Latest News Today – Adani Group Denies Receiving SEBI Notice


Adani Group has denied receiving any communication from SEBI

The Adani Group has not received any communication from Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) recently and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) show-cause notice was issued five years back, said a company spokesperson on Monday, issuing clarification about market regulator and customs authorities investigation in several companies belonging to the group.

Earlier today, in a written response to Parliament, the Government has said several Adani Group companies are being investigated by the SEBI and DRI.

“We have always been transparent with all our regulators and have full faith in them. While we have always been fully compliant with applicable SEBI regulations, we have made full disclosure to SEBI on specific information requests from them in the past,” the spokesperson said.

However, they added that Adani Group has not received any communication or information requests recently.

With regard to the DRI matter, the Spokesperson said the investigation agency issued a show-cause notice to Adani Power, about five years back.

“Subsequently, DRI passed an order in favour of Adani Power confirming that there is no over-valuation of equipment. The department has approached the Tribunal and the matter stands sub judice now,” they said adding, “Adani Group is a responsible corporate citizen and strongly believes in compliance of applicable laws and adheres to prudent corporate governance framework.”



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Latest News Today – Red Notice Release Date: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan


Red Notice — the Netflix action movie with Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Ryan Reynolds — now has a release date: November 12. Johnson shared a first look Thursday evening on his Twitter account, which shows the three leads all dressed up and ready to go. Reynolds and Johnson appear in tuxedos, with Gadot in a red dress that is screaming femme fatale. In Red Notice, Gadot is the world’s most wanted art thief, Reynolds is the world’s greatest con artist, and Johnson is the FBI’s top profiler and the world’s greatest tracker. Rawson Marshall Thurber (Skyscraper, We’re the Millers) is the director and writer.

“You’re officially on notice. Netflix’s biggest movie ever #RedNotice premieres in your living rooms around the globe on Nov. 12,” Johnson wrote in his tweet. Reynolds followed up minutes later with a characteristic caption: “True story. They made my entire tuxedo out of one of The Rock’s socks. Also, true… #RedNotice has a release date of Nov. 12th on Netflix. Last piece of gossip: Gal Gadot is wonderful.” An hour or so later, Gadot chimed in with her own tweet: “I can’t wait for you to see this. Thank you Rawson Thurber for bringing me onto this project. Being able to work with my friends Ryan Reynolds & The Rock was the icing on the cake.”

Johnson, and Thurber (via Bad Version, Inc.) are also producers on Red Notice alongside Beau Flynn for Flynn Picture Company, and Dany and Hiram Garcia for Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions. Ritu Arya (The Umbrella Academy), Chris Diamantopoulos (HBO’s Silicon Valley), Ivan Mbakop (Loop), Rafael Petardi (Siberia), Guy Nardulli (Why Women Kill), Alexander Perkins (The Salisbury Poisonings), Ethan Herschenfeld (Boardwalk Empire), and newcomer Brenna Marie Narayan also have roles on Red Notice. Markus Förderer (Bliss) is the cinematographer, Michael L. Sale (Skyscraper) is the editor, and Steve Jablonsky (Transformers) provides background music.

Here’s the official synopsis for Red Notice from Netflix:

An Interpol-issued Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted. But when a daring heist brings together the FBI’s top profiler (Johnson) and two rival criminals (Gadot, Reynolds), there’s no telling what will happen.

Red Notice is out November 12 on Netflix in India and around the world. It is one of Netflix’s most expensive movies with an estimated budget of $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,492 crores).


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Latest News Today – Varun Gandhi vs Twitter Over Notice From Indian Law


Varun Gandhi dared Twitter to reveal the notice against him. (File)

New Delhi:

BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Thursday challenged Twitter to reveal the legal notice that it said it had received from “Indian law enforcement” against violations by his account on the social media platform.

“I am certain I have violated no law and that no law agency would have found anything offensive in my tweets. Twitter should clarify their basis for such correspondence. Shocked by their behaviour,” the lawmaker from UP’s Pilibhit said.

