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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

န The West Bengal CM Tries To Pacify Angry Villagers

Aila survivors jeer Buddha, call him inefficient CM
Hingalganj, 2 June : West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was heckled and jeered by inmates of a relief camp for the second time in three days on Tuesday when he visited the cyclone-hit North 24-Parganas district while a local CPI(M) MLA was smeared with mud.
"You are an inefficient chief minister. You deserve a garland of shoes. What have you done for the development of the Sunderbans in the last five years?" the hungry cyclone victims shouted at Bhattacharjee at the end of his visit to a relief camp set up at AVS Madan Mohan Vidyapith in Hingalganj.
The inmates kept complaining in raised voice that inadequate relief had been sent by the state government and staged a demonstration before the chief minister. A visibly peeved Bhattacharjee was heard saying, "I will furnish all details of (what the government has done for the Sunderbans people)."
As the crowd kept shouting at the chief minister, securitymen threw a cordon around him and escorted him safely. Bhattacharjee had faced a similar ordeal last Sunday when he visited Gosaba in worst-hit South 24-Parganas district. Hundreds of cyclone victims had then booed, staged demonstrations and even at one point threatened to surround him over allegations of inadequate relief supply. Hours before the chief minister arrived, a crowd of cyclone victims heckled a CPI(M) MLA of the area for allegedly appearing on the scene only 10 days after the tragedy.
Gopal Gayen, MLA (Hingalganj), was abused, made to walk through mud and slush and some even smeared him with mud as he arrived at Sandalerbil village to meet the cyclone victims at a relief camp.

Top AGP CC leader Nilotpal Choudhury resigns
Silchar, 2 June : AGP central committee member Nilotpal Choudhury resigned from the party today while addressing a press meet. Choudhury said, the recent general election had proved that regional politics had lost its relevance. Choudhury, who is also an executive director of a local newspaper group however maintained that he would engage himself with popular issues.

Ham radio team tunes into relief work
Kolkata, 2 June : A team from India's National Institute of Amateur Radio have been asked by the state government to help with relief work. A three-member team of the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) reached Monday night with Ham Radio equipment to help the state government in relief work. The team has been requested by the state government to set up makeshift radio stations in the flood-affected areas of South and North 24-Parganas.
NIAR director Ram Mohan said they had received a letter from the North 24-Parganas district magistrate's office, asking them to send HAM radio equipment to the flood-affected areas of the district to help them in conducting relief and rescue work.
"We received a letter from the additional DM of North 24-Parganas to assist them in the flood-affected areas of the district. We are immediately sending a team to Kolkata with satellite radio equipment," said Ram Mohan.

Tripura gives Rs.5 mn to cyclone-hit West Bengal
Agartala, 2 June : Tripura Tuesday decided to give Rs.5 million to cyclone-hit West Bengal to help in the relief relief efforts.
“The people of Tripura are confident that with the resilience of the people and the adequate support of the central government, the West Bengal government would come out of this situation,” Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said in a letter to his West Bengal counterpart Bhudhadeb Bhattacharjee.
The Tripura unit of the CPI(M) has decided to collect money from the public in support of West Bengal’s cyclone victims. “Our party men will fan out across the state from 5 June to collect donation from the people for the aid of those affected by the cyclone,” Bijon Dhar, secretary of the CPI(M) Tripura committee, told Bengal Newz today.

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