West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had extended her support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal days before the poll date, congratulated him for the unprecedented victory. Hailing the victory, Banerjee tweeted, “My congratulations to all the Delhi voters, AAP workers and leaders for big victory. Well done to you. All my best wishes. We are very happy.”While taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee tweeted, “This is a victory for the people and a big defeat for the arrogant and those who are doing political vendetta & spreading hate among people.” The West Bengal CM, in her tweet, also said, “Delhi elex is turning point of present political situation. Shows political vendetta has no place in a democracy. Country needed this change.” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJINotably, a few days ahead of Delhi polls, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) president had issued a statement asking her supporters and voters to support Kejriwal for the development of Delhi. Banerjee had tweeted, “My request to all of you in Delhi is to please vote for AAP… for the greater need of the country and development in Delhi.” The TMC chief’s call for support to AAP is in the line with her policy for a “federal front” comprising of regional parties, including JD(U), BJD, SP, JD(S), CPI, etc. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindFormer Bihar CM and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who had also extended his support to AAP, congratulated Kejriwal for registering a landslide victory in Delhi. On AAP victory, Kumar said, “People want development with justice. They never accept arrogance. This is reflected in AAP’s victory in Delhi.”Other leaders who had supported AAP in Delhi polls include national Conference leader Omar Abdullah, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. JD(S) leader Gowda, a probable constituent of Mamata’s Federal Front, had asked their activists and supporters to back AAP wherever its candidates were not in the running.
Kolkata: The number of electricity consumers in both industrial and domestic sectors has increased in West Bengal which is now a power surplus state, state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said here today. The number of industrial consumers has gone up from 78,074 in 2011 to 99,505 now, proving that demand for power from industries has increased, Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said. Following the ‘Power to Everyone’ slogan coined by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after coming to power in 2011, the number of domestic consumers of power (domestic) has also increased to 1.2 crore from 86 lakh in 2011, he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We can now say that with regards to infrastructure – roads, technical institutions, power – Bengal is ready to extend all help to industry houses,” Chattopadhyay said at a programme of the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI). On the sidelines of the programme, he said West Bengal is a power-surplus state where the demand does not cross the threshold limit of 8,500 mw daily. On Bhangar sub-station project in South 24 Parganas where work was stopped by agitation by local people for over a year, Chattopadhyay said “It is a Power Grid Corporation project. Work for sub-station has started and all the complications have now been resolved.” He said the government was taking steps to stop power thefts and aim to generate additional 2,000 mw in the next five years from the thermal, hydel and non-conventional energy resources. At the BNCCI event, its newly appointed president Satyam Roychowdhury said a delegation of the chamber would visit Russia by the end of this month to discuss business opportunities.