People hold their tongue and let BJP worry

People hold their tongue and let BJP worry

The BJP’s door-to-door campaign to drum up support for the amended citizenship law and counter the “misinformation” being spread by the Opposition has hit an unexpected roadblock in north Bengal — lack of curiosity.

Whether it is Siliguri or Malda, people are courteously listening to BJP leaders and receiving pamphlets and leaflets detailing the intricacies of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which has sparked off protests across the country, but are neither seeking any clarification nor asking any questions.

BJP leaders in north Bengal said they were flummoxed as they did not know how to interpret such behaviour.

A BJP leader in Siliguri said on the condition of anonymity: “It is obvious that many people will accept the leaflets and listen to us. But simultaneously, we expect questions from people as our political contenders have been consistently campaigning against the new law.

“During our campaign, people are exchanging pleasantries with us but hardly interacting with us on the CAA. This is a unique situation and we cannot understand whether these people are supporting the CAA or they don’t want to reveal their actual stand and are thus avoiding an interaction.”

BJP leaders in Malda said they were facing similar problems.

“It would be wrong to take it for granted that all the people we are meeting support the act. We feel the campaign should be carried out in an informal manner and without much fanfare. Then only can we understand whether people in north Bengal are with the BJP, as they were during the parliament elections last year, or there has been a change,” a Malda BJP leader said.

A senior BJP leader pointed to the massive and spontaneous response to Trinamul’s two marches in Siliguri and Cooch Behar over the past week against the CAA, NRC and the NPR.

“The presence of so many people at Trinamul’s rallies is significant. Also, in north Bengal, various communities do not want the CAA for various reasons. Further, many people are worried about the NRC. Although we have not been referring to the NRC during our campaign, it is surprising that people are not even asking anything about it. In such a situation, it would be wrong to draw the simple inference that since people are listening to us, they are with the BJP,” the leader said.

The BJP MP of Darjeeling, Raju Bista, has been campaigning in the Siliguri sub-division. On Thursday, he visited some localities on the outskirts of the city and on Friday, he went to the municipal wards, meeting people and telling them about the CAA.

“We are getting a good response from people. They are listening to us as we are apprising them about the legislation and how it is being misinterpreted and presented before them by some political parties, including Trinamul. It seems people here are well aware of the act,” Bista said.

Bista said chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s visits to the Darjeeling hills would not create any political impact.

“Despite her consistent campaign in the hills ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP won the Darjeeling seat for the third time. Such visits will not change the minds of the hill people. Our party will take up political activities in the hills. We are trying to meet Amit Shah with representatives of our allies to draw up a campaign plan for the hills,” Bista said.

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Mamata’s North Bengal acid test

Mamata’s North Bengal acid test

Trinamool leaders in Darjeeling district are gearing up to marshal over 1 lakh people to Mamata Banerjee’s Friday rally in Siliguri against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the NRC, the ruling party’s biggest mass-mobilisation drive since ceding ground to the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The march, Trinamul insiders said, is being planned to send out a message that the party might have fared badly in the parliamentary polls, conceding defeat in all eight seats in north Bengal, but it had not lost the stomach for a resounding comeback.

“Didi is keen to make an impact with the march…. Given the fear among people about the NRC and the CAA, we think we can put together a good show,” said a Trinamul leader, adding that elaborate plans were being drawn up.

On Wednesday, Bengal tourism minister and Trinamul leader Gautam Deb visited Mallaguri, the starting point of the march in the city’s north, to oversee preparations.

“We expect over 1 lakh people at the march, with participation from both the hills and the plains. They will spontaneously attend the programme and walk with Mamata Banerjee. All necessary arrangements are being made,” Deb said.

At the rally, Trinamul wants to marshal Gorkhas in large numbers, particularly because the community had been largely cold to a BJP rally in Siliguri on December 24 in support of the CAA.

“We want to prove that the Gorkhas are not with the BJP any more and are opposing the NRC and the CAA. The BJP might have got their votes in the Lok Sabha polls but now they are against the party. This is because the names of thousands of Gorkhas are not there in the final NRC list in Assam. In Bengal too, they will face problems if the CAA is introduced,” said a Trinamul leader.

Along with the Gorkhas, Trinamul has planned to bring representatives of the Rajbanshis and tribal and minority communities to Friday’s march.

In Alipurduar and Cooch Behar, where people had voted the BJP in large numbers, many are unhappy with the party because of the exclusion of relatives from the final NRC list in neighbouring Assam although they had been living there for decades.

