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Afternoon briefing: Bengal BJP chief's ‘grow up’ retort to Mahua Moitra; Tejashwi Yadav appears before ED & more

Jan 30, 2024 01:18 PM IST

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A verbal clash erupted between West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar and TMC leader Mahua Moitra over an alleged comment by Majumdar regarding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Moitra demanded an apology, denouncing the BJP as "anti-women" and highlighting the contradiction with their 'Nari Shakti' rhetoric. Moitra called for a public apology from the BJP for their alleged chauvinistic attitude. Majumdar responded, dismissing Moitra's criticism and urging her to "grow up." While an anonymous state BJP leader distanced himself from the alleged comments, TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar expressed shock and raised concerns about the degradation of political discourse. Dig Deeper

West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party president Sukanta Majumdar and Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra.
West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party president Sukanta Majumdar and Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra.

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Patna for questioning in a money-laundering case related to an alleged land-for-jobs scam. Tejashwi, who ignored ED's summons earlier, arrived at the office amidst slogans from supporters against ED and the BJP. The case involves railway appointments allegedly exchanged for land for the Yadav family between 2004 and 2009 when RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was a Union minister. The ED, probing based on a CBI FIR, filed a charge sheet mentioning proceeds of crime worth 600 crore. RJD alleges central agencies' misuse ahead of elections. Dig Deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening.

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