File photo: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) supporters wave party flags.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) supporters wave party flags.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

BJP demands no West Bengal government employee should be used in 2021 polls

This came a day after a section of the state government employees expressed their allegiance towards the Trinamool Congress.
By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 11:49 PM IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the Election Commission of India to conduct the crucial 2021 West Bengal assembly polls with the help of central government employees only and not to involve any employee of the West Bengal government in the poll process.

This came a day after a section of the state government employees expressed their allegiance towards the Trinamool Congress in a meeting with chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat.

“The BJP demands that in the interest of conducting free and fair polls, which is one of the prime objectives of the ECI, the entire poll process should be conducted by central government employees and not a single person from the state should be used,” the BJP wrote in its letter to the chief electoral officer (CEO) of West Bengal.

A four-member BJP delegation led by Pratap Banerjee, vice president of the party’s state unit, met the CEO on Friday.

Also read: BJP springs a surprise in Hyderabad civic polls, keeps TRS away from majority mark

“We were shocked to learn that on December 3, a meeting was held in the state secretariat between chief minister Mamata Banerjee and members of the Paschim Banga Rajya Karmachari Federation (a federation of state government employees), in which the convener and members of the federation in a serial manner pledged their allegiance to Banerjee and TMC in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections,” the letter, submitted to the state CEO, stated.

The BJP also alleged that in the meeting one of the federation members went to the extent of asking the chief minister to give them guidelines on how they can work towards ensuring electoral victory for the TMC.

The TMC, however, took a dig at the BJP.

“There is no end to the demands of the BJP and they want everything. Someday they may demand that state elections be held with the help of Interpol,” said Tapas Roy, state minister and a TMC veteran.

With an eye on the crucial 2021 Bengal assembly elections, the chief minister also announced 3 per cent dearness allowance for 10 lakh state government employees from January 1, 2021. This would cost the state exchequer Rs 2,200 crore.

Dilip Ghosh, BJP’s head in West Bengal, has already said that there would be heavy deployment of central armed police forces during the elections and the state police will not be allowed to come near the polling booths.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar addresses a press conference, at Governor House in Kolkata, Friday,(PTI)
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar addresses a press conference, at Governor House in Kolkata, Friday,(PTI)

West Bengal Guv, wife donate 5,00,001 for Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya

PTI, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 04:53 PM IST
A Raj Bhavan statement said a signed cheque was handed over to a team of the VHP and RSS, adding, the donation was made in their personal capacity.
Close
Representational Image. (HT archive)
Representational Image. (HT archive)

Bengal BJP leader, two other workers held for raising ‘goli maro’ slogans in rally

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 02:03 PM IST
BJP leaders said similar slogans were raised at a rally of the ruling TMC on Tuesday but no one has been arrested for them
Close
Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora. (File photo)
Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora. (File photo)

Full EC bench in Bengal to take stock of poll preparedness, law and order

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 09:35 AM IST
The poll panel, headed by chief election commissioner Sunil Arora and election commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar landed in Kolkata on Wednesday afternoon
Close
BJP's Suvendu Adhikari(ANI file photo)
BJP's Suvendu Adhikari(ANI file photo)

‘Goli Maaro’ chants at BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari’s rally in Bengal

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:56 AM IST
Condemning the incident, Bengal BJP’s chief spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said the party “does not endorse it”. “Our party does not endorse it at all. People carrying the BJP flag cannot talk like that,” he told mediapersons in Kolkata.
Close
The accident site in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri. (ANI Photo )
The accident site in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri. (ANI Photo )

13 dead, 18 injured in road accident due to fog in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri

ANI, Jalpaiguri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 09:02 AM IST
The driver of the truck survived the accident and has been detained. Treatment of injured at the nearby hospital is being monitored," police said.
Close
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting.(PTI Photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting.(PTI Photo)

BJP as venomous as cobra, says Banerjee as rhetoric sharpens in Bengal

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:05 AM IST
  • Banerjee's comments came while addressing a Trinamool Congress (TMC) rally in Purulia district.
Close
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari gestures during a roadshow from Tollygunge to Rashbehari in Kolkata, West Bengal( Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari gestures during a roadshow from Tollygunge to Rashbehari in Kolkata, West Bengal( Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Get a letterhead ready with ‘former CM’ written on it: Adhikari tells Mamata

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:08 PM IST
  • Banerjee had said on Monday she will contest the assembly elections from both Nandigram and Bhawanipore constituencies.
Close
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)

West Bengal assembly election: Mamata Banerjee to contest from Nandigram

UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:44 PM IST
TMC MLA from Nandigram and former minister Suvendu Adhikari shifted to the Bharatiya Janata Party on December 19, 2020
Close
President of BJP’s Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh.(HT File Photo)
President of BJP’s Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh.(HT File Photo)

BJP cautions Bengal leaders against 'discussing internal moves' with outsiders

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 11:56 PM IST
  • The leaders said in view of the upcoming assembly elections, nobody is henceforth allowed to discuss crucial organisational decisions, policy matters with outsiders.
Close
Trinamool Congress MLA Jitendra Tiwari.(ANI)
Trinamool Congress MLA Jitendra Tiwari.(ANI)

Eyes on polls, TMC reshuffles three district units; Jitendra Tiwari sidelined

By Tanmay Chatterjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 11:45 PM IST
  • The most significant reshuffle was made in West Burdwan where two adjacent Lok Sabha seats are represented by Union ministers Babul Supriyo and SS Ahluwalia.
Close
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting. (PTI Photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting. (PTI Photo)

Covid-19: Mamata administration questions Centre’s vaccination data

By Joydeep Thakur, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:15 PM IST
  • A senior official of the West Bengal government said on Saturday that that the state had set a target to vaccinate 20,700 health workers on the first day.
Close
TMC MP Satabdi Roy said that she had discussed all her grievances with Abhishek Banerjee, the chief minister's nephew.(HT_PRINT)
TMC MP Satabdi Roy said that she had discussed all her grievances with Abhishek Banerjee, the chief minister's nephew.(HT_PRINT)

After rebellion, TMC MP Satabdi Roy made party’s Bengal vice-president

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:17 PM IST
  • The elevation comes amidst talk that an aggrieved Roy may join the BJP after a possible meeting with Union home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.
Close
A nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a frontline worker after the virtual launch of the COVID-19 vaccination drive at a Hospital in Kolkata on Saturday. ((ANI Photo))
A nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a frontline worker after the virtual launch of the COVID-19 vaccination drive at a Hospital in Kolkata on Saturday. ((ANI Photo))

Kolkata nurse stable, experts try to find cause of illness post vaccination

PTI, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 02:55 PM IST
The health department official, who is also a prominent doctor, said the experts are examining her condition as of now, and the analysis might take some time.
Close
“I am absolutely fine. The wait for the vaccine is finally over but we cannot let our guards down against the virus,” Dr Anima Halder said
“I am absolutely fine. The wait for the vaccine is finally over but we cannot let our guards down against the virus,” Dr Anima Halder said

‘Necessary for docs to take first shot to break any myths’

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:44 AM IST
“It was a nice feeling to have received the vaccine on the first day. It was also necessary for doctors to take the first shot as it would break any myths and encourage others to come forward to take the vaccine.” said Dr Anima Halder.
Close
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(File photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(File photo)

'Will bear cost': Mamata Banerjee requests Centre for adequate supply of vaccine

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:01 AM IST
As many as 14 out of 15,707 vaccine recipients developed adverse effects after immunisation while health of a nurse turned serious after taking the jab.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP