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Clash Between TMC and BJP Workers; EVMs Vandalised, BJP Workers And Media Persons Beaten

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Anushka Pathak – Mumbai Uncensored, 01st March 2022

On Sunday (February 27, 2022), elections in 20 districts of West Bengal were ruined by incidents of vandalism, assault, violence and election malpractices. The incidents took place in the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s decision to not deploy central armed forces for the civic body polls in the State.

A clash broke out between TMC & BJP workers during the polling for civic polls in North 24 Pargana on 27th February 2022. The local BJP MP Arjun Singh told the media, “2 EVMs have been vandalized at ward 9, the similar situation across the state. Police are arresting BJP workers and not letting them vote. All booths have been captured.”

As voting for civic polls have begun in West Bengal, TMC goons have resumed their age-old violence at many places. Incidents of violence are being reported at many places in West Bengal in which TMC workers have gone out of their way to intervene with the normal polling processes causing violence. 

TMC is well-known for its violence during elections. From beating up workers to hurling bombs, TMC workers have done it all. Opposition including BJP has accused TMC of violence and demanded action against them.

Member of Parliament Arjun Singh is the Vice President of the West Bengal state unit of the BJP. He further added, “Only police and goons are voting here. Voters are scared to vote, especially the Bengali population, who are not being allowed to vote. Even TMC’s core vote bank, Muslims are not able to vote. The police here are playing one of the 3 monkeys of Gandhiji.”

Notably, Arjun Singh was earlier attacked by TMC goons in the North 2 Pargana district when he was on his way to attend a program on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

The BJP has also accused TMC of intimidation in the area where the opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari lives, which is the Kanthi area. The party has also alleged that its candidate in Konnagar of Hugly was beaten up by TMC goons. BJP workers were seen protesting against this violence on 26th February 2022 in the night. The opposition parties including BJP are alleging that the violent attacks have suddenly surged in the last twenty-four hours, that is, just before the actual polling.

Bombs were hurled near the residence of a CPM candidate on the night of 25th February 2022 in the Kamarhati area of the North 24 Pargana district. Incidents of alleged attacks are also being reported from Barrackpore. A delegation of women from the Left’s women organization visited the state election commission office on Saturday, 26th February 2022. This delegation had demanded CCTV cameras be operational during the poll hours. But, according to the opposition, the police are involved in encouraging the TMC goons instead of providing safe polling arrangements. 

A CPM candidate has also been allegedly attacked by the TMC goons in Arambagh. In the Murshidabad district, TMC goons have beaten up several leaders and candidates from the opposition parties. There are also reports from the Midnapore district that a few media persons have been beaten up by the TMC goons.

BJP’s national Vice-President and West Bengal BJP leader Dilip Ghosh condemned the attacks on the opposition party workers by TMC goons. He said, “It is unimaginable that there will be no violence in West Bengal during an election. There is no rule of law in Bengal.”

Since the time of Bengal’s post-poll violence took place in May 2021, ever since it became clear that Mamata Banerjee was all set to retain power in the state; heinous, animalistic violence was unleashed upon the people of Bengal, specifically, those who dared to either work for BJP or those who dared to vote for them in the state elections.

After the announcement of results of the 2021 West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, declaring that the incumbent Trinamool Congress government would be returning to power for the third time, violence broke out in some parts of West Bengal. In reality it was a continuation of the violence which took place across the state during the election.

Many women, including a minor girl, were allegedly raped by TMC workers as their family members voted against them. Allegedly, a 60-year-old woman was raped and her daughter-in-law was beaten up by TMC goons; their account moved to Supreme court.

BJP’s Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya made a statement saying houses of over 4,000 BJP workers were ransacked overnight and at least 100 shops were looted. 

In Kolkata, slain BJP worker Abhijit Sarkar’s mother accused TMC’s re-elected Beliaghata MLA Paresh Paul of being involved in the fatal attack on her son and his pets.

Many such incidents took place in the post-poll violence in West Bengal which shattered the hearts of many. Hopefully, the history will not be repeated this time.

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Congress claims scam of Rs 10,000 crore in housing scheme for project-hit people

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congress has alleged a scam of nearly Rs 10,000 crore in allotment of TDR in a PAP housing plan by the BMC

Khushi Shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 20th may 2022

‘’There is a clear TDR scam that has took place in BMC worth Rs. 9380 crores. It is in the context of @mybmc project to construct 14000 tenements for project affected persons in the city. We are filing a complaint with Lokayukta and requesting them to conduct an enquiry into it.’’ Tweeted Ravi Raja, Leader of opposition, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.

