Kolkata, June 26 (IANS) Amid a raging political storm on the cut money issue, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the CPI-M and the Congress to join hands with her to take on the BJP, which has been making steady inroads in the state.
"I strongly feel all of us, the Trinamool, CPI-M and the Congress should come together against the BJP. (The violence at) Bhatpara is an eye-opener for the people of the state as to what happens if votes go to the BJP", Banerjee said while speaking in the assembly.
The Chief Minister, however, clarified that she was not suggesting that the three parties need to join hands politically. "What I am suggesting is that we can be on the same page with regard to common issues at the national level".
On the issue of cut-money, Banerjee said 0.01 per cent of those in the Trinamool could be corrupt, and said she was trying to discipline her party workers. "There is nothing wrong if I want to discipline my workers. But at the same time, no one can malign us without any proof".
The state has been witnessing daily demonstrations and protests outside the residences of Trinamool leaders across the state by people demanding return of the cut money or bribes taken by the leaders for sanctioning government projects or reaching welfare schemes to beneficiaries.
Banerjee last week had lashed out against the unscrupulous section of Trinamool leaders and ordered them to return the cut money they had taken from the people.
The state government has indicated that elected representatives facing allegations of taking cut money would be booked under section 409 of the Indian Penal Code that deals with criminal breach of trust by a public servant. The maximum punishment is life imprisonment.
She alleged that the BJP-led centre was trying to run a parallel administration in the state, but her party was determined to fighit it.
"The Central government has been trying to run a parallel administration in Bengal. But we will continue to fight, just as we have done over the past five years".
Bengaluru, July 17 (IANS) Leading IT consulting firm Mindtree on Wednesday reported Rs 93 crore net profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2019-20 against Rs 158 crore in the same period a year ago, which is a 41 per cent annual decline.
Sequentially too, the city-based software services firm, reported 53 per cent plunge in net profit from Rs 198 crore a quarter ago.
Though revenue grew 11.8 per cent annually for the quarter (Q1) under review to Rs 1,834 crore from Rs 1,640 crore in the like period year ago, it remained flat (0.3 per cent) sequentially from Rs 1,839 crore a quarter ago.
In a hostile take-over, Mumbai-based infrastructure construction major Larson and Toubro (L&T) recently acquired controlling stake (61 per cent) in Mindtree from its promoters after it bought about 20 per cent stake of The Coffee Day founder V.G. Siddhartha for Rs 3,300 crore on March 18.
Subsequently, L&T increased its holding with more shares from the open market and an open offer on May 14 for an additional 31 per cent stake for Rs 5,030 crore at Rs 980 per share of Rs 10 face value to have full control over it.
The company had 346 clients by the quarter-end, including 46 clients in the $5-million price band.A
With 15 per cent annual attrition, the headcount at the quarte-end was 20,935.
A"Bots are a software that acts autonomously, free from interference, human or otherwise, to perform a specific task which will otherwise be performed by a human," said the statement.
The company has 674 bots or robots, an automated programme, that runs on the internet.
"Automation is playing a major role in modernising our technology service delivery, enhancing both efficiency and speed-to-results for our clients," said the company in a statement here.
The company's blue-chip scrip with Rs 10 face value per share gained Rs 2.60 at the end of day's trading to close at Rs 751.95 against Tuesday's closing rate of Rs 749.35 and opening price of Rs 755.85./Eom/335 words.