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.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015



CII sponsored Krishi Unnayan Mela in Cooch Behar

 A three-day Krishi Unnayan Mela (Agriculture Development Fair) started on Wednesday evening. State agriculture minister Purnendu Basu inaugurated the fair at Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya (UBKV) campus at Pundibari in Cooch Behar. Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is the organiser of it while West Bengal is the partner state. Mr Sanjiv Paul, chairman of Trade Fairs Task Force, CII Eastern Region and Director of Tata Metalinks Limited delivered the welcome address.

   The agriculture minister said that such fair was initiated last year. He thanked Mr Paul for his co-operation for organising the fair. Mr Basu told Mr Paul that West Bengal wants to gain from the outcome of the work in agriculture sector where Tata group works. "We want to discuss on the issue and we are ready to extend all co-operation to you", he said.

The minister admitted that the state is still in trail behind in soil testing field. In organic farming sector too, the state is still in a backward position. He said that the state government took initiative to produce onion in winter and monsoon months but the production is going out to Bangladesh by other way. During his speech he admitted that though the state is in first position in production of rice but it is staying far behind in productivity in rice bran oil, vermin compost fertiliser, organic fertiliser etc.

    Mr Sanjiv Paul mentioned that food processing industry is sunrise industry. The farmers raised productivity considerably in the past years. He observed that food production may be doubled in next 20 years. Food production rose considerably in this state and 72 percent development achieved in agriculture sector. Mr Paul termed the fair as an ideal one for agricultural community. It may be fruitful to all concerned, he hoped.

    Director of agriculture Paritosh Bhattacharya, UBKV vice-chancellor Debashis Majumder, Chairman of forest development corporation Rabindra Nath Ghosh, district magistrate P Ulganathan, CII's North Bengal chairman Naresh Agarwal, Cooch Behar Zilla Parishad sabhadhipati Pushpita Roy Dakua were also spoke on the occasion.

    During the three-day fair exhibition, seminars and training on agriculture (Krishi PathShala) will be held.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015


Reactions over Mamata's Airport promise

Sharp reactions came from different political corners over the Chief Minister's promise over revival of Cooch Behar Airport.

The Chief Minister, during her address at a mass gathering at Gumanihat of Mathabhanga sub-division in Cooch Behar district held on Monday, said that she will come to Cooch Behar again boarding a small aeroplane. Till launching of the small aircraft service from Cooch Behar Airport she will not come to Cooch Behar. She said, "We already gave the Centre Rs15 crore out of Rs 30 crore for development of the Airport. We requested them to complete the work very quickly. Landing of airplane is not easy in absence of a wider runway here. Till building up a wide runway small aircrafts will ply from here. We are trying to launch that service. Till launching of that service I will not come to Cooch Behar again. I will come only boarding that small aircraft after launching of the service permanently." Her commitment was welcomed by the gathering amid cheers.

Reacting over the CM's speech, a senior BJP leader in Cooch Behar, Pranab Paul, commented that many times planes came here and those services were closed. "The CM may come and go by aeroplane but we are not sure over its continuation. People of Cooch Behar are not ready to believe in such promises anymore", he said.

Cooch Behar district Congress President, Shyamal Chaudhury opined that the CM is saying many things prior to the election. Air services were revived and closed many times. "We know that the CM's many promises turn to untrue and so we should not comment over her promise on revival of air service from Cooch Behar Airport.

Cooch Behar district CPI-M secretary and ex-MP, Tarini Roy said, “According to the CM’s comment we may be assured that air service will not be revived and she will not come to Cooch Behar again. We have no objection of her daily visit to Cooch Behar, after the re-launching of air service”, Roy said.  

Reacting sharply over Mamata's speech, a senior Forward Bloc leader and MLA, Akshay Thakur, questioned "how many promises of the CM turned true till now". "We heard such promises on several occasions. It may be that it would not be necessary for her to visit Cooch Behar after 2016 elections", he added.

On the otherhand, on behalf of business community, general secretary of Cooch Behar District Merchants Chamber of Commerce,  Rajendra Kumar Baid, said that they believe that air service between Cooch Behar and Kolkata will be re-launched very soon following the Chief Minister's commitment.