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Afternoon briefing: Clashes in Bengal amid Lok Sabha polls; PM Modi's ‘two princes’ jibe at Rahul, Akhilesh; and more

Apr 19, 2024 12:59 PM IST

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Clashes erupted between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the first phase of West Bengal's Lok Sabha polls. As voting commenced for three out of the state's 42 seats, confrontations ensued. Near Cooch Behar town, a clash between party workers left one person injured, with reports of stone-throwing emerging. The tensions underscored the intense rivalry between the two political factions vying for dominance in the region. Such incidents highlight the volatile nature of electoral politics in West Bengal, where competition between parties often escalates into physical altercations, impacting both voters and the electoral process. Dig deeper.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized the alliance between Samajwadi Party's Akhilesh Yadav and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, referring to them as "two princes" in a rally at UP's Amroha. He asserted that the people of Uttar Pradesh had rejected this alliance, likening it to a "film" that had already been dismissed. Modi accused the opposition of attacking "our faith" and labeled them as carriers of "nepotism, corruption, and appeasement". He highlighted the recurrent theme of such alliances seeking votes in UP, emphasizing their association with negative traits. Modi's remarks underscored the ongoing political dynamics and strategies in the state. Dig deeper.

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