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Clash over grampanchayat pradhan election in Raiganj – The Statesman

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Over the issue of electing pradhan in Gauri Grampanchyat, Raiganj of North Dinajpur district today, the Congress members divided in two groups and involved in a clash in which five people including the pradhan Mr Baren Roy were hurt. The protesting congress members destroyed the Mr Baran Roy’s car .In order to disperse the mob, police had to resort to mild lathicharge.
Congress had bagged 10 seats and CPI(M) 6 out of total 16 seats of the panchyat this year. Yesterday district Congress leaders had a meeting where they decided to make Mr Baren Roy the pradhan of Gauri Grampanchyat. But a section of Congress members of the region could not accept this decision.
This morning when Mr Roy along with other panchyat members of Congress truned up in front of the grampanchyat office, a section of Congress protesters intercepted his car .When Mr Roy got down from car they beat up him and injured him. In the meantime another group who were in favour of Mr Roy counter attacked. Both groups pelted stones at each other in which four people were injured. They were taken to Raiganj district hospital.
Mr Supriya Das, BDO Raiganj said: “The incident took place out the panchayat premises.”ought stern measure against the police.

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Priya slams Left – The Statesman

Friday, June 27th, 2008

The Union Information & Broadcasting minister Mr Priyaranjan Dasmunshi during his recent stay in circuit house in Karnajora of North Dinajpur district said that this year the Congress will capture power in Dalkhola municipality with absolute majority to be held on 29 June.
“In the last few years I took up the case of boosting up ***Navodya vidyalaya ,a reck point at Dalkhola Railway station(center for unloading goods)and a flyover to avoid traffic congestion . ***Navodaya Vidaylaya has already started functioning while construction work of Dalkhola fly over and reck point are still on.”
“Apart from these, in the last five years infrastructure of different high schools in Dalkhola were developed with my MP LAD fund.On the other hand CPI(M) led Dalkhola municipality in last five years did nothing for the residents. I expect that residents will cast their votes in favour of congress this year on the basis of my work, he rued.”
It was learnt that in last municipality election in Dalkhola CPI(M) bagged 11 and Congress got 3 out of total 14 seats. In retaliation the Chairman of CPI(M) led Dalkhola municipality, Mr Himadri Mukharjee said, “On behalf of our municipality we managed the land at Teesta Colony in Dalkhola for the opening of ***Navodaya Vidyalaya.The construction work of Dalkhola flyover and reck point are proceeding very slowly.” “When Mr Dasmunshi was the Union minister of water resource department we sent some proposals to develop some water bodies in Dalkhola .But he ingnored our projects.In last few years Mr Dasmunshi spent a good amount from his MP LAD fund to develop the infrastructure of Raiganj municipality.But he did not provide any fund to Dalkhola municipality till date.So residents of Dalkhola will not listen to his words.CPI(M) will get more majority this year in Dalkhola municipality election ,”added Mr Mukherjee.

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The Goalpokhar MLA Mrs Deepa Das Munshi today lashed out at the CPI-M and its ally RSP holding the organisations and the Left Front in general responsible for the lack of development in north Bengal. She was addressing a rally organised by the Congress for the forthcoming Balurghat civic polls in South Dinajpur district.
The Congress, which is upbeat in the region after having done well in the panchayat elections in North Dinajpur district, has stepped up its activities in South Dinajpur too and is eyeing the Balurghat Municipality.
Alleging that the RSP had done nothing to improve civic service in Balurghat despite running the board for 26 years and holding the CPI-M ruled Left Front for the backwardness of north Bengal in general, the MLA alleged that the RSP led Balurghat Municipality failed to use funds for different development schemes. She criticised the RSP run civic body’s failure to provide domestic water connection and the absence of a master plan for development, “though the Centre provided huge amounts for such benefits.”

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Mamata warns against CPM-terror in third phase – The Statesman

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Miss Mamata Banerjee today cautioned the administration and the people stating that the CPI-M had stockpiled arms in Murshidabad and several places of north Bengal to unleash terror on the third phase of the rural polls on 18 May.
“In addition to Murshidabad district, the CPI-M is planning to disrupt poll process through violence at Chopra in North Dinajpur and in different places of Cooch Behar district,” Miss Banerjee said at Raiganj today.
The Trinumul leader, who also addressed three election meetings at Trimohini, Pransagar and Thengapara in South Dinajpur district, urged the people to vote for the RSP in areas where Trinamul candidates were not contesting.
According to Miss Bane-rjee, the CPI-M’s violence could be stopped had the UPA government reacted to it. “The CPI-M tortured the minority community, tribals and women for power. The Centre was supposed to take note of it but did not,” Miss Banerjee, said.
She also said that the state government had no right to use police force and state machinery for the party’s benefit. But the Centre is quiet as because the Congress led UPA government has good relation with the CPI-M..