He attached a screenshot of an email that he said he had received from Twitter, informing him of “a request from Indian Law Enforcement” regarding his account, that claimed his account had violated Indian laws.

He appended the post with an accusation on-brand with his party’s running feud with the social network: “For too long now, Twitter has indulged in online bullying of our citizens for their diversity of political views to make us conform with their ‘woke’ propaganda.”

The parliamentarian also said that he had checked from sources within the government whether any agency had sent such a request against his account and found they had not.

Mr Gandhi’s run-in with Twitter comes amid its months-long clash with the BJP-led government at the centre over issues ranging from requests to take down tweets supporting the farmers’ protest, discrediting posts by leaders of the BJP and more recently new regulation.

Earlier this month, a number of prominent Twitter users in India who are critical of the government including cartoonist Manjul said they had received correspondence from the social networking site informing them that “Indian law enforcement” had asked for action against their accounts.

Among the accounts that were banned was one belonging to Canadian-Punjabi singer Jazzy B, who has frequently tweeted in support of farmers protesting the government’s agriculture laws and, in December last year, joined thousands camped on the borders of the national capital.

The accounts were blocked – they have been ‘geo-restricted’, meaning they can still be accessed from IP addresses outside the country – after a legal demand from the government on Sunday.

“When we receive a valid legal request, we review it under both the Twitter Rules and local law. If the content violates Twitter’s rules the content will be removed from the service. If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the content in India only,” Twitter said in its statement.

“In all cases, we notify the account holder directly so they’re aware that we’ve received a legal order pertaining to the account. We notify the user(s) by sending a message to the email address associated with the account(s), if available,” the statement added.





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Latest News Today – UP Police Sends Legal Notice To Twitter India Managing


UP Police say there was nothing communal about the Ghaziabad assault incident

Highlights

  • Notice to Twitter India head for “provoking communal unrest”
  • Asked to report to a police station near Delhi to record statement
  • Earlier, questioned by Delhi police in “Congress toolkit” row

New Delhi:

The Uttar Pradesh Police has sent a legal notice to Twitter’s India head for “provoking communal unrest” in the case involving an assault on a Muslim man in Ghaziabad earlier this month.

Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director of Twitter in India, has been asked to report to a police station at Loni Border near Delhi and record his statement within seven days, news agency ANI reported on Friday.

“Some people used their Twitter handle as a tool to spread hatred in the society and Twitter Communication India and Twitter Inc did not take any action against it. They let the anti-social messages go viral,” the notice sent to Mr Maheshwari read.

A Parliamentary panel has called on Twitter to appear before it in Parliament Complex today at 4 pm and give representation on how to prevent misuse of social media and online news.

Mr Maheshwari was earlier questioned by a Delhi Police team in connection with the “Congress toolkit” controversy. The police travelled to Bengaluru to question him after serving notices and visiting Twitter’s offices in Delhi and Gurgaon.

The legal notice comes just days after Twitter, several journalists and Congress leaders were named in an FIR (first information report) in Ghaziabad over tweets sharing a video of the assault that took place on June 5.

The man, Sufi Abdul Samad, had alleged that his beard was cut off and he was forced to chant “Vande Mataram” and “Jai Shri Ram” by a group that assaulted him. UP Police say there was nothing communal about the incident; the man was attacked by six people — Hindus and Muslims – who were angry with him for allegedly selling fake good luck charms.

Abdul Samad’s family has denied police’s claims. “The police is wrong in saying that my father used to sell ‘tabeez’. No one in our family does this business. We are carpenters. The police are not saying the right thing – let them investigate and prove it,” said Babloo Saifi, Abdul Samad’s son.

The FIR against Twitter and eight others lists charges like provocation for rioting, promoting enmity between different groups,  acts intended to outrage religious feelings, mischief and criminal conspiracy.

This is the first case against the social media giant after the government’s new rules for online news publishing platforms came into effect on May 26. The microblogging site “has lost the legal shield”, sources in the government said, “as it failed to comply with the new IT rules” that require it to appoint key India-based officers. But on record, the government has not clarified whether Twitter has lost its intermediary status, which gives it immunity from third party content.

