QKolkata: BJP’s Arjun Singh Injured; GJM Delegation to Visit Assam

1. Arjun Singh Attacked, Blames Cops

BJP MP Arjun Singh suffered head injuries on Sunday when he was hit by a brick during a clash between BJP and Trinamool supporters in Bhatpara, part of his Barrackpore constituency in the North 24-Parganas district.

The BJP has called a dawn-to-dusk bandh on Monday in the constituency against the attack. The incident underscored the fact that the turf war in the area continues unabated since the Lok Sabha elections in May when Singh won the seat on a BJP ticket after having switched from Trinamool earlier this year.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Bengal MP Arjun Singh Claims Cop Attacked Him, BJP Calls for Bandh

2. GJM Delegation to Visit Assam: NRC a Total Fiasco, Shocked to See One Lakh Gorkha People Left Out, Says Mamata

Reiterating that the Centre must ensure that no genuine Indians are left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that she was shocked to find out that one lakh people of the Gorkha community have been excluded from the list.

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Also, expressing concern over the exclusion, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Binoy Tamang said that his faction would meet Banerjee soon to discuss this issue, besides visiting Assam in the coming days.

The TMC supremo insisted that “justice should be meted out to all Indian brothers and sisters”.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read: Old Video of WB BJP Chief Being Heckled by GJM Workers Resurfaces

3. Bengal Option for Some Not on NRC List

Some Assam residents living close to the border are considering shifting to Bengal, banking on chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s assurance four months ago that the NRC would not be implemented in the state.

Nimai Mondal, a jhalmuri seller in Srirampur of Kokrajhar district, said he had learnt that the names of his three brothers and their families were on the list. Not his and that of his family.

“People are speaking about foreigners’ tribunals, high court and the Supreme Court. I make a living selling jhalmuri and cannot afford the legal costs. I will wait for a few more days and if I do not find my names, I will shift to Bengal with my family. Mamata Didi had said her party will stand by us and we hope we will be allowed to live in her state. We have been living with tension for several months now and can no longer bear it,” said Mondal.

(Source: The Telegraph)

Also Read: Mamata flays 100,000 Gurkhas' exclusion from NRC

4. 18 Buildings In Bowbazar Develop Cracks By Tunnel Boring Work for Metro; 254 Residents Evacuated

As many as 254 residents of Bowbazar area in central Kolkata were shifted to different hotels on Sunday after their houses developed serious cracks due to the ongoing underground tunnel boring work for East-West metro railway project.

Portions of some buildings collapsed as well, however, there was no report of any injury, a fire brigade official said here.

The area has been cordoned off by police.

According to the officials of Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL), 18 houses were damaged as the underground tunnel got waterlogged.

(Source: The Indian Express)

5. Pay Protests at Visva-Bharati

Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty on Sunday held a meeting with representatives of teaching and non-teaching employees, telling them that their Seventh Pay Commission arrears could not be paid because the university was grappling with a financial crisis.

Non-teaching employees protested the payment delay and announced an “indefinite pen-down” strike from Monday. They want the dues cleared by Puja. Research students also held demonstrations demanding scholarship arrears.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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