CPM activist set ablaze – The Statesman

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Tension prevails in Lakshania village under Raiganj police station of North Dinajpur after a group of assailants, allegedly Congress activists, set ablaze a CPI-M activist last night.
It was learnt that Mr Binon Barman, a CPI-M activist was returning home from an election campaign organised for his brother Rajesh Barman, a CPI-M gram panchayat candidate from Moroltula village, when he was intercepted by a group of men near his house. The assailants poured petrol on his body and set him on fire.
Mr Barman managed to reach his home in that condition but fell down at the gate. His relatives and neighbours rushed to his rescue and brought him to Raiganj district hospital. He was referred to SSKM hospital in Kolkata this morning. Mr Barman is battling for his life.
Mr Dilip Narayan Ghosh, a member of CPI-M district committee said: “Binon was returning home last night from an election campaign organised for his brother when a group of men intercepted him and asked him to stop campaigning fopr the polls. They set him ablaze when he denied to agree to what they said. If police fails to arrest the criminals shortly we will launch movement against them.
On the otherhand the president of North Dinajpur district Congress committee, Mr Mohit Sengupta denied this charge and said that the Congress had no connection with this attack.
North Dinajpur police superintendent Mr SB Purnapatra said: “In order to prevent any untoward incident police patrolling has been intesified in the village.We have initiated an inquiry into the matter to trace whether any political party was involved in the attack.

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Cong initiates move to unite ‘democratic’ parties – The Statesman

Monday, May 12th, 2008

With an objective to defeat the CPI-M in the next Assembly election, the Congress initiated a move to unite all secular, democratic parties in the state. On the basis of this calculation the Congress had a seat adjustment in gram panchayat level of the rural polls with some Leftist parties, even partners of the CPI-M in the Assembly.

After the panchayat elections are over, the Congress, being a large secular force in the state will appeal to all democratic parties who have a secular view to unite with Congress. They also want Trinamul Congress’s participation. In such cases the Trinamul will have to part with the NDA and BJP. After the panchayat election we will approach some Left parties who are with CPI-M in the state.

We do believe that some Left parties who are frequently being dishonoured by CPI-M will join our move. “If everything goes well it will be possible to defeat CPI-M in next Assembly election,” said the Union I&B and Parliamentary affairs minister as well as West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Mr Priya Ranjan Das Munshi while he met members of the Press at Bidhan Mancha in Raiganj today just before the start of election campaign in Dinajpur districts.

Mr Das Munshi also predicted the Congress will win in Murshidabad and Malda Zilla Parishad seats in the state .However the percentage of votes for the Congress will rise extensively in the state in this rural election. “On the third phase election the CPI-M have planned to capture booths in Kaliyachawk, Sujapur and Araidanga in Malda district. We requested the state election officer to deploy BSF force there for peaceful election” he said.

In the first phase of the three -phase panchayat polls held yesterday in Nandigram where a clash took place between CPI-M goons and CRPF over the issue of booth jamming, capturing of booths and casting of proxy votes Mr Das Munshi said: “I have requested the Union Home department to conduct an investigation and take necessary measures over the issue”.

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Cong banks on Priya’s campaign – The Statesman

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

The Union information & broadcasting minister Mr Priya Ranjan Das Munshi will arrive in Raiganj on Monday to campaign for the Congress candidates.
“The minister is scheduled to organise an election campaign in Kusmondi and Harirampur Blocks of South Dinajpur and in Itahar Block of North Dinajpur on Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday Mr Das Munshi is scheduled to address rallies in Hemtabad, Islampur and Chopra Blocks. On Thursday the PCC chief is scheduled to address several rallies in Raiganj,” Mr Mohit Sengupta, president, North Dinajpur Congress committee said.
It was learnt that a section of Congress activists in North Dinajpur were not involving themselves in the election campaigning. Congress leaders feared that such an indifferent attitude could affect the Congress vote bank. However, a section of Congress leaders are now of the opinion that Mr Das Munshi’s visit will boost the morale of the party workers.