Yesterday, a second complaint was filed in Delhi, naming Twitter and actor Swara Bhasker among others, over “inflammatory tweets” on the assault on the Muslim man in Ghaziabad.





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Latest News Today – Twitter India Head Gets Legal Notice From UP Police Over


The Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday sent a legal notice to the Managing Director of Twitter India Manish Maheshwari regarding the viral video of the assault on an elderly man in Loni. The MD has been asked to record his statement after the microblogging site “let the anti-social messages go viral”.

According to the legal notice, the managing director has been asked to come to the Police Station at Loni Border and record the statement over the matter within seven days.

“Some people used their Twitter handle as a tool to spread hatred in the society and Twitter Communication India and Twitter did not take any action against it. They let the anti-social messages go viral,” the notice sent to the managing director read.

This comes after when Twitter has lost its status as an intermediary platform in India as it does not comply with new IT rules. According to the sources, Twitter is the only social media platform among the mainstream that has not adhered to the new laws.

Now, instead of being considered just a platform hosting content from various users, Twitter will be held directly editorially responsible for posts published on its platform.

The implication of this development is that if there is any charge against Twitter for alleged unlawful content it would be treated as a publisher – not an intermediary – and be liable for punishment under any law, including IT Act, as also the penal laws of the country, sources stated.

Earlier, a senior-level team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell questioned the Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari at Bengaluru over the ”Congress toolkit case” matter on May 31.

The Delhi Police had earlier sent a notice to Twitter, seeking an explanation from the microblogging platform to explain the rationale and share all the information on how it described the toolkit as manipulated media.

The police had also visited the Twitter India offices in Lado Sarai, Delhi, and Gurgaon on May 24 with the notice over the tagging some of the posts on an alleged Congress “toolkit” against the Central government, as “manipulated media”.

The Uttar Pradesh Police had confirmed that there is no communal angle in the incident in Loni and arrested five accused of assaulting the 72-year-old man. The police also stated that action would also be taken against the complainant for providing wrong facts.

The UP Police on Tuesday filed FIR against nine entities, including Twitter India in connection with the Loni incident.

In the FIR, the Police had said, “There is no communal angle to the incident in Loni where a man was thrashed and his beard was chopped off. The following entities – The Wire, Rana Ayyub, Mohammad Zubair, Dr Shama Mohammed, Saba Naqvi, Maskoor Usmani, Salman Nizami – without checking the fact, started giving communal colour to the incident on Twitter and suddenly they started spreading messages to disrupt the peace and bring differences between the religious communities.”






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Latest News Today – Twitter Gets ‘One Last Notice’ from Government to Comply


Citing non-compliance of New Intermediary Guideline Rules by Twitter, the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Saturday sent a final communication to Twitter asking them to comply immediately with the requirements of the new guidelines failing which resultant consequences as enjoined in the law shall follow.

A letter issued by the Ministry to the social media platform stated that the New Intermediary Guideline Rules have become effective from May 26. After expiry of three-month period given to social media intermediaries for compliance, Twitter is yet to appoint India based Chief Compliance Officer, Nodal Contact Person, and Grievance Officer.

“The provisions for significant social media intermediaries under the Rules have already come into force on May 26 2021 and it has been more than a week but Twitter has refused to comply with the provisions of these Rules. Needless to state, such noncompliance will lead to unintended consequences including Twitter losing exemption from liability as intermediary available under section 79 of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000. This has clearly been provided under rule 7 of the aforesaid Rules,” stated the letter.

It further said, “This is with reference to this Ministry’s letters dated May 26 2021 and May 28 2021 regarding compliance with the subject Rules and your corresponding responses dated May 28 2021 and June 2 2021. MeitY is dismayed to note that your responses to the Ministry’s letters neither address the clarifications sought by this Ministry nor indicate full compliance with the Rules.”

It also stated that it is clear from the responses of Twitter that till date has not informed about the details of the Chief Compliance Officer as required under the Rules, added that the Resident Grievance Officer and Nodal Contact Person nominated by the social media platform is not an employee of Twitter Inc. in India as prescribed in the Rules.