The party said the BMC has given undue benefits to various developers amounting to INR 9,380.25 crores within the type of credit score notes throughout these initiatives by allotting Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) and premium for the construction of the housing units in December last year and January 2022. As these credit score notes can be utilized any time, and are transferable, the civic physique is about to lose the quantity over the subsequent few years, Ravi Raja stated in an announcement.

“Developers finalised for the project will get credit notes of Rs 5,602 crore. The BMC is giving them hefty premiums, construction TDR and land TDR and land cost,” said Raja.

He accused the civic body of giving benefits of around Rs 8,000-Rs 10,000 crore to developers in the PAP rehabilitation project. He also mentioned that a letter has been sent to Mumbai Municipal Commissioner-Administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal, the Lokayukta and the Central Vigilance Committee.

BMC’s general body on 9th January 2022 cleared a proposal to construct 4,000 units for project-affected persons (PAPs) in Chandivli using a controversial ‘cashless’ scheme. Each unit would cost around Rs 59 lakh to the BMC. These houses are supposed to be given to people who will be relocated due to various projects of the BMC like construction of storm water drainage, water pipelines, bridges, etc. 

BMC had in 2021 floated a plan to give credit notes instead of money to contractors to build 12,000 housing units for PAPs for nearly Rs 9,000 crore.

The proposal to build 4,000 PAP units by way of credit notes and transfer of development rights (TDR) was placed before the general body for approval. BJP opposed the plan, it was cleared by the ruling Shiv Sena.

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Govt. Plans to Cut Cooking Oil Tax

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The Indian market after seeing an unprecedented rise in the prices of edible oils plans to cut taxes on edible oil to keep the prices in check.

Khushi shah – Mumbai Uncensored, 5th May 2022

The war, combined with weather disruptions that limited harvests in other vegetable oil-producing regions, led to a supply shortage of sunflower oil. The ban by the world’s biggest palm oil producer and exporter on 28th April 2022, on the export on the widely used edible oil and all the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine that already upended the global agricultural trade in the world, sent oil prices skyrocketing in the market.

India is particularly sensitive to rising vegetable oil prices as it is dependent on imports for 60% of its needs. Inorder to keep the prices in check ,India, the world’s top importer of vegetable oils is planning to cut taxes on some edible oils to cool the domestic market after the war in Ukraine. 

India has tried to reduce prices in the past, including reducing import duties on palm, soybean oil and sunflower oil, and limiting inventory to prevent stocking the oil.[ In September 2021] The import taxes on palm oil had been slashed to 2.5% from 10 %, while soy oil and sunflower oil had been reduced to 2.5 per cent from 7.5 per cent. 

The reduction in these taxes were aimed at bringing down prices of the edible oils in India and boost consumption, effectively increasing overseas buying by the south Asian country.It would also bring down edible oil prices ahead of key festivals, when edible oil demand rises in the country

However, The moves so far have not been effective enough to cut down the rates of oil in the market 

India, the world’s top importer of vegetable oils, wants to reduce the agricultural infrastructure and development cess on imports of crude palm oil to below 5% . According to reports, it is said that the government is now considering reducing import duties on crude varieties of canola oil, olive oil, rice bran oil and palm kernel oil from 35% to 5% to help boost domestic supplies. The new tax amount is still being deliberated The cess is levied over and above basic tax rates on certain items, and is used to finance agriculture infrastructure projects. The base import duty on crude palm oil has already been scrapped.

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Woman alleges rape by Shivsena MP Rahul Shewale.

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KHUSHI SHAH – Mumbai Uncensored, 29th April 2022

Rape is such a thing in our country that has been systematically  used against the vulnerable to silence and to dominate. Rape in  our country has been more easily commercialised than it has  received justice. 

Shiv Sena Member of Parliament, Rahul Shewale, a son to  Ramesh Sambhaji Shewale, an Indian Navy officer was accused  of rape by a 26-year-old girl on Thursday, while the MP went on  to deny it. The woman has filed a written complaint at the  Sakinaka Police Station. 

An officer of Sakinaka Police Station said, “There is a written  complaint in this matter and FIR has not been registered yet.  Police are probing the matter.”Further investigation is underway. 

The parliamentarian issued a statement denying the rape charge  and termed the complaint as a conspiracy aimed at maligning his  

political image. He confidently maintained that he was ready to face any police  investigation and said people behind the conspiracy will be exposed.  

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