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Cong snub

Calcutta, Dec. 6: The Congress is likely to table a no-confidence motion against the Mamata Banerjee government on its own in the winter session of the Assembly beginning tomorrow, rejecting the CPM’s overtures for floor co-ordination with the Left.

The Congress’s Bengal minder, Shakeel Ahmed, said the high command had “no objection” to such a motion.

Congress Legislature Party chief Mohammed Sohrab said: “The CPM had approached us for floor co-ordination but we cannot forget the party’s atrocities during its rule. So we will ourselves lodge our protest as a responsible Opposition party on various issues, including tabling a no-confidence motion, instead of collaborating with the CPM.”

Bus tragedy

Calcutta: A 24-year-old woman died while the two-year-old baby in her arms escaped unhurt when the mother jumped off a moving bus after missing her stop at Joka on Thursday. Seema Devi’s skull was crushed under the wheels of the bus.

City robbery

Calcutta: Burglars broke into a house in Maniktala on Thursday and fled with cash and jewellery worth Rs 1.75 lakh. Nobody was present when the robbery took place — between 11am and 2pm. Widower Nabanit Saha shares the house with his brother's family.

Cab luggage

Calcutta: A taxi driver who fled with a passenger’s luggage from Sealdah station on Wednesday was arrested from Howrah’s Domjur on Thursday. The couple, who had three trolley bags, had hired the taxi at Howrah station.

Mollah ire

Kashipur: CPM MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah on Thursday threatened to retaliate with “axes and spades” if attempts were made to capture booths during the panchayat polls due next year.

Loba plea

Calcutta: Samir Putatunda, the chief of the Party for Democratic Socialism, met chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday and sought her intervention to ensure that landlosers in Birbhum’s Loba got the right price for their plots being acquired for a mining project.