It also said that the office address of Twitter as mentioned by it is that of a law firm in India, which is also not as per the Rules.

The Ministry in its letter to Twitter stated that the refusal to comply demonstrates the social media platform’s lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform.

The world’s largest democracy has been among the first countries in the world, outside the parent country of Twitter Inc., to enthusiastically adopt the Twitter platform, said the Ministry, adding that despite being operational in India for more than a decade, it is beyond belief that Twitter Inc. has doggedly refused to create mechanisms that will enable the people of India to resolve their issues on the platform in a timely and transparent manner and through fair processes, by India based, clearly identified resources.

Leave alone proactively creating such a mechanism, Twitter Inc. is in the inglorious bracket of refusing to do so even when mandated by law, it added.

The ministry further stated that the people of India, who use the Twitter platform, deserve and demand a fair mechanism to address their grievances and resolve their disputes. Users who are abused on the platform or are harassed or are subject to defamation or sexual abuse or become victims or a whole range of other abusive content must get a redressal mechanism that the same people of India have created through a due process of law, it said.

“Though with effect from May 26 2021, in view of Twitter Inc’s non-compliance with the Rules as noted above, consequences follow. However, as gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc. is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the Rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under section 79 of the IT Act, 2000 shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India,” the ministry’s letter to Twitter concluded.

This comes amid withdrawal of verified blue badge by Twitter from the verified accounts of Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and several Sangh functionaries.

Twitter had removed the blue badge from the personal Twitter handle of Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu, @MVenkaiahNaidu. Although, the official handle of the Vice President of India @VPSecretariat continues to have the blue badge. Later today, issuing clarification that since the account was inactive since July 2020, as per Twitter verification policy, the social media platform may remove the blue verified badge and verified status if the account becomes inactive or is incomplete, the badge was restored.


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Latest News Today – Bengal Bureaucrat To Centre’s Notice


Centre sent Alapan Bandyopadhyay a show-cause notice asking him to explain his absence from PM meet

New Delhi:

The Bengal bureaucrat at the heart of the latest clash between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has replied to the Centre’s notice accusing him of skipping the PM’s meeting last week. Former Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay has said in his response that he did not “abstain” from PM Modi’s Cyclone Yaas meeting at Kalaikunda in Bengal and that he was there “till the Chief Minister was there”.

He has said “as per the directive of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee”, he left the PM’s meeting last Friday for a review of the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas in Digha town, according to sources quoted by Press Trust of India.

For allegedly missing PM Modi’s meet along with Mamata Banerjee, Mr Bandyopadhyay was transferred to the Centre and ordered to report to Delhi on his last day of service and serve three months of his extension there.

Mamata Banerjee refused to release him and Mr Bandyopadhyay chose to retire instead of moving to Delhi, after which he was appointed Chief Adviser to the Chief Minister.

Just hours before his retirement on Monday, the Centre sent him the show-cause notice asking him to explain his absence from PM Modi’s meeting.

Mamata Banerjee and her team had left after a brief interaction with the Prime Minister at the air base where he had landed after an aerial review of the Odisha and Bengal coastline. The Chief Minister’s refusal to stay and attend the meeting was partly linked to the presence of her former aide-turned-BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari at the meeting as Leader of Opposition.

She has since asserted she had other scheduled meetings and had left only with the Prime Minister’s permission.

The show cause notice to Mr Bandyopadhyay accused him of making PM Modi and other members of his entourage wait for nearly 15 minutes.

“In view of the absence, the Chief Secretary (Mr Bandyopadhay) was called by an official as to whether they wanted to participate in the review meeting or not. Thereafter, Chief Secretary arrived along with Chief Minister of West Bengal inside the meeting room and left thereafter immediately,” the Centre said.

OnTuesday, government sources defended its actions, saying the Chief Secretary, as an All India Services officer, “chose to ignore his constitutional duties”.

