Kanchrapara (West Bengal): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday intensified her demand for the return of the ballot paper system in polling and said her party will start a movement with this demand on the July 21 Martyr’s Day Rally. Accusing the BJP of programming the EVMs used in the 2019 polls, the Trinamool Congress supremo said “ballot papers are the only solution for reinstating democracy in the country”. “The EVMs were programmed. Otherwise they (BJP) would not have been able to win. After many EVMs malfunctioned during the polls, new machines were brought in without testing them in mock polls. Who knows if they were pre-programmed? Did anybody check if those machines were overloaded or not?” Banerjee said at a public rally here. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga “Our demand is, we do not want EVMs. We want ballot papers. We will start our movement based on this demand on July 21 this year. Once we held a movement demanding no identity cards, no vote. 13 of our workers died that day. More than 100 workers were injured. But we made sure that our demand was fulfilled. We will do the same this time as well,” Banerjee said. An annual mass rally is organised by the All India Trinamool Congress on July 21 every year to commemorate the 1993 Kolkata firing as Martys’ Day. It is in remembrance of 13 people shot by the West Bengal Police in Kolkata, during a rally by the West Bengal Youth Congress under Mamata Banerjee on July 21, 1993, while demanding that the Voter’s Identity Card be made the sole required document for voting.
Islamabad: Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan’s National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has said that he will file a law suit against a UK newspaper for publishing a “fabricated and misleading story” blaming him for stealing British foreign aid money, Pakistani media reported on Monday. The former Punjab Chief Minister accused the ‘Daily Mail’ of publishing the story “at the behest” of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his aide Shahzad Akbar and said he will initiate legal proceedings against them as well. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”Have decided to file law suit against Daily Mail. The fabricated and misleading story was published at the behest of Imran Khan and Shahzad Akbar. We will also launch legal proceedings against them,” Sharif said in a tweet on Sunday. “Btw Imran Khan has yet to respond to three such cases I filed against him for defamation,” he said. The report, quoting investigators and a “confidential investigation report”, claimed that the money “stolen” by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president between the 2005 earthquake and 2012, also came from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)-funded aid projects, the Dawn newspaper reported. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”For years he was feted as a Third World poster boy by Britain’s Department for International Development, which poured more than 500 million pounds of UK taxpayers’ money into his province in the form of aid,” the Daily Mail report said. “Yet, say investigators, all the time that DFID was heaping him and his government with praise and taxpayers’ cash, Shehbaz and his family were embezzling tens of millions of pounds of public money and laundering it in Britain,” it said. Earlier, the Daily Mail had reported that the DIFD had given Shehbaz and his government taxpayers’ cash and that he and his family were embezzling tens of millions of pounds of public money and laundering it to Britain, Geo News reported. It said Akbar, the Prime Minister’s special assistant, said the PML-N President’s son Suleman Shehbaz was the main culprit in the laundering of UK aid fund for earthquake victims. In his report British journalist David Rose has alleged that Shehbaz and his family had embezzled and laundered millions of pounds out of 500 million pounds aid coming from UK during his tenure as the chief minister of Punjab, The Express Tribune reported. PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has termed the report “baseless” and a “propaganda campaign”. “Conspiratorial point of views and allegations have been published… news report does not mention any report by the UK government. It is fabricated, baseless and a pack of lies that has been invented by Imran Khan’s conspiratorial mind,” Aurangzeb said in a tweet. During a press conference, Aurangzeb also showed to the media a picture showing journalist Rose sitting with Prime Minister Khan and Akbar. Rose hit back at the PML-N leaders for terming his news story as “baseless” and “propaganda campaign”.