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Villagers to boycott polls, demand inclusion in N Dinajpur – The Statesman

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Demanding inclusion in North Dinajpur district, residents of Kurbanpur, a village in South Dinajpur district have decided to boycott the panchayat polls. No nomination has been filed from the area either.
According to the villagers, their area is adjacent to Raiganj, the district headquarters of North Dinajpur, which is why they are demanding the inclusion in North Dinajpur district. “Otherwise, we have to travel to Balurghat, which is the South Dinajpur headquarters for official work, involving time and money. The demand has been a long-standing one,” said the villagers.
“Unless the authorities comply with our demand, the village as one would boycott the panchayat and all subsequent elections,” the villagers added.
The district administration is undecided on the matter and could not promise to accede to the demand. “It is a serious matter and can be sorted out at the highest level,” South Dinajpur district magistrate Mr Swapan Chatterjee, said.
Meanwhile, licensed gun holders in South Dinajpur district have expressed dissatisfaction with the election commission’s instruction to deposit their firearms at local police stations 21 days before the panchayat polls. Expressing insecurity, the gun owners met the IC of Balurghat police station today. More than 400 licensed gun holders residing within the jurisdiction of the Balurghat police station have started depositing their guns at the police stations.

Polls: Security enhanced in N Dinajpur – The Statesman

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

In a bid to conduct the panchayat polls peacefully, 2900 temporary guards would be ap-pointed during the rural elections in North Dinajpur. Besides, 1500 trained guards from the Centre would be deployed at different booths to conduct fair elections, Mr SB Purnapatra, SP, North Dinajpur said.
“We will soon begin the process to appoint the 2900 temporary home guards. In the process priority will be given to retired home guards, ex-Armymen, NCC cadres and trained civil defence volunteers,” Mr Purnapatra added. The North Dinajpur administration has started a process to identify sensitive booths in the district.

Demand to stem usury to help farmers – The Statesman

Monday, April 28th, 2008

A concrete planning is yet to come up from the government with an objective to save the farmers from usury. Till date around 33 per cent farmers throughout the country received loan from government banks for cultivation. Another 67 per cent are still dependent on money lenders. Ultimately a good number of farmers every year commit suicide after running into debt.
In order to save agriculture and farmers Swaminathan Commission last year proposed to the UPA government to create a fund in the Budget for providing agricultural loans to the farmers at the rate of 4 per cent. But the proposal is yet to be implemented. Last year, the farmers of the country were worst affected. In order to save them the UPA government has decided to waive farm-loan amoun-ting to Rs 60,000 crore amount of agricultural loan. “We welcome this decision. But it is heart rending that still farmers are getting loan from bank at the rate of 11 to 14 per cent interest.On the other hand the corporate sectors in some cases are receiving loan at the rate of less than 11 per cent interest.
“Very soon we will press the UPA government to implement the proposal of Swaminat-han Commission for the benefit of agriculture and farmers. “If they fail to implement the proposal of the Swa-minathan Commission for the benefit of agriculture and farmers we will organise a movement against them through out the country,” said, the president of All India Bank Employees Association Mr Rajen Nagar in Raiganj last night where he attended the 5th Joint Conference of Bengal Provencial Bank Employees’ Association & All India Bank Officers’ Association of North Dinajpur district held in the conference hall of Raiganj merchant Association.
Mr Nagar also said that in terms of providing loan all the banks are prefering corporate sectors for which the agriculture of the country is neglected. As a result price hike remains uncontrolled.This is making the rich richer and poor poorer.
Apart from Mr Nagar,the state civil defence minister Dr Sreekumar Mukherjee also attended this conference as chief guest.He also demanded UPA government to make a policy by which the banks are forced to allow farmers a loan at lower interest.

Tension over death of Congress activist’s wife – The Statesman

Friday, April 25th, 2008

RAIGANJ, April 25: Tension looms large over Elenga village in Raiganj after a housewife, identified as Saleha Khatun(30), wife of a Congress supporter Mr Dukhia Mohammad, was found hanging from the ceiling of her house this afternoon. Congress leaders of the area suspect the involvement of CPI(M) activists behind this death.
It was learnt that ten persons were injured in a clash between the CPI-M and Congress activists on 20 April. Six houses including the house of Mr Habibur Rahaman, a grampanchyat candidate of the CPI-M were torched. Saleha’s husband Mr Dukhia Mohammad was also involved in the clash. Mr Mohammad fled the village after the clash and learnt of his wife’s death after he returned home today.
The sabhapati of Raiganj panchayat samity and a Congress member Mr Baren Roy said: “CPI-M activists would frequently visit Mr Dukhia Mohammad’s house and threatened his wife. Dukhia found his wife hanging fro the ceiling of the house when he returned home after attending namaz at a mosque in the village.”
Mr Omshed Ali, secretary CPI-M zonal committe said: “The CPI-M activists have nothing to do with the incident.”
Mr Pradip Chakraborty, IC, Raiganj police station said: “We have not received any complaint yet. However, the body has been sent for postmortem and police patrolling has been intensified in the village to protect any untoward incident following the death of the woman.”