trinamool Congress staged a demonstration at the panel’s office demanding the counting be held as scheduled on Wednesday and threatened to intensify the stir if its demand was not met.

Led by party secretary general Partha Chatterjee, a host of Trinamool leaders staged a demonstration at the SEC office for hours.

Meanwhile, the opposition parties hit out at the Trinamool over Upadhyay’s resignation.

“What can be more embarrassing for a state government than the resignation of an election commissioner unable to bear the humiliation and threat he was subjected to by the Trinamool,” said state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

“Being a minister, how can Partha Chatterjee participate in a demonstration against a statutory body? And not only that, he even publicly threatened the election commissioner which is a constitutional post,” added Chowdhury.

The state BJP, which has all through been questioning Upadhyay’s efficiency as the poll panel chief, hailed him for resigning.

“The way Trinamool demonstrated and threatened him is utterly shameful and embarrassing. Unable to bear the humiliation meted out, he has resigned. I congratulate Upadhyay for not bowing before the pressure tactics of the Trinamool,” said state BJP president Rahul Sinha.

West Bengal transport secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been named interim state election commissioner and is slated to take over on Wednesday, according to sources.

(IANS)