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Rakhee Turns Shah Rukh Khan’s Bengali Teacher at KIFF Inauguration

An abiding moment of the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival inauguration on Friday would remain the on-stage interactions between Bollywood ‘Badshah’ Shah Rukh Khan and yesteryear’s heroine Rakhee – the mother-son duo of the 1993 hit movie ‘Baazigar’ – which not only struck an emotional chord among the public but also gave some priceless moments of fun.

Rakhee, who is a Bengali, was seen teaching some Bengali words to King Khan. She chose Rabindranath Tagore’s evergreen song ‘O Amar Desher Mati, Tomar pore thekai matha’ (o my country’s soil, I bow my head to you).

Rakhi was seen loudly pronouncing each of the words, and asking Shah Rukh to repeat them. SRK duly obliged.

Once the lesson was over, Rakhee hugged Shah Rukh, turning highly emotional.

SRK, however, said he had no clue what all he had said.

“I have no idea what I have said. When I was doing ‘Baazigar’ with Rakheeji, and now… We’ve worked together in Baazigar. For me, it’s just an excuse to stand close to the most beautiful woman in the world, so, thank you very much Rakhee ji,” said Shah Rukh.

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Premier League 2019 Liverpool vs Manchester City Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast, Timings in India, Team News

The champions of Europe and the champions of  England will clash when Liverpool host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday night. The Premier League 2019 Liverpool vs Manchester City fixture will be played at the Anfield stadium. Liverpool, who haven’t lost a home game in the league since April 2017, will look to diminish Manchester City’s hope of a third successive Premier League crown. Meanwhile, Manchester City will eye for an early advantage when they take on the Reds. The Liverpool vs Manchester City, Premier League game will begin at 10 pm.

Hailing Liverpool’s fighting spirit, City coach Pep Guardiola said, ahead of his side’s Champions League clash, “What Liverpool have is an incredible quality to fight right until the end.”

On the other hand, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports, ” We are at matchday 12 so obviously there are some games to come. We know about the City situation last year where we only lost one game and that was decisive in the end.”

For Liverpool, Joel Matip will miss the crucial fixture due to knee injury that he had picked against Manchester United last month. Jordan Henderson is expected to feature in playing XI.

The reigning champions will be without the services of Leroy Sane, Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and David Silva.

Premier League 2019 Liverpool predicted line-up vs Manchester City: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Premier League 2019 Manchester City predicted line-up vs Liverpool: Bravo; Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernardo; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling

Where to watch Premier League 2019 Liverpool vs Manchester City match live in India (TV channels)?

Liverpool will host rivals Manchester City at 10:00 PM on Sunday. The PL 2019 Liverpool vs Manchester City will be played at the Anfield Stadium. The Premier League Liverpool vs Manchester City game live telecast will be on Star Sports Select HD1 channels in India.

How and where to watch online PL 2019 Liverpool vs Manchester City match live streaming?

Leicester City vs Arsenal live stream will be available on Hotstar app and website in India for premium users.

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Indian Super League 2019-20 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC Telecast

Bengaluru FC will host Chennaiyin FC on November 10, Sunday, for the Indian Super League 2019-20 match number 20. The ISL 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC will be played at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. Both Bengaluru FC host Chennaiyin FC, the champions of the last two ISL seasons, have not been at their best this time around and suffer from similar problems. While the defending champions Bengaluru have played out three draws and are eighth on the table, 2017-18 champions Chennaiyin are rock bottom with just one draw to show for from three matches. The Indian Super League 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC will commence at 7:30 PM.

Bengaluru head coach Carles Cuadrat, at the pre-match press conference, seemed hopeful of registering his team’s first victory of the campaign with, perhaps, a little help from the home fans. “The last time we played Chennaiyin at home, we won 1-0 but it was a very tough match for us to win. It was our first game of the season (2018-19), so it was special. The supporters were happy as were we. They were helping us and giving us extra strength to win the game and get our first three points of the season. So, I hope it happens again.”

Chennaiyin FC coach John Gregory’s, on the other hand, said, “We’ve played particularly well in the last two matches at home. We’ve had about 40 shots in two games. 20 in each game. We know we should have scored as we had good opportunities in both games.”

