YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 26 C MIN 22 C STOCK MARKET BOOM HIDES MUCH MORE THAN IT REVEALS OPINION Rainfall may occur. YOGI ADDS NEW MINISTERS INCLUDING JITIN PRASADA AHEAD OF POLLS NATION Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA MONDAY, 27 SEPT, 2021 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 131 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Tejashwi writes to Mamata, Sonia and others on caste-based census Mamata attacks BJP over Assam incident Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an election campaign in Kolkata on Sunday MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress supremo and Bhawanipore by-poll candidate for the party, took the campaign trail by storm on the last Sunday before the by-elections on September 30. She fired a new salvo at the BJP. Mamata Banerjee attacked the BJP government in Assam for shooting at 'infiltrators' in Assam in the context of the deaths of two people in indiscriminate police firing. 'The BJP is a dancing dragon' Mamata slammed the BJP in the sharpest of terms. In Assam, the police are dancing on corpses. Is it the work of a political party? Or do they like it? " As her Rome tour was cancelled by the Central government, Mamata Banerjee again took potshots at the BJP. On the other hand, the Chief Minister stated her support once again for the agitating farmers in Singhu border near Delhi but did not show her support for the Bharat Bandh called by them on Monday. The Chief Minister paid tribute to Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar by tweeting on his 201st birth anniversary. She wrote, 'Tribute to Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on his birth anniversary. He was a great social reformer. He fought relentlessly for justice and equality. We are indebted to him.' The Chief Minister also gave a message to the people about the Congress Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee speaks to nephew Abhishek Banerjee at an election rally in Kolkata on Sunday and CPM. She said, " In Bhawanipore we want to do the poll now. Not more than 40-50 per cent of the votes are cast here, that's what I'm used to. But now everyone should pledge to cast his or her vote. BJP-Congress-CPM Jagai-Madhai-Gadai (like friends). They will do a lot many things. Keep your cool, cast your vote for me. " The by-election in Bhawanipore is scheduled to be held on September 30. Before that it was the last Sunday's campaign. It was already declared that Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee will hold a meeting at the same time at Jadubabu Bazar in Padmapukur of the Bhawanipore Assembly constituency. The meeting was also held on a rainy day. Abhishek-Mamata appeared on the stage at the decided time. After Abhishek's speech, Mamata started her campaign. At the beginning, she congratulated the people of Bhawanipore. Comparing Bhawanipore with 'Mini India', she said, "Bhawanipore is little India. Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Persians, Christians - people of all faiths live in harmony here. And from here the new fight is beginning. This time we will reach every corner of the country." Mamata then launched a vicious attack on the BJP. In this context, she first mentioned the issue of Section 144 in Tripura and the Chief Minister Biplab Deb. The Chief Minister of Tripura MI NEWS SERVICE says, what will the court do? Defamation case can be filed against him for such comments. I have this video, I will give it to you. Abhishek is being prevented by imposing Section 144. And outsiders are coming in Bengal to provoke " "Our relationship is with all communities," she said, referring to the foreign ministry's objections to her visit in Rome. May that relationship last. That is why Bengal is called for peace conference. And you are being told you can't go. You are unfit. Who will decide who is unfit or not?" Singer Nachiketa Chakraborty appeared on the stage in the middle of Mamata Banerjee's speech. Mamata greeted him and asked him to sing. She said, "He is here, I am very happy. He will also go to Kalighat after this meeting. But he will sing a song. I like his songs very much." Earlier, Mamata Banerjee on Saturday hit out at the Centre and drew parallels between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Taliban. "We have to protect our freedom. 'Talibani' BJP cannot rule in India... TMC alone is enough to defeat BJP. 'Khela' will start from Bhawanipore and will finish after we win in the entire nation," she said during a public meeting at Shakespeare Sarani today. PATNA/KOLKATA: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav reached out to non-BJP leaders across the country seeking their support on the issue of caste-based census for backward classes, which has received a cold shoulder from the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. Two days after the Union government told the Supreme Court that it had taken a conscious policy decision not to undertake enumeration of OBCs and EBCs which it deemed administratively cumbersome, Yadav, leader of the opposition in the Bihar Assembly, shot off letters to politicians as diverse as Nitish Kumar, Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal. In the strongly-worded letter addressed to a total of 33 recipients, Yadav said it bears repeating for a brazenly callous government that the caste system, which Dr B R Ambedkar referred to as a system of graded inequality, has been a great source of disadvantage for a significantly large section of population. The Centre has agreed for a head count of only