Kolkata: At a time when the leaders of political parties are raising their voice against incidents of violence before the three-tier Panchayat elections, pages of history show that 45 and 17 people were murdered before the elections which were held in 2003 and 2008 respectively, under the CPI-M regime.Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said that in 2003 and 2008, her party could field 30,000 and 35 candidates in the Panchayat elections. Admitting that incidents of violence had taken place in seven places, she questioned how the Opposition parties could field 2 lakh candidates for the forthcoming Panchayat elections, had there been violence throughout the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2018, six persons, all Trinamool Congress workers, have been killed in incidents of violence.In 2003, 45 people were murdered before the Panchayat elections. On the day of polling, 35 people had been murdered. After the poll, 27 persons were murdered and 1,200 houses were set on fire. All those who had been murdered, belonged to the Opposition parties.Again in 2008, 17 people were murdered before the Panchayat elections. On the day of the poll, 21 people had been murdered, while another 13 were murdered after the poll. Nine hundred houses were set on fire. In a recent interview given to a vernacular channel, Mamata Banerjee had asked: “how can I forget those days when my party workers were murdered by CPI-M cadres?” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe first Panchayat elections were held in 1978, after the Left Front came to power in 1977. From 1978 till 2008, the Left Front had won in 50%-60% of the Gram Panchayat seats, while the party got 75% seats in Panchayat Samity and 85% to 90% seats in Zilla Parishad.Trinamool Congress got control over two Zilla Parishads – East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas in 2008. Over the years, the party strengthened its organisation and got 13 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. In 2010, it got control over Kolkata Municipal Corporation and finally ousted CPI-M in the 2011 Assembly election.
Kolkata: The meteorological department on Monday warned of “heavy to very heavy rainfall” in five northern districts of West Bengal for five consecutive days till June 29. “Heavy to very heavy rainfall (7-20 cm) will occur in most places of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts from June 25-June 29, caused by an upper-air cyclonic circulation over West Assam and sub-Himalayan West Bengal,” a bulletin from the Met department said. It said several south Bengal districts would also be affected by incessant rainfall over the next three days and issued an alert for North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore. “Rainfall in most places likely over south Bengal districts due to a cyclonic circulation that lies over northwest Bay of Bengal,” the bulletin added.
“The party leader was elected by the paid-up members and nobody has the right to change that decision,” the counter petition says. Further it says that such a move is not allowed by the party’s statute and would not respect the members’ will, democracy and the rule of law.“Collective responsibility”In the counter petition, the members are not only asking the general council president Kristy Debono to disqualify the motion but have also referred to the shouldering “collective responsibility” for the massive defeat sustained during the local council and European Parliament elections.‘We are convinced that if we discuss the issue keeping the interest of the party in mind, we would reason out why the party lost so many votes at these elections,’ the counter petition says. The petition also slammed the behaviour of “certain MPs” which they deem “unethical” and those who did not accept that Delia was elected as leader of the Nationalist Party.Delia was elected in September 2017, with 7,734 votes (52.7% of the vote), against 6,932 votes that went to Chris Said.Further the petition claims that the massive defeat was due to a “systematic, coordinated and organised campaign by certain MPs and “pseudo-bloggers and / or psuedo NGOs”.“Pseudo” is the new “Biċċa”. #DaphneCaruanaGalizia @repubblikaMT @occupyjusticema @Manwel_Delia #ġustizzja @TheTimesofMalta @PNmalta @keith_micallef https://t.co/NMvkl1ost5— Karol Aquilina (@KarolAquilina) June 25, 2019Read more: PN accepting nominations until TuesdayTwo nominations for PN Administrative Council presidentWhatsApp Paid-up members of Partit Nazzjonalista have launched a counter petition to prevent PN’s leader Adrian Delia from facing a vote of confidence at the party’s General Council.The petition came after it was made public that enough signatures were collected to ask the party’s General Council to convene and take a secret vote on Delia’s leadership following the results obtained in the recently held local council and European Parliament elections.READ: Updated: Delia expected to face vote of confidenceNewsbook.com.mt is publishing the letter which is doing rounds in full.Various provisions in the party’s statute were cited in the letter, by pro-Delia supporters who are insisting that the General Council may not make decisions regarding the election of the party’s leader and two deputies. SharePrint <a href=’https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG14124.jpg” alt=”last_img” />