Indian Super League 2019-20 Bengaluru FC Probable Line-up vs Chennaiyin FC: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (GK), Juanan, Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Ashique Kuruniyan, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Raphael Augusto, Dimas Delgado, Udanta Singh, Manuel Onwu, Sunil Chhetri

Indian Super League 2019-20 Chennaiyin FC Probable Line-up vs Bengaluru FC: Vishal Kaith (GK), Lucian Goian, Eli Sabia, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Tondonba Singh, Dhanpal Ganesh, Anirudh Thapa, Dragos Firtulescu, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rafael Crivellaro, Nerijus Valskis

This year a total of 10 teams are participating in the tournament. These teams are Odisha FC, Kerala Blasters FC, Bengaluru FC, ATK, NorthEast United FC, Hyderabad FC, Mumbai City FC, Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC.

What time will Indian Super League 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC match start?

ISL 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC match will start at 7:30 PM on Sunday, November 10. The Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC fixture will be at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.

Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC match on TV?

The Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC match can be viewed on the television on sports channel Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD.

Where to watch Indian Super League 2019-20 Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC on live streaming?

The live streaming of Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin FC match, Indian Super league 2019-20 will be available on Hotstar and Jio TV.

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Lionel Messi Nets 34th Hat-trick to Equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s La Liga Record

Soccer Football – La Liga Santander – Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona – Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain – December 23, 2017 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi REUTERS/Sergio Perez – RC11145D5F00

Lionel Messi scored from two perfectly struck free kicks to claim his first hat trick this season and 34th in La Liga overall, tying former Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for the most in the competition.

Messi’s hat trick gave Barcelona a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday, ending the team’s two-game winless sequence and leaving it joint top with Real Madrid, which routed Eibar 4-0 with two goals by Karim Benzema.

Sergio Busquets also scored for Barcelona, which was coming off a league loss at Levante and a home draw against Slavia Prague in the Champions League.

“We needed this victory,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “A team like Barcelona has to rebound quickly after a setback.”

Barcelona and Madrid have 25 points, two more than Real Sociedad. The Spanish powerhouses have a game in hand because their “clásico” match was postponed until December due to last month’s separatist rally in the Catalan capital.

Messi put Barcelona ahead with a penalty in the first half, but his foul near halftime prompted a yellow card, and Celta’s equalizer from a free kick by Lucas Olaza.

Messi made up for his blunder with two excellent free kicks, one in first-half stoppage time and the other a few minutes after the break. Both times he sent a curling shot over the wall and into the top corner.

“With Leo, anything is possible,” Valverde said. “He is an expert with free kicks. Our opponents are always wary of fouling near the area.”

Messi has netted nine goals in his last seven matches in all competitions. He has eight league goals this season, one less than leading scorer Benzema.

“You can’t control Messi,” Celta coach Oscar Garcia said. “Without him, things would have been different.”

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Shafali Verma is Youngest Indian to Score International Fifty, Surpasses Tendulkar’s 30-year-old Record

Fifteen-year-old Shafali Verma became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a half-century in international cricket, her 49-ball 73 in the first T20 International against West Indies surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s 30-year-old record.

Shafali’s blazing knock powered the Indian women’s team to a convincing 84-run win here on Saturday.

Playing in only her fifth T20I, Shafali put the West Indies attack to the sword, blasting six fours and four sixes on way to her maiden fifty at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.

Shafali achieved the feat at 15 years and 285 days, surpassing batting legend Tendulkar, who had notched up his maiden Test fifty at 16 years and 214 days.

The Haryana teenager shared a record opening stand of 143 — India’s highest partnership in women’s T20Is — with Smriti Mandhana to help her team post a challenging 185 for four after being asked to take first strike by the hosts.

Shafali, who had scored 46 in her career’s second T20I against South Africa at Surat last month, exploded in the second over, smashing Shakera Selman for two fours and a six.

She then launched an assault on Chinelle Henry, crossing the fence four times before depositing one at the stands in the fourth over. The result was that she had raced away to an 18-ball 43 at the end of the powerplay.

Shafali and Mandhana took India past the 100-mark in 10 overs before the former fell to Selman in the 16th over.

In response to India’s total, West Indies were restricted to 101 for nine.

With the win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

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Bigg Boss 13: Fans Question Salman Khan’s Behaviour After He Scolds Mahira Khan

In Bigg Boss 13’s Weekend Ka Vaar episode, Salman Khan brought up the recent incident between contestants Siddharth Shukla and Mahira Khan. Throughout his discussion, he was seen defending the former. This has not gone down well with the fans who made #IStandWithMahira and #BiasedHostSalmanKhan trend on Twitter.

