QKolkata: Left Enters Fray In 2 Cong Seats; BJP List Delayed

1. Left Enters Fray In Two Congress Seats

The Bengal unit of the Congress on Wednesday kept trying to shift the blame for the break-up of a tie-up to the Left Front, prompting the CPM to announce candidates for two of the four seats the Congress had won in 2014.

The Congress, which had already declared candidates for 11 constituencies which go to polls in the first four phases, said it was planning to name 26 more nominees, except Diamond Harbour, Bishnupur, Tamluk, Arambagh and Asansol.

(Source: The Telegraph)

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2. CPM Rejects A Fresh Cong Offer Of 5 Seats

Congress and CPM leaders in West Bengal have dragged the already botched seat-sharing exercise in the state into a tu-tu-main-main sort of a bitter exchange because neither party is ready to take the blame for burying the alliance when both had promised to maximise polling against BJP and Trinamool.

On Wednesday, former Pradesh Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya came up with a new offer of five fresh Lok Sabha seats to CPM such as Arambag, Bishnupur, Bolpur, Tamluk and Asansol, saying Congress wouldn’t field candidates against Left in these seats instead of Raiganj and Murshidabad. “The Left Front chairman’s setting a 24-hour deadline for Congress to respond has come as a surprise to us. It sounded like a whip that Congress is not bound to obey. Yet, we are offering five fresh Lok Sabha seats to the Left and are expecting a response from them,” Bhattacharya said.

(Source: The Times Of India)

3. BJP List Delayed, Bengal Nominees Pressed For Time To File Papers

BJP candidates for two Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal – Cooch Behar and Alipurduar – will get only a day to file their nominations.

The BJP central election committee will release the first list of candidates on Friday, more than a week after Trinamool announced its candidates for all 42 Bengal seats, Left for 40 seats, and Congress its first 11 candidates.

The delay will leave candidates for the first phase of polls with time for filing papers only on 25 March, which is the last day for filing nominations for the first phase.

(Source: The Times Of India)

4. Campaign Test For Deepa

Congress leader Deepa Das Munshi is ready to run for the Lok Sabha from Raiganj but faces a starting-line hurdle — most colleagues who used to draw up strategies have left the party and joined rivals.

Deepa, among those in the Bengal unit advocating a go-alone line and keen to demonstrate that Raiganj is still a bastion of the Congress, admitted she is short of strategists. Another challenge is that fresh plans must be devised so that their “old colleagues” do not get any inkling of the moves and an advantage.

“A section of Congress leaders moved to other parties for their own interests. We will make fresh strategies which are unknown to them,” she said.

(Source: The Telegraph)

5. Poll Scan On Former Cops Surajit Kar Purkayastha And Rina Mitra

The Election Commission of India has asked the Bengal government to send a list of retired IAS and IPS officers serving as officers-on-special-duty (OSD).

The query, sources said, will bring the role of two retired IPS officers under the poll panel’s scanner. The two are state security advisor Surajit Kar Purkayastha and internal security advisor Rina Mitra.

Mitra is a retired Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer.

According to a source, the chief electoral officer of Bengal has sought a list of OSDs at the earliest and the names will be sent soon. “None of the retired IAS officers is involved with the election process directly. But some of the retired IPS officers are holding posts, which might influence poll process and the ECI may ask questions,” said an official.

(Source: The Telegraph)

6. IIM-C Set To Award Degrees For The First Time

Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta will award Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees instead of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) instead of Fellow Programme in Management on 6 April this year. This will put the institute among the first crop of IIMs to do so.

IIM-Ahmedabad had awarded MBA degrees at a convocation earlier this year. Sources indicated that IIMBangalore, too, is following suit.

Decks have been cleared for IIM-C to award degrees and doctorates which were held back till last year despite the passage of the Indian Institutes of Management Bill in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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7. Homeless Man Beaten To Death As Teens Watch

A man in his late thirties, who tried to snatch mobile phones from two street children at Lake Gardens, beat up a homeless person so badly for protesting that he later died in the early hours of Wednesday.

The cops are looking for Bumba Dey, who is on the run.

The Charu Market police station was alerted early in the morning by a group of KMC workers, who told them they had found an unconscious person inside an abandoned godown on Dr Deodhar Raman Road. The cops went to the spot and took the man to MR Bangur Hospital. He, however, was declared brought dead, said DC (South) Meeraz Khalid.

(Source: The Times Of India)

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