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Explosives found near Mamata's rally venue

A day after a fire broke out in the West Bengal CM’s room, a bomb disposal squad found explosives near her rally venue; five people have been detained so far

Kolkata: A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a narrow escape when a fire broke out in her hotel room, some explosives were recovered few kilometres away from her rally venue in Birbhum district yesterday, police said.

“We have seized some explosives from under a culvert on the Suri-Bolpur Road. While the chief minister has been travelling in a chopper, the explosives were found few kilometres away from the party rally venue hours before she attended it,” said Birbhum’s Superintendent of Police RM Khan. He said a bomb disposal squad was immediately sent to the spot and five people have been detained in this connection.

Threat to life
“There is a concerted effort to eliminate me because they know they cannot stop me,” Banerjee had said addressing a party rally in Nalhati. The Trinamool Congress, which termed the Malda incident a “deep, devious conspiracy”, wrote to the Election Commission blaming it for the failure to provide security to the chief minister iterating the conspiracy theory.

Mayawati bares her pm ambitions
Agra: A day after Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said he would stake claim for the prime minister’s post, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said if her supporters voted intelligently, a ‘Dalit ki beti’ could well be at the helm of affairs of the central government.

Addressing a poll rally at the Kothi Meena Bazar ground here, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president said her party would play a crucial balancing power role.

Attacking the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state, Mayawati said, “There was no rule of law, as goons, mafiosi and the corrupt have taken over the levers of power and made life hell for the common man.”

Cong promises free laptops, TVs
Hyderabad: The Congress has promised free television sets along with dish connection for poor and free laptops for students of government colleges, in its manifesto for Seemandhra released yesterday.

The Congress, which is facing a testing time in Seemandhra in view of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, promised freebies for different sections of voters to woo them.

The election manifesto for Seemandhra said if the party comes to power, it would introduce a new scheme under which 100 square yard land will be allotted in the name of girl child immediately after her birth and a house will be constructed on the land at the time of her marriage.

The party promised to waive all loans of self-help groups. Andhra Pradesh Congress chief N Raghuveera Reddy said free electricity would be provided to houses which consume less than 100 units per month.

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