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West Bengal polls: Suvendu Adhikari hiring criminals, anti-social elements, claims Trinamool

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien on Tuesday wrote a letter to the Election Commission alleging that Suvendu Adhikari, the BJP’s high profile candidate in the Bengal elections is hiring criminals and anti-social elements.

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Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien on Tuesday wrote a letter to the Election Commission alleging that Suvendu Adhikari, the BJP’s high profile candidate in the Bengal elections is hiring criminals and anti-social elements.

The former high profile leader of Bengal’s Trinamool Congress has challenged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by contesting from Nandigram, the seat where Banerjee is contesting from. Adhikari had won Nandigram seat in the 2016 Assembly polls while Banerjee emerged victorious from the Bhawanipore Assembly segment in Kolkata.

O’Brien has listed concerns in the letter for the alleged criminals – non-residents – being harboured in Nandigram to cause trouble during the election. He has asked the Election Commission to immediately take action against these elements.

The Trinamool alleged that some 30-40 people are staying at the home of Kalipada Shee since November and move around in motorcycles. He also alleged that Adhikari was a regular visitor to the house.

As per O’Brien, there are around 50 people including Adhikari’s election agent who are staying at the home of one Meghnath Pal. He also listed two more houses sheltering 20-30 people each.

The local police had been informed about the same but had refused to act against the complaint, the Trinamool Rajya Sabha member said.

Last week, it was the BJP that had complained to the Election Commission about Trinamool workers attacking their rally in Nandigram.

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Suvendu Adhikari is considered to be strongman in Nandigram and with Banerjee announcing to contest from the same constituency, the election campaign is raising temperatures. Adhikari rose in limelight by organising the campaign against land acquisition in Nandigram. He quit Trinamool following alleged rift with Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who has emerged as the second most powerful person in the party after the Bengal CM.

The elections to the 294 seats in West Bengal will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. The results will be declared on May 2, along with those of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

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Fee hike protest at Allahabad University: Students attempt Bhu Samadhi as police officials jostle to break the protest | WATCH

The students of Allahabad University have been protesting against the 400% hike in their fees for the past three weeks.

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Amid the ongoing protests against 400% fee hike in Allahabad University, a group of students on Tuesday attempted to take Bhu Samadhi as policemen jostle to break the protest, which is continued in the university for the last two weeks.

A video of student protesters’ tussle with police officials is doing rounds on social media. In the video, the police officials can see attempting to arrest a protester while the student protesters resisting against the police action.

This came a day after a group of students locked the university gate to save student protesters from police crackdown, forcing many students to return without attending classes. Meanwhile, the police broke the lock put up by the students at the university gate.

On the same day, former UP cadre IPS officer Amitabh Thakur also extended his support to the Allahabad University students protesting against the 400% fee hike, calling the move unfair and undemocratic.

The students of Allahabad University have been protesting against the 400% hike in their fees for the past three weeks.

Expressing his disappointment over the police crackdown on protesting students, Thakur on Monday said 400% hike is not only undemocratic but also very sad for the poor and weaker sections of the society. Today, the students are being stopped from participating in protests. This is an anarchic situation, he told reporters.

On Monday, Richa Singh, former president of Allahabad University students union, said the protest against the 400 per cent fee hike will continue until it is rolled back. Today, when the inmates of the girls’ hostel were coming out from the hostel, the main gate (of the hostel) was closed on the orders of the vice chancellor, she said.

Some students of the university had put a lock on the gate of the university, which was opened with the help of the police. Strict action will be initiated against those students, who are creating obstructions like this, the city SP Santosh Kumar Meena said.

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Race for Congress president: Shashi Tharoor, Pawan Bansal collect nomination papers, no sign of Gehlot yet

M Mistry said that Shashi Tharoor would file his nomination on September 30. He was not confirmed about Pawan Bansal’s nomination. He said that it might be for someone else.

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Senior Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor and Pawan Bansal have taken nomination papers for the election of the Congress president. Congress’ central election authority chairman Madhusudhan Mistry said that they have briefed Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi about work done so far regarding Congress presidential elections. The elections would happen as per the scheduled date and time. Till now nominations forms have been taken by Shashi Tharoor and Pawan Bansal.

Mistry said Shashi Tharoor would file his nomination on September 30. He was not sure when Pawan Bansal would file his nomination. Mistry said that it might be for someone else.

He said that the process for filing nomination would be held between September 24 and September 30 and the final list would be published at 5 pm on October 8. The polling, if needed, would be held on October 17. The counting of votes would be taken up on October 19 and the result would be declared on the same day.

Meanwhile, some media reports said Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was out of the race for Congress president. Former Congress leader Sanjay Jha said on Twitter that everyone was aware that the revolt in the Rajasthan Congress ranks was engineered by Ashok Gehlot. Jha said Gehlot had ended up disqualifying himself for the post of Congress President automatically. The former Congress leader pitched for Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to become the Congress President, supported by Sachin Pilot and Shashi Tharoor as Working Presidents.

Not sparing a dig at the Gandhi family, BJP leader Amit Malviya said both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were Prime Minister and Congress President at the same time. Ashok Gehlot just wanted to be Chief Minister along with being the Congress President, if elected. Malviya wondered why the Congress had different standards for its leaders and people from the Gandhi family.

Efforts are still on to get Rahul Gandhi back in the saddle as Congress president. Nearly two weeks ago, the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee passed a resolution to appoint Rahul Gandhi as party president. The resolution was moved by CM Ashok Gehlot.

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Raids on PFI: Section 144 in Jamia Nagar, Delhi police warns Jamia students not to hold any protest outside university campus

The Delhi Police started patrolling in Shaheen Bagh amid PFI raids in entire Okhla region.

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Multiple probe agencies including the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Anti-Terror squad are carrying out the second round of raids at several Popular Front of India (PFI) locations across the country.

On the instructions of the National Investigation Agency, multiple probe agencies have conducted raids at PFI offices in eight different states including Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Mumbai, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

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At least 300 PFI members have been taken into custody by security agencies across several states while around 30 people linked with PFI have been detained from Nizamuddin and Shaheen Bagh after an early morning raid by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.

Around a dozen of people with connections with PFI have been detained from Shaheen Bagh and nearby areas, reports said.

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Amid the ongoing crackdown against PFI in Delhi, the police warned the Jamia Millia University students against holding any protests inside and outside the university campus. The Jamia Millia University and Shaheen Bagh were centres of anti-CAA protests in Delhi in December 2019.

In order to keep the law and order situation in check, the Delhi Police imposed Section 144 in Delhi’s Okhla region which includes areas of Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Nagar, where Jamia Miallia Islamia University is situated from September 19 to November 11.

Delhi Police also warned the Jamia Millia Islamia students and teachers not to assemble in and around the campus as police have imposed restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC in the entire Okhla area. However, Section 144 of the CrPC prohibits the assembly of four or more people in an area. Violation of the order is punishable under section 188 of the IPC.

The Delhi Police started patrolling in Shaheen Bagh amid PFI raids.

The raids have been carried out after the Delhi Police Commissioner’s meeting with DCPs of all the districts, Special CP and Joint CP at the Delhi police headquarter.

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