Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Chief Minister's second day in Cooch Behar

Mamata criticises Centre in Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar, October 30 : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came down heavily on the BJP-led Central Government at a public gathering in Cooch Behar today. She was addressing at Raas Mela Ground here, where she disbursed benefits to several beneficiaries of government schemes, inaugurated a few completed projects and initiated a few new ones.

The CM held the Centre responsible for turning 40-lakh people of Assam non-citizens through the NRC process. Irregularities in NRC had prompted many to commit suicide. Anti-Bengali play is going on in Assam and anti-Bihari play is going on in Gujarat, she alleged. But, nothing of its kind never happens in West Bengal, she claimed. She declared that Bengal will never bow down and they will go forward with Assamese, Bihari, Gujarati and all others.

The CM said, the state government is extending loan for higher education. Benefits of Kanyashri scheme has been extended upto University level. She questioned the low financial assistance to the Centre's Beti Banchao Bdeti Padao scheme, and said the alloted sum gets spent out for advertisements.

Mamata said, Cooch Behar district is on the top position in MNREGA (100 day scheme). The state government assists 2-lakh poor artistes, even with musical instruments.

The CM said, fighting or blood shedding is not politics. Without mentioning BJP by name, she condemned the men who are doing politics with divisive policies. Give opportunity to all to live in peace, but do not draw borders between men on religion, she said.

Chief Minister visits Cooch Behar

Chief Minister inaugurates new auditorium

Cooch Behar, October 29 : Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived Cooch Behar this afternoon in a two-day visit.

Soon after landing at a make-shift helipad at MJN Stadium, she drove toward the newly built Cooch Behar Auditorum near Sagardighi to inaugurate it. The auditorium is named as Utsava following her wish. It was constructed by the North Bengal Development Department, with Rs 14-crore.  

The CM held an Administrative Review Meeting with senior officials in presence of ministers, MLAs and  MPs.

She reviewed the ongoing projects and asked officials to keep contact with local MLAs, if necessary. She ruled out the proposal for erection of a new bridge in Mekhliganj. Instead, she suggested construction of new roads there.

She asked police officials to act according to government directive, ignoring any 'Netagiri' of anyone. The CM also suggested to keep strict vigil on the India-Bangladesh border.

Tomorrow, she will attend a mass meeting to be held at Raas Mela Ground where she will disburse government benefits to several beneficiaries under a number of schemes.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Chief Minister starts campaign in Cooch Beahr district

Mamata Banerjee in Cooch Behar

Tufanganj (Cooch Behar) : "Matha Thanda Cool Cool, Cooch Behar-e Jora Ful" – with this slogan Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee begged votes for nine Trinamul Congress candidates of Cooch Behar district. She initiated her electioneering in this district by addressing a gathering at Mahakuma Krira Sanstha Maidan in Tufanganj of Cooch Behar this afternoon. She will also address a number of meetings today and tomorrow in the district.

Mamata alleged that they came to power four-and-half years ago but got no financial independence due to previous state government's misdeeds.

"I visited Cooch Behar several times to review the progress of work. The state government did 95 percent work so far", she claimed referring a number of projects undertaken by the Trinamul-led state government. She mentioned successful implementation of the projects like Kanyashree, Shikshree etc. She claimed that they gave the people rice against Rs 2 per kilogram. She uttered slogans like "Dui taka kilo chal dilo ke, Trinamul Congress abaar ke" and "Bini paisay haspatal dilo ke, Trinamul Congress abar ke". She also claimed that construction of roads, solving of Chhitmal (Enclave) problem and many more works they did successfully and so the Trinamul Congress should win the election.

"Trinamul Congress is confident of victory in the polls held so far in other areas. If we get more seats in North Bengal we will be more powerful", she said. After returning to power the undergoing pro-people and progressive projects will continue with no problem, she promised.

She came down heavily on the BJP and alleged that the party is planning to divide Cooch Behar and Darjeeling. "We will not in a position to allow them to do so", she vowed. "We will not allow them to divide but we will go on with developmental works", she added. She said this as the BJP joined hands in Darjeeling with GJMM and with Greater Cooch Behar Peoples Association (Ananta Roy faction) in Cooch Behar. "We will not allow the BJP, Congress and the CPIM to divide Bengal anymore".

"In this election we are fighting alone but the people are with us, as in the last Lok Sabha election. We don't want to go together with the BJP, Congress or CPIM", she said. In other districts they failed to pull votes in their favour and that will be repeated here in Cooch Behar too, Mamata predicted.

