Minister Gautam Deb on Friday described Amit Shah as a "tourist", saying the BJP chief's trip to north Bengal next month would not have any impact on the ruling Trinamul in the forthcoming rural polls.
Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday asked party workers and leaders in North Dinajpur to form "vigilance squads" - teams of youths in each booth across rural areas of the district - ahead of the panchayat elections to keep watch on voters and counter any intimidation or attacks by rivals.
An FIR has been lodged against Union minister and Asansol MP Babul Supriyo for allegedly preventing a police officer from discharging his duty in the area where clashes broke out between two groups since Tuesday evening.
The Bengal election commission and the Mamata Banerjee government have agreed to hold three-phased panchayat polls in early May and complete the process by May 15, sources said after an all-party meeting with the panel on Thursday.
The Centre has decided to release Rs 134 crore to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), a move seen as the Narendra Modi government's endorsement of the current hill board led by Binay Tamang.
Policemen in mufti will keep close vigil at the workers' meet of BJP that would be held at the Raiganj Institute Hall here on Friday to find out whether those seen carrying arms on Ram Navami are there at the meeting, sources at the North Dinajpur district administration said on Thursday.
Residents living in at least three semi-urban areas which are also known trade hubs of Alipurduar district have raised the demand that civic bodies should be formed in their places so that they can shed the "rural tag" and earn the "urban status."
The Instrumental Landing System (ILS) was commissioned at the Bagdogra airport on Thursday, but the full gains of the system that allows landings in low visibility will not be tapped until airlines start early morning and late-evening flights.