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Politics/ Prashant Kishor to join TMC

Kolkata. In the political corridor of West Bengal, there is such a buzz that Prashant Kishore can join the ruling Trinamool Congress. Prashant Kishore was expelled from the party by the JD (U) on Wednesday. When contacted, top leaders of the Trinamool Congress did not confirm any such developments but did not rule out such possibilities in the near future.

The PTI tried several times to contact Kishore, who is playing the role of election strategist for the Trinamool Congress, but did not get a reply. Like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Kishore has also been critical of the revised citizenship law and the National Population Register. According to Trinamool Congress sources, Kishore has a very good relationship with the party supremo Banerjee.

Trinamool Congress general secretary Partha Chatterjee told reporters, Prashant Kishore as an electoral strategist has done a great job for the party. Now whether or not he will join the Trinamool Congress, he (Kishore) and the top leadership of the party will decide.

A Trinamool Congress leader, on the condition of anonymity, said that if Kishore wants to join the party, he will be welcomed with open heart because a strategist like him joined the party before the 2021 assembly elections.

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Bengal: PM Modi likely to meet Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during his two-day visit to Kolkata.

As per the revised itinerary, after reaching Kolkata, PM Modi’s hour-long halt at the Raj Bhavan between 4-5 pm has been “reserved”, fuelling the possibility of a one-to-one meeting with the Bengal CM before PM’s first event at the Currency Building at 5:30 pm on Saturday.

The West Bengal chief minister will be attending the 150-year celebration event of the Kolkata Port Trust on Sunday at Netaji Indoor Stadium where the prime minister will be the chief guest.

On Friday, MoS Shipping, Mansukh L Mandaviya, went to the chief minister’s office Nabbana Bhavan to invite the Mamata Banerjee. Sources said, Banerjee has consented to attend PM’s programme.

Sources say, there is a possibility of a one-on-one meeting between the two leaders on Saturday when the prime minister reaches Kolkata.

A Bengal BJP delegation is also likely to meet the PM on Saturday evening at Raj Bhavan.

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Bengal’s R-Day tableau rejected, move could worsen Mamata Banerjee-Centre face-off

West Bengal’s tableau proposal for the upcoming Republic Day parade has been rejected — a decision that could strain ties between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the central government even further.

The Ministry of Defence didn’t provide a specific reason for the rejection in its statement, issued Wednesday.

It simply said that Bengal’s proposal was examined by an expert committee at two meetings and “not taken forward for further consideration”.

The Defence Ministry also pointed out that West Bengal’s 2019 proposal had been shortlisted as a result of the same process of selection.

Nonetheless, the move isn’t likely to go down well with the Mamata Banerjee government.

Banerjee has been one of the BJP’s fiercest critics; she has described its rule as a “draconian regime”. She has refused to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act or the National Register of Citizens in West Bengal, and recently dared the Centre to go for a UN-monitored referendum on the two policies — a comment described by one Union Minister as an “insult to the Indian Parliament”.

Besides, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool government has been at loggerheads with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on a range of issues — from seating at a Durga Puja event to his unscheduled visit to Singur.

Twenty-two Republic Day tableau proposals — 16 from states and Union Territories, and six from central ministries — have been shortlisted, out of a total of 56.