The case in point was when, during a task, Siddharth ended up pushing Mahira, who fell on the ground.

The house broke in two sides in finding out the real culprit of the incident. A task was thus given to decide who should be actually held accountable, in which Mahira lost. While reaching to a fair result is one thing, it was Salman’s tilt towards Sidharth Shukla which disappointed fans.

In the episode, it can be seen that when Mahira started speaking her side of the story, Salman interrupted and said that he will come back to it later. He also made fun of how she shouted in the show and compared her to Dolly Bindra.

Sidharth, who reasoned with Salman for his aggression and said that she fell on her own during the task, was seen happy at getting the validation. Later, when Mahira broke down and said she will stay away from ‘Mahaan’ Sidharth, Salman asked her to stop her ‘nautanki’ and scolded her for ‘the image you are showing to the world.’ He added that people pick up fight with Sidharth to be in the limelight. Salman also cross questioned Paras Chhabra, who was the only person trying to defend Mahira.

Twitter users, including Bigg Boss 7 winner Gauhar Khan, bashed Salman for his behaviour.

Some even pointed about he has been targeting the ones who specifically spoke against Siddharth.

Fans also called out Salman’s foul language he used for Rashami Desai and Devoleena Bhattacharjee.

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Some Things are Better Felt Than Explained, Says Akshay Kumar on Music Video Debut

Actor Akshay Kumar says he made his music video debut with Filhall because “some things are better felt than explained”.

Akshay, who has been part of showbiz for over three decades, is seen romancing Kriti Sanon’s sister Nupur with the melancholic song in this video. “After being in the industry for so long, I decided to make my music video debut because some things are better felt than explained. Presenting Filhall, Akshay posted on Twitter.

The song is sung by B Praak, with lyrics from Jaani. Directed by Arvindr Khaira, the song depicts the story of that true love which is pious, selfless yet incomplete.

The video opens at a city hospital where Akshay is a doctor who comes across his old lover who has met with an accident. It then takes the audience back in time to the days when they met, fell in love and separated.

The video ends with Akshay mouthing a couplet — “Filhaal to yun hai ki kuch kar nahi sakte, tere bin hi marna hoga saath mar nahi sakte. Sookhe se patte hain ek tehni pe lage, Kismat to dekho ki jhad nahi sakte. (Right now, we cannot do anything. Will have to die alone as we cannot die together. Dry leaves are hanging by a branch but their luck is such that they cannot even fall)”.

The video has garnered over 14 million views in less than 24 hours. It has got a huge thumbs up from Bollywood. Filmmaker Karan Johar wrote on Twitter: “Superb song! Incredible melody and heartfelt video!!! This ones going to own the charts”.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh also tweeted: “Sundi….. what a beautiful song! Expect nothing less from you Akshay. Nupur you are looking great … my best wishes to you!”. Rajkummar Rao sent in his wishes with a Twitter post, saying “Congratulations Akshay Kumar, sir on your first music video and to you too Nupur Sanon.” Kiara Advani said: “Another gem from your tijori of music Akshay sir! Super super melody and lovely video.”

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Rajkummar Rao And Shah Rukh Khan Recreate Stree’s Dialogue In this Adorable Video

Rajkummar Rao, who has a successful filmography of his own, has always been vocal about being a big Shah Rukh Khan fan. His recent confession about standing outside Khan’s house Mannat had also gone viral. And now, he shared a delightful video, with SRK himself.

In the video, SRK imitates ‘Bicky pleaajj’, a dialogue from Rajkummar’s movie Stree. Rajkummar then says I love you to SRK, and the latter kisses his forehead. The adorable video got all hearts from the fans.

On Neha Dhupia’s chat show, Rajkummar had recently confessed how he used to stand outside Mannat for 7-8 hours, just to get a glimpse of the superstar. It was only much later, at Mehboob studio, that he actually got to meet him for the first time. He also shared that being an outsider from Delhi gave the actor more reasons to feel connected to Khan.

Rajkummar’s video surely sends positivity and is a heads up for those who dare to dream and be persistent with their goals.

In the same show with Neha, Rajkummar had further said, “Shah Rukh is so fantastic. He is so charming and after that, of course, now, we are pretty close. Like I know I can message him, I know I can call him and he calls me and I still get pretty excited and you know that fan inside me would never die. I still feel very very happy whenever he calls me.”

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