Kolkata, Mar 13 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 16 AS-POLL-2ND LD SMRITI IRANI Congress 'most corrupt', vote BJP to avail schemes: Smriti Irani Mariani/Sivasagar/Samaguri: Terming Congress as 'most corrupt', Union Textiles minister Smriti Zubin Irani on Saturday said the opposition party only showed dreams of development in Assam and indulged in 'politics of divide'.

CAL 14 WB-YASHWANT SINHA-2ND LD TMC Former union minister Yashwant Sinha joins TMC, says democracy is in peril Kolkata: Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, a bitter critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi regime, on Saturday joined Trinamool Congress days ahead of the high- octane West Bengal assembly polls.

CAL 12 WB-POLL-LD-INTERVIEW-DILIP GHOSH BJP has to win Bengal to expand ideological footprint, secure eastern borders: Dilip Ghosh Kolkata: West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Saturday said that the party has to fulfil its long-cherished mission of winning the state not only to expand its ideological footprint but also to secure India's eastern borders, which have turned into a 'transit point for terror elements' trying to create unrest in the country.

CAL 13 WB-YASHWANT-MAMATA-KANDAHAR Yashwant Sinha recalls Mamata courage during Kandahar plane hijacking case Kolkata: Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha who joined TMC on Saturday narrated how West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had offered to go as a hostage in exchange for passengers of Air India's IC 814 that was hijacked by the militants over two decades ago.

CAL 17 WB-MAHAPANCHAYAT-TIKAIT Do not vote for BJP : Tikait at Mahapanchayat in city, Nandigram Kolkata/Nandigram: Farmers held Mahapanchayats on Saturday in the city and at Nandigram, where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is in the fray, at the call of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha and urged people not to vote for the BJP in the coming Assembly poll in West Bengal.

CAL 10 WB-POLL CAMPAIGN-PARODY Parody tracks add heft to poll battle cry in Bengal Kolkata: With election campaigning in West Bengal having reached fever pitch, parties are looking for ways to spice up the battle cry, with some of them launching snappy poll slogans and parodies of popular songs to take a jibe at rival camps.

CAL 18 WB-SISIR-LOCKET BJP leader visits Sisir Adhikari at his residence, speculation rife over TMC MP's next move Nandigram: BJP MP Locket Chatterjee on Saturday visited the residence of TMC's Lok Sabha member Sisir Adhikari, who is also the father of political heavyweight and the saffron party's Nandigram candidate Suvendu Adhikari, raising speculation that the veteran leader might switch camp ahead of the Bengal assembly polls.

CES 12 BH-ASSEMBLY-HEALTH Bihar has 1,19,000 doctors for 12 crore population: Health Minister Patna: Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey told the Assembly that the state 'almost' fulfils the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended doctor-population ratio as it has 1,19,000 doctors for a population of 12 crore. PTI RG RG