Banerjee suffers a setback due to cut money scam


Trinamool Congress has been facing a backlash since last week due to ‘cut money’ scams all over the state. The Hoogly district unit president, Tapan Dasgupta was replaced by Dilip Yadav who is well known local leader. People who had allegedly claimed to have paid ‘cut money’ to reap some of the governmental benefits demonstrated outside Dasgupta’s house in Phulpukur. Dasgupta, denied any such claims. He stated that he is still responsible for the agricultural marketing portfolio but new people should also get a chance to contribute.

Taking a step back to reasses their defeat in their home turf Kerala, CPI(M) has initiated a new strategy by asking its cadres to begin a mass contact programme. This step, Politburo believes will allow theparty to reconnect with people and win back the lost ground. In the Lok Sabha elections this year, CPI(M) managed to win one seat while the Congress and its allies won the remaining 19.

An FIR (First Information Report) has been lodged against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy over alleged remarks against congress ex president Rahul Gandhi. The  FIR was registered at Patthalgaon police station on the night of July 6, Jashpur Superintendent of Police Shankar Lal Baghel said Swamy had alleged that Rahul Gandhi takes cocaine. The case has been registered under Indian Penal Code Sections 504 (intentional insult with an intent to provoke breach of peace), 505(2) (intent to incite any class or community of a person) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment). Various wings have congress have been filing  fir since 6th of July against the veteran bjp leader and he stands accused in various cases now.

Two congress legislators namely Scindia and Deora resign from their posts. Jyotiraditya Scindia was appointed general secretary as in-charge of western Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. While, Deora had contested an unsuccessful Lok Sabha poll from Mumbai-South constituency and had lost to Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant. Their resignations have deepened the crisis in congress.

Trinamool Congress suffered a setback from the ‘cut money’ scam which has allowed the BJP to firmly place themselves  in Bengal political sphere. TMC leader, Pradip Chatterjee was seen collecting money from the local shopkeepers on July 2. He denied these charges saying that people usually donate voluntarily but that amount is being returned.