QKolkata: CM Prays For Nation; Security Deployed For Counting Day

1. Mamata Prays For Motherland

Joruri!!! (Emergency!!!) on her mind, Mamata Banerjee took to social media to tweet a poem and her rendition of a Rabindranath Tagore song on the synthesiser on Wednesday evening, hours before the start of counting.

The poem, titled Joruri!!!, does not take names but says “democracy is in a cave”, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditated in a cave in Kedarnath. The song Mamata played on the keyboard was Praano bhoriye trisha horiye. The lyrics are a prayer to the divinity, referred to as “Probhu (Lord)”, for filling one’s life, quenching one’s thirst with more life, light, melody, pain and consciousness, and to free one from bounds such as home. “As counting day approaches, I pray for my motherland.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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2. Sleepless Nights To ‘Guard’ Bengal EVMs

Trinamool Congress worker Ezarul Sheikh has not gone home in the past two days and has stationed himself outside a counting centre in Behrampore following Mamata Banerjee’s directive to guard EVMs.

“I can return home only after seeing the result of Behrampore Lok Sabha seat,” said Sheikh, 50.

Trinamool’s Apurba Sarkar is pitted against the Congress’s Adhir Chowdhury in Behrampore.

Ezarul, along with Sarbul Sheikh, Farman Ali and Medal Mondal, have been roaming outside the Behrampore Girls’ College, the counting centre, since Tuesday morning on rotation.

“We take turns to have our lunch and dinner. I had my meals at a relative’s house in Behrampore. We did not sleep last night. We took some time off for a nap,” said Ezarul.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Swung Which Way? Ahead Of D-Day, Bengal On Tenterhooks

A few hours from now, along with knowing who will form the government in Delhi, we will also get the answer to this election’s secondmost eagerly asked question: which way Bengal has swung.

This how-Bengal-has-voted question has assumed much more importance this year because of several factors, which include the 34 election rallies that PM Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah have, between them, addressed in the state.

(Source: The Times Of India)

Also Read: In Mamata’s Bengal, BJP May Change the Meaning of ‘Poriborton’ 

4. Security Blanket To Keep City Safe On Counting Day

No less than 6,000 uniformed men will do the rounds of the roads and another 4,000 will man the counting centres from early Thursday morning to stop any post-poll violence. Each police division — and in specific cases, even each police station — has been assigned additional men from the battalions to maintain peace in the city.

“Each police station has been instructed to keep all its available vehicles — three SUVs and two bikes — on the road. All divisional DCPs will be in touch with the OC, additional OC and the anti-rowdy officer of each police station. They will be liasoning with Lalbazar and deploy extra men as and when required. Since around eight DCPs will man the counting centres along with 24 ACPs, the divisional DCs will also involve senior cops in the traffic department for this job,” explained an officer at Lalbazar.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. Bizman Sends SOS To Cops After ‘Gang Gheraos Home’ For Voting

No fresh round of violence was reported in the city on Wednesday but certain neighbourhoods allegedly were gripped by intimidation and terror, a day before the parliamentary election results are declared. Though the Kolkata police took no chances and responded to all distress calls, ensuring no outsider could gang up in any neighbourhood, residents felt even stray threats sent out wrong signals.

Lalbazar has appealed to everyone to remain calm and verify all news, especially those floating on the social media, before believing them and more importantly, reacting to them.

(Source: The Times Of India)

6. Mukul Name Not In MLA Murder Charge Sheet

Three months after Krishnaganj MLA Satyajit Biswas was shot dead by miscreants during Saraswati Puja celebration at Hanskhali in Nadia, the CID has filed a charge sheet in the case at a Krishnanagar court a few days ago. The CID officials clarified that they have not named BJP leader Mukul Roy as an accused in the case, though his conduct appeared “suspicious”. They added they have left “enough scope” for a supplementary charge sheet.

The murder had kicked up a political storm with the ruling Trinamool alleging that the BJP was resorting to violence while the state BJP claimed that fake FIRs were being registered to implicate their leaders. Roy had to move high court for anticipatory bail after his name had figured out in the complaint lodged with the police and the ensuing FIR. CID officials have also refrained from naming BJP’s Nadia district president Jagannath Sarkar in the charge sheet after it failed to find “enough evidence at this stage” though they had visited Ranaghat to interrogate him in connection with the murder case.

(Source: The Times Of India)

7. Calcutta HC Sets Up Judicial Panel To Probe Assault On Lawyers

The high court on Wednesday set up a one-member judicial committee to probe the alleged attack on lawyers of the Howrah district court and court properties on 24 April by police and employees of the Howrah Municipal Corporation.

The division bench of Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee appointed former Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta to investigate the alleged attack.

The judicial committee has been asked to ascertain whether police could enter a court compound without permission from the administration of that court and to identify the cops and the civic employees who entered the Howrah court complex that day.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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