Kolkata, Apr 13 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 7 WB-POLL-SHAH Gorkha problem to be fixed after BJP comes to power in Bengal: Amit Shah Darjeeling: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday gave assurance that a political solution to the long-drawn 'Gorkha problem' in the Hills will be reached once the BJP forms government in West Bengal.

CAL 12 WB-POLL-NADDA Mamata's plight same as that of defeated player: Nadda Kolkata: BJP president J P Nadda, taking a dig at TMC's 'khela hobe' (game will be played) slogan, said on Tuesday that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's plight is that of a 'defeated player'.

CAL 5 WB-MAMATA-PROTEST Mamata stages dharna in Kolkata to protest EC's move to ban her campaign for 24 hrs Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday sat on a dharna in the heart of the city to protest against the Election Commission's 'unconstitutional' decision to ban her from campaigning for 24 hours.

CAL 1 JH-VIRUS-CASES Jharkhand reports 2,366 new COVID-19 cases, 19 fresh fatalities Ranchi: Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,41,750 on Tuesday as 2,366 more people tested positive for the infection, while 19 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,232, a health official said.

CAL 2 WB-POLL-DALIT TMC, BJP tussle to woo Dalits as Bengal politics sees class- to-caste shift Kolkata: With West Bengal politics witnessing a class-to-caste paradigm shift, the TMC and BJP are engaged in a bitter fight to woo Dalit communities, a deciding factor in the ongoing assembly elections.

CAL 3 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 1,784 new COVID-19 cases, 2 fresh fatalities Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 tally surged to 3,53,086 on Tuesday as 1,784 more people tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,930, a health official said.

CAL 6 WB-POLL-FIRHAD-INTERVIEW Firhad Hakim claims he is being targeted by opposition to further 'politics of polarisation' Kolkata: Firhad Hakim, considered to be Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjees trusted political lieutenant charged the BJP with targeting his religious identity in a bid to further its politics of polarisation and lambasted the saffron party for claiming he would turn the state into a 'mini Pakistan'.

CAL 9 WB-POLL-SHAH-OUTSIDER TMC, Cong, Left depend on outsiders : Shah Nagrakata: Taking on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her oft-repeated 'outsider' barb against him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accusing her of lack of knowledge, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tuesday said that it is the Trinamool Congress, Left and Congress who have to depend on outsiders.

CAL 10 AS-POLL-GRAND ALLIANCE-EC Assam polls: Grand Alliance urges EC to maintain transparency during vote counting Guwahati: The Congress-led 'Mahajoth' or Grand Alliance of opposition parties in Assam on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission urging it to maintain transparency and impartiality during the counting of votes on May 2.

CAL 11 AS-POLL-AIUDF-BJP Ajmal's AIUDF claims '5-6 BJP contestants' in their touch to support Grand Alliance Guwahati/Silchar: The AIUDF on Tuesday claimed that 'five-six BJP contestants' in the just concluded Assam Assembly elections have contacted the party promising support to the Congress-led Grand Alliance of which Badruddin Ajmal's outfit is a constituent. PTI RG RG