Government sources said his retirement showed that Mamata Banerjee was on the backfoot. “She knows that facts of the matter are against the Chief Secretary and his behaviour was such that it will invite strict disciplinary action… All India officers are not expected to be part of politics. Mamata knows all this and his retirement is a last bid to save him,” they said.



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Latest News Today – Bengal Chief Secretary, Now In Team Mamata, Gets Notice


Alapan Bandyopadhyay retired as Chief Secretary and is now Chief Adviser to the Bengal government

Highlights

  • The top officer retired yesterday as Bengal’s Chief Secretary
  • Was called back by the centre after Mamata Banerjee skipped PM’s meet
  • The officer has been made adviser to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

New Delhi:

Alapan Bandopadhyay, the officer in the core of the latest flashpoint between Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been served notice by the Centre for skipping a meeting chaired by the PM.

Mr Bandyopadhyay retired yesterday as Bengal’s Chief Secretary and was immediately appointed Chief Adviser by Mamata Banerjee, who had refused to release him after the Centre ordered his transfer on Friday.

A show-cause notice put out last evening asks him to explain his absence from PM Modi’s meeting on Cyclone Yaas in Bengal. The Centre has served notice under the Disaster Management Act and asked Mr Bandopadhyay to respond within three days.

Mamata Banerjee and her team had on Friday begged off the meeting with PM Modi to review the impact of Cyclone Yaas in Bengal and left after a brief interaction with the Prime Minister at the air base where he had landed after an aerial review. One of her reasons for doing so was the presence of her former aide-turned-BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari at the meeting.

Mamata Banerjee has since asserted she had other scheduled meetings and due to bad weather had to fly out for those at the earliest. She also said she left only with the Prime Minister’s permission.

The Centre later accused her of behaving in an “ugly, disrespectful and arrogant manner” and insulting PM Modi. The same evening, Ms Banerjee’s top officer, Mr Bandopadhyay, received a recall order and was asked to report to the Centre on Monday.

The Centre’s show cause notice steers clear of the fact that Mr Bandopadhyay did not do so yesterday. Ms Banerjee hit out at the Centre for not giving a reason for summoning Bengal’s top bureaucrat to Delhi, calling it “vendetta” and adding that she had never seen anything so “heartless”.

The show cause notice to Mr Bandyopadhyay focuses on the review meet controversy and says on Friday, PM Modi and other members of his entourage waited for nearly 15 minutes for the officers of the Bengal government to arrive.

“In view of the absence, the Chief Secretary (Mr Bandyopadhay) was called by an official as to whether they wanted to participate in the review meeting or not. Thereafter, Chief Secretary arrived along with Chief Minister of West Bengal inside the meeting room and left thereafter immediately,” the Centre says.

The notice has been issued on the premise that the meeting that the officer failed to attend involved “affairs of the Centre”.

The law says it’s the state government that can take disciplinary action against an officer working under the state, but in this case, the notice follows the argument that the Chief Secretary “refused to attend” a review meet called by the Centre.



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Latest News Today – Delhi Schools Shut Until Further Notice Amid Spike In


Students of Classes 9 through 12 were attending classes in Delhi.

New Delhi:

All schools and colleges will be closed in Delhi given the huge rise in coronavirus cases in the capital, along with other parts of the country, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday.

Several states and territories including Delhi have announced new restrictions such as night curfews amid a new wave of COVID-19 that has pushed infection numbers to record highs. On Thursday, the daily case count in the capital breached the 7,000-mark for the first time this year.

Most of the classes were already suspended in Delhi but students from Class 9 through 12 were attending school if permitted by their parents because of their board exams.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which governs thousands of schools across the country has faced criticism from the opposition for going ahead of the exams despite the spike.

“It is downright irresponsible of boards like the CBSE to force students to sit for exams under the prevailing circumstances. Board exams should either be cancelled, rescheduled or arranged in a manner that does not require the physical presence of children at crowded exam centres,” Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Twitter.

The CBSE has announced that Class 10 examinations will be held between May 4 and June 7 and those for Class 12 would be held between May 4 and June 15.

Usually, practical exams are conducted in January and written exams begin in February and conclude in March.