Referring the Central force, the Chief Minister said that they are doing excesses but one should not be panicky. She asked the people to cast their votes without any fear. "We made Bengal No 1 in several fields and want to do more for progress of Bengal" and so Trinamul Congress want support from the people in the election, Mamata said.

Union Home Minister in Cooch Behar

No difference between LF, TMC regimes: Rajnath

Cooch Behar (WB), May 1 (PTI) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today came down heavily on the Trinamool Congress and Left Front saying there was no difference between the two regimes.

The TMC came to power five years ago with a promise of 'parivartan' but West Bengal saw no change as law and order situation continues to be poor, Singh alleged.

Earlier Left Front used to attack people and now TMC is doing the same, he claimed.

"Ma, Mati, Manush are not safe in this state," the senior BJP leader said while addressing an election meeting here in Cooch Behar district where polls will be held for the last phase on May 5.

However, he said, things will change. "You note down the names of the anti-social elements who attack people. It is our duty to keep you safe under democracy," the Union Home Minister said.

He said if the people bring the BJP to power in the state, it will stop the "existing bomb making industry".

Singh asked the gathering about availability of drinking water, schools, teachers, hospitals, doctors or medicines in their areas.

The people replied in the negative to all the questions.

Singh then said, "Do you want such a government anymore? We want to change this situation."

Referring to the Agusta Westland chopper deal scandal, he alleged that top Congress party leaders were involved in it and the Left Front has forged an alliance with this party.

He mocked at the alliance saying, "Kerala me ladai aur Bengal me sagaai" and claimed that they joined hands not for politics, but only to grab power.

A large section of the gathering was of Greater Cooch Behar Peoples Association (GCPA) supporters. They attended the meeting with flags of their organisations.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016


Road mishap claims three lives in Cooch Behar

In a head on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on NH-31 three persons were killed and eleven others were injured at Deocharai Morh under Tufanganj sub-division in Cooch Behar district this evening.

The conductor of the ill-fated NBSTC bus, Badal Sarkar said they were going towards Baxirhat. At Deocharai Morh suddenly a truck appeared in front of the bus and the collision took place. Three persons including the driver of the bus, Shubhendu Nath Das (36) were killed on the spot. Among the killed two were women. They were Tripti Saha (50) and Usha Rani Deb (47).

Tufanganj SDO, Manish Verma said the incident happened at about 7 PM. Three persons were killed on the spot. The death toll may rise, he feared. Among the injured six persons were shifted to Tufanganj sub-divisional hospital in a seriouws condition. Five others were released out after primary medical care, he added. 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Former Bangla Prez urges Teesta water sharing

Former Bangladesh President and chairman of Jatiyo Party, Hussain Mohammad Ershad wants the Teesta water sharing as early as possible for the greater interest of Bangladeshi peasants. He came to Dinhata in Cooch Behar at his ancestral residence on 8 December. This morning he visited a Home for destitute girls named Shahid Bandana Smriti Mahila Aabas and a blind school in Cooch Behar and left for Malbazar in Dooars.

During talks with media persons at Dinhata last night, Ershad said that sometime ago he sent a CD of songs composed by him to the Chief Minister of West Bengal. From that CD he recited : "Teesta tomar booker pare /  Gorur garir chaka ghore" ( Oh Teesta! Wheels of bullock carts are whirling on your chest these days.) It means the Teesta is so dry that bullock carts ply on its bed. He hoped that the CM may have listened that CD. 16 crore people of Bangladesh want sharing of Teesta water. He recalled that his residence at Rangpur (now in Bangladesh) was by the side of Teesta and his grandfather was also lived there. He did swimming in Teesta in those days but now there is no water there, sighed the ex-army chief of Bangladesh.

Ershad said Bangladesh opened its borders from North to South to India following the agreement among four neighbouring countries. But several thousand acres of land are being lying unused without any cultivation due to scarcity of water. In 2012, when the former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh visited Bangladesh the people of Bangladesh expected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with him. But as she failed to appear the people of Bangladesh turned hopeless as they saw no light toward sharing of Teesta water. The farmers of Bangladesh are suffering from misery, Ershad said.

The former BD President mentioned that the historic exchange of enclaves was possible due to initiative of two Prime Ministers, Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina. For this he thanked them. At the same time he hoped that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may also feel the pain of Bangladeshi people who are suffering due to lack of adequate water of Teesta.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015


Former Bangladesh President Hussein Mohammad Ershad has arrived Cooch Behar today this noon. He is the founder of Jatiyo Party, the second largest political party of Bangladesh Jatiyo Samsad. He entered through Changrabandha International Checkpost in Mekhliganj at about 11-45 AM. He is on his way to his ancestral residence at Dinhata. He may stay there for a few days. A few family members and close associates also came with him.

