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Mamata Banerjee meets Kamal Nath in Delhi, discusses political situation in country

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is working on a strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls against the Modi government, met several opposition leaders in the national capital on Tuesday. Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath met the Bengal CM at 2 p.m. for nearly 40 minutes at the TMC office.

After the meeting, Kamal Nath said he had come to congratulate Mamataji for the election victory in Bengal and discussed the current situation in the country, including issues like inflation.

He said he had good relations with Mamataji going back a long time. Her victory in Bengal has given a clear message to the country and she stands firmly with the truth, Nath added.

Mamata Banerjee will also meet Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi soon. However, the meeting schedule has not been decided yet.

Even before her Delhi tour, Mamata Banerjee had made her presence felt in north India. For this special preparations were made for ‘Shaheed Diwas’ celebrated by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on July 21 this year. This was the first time that Mamata Banerjee’s speech was broadcast in other states as well.

Mamata Banerjee delivered a speech in Hindi which was heard on LED TVs outside the TMC headquarters in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. At the same time, leaders from other parties were also invited to the TMC’s Delhi event. This is being directly linked to the political battle between the TMC and the BJP ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

This is Mamata Banerjee’s first visit to Delhi after becoming the West Bengal Chief Minister for the third successive time.

This meeting between Mamata Banerjee and Congress leaders is being seen as an exercise to bring the opposition parties together. Earlier, election strategist Prashant Kishor had met Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar and several opposition leaders. Kishor also worked as a poll strategist with Banerjee during the recent Bengal Assembly elections. Recently, he met Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and Priyanka in Delhi.

Mamata Banerjee is also meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday to discuss development projects for West Bengal.

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PIL filed in Bombay HC to seek probe in expenses of CM Eknath Shinde’s Dussehra rally

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In a petition filed in the Bombay High Court, a social worker has asked the source of money and sought a probe against Chief Minister Eknath Shinde under the provisions of the Money Laundering Act and the Income Tax for allegedly spending “Rs 10 crore or more” during his Dussehra rally at MMRDA grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) on October 5.

Deepak Jagdev, a social worker, petitioned through advocate Nitin Satpute asking the court to direct central agencies such as the CBI, Mumbai Police Economic Offence Wing, and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to investigate the fund of Rs. 10 crore or more used by the unregistered party led by Eknath Shinde in the CM’s Dussehra Rally on Wednesday.

he petitioner raised the question of the use of public transport, such as the 1,700 Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses, for transporting Shinde’s supporters from various parts of the state to BKC, which caused a lot of inconvenience to the average man.

Social activists have raised the question that “What is the source of money?” as huge amount of money was spent for advertisements in newspapers, to rent the BKC ground, songs, teasers, putting over 2000 hoardings, and food packets, and “more than Rs. 10 crores has been paid to the State Transport.’

Drawing comparison with incarcerated political leaders, the plea states: “If Sanjay Raut can be jailed for Rs. 56 lakh and Anil Deshmukh for Rs. 4.5 crore of his own property, then Shinde is also liable for Rs. 10 crore.”

The plea asserts that there is a high probability that black money has been used for this public rally by spending Rs 10 crore. The source of black money and funding needs to be investigated.

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Uddhav Thackeray’s response sought to Shinde group’s claim on poll symbol

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The Election Commission on Friday wrote a letter to Shiv Sena leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, asking him to furnish a response along with requisite documents in the case related to dispute over claims by two groups over “real Shiv Sena”, by Saturday.

In the letter issued on Friday, the Commission said that it received an application from the (incumbent Maharashtra Chief Minister) Eknath Shinde faction on October 4 to allot the symbol of the party ‘Bow and Arrow’ to the group led by Shinde in view of ongoing bye-election from 166-Andheri East Assembly Constituency.

“Chirag Shah, an advocate, on behalf of Shinde has furnished an application to allot the symbol of the party ‘Bow and Arrow’ to the group led by Shinde in view of ongoing by-election from 166-Andheri East Assembly Constituency,” said the Commission’s letter.

The Commission said that it is yet to receive a reply from the Thackeray group.

“Though your reply is yet to be received, considering the fact that by-election has been notified from 166-Andheri East Assembly constituency, it is directed that you may furnish your comments along with requisite documents as requested by the Commission’s letter, latest by 2 p.m. of 8.10.2022,” it said.

In case no reply is received, the Commission will take appropriate action in the matter accordingly, it added.

The Commission in its letter dated September 29 had requested Thackeray to furnish written submissions along with the respective documents to support claim, if any, by 2 pm, October 8.

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DMK intra-party polls: TN CM Stalin files nomination for president’s post

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Friday filed nomination papers for the president’s post in the ruling DMK intra-party elections.

The party general council meeting is scheduled to be held on October 9 at St. George School, Aminjikarai, Chennai.

Before filing his papers, Stalin paid floral tributes at the memorials of former Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu C.N. Annadurai and M. Karunanidhi.

After filing his nomination papers at Anna Aruvalayam, the DMK headquarters, Stalin paid floral tributes before the photograph of his late father and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence.

Senior DMK leader and state waterworks minister S. Duraimurugan, who is also the organising secretary of the party, DMK treasurer and Member of Parliament T.R. Baalu, former Union Minister and Member of Parliament from The Nilgiris A. Raaja, Stalin’s sister and Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, and other senior ministers and parliamentarians were present.

Stalin’s son and party youth wing leader and Member of Legislative Assembly from Chepauk constituency,Udayanidhi Stalin was also present during the filing of the nomination.

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