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Row Over BJP Leader’s Jibe Against Actors Fielded By Party In Bengal

Tathagata Roy said contesting the polls involves large expenses. (File)

Kolkata:

Veteran BJP leader Tathagata Roy, known for his controversial comments, triggered fresh row Tuesday for his tweet that some actor-turned-BJP candidates who never had anything to do with politics were fielded by the party only to concede electoral defeat in the West Bengal assembly poll.

He called three new political entrants from the tinsel world in BJP who were defeated by big margins as “politically stupid”.

Mr Roy tweeted that a BJP ticket to contest an election involves lots of expense to run the poll campaign.

“Film and TV actors who never had anything to do with politics, let alone BJP, were handed tickets by BJPs election management team. Parno Mitra (Baranagar), Srabanti Chatterjee (Behala West), Payel Sarkar (Behala East). These women were so politically stupid that they had gone on a steamer trip with TMCs playboy-politician Madan Mitra less than a month before elections and shot selfies with him. All were roundly defeated,” he wrote.

Mr Roy, however, soon tweeted a correction on the thread saying he meant Tanusree Chakraborty and not Parno Mitra as having shot selfies with Madan Mitra and “regretted the error”.

Ms Tanusree had contested from Shyampur in Howrah district on a BJP ticket and had been defeated.

Tagging the BJP top brass in the tweet, he asked “What great qualities were these women possessed of? Kailash Vijayvargiya, Dilip Ghosh & Co must answer.”

He said contesting the polls involves large expenses.

“It must not be forgotten that a BJP electoral ticket carries with it substantial money for running the election. Or for other purposes!”

Kanchan Mallick, a screen actor who fought on a Trinamool ticket and won the Uttarpara seat, reacted strongly to Mr Roy’s jibe at his industry colleagues. “It is insulting for them even though they belong to my rival party,” he said.

“He (Roy) cannot use such words just because they lost the battle and belonged to industry,” Ms Mallick told reporters.

Interestingly Mr Roy did not comment on actor Hiron Chatterjee, who switched over from Trinamool and was nominated by BJP from Kharagpur, contested for the first time and won.

A BJP leader said Mr Roy’s comment was his own and the party does not endorse such views.

None of the actors were available for comment.

Recently Mr Roy had entered into a verbal duel in the social media with actor-turned-Trinamool Congress leader Saayoni Ghosh over her views on certain matters and had filed a police complaint against her for a tweet posted years ago on the ground that it hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.

Ms Saayoni was fielded by Trinamool Congress from Asansol South and lost to Agnimitra Paul of BJP.





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9.36 am: India registers 3,11,170 new coronavirus cases today, pushing the country’s tally of infections since the pandemic began to 2,46,84,077. The toll rises by 4,077 to 2,70,284. The number of active cases stand at 36,18,458, while the recoveries climb to 2,07,95,335.



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The police in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday arrested 21 people for expressing solidarity with Palestinians and holding protests against Israel’s military actions in Gaza, The Hindu reported.

The police called the demonstrations an attempt “to engineer and incite violence on streets” of the Valley. Inspector General Vijay Kumar told The Hindu that 20 people were booked in Srinagar and one was held in Shopian.

The crackdown came a day after protests were held in Srinagar’s Padshahi Bagh and Safa Kadal areas, where a small group burnt an Israeli flag and drew graffiti in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and Jerusalem. The families of those detained alleged that the police conducted midnight raids against the protestors, according to The Hindu.

Among those arrested included Kashmir-based artist Mudasir Gul, who was held for painting pro-Palestinian graffiti on a bridge in Srinagar on Friday. The artwork showed a woman wearing a scarf made of a Palestinian flag and a tear tricking from her eye, with the words: “WE ARE PALESTINE.” The graffiti was later painted over by police, according to The Kashmir Walla.

Besides Gul, a Muslim cleric, Sarjan Barkati, was was taken into preventive custody on Friday for violating Covid-19 lockdown. However, unidentified officials told The Print the preacher’s detention came after a video of him extending support to Palestine surfaced on social media.

The Hindu reported that Barkati had “addressed people during Id [Eid] prayers” and “prayed for Palestine”.

The police in a statement said they were keeping a “close watch on elements who are attempting to leverage the unfortunate situation in Palestine to disturb public peace and order” in Kashmir. The statement said police were “sensitive to public anguish” but wouldn’t allow its “cynical encashment” to “trigger violence, lawlessness and disorder”.

“All irresponsible social media comments that result in actual violence and breaking of law including COVID-19 protocol will attract legal action,” the police added.

Israel’s actions in Palestine

At least 139 people, including several children, have been killed in Gaza since Israeli attacks began earlier this week, the AP reported. Israeli military said the airstrikes were in retaliation for the Palestinian militant group Hamas firing rockets into Israel, but experts have pointed out that the escalation was a result of Tel Aviv’s own actions in Sheikh Jarrah.

At the heart of the conflict is an Israeli Supreme Court hearing, which was due on May 10, in a long-running legal case about whether several Palestinian families would be evicted from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, a neighbourhood near Damascus Gate that was given to Israeli settlers.

As the court hearing neared, Palestinians and Left-wing Israelis began holding larger demonstrations, saying more evictions could cause a domino effect throughout the overwhelmingly Palestinian neighbourhood.

Tensions escalated when Israeli security forces firing rubber-coated bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at worshipers gathered at Al-Aqsa mosque on May 7. On May 15, the country’s military demolished a high-rise building in Gaza housing the offices of Al Jazeera and the AP.

Multiple countries have condemned the violence. India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said New Delhi was deeply concerned about the clashes and violence in Haram Al Sharif and Temple Mount and the evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods. India has called on both sides to avoid changing the status-quo on the ground.





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