QBullet: Didi-Modi Standoff; Train to Delhi Derails in Bihar

1. Standoff: Modi vs Didi

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

An unparalleled confrontation between the Centre and the state leapt from seats of power to the street on Sunday, 3 February, after the CBI and Calcutta Police tussled over an attempted questioning of city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, and Mamata Banerjee threw her weight behind the decorated officer by spearheading an indefinite dharna of public representatives and the IPS brass.

By night, the issue appeared to have snowballed into a full-fledged political battle that is expected to be fought on multiple fronts, including the pre-election arena and the courts.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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2. 11 Coaches of Train to Delhi Derail in Bihar

Rescue and relief operations underway after 11 coaches of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express derailed in Bihar. 

At least six passengers died and over 25 others injured after 11 coaches of the superfast Seemanchal Express heading to Delhi derailed in Bihar’s Vaishali district early on Sunday, 3 February, morning. Three of the deceased are women.

Officials said the number of dead is likely to go up. All the injured passengers have been moved to nearby hospitals. The accident took place on the Barauni- Bachhwara-Hajipur Single Line in Sonpur division of the East Central Railways.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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3. Will Take Opp Along: Rahul Gandhi in Patna Rally

Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Sunday, 3 February, that his party will give loan waivers to farmers across the country if voted to power, as he launched an election pitch from Patna’s Gandhi Maidan and called for “like-minded” Opposition parties to unite against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Addressing the Congress’s first rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan in about three decades, Gandhi criticised announcements made in the interim budget and praised Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav for his dynamism.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

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4. Will Go by Consensus on Citizenship Bill: Amit Shah

BJP President Amit Shah.

With unrest brewing in the northeast over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday, 3 February, asserted the Centre would bring the legislation only if there was “consensus” among all parties, indicating the government may not push for the bill in the ongoing budget session of Parliament,which is the last session before the general elections.

(Source: The Times of India)

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5. BMC Budget Today, May Cross Over Rs 30,000 Cr

The BMC office.

Improvement of sanitation facilities under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, reconstruction of old and dilapidated bridges and flood mitigation measures are some of the key issues that are likely to be addressed in the BMC Budget 2019-2020 to be presented on Monday, 4 February.

Big ticket infrastructure projects like Mumbai Coastal Road, Goregaon-Mulund Link Road and Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project are likely to get significant allocations in the upcoming budget, which is expected to cross Rs 30,000 crore, said civic sources.

(Source: The Times of India)

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6. Ardh Kumbh Calls For March Against Govt

Kumbh 2019. Image used for representation.

Some 400 sadhus gathered at the Ardh Kumbh have appealed to voters to oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “cheating” Ram by failing to build a temple to him at Ayodhya.

The meeting on the evening of Saturday, 2 February, at the camp of the Digambar Akhara, a leading order of monks, appeared to offer Modi an escape route: issue an ordinance to pave the way for a temple in 24 days (a land suit is pending with the Supreme Court). Else, visit Ayodhya and publicly apologise.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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7. US-Pak Talks Shouldn’t Affect President Polls: India

Image used for representation.

India has conveyed to the US that its talks with the Taliban should not in any way jeopardise Afghanistan’s political and constitutional structure or the presidential elections scheduled for 20 July, according to people familiar with the developments.

India’s position on the US-Taliban talks to end 17 years of conflict, and its concerns about the rapidly evolving situation in the war-torn country, were relayed to US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad when he visited India for the Raisina Dialogue last month.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read: Pak Continues to Use Taliban as Hedge Against India: US Commander

8. Yogi’s Chopper Not Allowed to Land in Bengal

Yogi Adityanath: Image used for representation.

After his chopper was denied permission to land at Balurghat, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday, 3 February, termed the West Bengal government “anti-people” and “anti-democratic” and said that the days of the Mamata Banerjee regime were numbered.

The government also denied permission for the landing of his chopper at Raiganj, where he was scheduled to address the second ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ rally. After being denied permission, the UP CM addressed the rallies through teleconferencing.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: BJP Leaders to Meet CEC on WB Govt Not Letting Them Hold Rallies

9. Left Parades ‘Huge’ Rally at Brigade

CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury addresses during a Left Front rally at the Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata on 3 Feb, 2019.

The Left Front on Sunday , 3 February, organised a public rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata, whose impressive crowd made the Bengal CPM secretary claim that the gathering was twice the size of a meeting held by Mamata Banerjee at the same venue on 19 January.

The Left meeting was organised to call for the ouster of Narendra Modi from the Centre and Mamata Banerjee from Bengal.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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