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Rajya Sabha polls: Blow to MVA as BJP snatches 3 seats in Maharashtra, Congress wins as many in Rajasthan


Source: India Today
Published: Jun 11, 2022

Amid allegations of cross-voting and rule violations, the BJP came out on top with eight seats in the fiercely contested Rajya Sabha polls held on Friday. The MVA alliance faced a setback in Maharashtra while the Congress was upstaged in Haryana. Here are the highlights from the results


Source: India Today
Published: Jun 17, 2022

Riots handiwork of greedy leaders: Mamata Banerjee over Prophet remarks row

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that riots are the handiwork of "greedy leaders who have their minds full of black dirt" and never by people of any religious community.


Banerjee was speaking at a programme at Kolkata's famed Dakshineswar Temple. She reached the temple directly from the airport on her return from Delhi where she went for a meeting of the opposition parties on the July presidential poll.


The Bengal CM said, “Let’s come and read Ramakrishna. A few words of Ramkrishna are enough to understand him. When life has no surety, why should we fight? Why should we spread hatred or kill each other? We must understand it. I am not talking about any particular religion, but about all religions. Remember it is not the common people who create riots, but some greedy leaders who have their minds full of black dirt," she said.


Her comments came on the backdrop of violence across the country over the alleged controversial comments on Prophet Mohammad by suspended BJP leaders.


Meanwhile, referring to the protests in different parts of the state by a section of unsuccessful Higher Secondary students, the chief minister said "I have never heard such a thing in my life. They are demanding that they be declared successful though they have failed. It is not their fault, but of those who are guiding them".

The century-old Dakshineswar temple has recently been renovated. Mamata Banerjee visited the temple post renovation.

The Bengal CM alleged that the Centre had set several conditions for the renovation work of the temple. “The trustees of Dakshineswar temple did every possible thing they could. They were called by Delhi but they were given some conditions. Then I called them and said you should not beg anything from others. Whenever you need anything, tell me," Mamata Banerjee said.


Bengal had witnessed a spree of violent incidents in Howrah and parts of Murshidabad and Nadia districts in protest against Sharma's remarks on Prophet Mohammad which led the administration to impose section 144 Cr PC and suspend internet connections.