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Hafta 475: BJP’s candidates list, TMC strongman’s arrest in Sandeshkhali case

This week, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal and Anand Vardhan are joined by journalist Radhika Ramaseshan.


On the BJP’s first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, Anand says the party has announced candidates for its “weak seats” first. Radhika points out that Uttar Pradesh will be a tough battle for the Opposition despite the Congress-SP alliance. 


The panel then discusses the arrest of TMC strongman Sheikh Shahjahan, the main accused in the Sandeshkhali case, and why the West Bengal police did not hand him over to the CBI. “The BJP is making an all-out effort,” says Radhika, adding that it was time for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to deliver on her promises, especially to women voters.


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00:04:43 - Headlines

00:42:11 - BJP’s first list of candidates

01:01:35 - CBI custody to Sheikh Shahjahan 

01:08:17 - Letters

01:30:11 - Recommendations


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