The decision by West Bengal CM came hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the PM Garib Yojana till November-end, adding that 80 crore Indians, mostly poor, will stand to benefit from the scheme.
Sonia Gandhi, the Congress interim President, also managed a coup of sorts by ensuring not just the participation of the Trinamool Congress but also of Mamata Banerjee herself, despite the presence of Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja in the discussion, writes Puneet Nicholas Yadav.
Sourav Ganguly has impeccable credentials as cricketer-captain and is worshipped as an icon in Bengal. As the BJP craves for a viable face ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls, Sourav presents an obvious choice. It is for the new BCCI president to take it or spurn it.
The more immediate source of tension in Calcutta currently is the possibility that the forty lakh people who were declared illegal by the neighbouring state could try to flee Assam and enter the city as refugees.