the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, much to the chagrin of the numerically powerful OBCs who have dominated politics in Hindi belt, particularly Bihar, since the 1990s. Yadav, whose father Lalu Prasad and his arch rival Chief Minister Nitish Kumar owe their rise in politics to the Mandal Commission movement for OBC empowerment, said in his letter, we need to join our hands and push the government of the day on the issue of castebased census. I am open to suggestions and inputs from you so that we immediately prepare our plan of action in this regard without any further delay, said Yadav, who was a part of an all-party delegation headed by Nitish Kumar that had recently met the Prime Minister to press the demand. All non-BJP Chief Ministers, including Uddhav Thackeray, M K Stalin, Naveen Patnaik, K Chandrasekhar Rao and Jaganmohan Reddy, besides heads of political parties not aligned with the NDA like Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Parkash Singh Badal and Sitaram Yechury have been marked a copy of the letter. The NDA's alliance partners in Bihar, including Kumar, Hindustani Awam Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and Vikassheel Insaan Party president Mukesh Sahni also figure in the list. So does LJP's Chirag Paswan though, interestingly, his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras who heads a rival faction of the party and is a Union minister is not among the recipients. Similarly, Akhtarul Iman, State president of the AIMIM, has been sent the letter but not the party chief Asaduddin Owaisi who claims to be equidistant from the BJP and mainstream secular parties like the Congress and its allies, including RJD. Former Chelsea goalkeeping coach joins SC East Bengal MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: English Premier League giants Chelsea's former goalkeeping coach Leslie Cleevely has been roped in by SC East Bengal to help their shotstoppers this season, the club announced on Sunday. Cleevely joins head coach Manuel 'Manolo' Diaz's coaching team after a successful stint with the Bangladesh senior national team. "I have experience of working in this part of world. Being part of Bangladesh national team set-up where fans are very passionate about their football, I understand the sentiment AT A GLANCE CYCLONE GULAB'S LANDFALL PROCESS BEGINS: IMD BHUBANESWAR: The landfall process of cyclone Gulab has started on Sunday evening and it may continue for about three hours, the India Meteorological Department said here. The system hit the landmass between Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh and Gopalpur in Odisha. As per the latest meteorological observations, the cloud bands have touched the coastal regions and thus the landfall process has commenced over north coastal AP and adjoining south coastal Odisha,? the IMD said. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 33,624,419 TOTAL DEATHS: 446,690 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 232,016,694 TOTAL DEATHS: 4,753,534 well. SC East Bengal is a massive football club and I am proud to be part of that," said Cleevely. "I have done my homework on the goalkeepers we have and I will do what needs to be done to bring the best out of them. All three goalkeepers are experienced and I am sure they will come out with flying colours," he added. Arindam Bhattacharya, Sankar Roy and Suvam Sen are the three goalkeepers for SC East Bengal this season. Cleevely, a UEFA 'A' Licence holder, has over 20 years of coaching experience, having started his career at Milwall FC in 1997. Cleevely worked closely with Edwin van der Sar and Mark Taylor at Fulham FC between 1999-2002 before moving to Crystal Palace where he became the first team goalkeeper coach and lead academy goalkeeper coach under Steve Kember. The 56-year old was also at Tottenham Hotspur as academy goalkeeper coach before jumping ship to Chelsea in 2007 where he spent four years, working in the academy as well as helping the senior team as and when required. At the EPL side, Cleevely helped Petr Cech, Carlo Cudicini and Hilario get better between the sticks. Leslie Cleevely Cleevely was part of the Carshalton Academy as well before shifting base to Bangladesh in 2020 where he was the senior team goalkeeper coach. As a player, Cleevely was an understudy to the great Peter Shilton at Southampton for more than a year, besides also turning out for Crystal Palace and Notts County. He has played over 1000 games at senior level in nonLeague football in England, making 110 appearances for Farnborough Town. Cleevely won several trophies, including player of the year on four occasions with Carshalton Athletic, a team he led in over 100 games. He was also at Sutton United, playing over 150 games and also captaining the side. Incidentally, Cleevely replaced Bobby Mimms at the Bangladesh national team. Mimms joined SC East Bengal last season as part of Robbie Fowler's backroom staff. Cleevely now takes over from Mimms as the red and gold camp prepare for their second season in the top league of the country. SC East Bengal will face Jamshedpur FC in their opening game of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season on November 21 at Tilak Maidan in Goa. PM Modi clocks 20 meetings in his for Naxal-affected dists 65-hour stay in US Nitish, Soren step up pressure CM demands more assistance from centre on govt for caste census NEW DELHI: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Sunday led an all party delegation of the state to the Home Minister and demanded caste based census in the country. The delegation had all political parties of Jharkhand and it submitted a memorandum to the Home Minister demanding the same. Hemant Soren said, "It's necessary that the caste census should be conducted to ascertain the condition and population of different castes." Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is in Delhi too, said it's a legitimate demand and the need of the hour. "We will hold all parry meeting, caste census must take place. It will help make policies for the people," he said. OBC Muslim group too has pressed for caste based census and Momin Conference held a meeting on Sunday and condemned the government's affidavit in the Supreme Court. Its national president Shakiluzzaman Ansari said, "we will start a movement to put pressure on the government." The Centre had on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that population census is not the ideal instrument for collection of Jharkhand to curb extremism, the CM said, “In Jharkhand, effective action RANCHI: Chief Minister (CM) Hemant is being taken against the LWE organSoren on Sunday sought increase in izations by establishing better coordicentre’s contribution in development nation mechanisms between the cenof tribal areas and extension of the tral and state police forces. Specific special central assistance for the intelligence input based operations LWE-affected districts. are being conducted in the extremely Taking part in a meeting chaired sensitive areas, due to which there by home minister Amit Shah in New has been a steady reduction in naxal Delhi on LWE scenario of states the violence." CM also highlighted the measures Soren stated, “"As a result of these taken by his government operations, the presence to eradicate the naxals. of hardcore extremists in ‘IN JHARKHAND, He assured that with betthe state has been limitEFFECTIVE ACTION IS ter centre-state coordinaed to mainly four BEING TAKEN AGAINST tion the war against the regions, namely THE LWE ORGANIZAextremists would be won. Parasnath Pahar, Budha TIONS BY ESTABLISHThe CM further said, Pahar, tri-junction of ING BETTER COORDI“Whereas it does not Seraikela-KhuntiNATION MECHANISMS seem pragmatic on the Chaibasa district, Kolhan BETWEEN THE CENpart of the Government of area and some areas TRAL AND STATE India to demand money along the Bihar border. I POLICE FORCES. from the State hope that if these operaSPECIFIC INTELLIGovernments for the tions are continued with GENCE INPUT BASED deployment of central the same intensity, then OPERATIONS ARE security forces, I have that day is not far when BEING CONDUCTED IN been informed that till LWE can be wiped out THE STATE. now a bill of Rs 10,000 from these places as crore has been raised by well." the Ministry of Home He said that 196 Affairs against the state of Jharkhand extremist incidents were reported in in this regard. It is my humble request the year 2016, which has come down that these bills be written off. Also, to 126 in the year 2020. Similarly, 61 the GoI should take a decision not to civilians were killed by extremists in send such bills to the state govern- the year 2016, whereas this number ments in the future." was 28 in the year 2020, the CM menDetailing on the steps taken by tioned. SANJAY SAHAY An all-party delegation led by Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren submits a memorandum to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding the caste-based census, in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI details on caste, and that the Maharashtra government's plea seeking census data on other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the state should not be entertained, as "the caste Census of Backward Classes is administratively difficult and cumbersome". In an affidavit filed before the top court, the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry said: "Each time, the view has consistently been that the caste Census of Backward Classes is administratively difficult and cumbersome; it has suffered and will suffer both on account of completeness and accuracy of the data." The Centre said it is not feasible to collect information on Backward Class of Citizens (BCC) in the upcoming Census, with its affidavit citing "practical difficulties" in ascertaining an identification criterion for backward classes. "The population census is not ideal instrument for collection of details on caste... there are two separate OBCs lists viz Central list and state list. Unlike SCs and STs lists, the lists of OBCs are not exclusively central subjects," it added. NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's threeday trip to the United States was packed with meetings as he attended 20 of them during the around 65 hours he spent in the country, government sources said on Sunday. He also had four long meetings in flights with officials on the way to and back from the US, they added. Sharing details, sources said Modi had two meetings in flight on Wednesday on the way to the US and three in the hotel upon his arrival. On September 23, he had five meetings with as many CEOs followed by talks with US Vice President Kamala Harris and bilateral interactions with his Japanese and Australian counterparts Yoshihide Suga and Scott Morrison respectively. He also chaired three internal meetings. He had a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden the next day and then attended the Quad meet. Sources said Modi also held four internal meetings on September 24. As Modi left the US for India on September 25, he held two meetings in the flight back, sources said. The prime minister is known to keep a busy schedule on his overseas trips, packing his stay with important meetings.