Former Bangladesh President spent his childhood and schooldays at Dinhata. Today he was found in a happy mood when he stepped into India. He praised Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his initiative to translate into reality the long awaited Enclave Exchange issue. Ershad said the way the Indian Parliament passed the Bill on Enclave Exchange was very praiseworthy. It touched the hearts of Bangladesh people. It was possible due to initiative taken by the Indian Prime Minister, he added. 

Sunday, 6 December 2015

BJP delegation attacked in Cooch Behar by TMC supporters

Some BJP leaders was today injured after they were allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress supporters near Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya campus in Cooch Behar-II Block.

The incident happened when the BJP delegation was on its way to Pundibari where a TMC supporter, identified as Narayan Mahanayak, was shot dead on November 29.

Leaders of the BJP district unit claimed that the killing was a fallout of the TMC factional feud over railway contracts.

Some BJP supporters were falsely implicated in the case and TMC 'goons' ransacked and looted the house of district BJP secretary Sukumar Roy, they alleged.

Cooch Behar district BJP general secretary Nikhil Ranjan Dey said that the BJP delegation comprised state vice-chairperson Malati Rava, vice-president Badsah Alam, secretary Rabindra Narayan Chaudhury, Jaiprakash Majumdar, district vice-chairperson Gayatri Kar, secretary Ajit Roy and district Yuva Morcha general secretary Shital Das.

Dey said, "When the vehicles reached the Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, an armed group of TMC supporters attacked them, damaging the cars and assaulting the team members." 

Dey claimed the police and district administration had been informed prior to the visit, but there was lack of adequate police arrangement.

About 10 persons were injured, including Malati Rava and Ajit Roy, Dey said, adding Roy is undergoing treatment at MJN Hospital.

However, District TMC vice-president Abdul Jalil Ahmed denied involvement of their supporters in the alleged assault.

"BJP was behind the murder of the TMC supporter. Today angry local residents might have came out to question the BJP leaders why they came there. It is not true that TMC men attacked them," Ahmed claimed.

Cooch Behar district Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar Yadav was not available for comment, but officers of the Cooch Behar police station confirmed that an investigation was initiated into the Pundibari incident.

BJP leader Jaiprakash Majumdar said the party would organise a law violation programme in front of the Cooch Behar district magistrate's office on December 18 to protest against the attack.

Thursday, 19 November 2015


Former enclave-dwellers from Bangladesh step in India

65 members of 19 families from erstwhile enclaves (Chhitmahals) situated in Bangladesh territory arrived today through Changrabandha International Checkpost (ICP). Senior officials of Cooch Behar district administration welcomed them. They were brought by vehicles into India at about 1-15pm. After a brief welcome ceremony they were sent to makeshift houses (rehabilitation centres) newly built for them at Mekhliganj Agriculture Farm. The administration has made all facilities for their comfortable living there.

Cooch Behar MP Renuka Sinha, District Magistrate P Ulganathan, Additional District Magistrate Ayesha Rani and Cooch Behar SP Rajesh Kumar Yadav were among the officials present on the occasion today.

The members of 19 families that opted to come to India after official exchange of enclaves between India and Bangladesh came in today passing through Changrabandha-Burimari Border Checkpost. They were welcomed by folk dance and folk songs. A Blue-White pandal was erected for the programme at Zero-point of the border. Also, arrangements were made for them for foreign exchange.


t was learnt that they will get facilities like Bank accounts and AADHAR cards soon. After two years, permanent shelters will be arranged for them. Now, during the first month the new comers will be provided with cooked food. Children would get special foods like milk and eggs. After one month they will get essential commodities in free through ration system.

On 31 July midnight, 111 enclaves of India and 51 enclaves of Bangladesh were exchanged. After that 991 members of 220 families of the enclaves expressed their eagerness to come to India. From today they will come phase by phase. Cooch Behar district administration made arrangements for their stay at rehabilitation centres built at Changrabandha in Mekhliganj, Chilahati in Haldibari and Sahebganj in Dinhata. After today, rest of the persons will come on 22, 23, 24 and 26 November.

Cooch Behar District Magistrate P Ulganathan said 65 members of 19 families came today. All arrangements have been made for their stay. "It is an important event. I became a witness of history", the DM said. He also said that the first batch came today and others would come soon. The administration made all arrangements for them, he added.