There have been demands from students for holding online examinations and over one lakh students have already signed a petition to the CBSE for the cause.

CBSE officials, however, said as per COVID guidelines, exam centres across the country have been increased by 40-50 per cent to ensure social distancing among students.

Schools across the country were closed in March last year to contain the spread of COVID-19 ahead of a nationwide lockdown.

Several states started reopening the schools partially from October last year, but physical classes are again being suspended in view of the massive rise in coronavirus cases.

India reported nearly 1.32 lakh new infections and 780 deaths on Friday – the biggest daily increase in fatalities since mid-October. Most of the cases again came from Maharashtra, home to financial capital Mumbai.

Inching closer to Brazil’s 1.32 crore caseload, the number of coronavirus cases in India has swelled to 1.3 crore – the third-highest after the United States and the South American country – and total deaths to 1,67,642.

The government blames the resurgence mainly on crowding and a reluctance to wear masks as businesses had nearly fully reopened since February, only to be partially shut down again as case have galloped.

Election rallies, where politicians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have greeted hundreds of thousands of supporters, most of them not wearing masks, continued this week despite the record surge in cases.

(With inputs from PTI)



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Latest News Today – Mamata Banerjee Gets Election Commission Notice For


Mamata Banerjee has already been “warned” by the Election Commission (File)

New Delhi:

The Election Commission on Wednesday evening issued a notice to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for “openly demanding votes on communal grounds” while campaigning in Tarakeshwar in Hooghly district on April 3, ahead of the third phase of elections.

Ms Banerjee, 66, has been directed to explain her remarks within 48 hours of receipt of the notice, failing which the Commission said it would “take a decision without further reference to you”.

The notice is based on a complaint by a BJP delegation led by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

According to the poll body, the complaint refers to the following section of Ms Banerjee’s speech.

“… I am requesting my minority brothers and sisters with folded hands… don’t divide the minority votes after listening to the devil… who had taken money from the BJP… He passes many communal statements and initiates clashes between Hindus and Muslims… comrades of the CPM and BIP is roaming around with money given by BJP to divide the minority votes”.

The comments, the poll body said, violated the RP Act and the Model Code of Conduct.

Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra then hit back, tweeting: “Mamatadi issued notice by Election Commission on BJP’s complaints. What about TMC complaints… at least keep up the farce of impartiality”.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi – campaigning in Cooch Behar ahead of the fourth phase on April 10 – took a swipe at Ms Banerjee over these comments.

Didi (Ms Banerjee), recently you said all Muslims should unite and not allow their votes to be divided… means you are convinced the Muslim vote bank has also gone out of your hands, the Muslims have also turned away from you,” the Prime Minister said.

“Had we said the same thing that all Hindus should unite, everybody would have criticised us. The EC would have sent us notices. We would have been censured,” PM Modi added.

Muslims constitute about 27 per cent of Bengal’s population and, in earlier elections, they were a reliable vote bank for Ms Banerjee. In this poll though, the entry of two Muslim leaders – AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and a religious leader from Furfura Sharif – has complicated matters.

The Chief Minister has been openly critical about both – linking them to the BJP and its attempts, she says, to split Muslim votes and ensure that it does not come to her party.

“A traitor has emerged from Furfura Sharif who has taken money from the BJP. You must remember you (the BJP) can’t win in Bengal through treachery,” she had said.

The Election Commission and Ms Banerjee have sparred several times over the course of a crass campaign, including last week, when she was warned over a “factually incorrect” complaint.

Ms Banerjee had visited a polling booth at Nandigram – the scene of her 2011 triumph and from where she is taking on protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari this year.

While there she was stuck inside a room as BJP and Trinamool supporters faced off outside. Ms Banerjee accused the poll body of failing to maintain law and order during polling.

The Commission hit back and said Ms Banerjee’s action were fraught with “immense potential to have adverse effect on the law and order across West Bengal and maybe in some other states”.

Bengal votes next on April 10, with four more phases after that. Results will be declared May 2.

With input from PTI





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