King Charles’ Speech Highlights Keir Starmer’s Promises

LONDON: The King’s Speech was delivered on...

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Bengal BJP Leaders floundering after Successive Defeats

KOLKATA: BJP insiders blame the lack of cohesion, bad blood and even infighting and sabotage for the repeated failures of the party in Bengal. Despite...

Bengal BJP in disarray as TMC wins all four Bypolls

KOLKATA: The BJP came a distant second, while Left-Congress alliance lost its deposit in three of the four seats. As Kalyan Choubey, BJP candidate for...

Sordid videos expose rampant criminality of TMC musclemen

KOLKATA: A stream of videos going viral in West Bengal is exposing the sordid underbelly of violence that accompanies the Trinamool Congress’ electoral success...

Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose finds himself in a tight corner

KOLKATA: When C.V. Ananda Bose was appointed as the Governor of West Bengal on 23 November 2022, nobody would have imagined that less than...

How to make unpopular candidates win, the Trinamool way

KOLKATA: The question that has left everybody flummoxed is how the Trinamool Congress managed to wrest victory for its ‘unpopular and unwinnable candidates’ in...

TMC threatens to stop doles and funds in areas that supported BJP

The heat and dust of the just-concluded general elections may have settled across most of India, but West Bengal—which saw the Trinamool Congress defy...

BJP names probe team as post-poll violence erupts in Bengal

KOLKATA: Concerned over reports of post-poll violence against BJP karyakartas pouring in from across West Bengal, BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda today constituted a...

Poor ground presence contributed to BJP’s sub-par performance in Bengal

KOLKATA: The BJP’s litany of corruption allegations failed to resonate with voters, while the CAA, intended as a BJP electoral strategy, prompted minorities previously undecided...

How to rig votes and influence people, a primer from Bengal

KOLKATA: “Rigging of polls” refers to illegal or unethical practices intended to manipulate the outcome of an election. This can undermine the fairness, transparency,...

Violence, rigging mar last phase of polls in Bengal

KOLKATA: Widespread allegations of vote rigging and violence in all nine Lok Sabha constituencies and one Assembly seat marked the seventh and last phase...

Marquee Seats in West Bengal to see fascinating contests

KOLKATA: If there is any one constituency that will keep the country engrossed, it is Basirhat. This seat comprises Sandeshkhali, which hit the headlines...

Poll violence sweeps Bengal seats in sixth phase

KOLKATA: In Jhargram Lok Sabha seat, BJP candidate Pranat Tudu and his security detail had to run for their lives as a TMC mob...

West Bengal’s Agrarian Belt sees Star-Dust Laden Contests

KOLKATA: Hooghly will see the most eye-catching contest as actor and game show hostess Rachana Banerjee of the TMC is pitted against her former...

Bengal police, TMC attempt to blunt Sandeshkhali protests

KOLKATA: After being on the backfoot for months after the women of Sandeshkhali rose in protest against atrocities committed on them by Trinamool Congress...

Star-spangled contests enliven polls in mid-Bengal

KOLKATA: Among the notable names are Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Yusuf Pathan and Shatrughan Sinha. Eight Lok Sabha seats spread across five districts of West Bengal will...

BJP planned Sandeshkhali, claims TMC; BJP says video doctored

KOLKATA: A BJP block president is seen saying Sandeshkhali was planned by his party. The Trinamool Congress today released a purported sting video of a BJP...

Bengal poised for interesting battles in third phase of elections

KOLKATA: Voting for four Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal’s constituencies of Malda Uttar, Malda Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad will be held in the...

NIA set to join Sandeshkhali arms haul investigation

KOLKATA: TMC shot off a letter to the CEC alleging that CBI’s actions were intended to smear the party’s reputation amid the elections. A day after...

HC judgement opens Mamata government’s Pandora’s box

KOLKATA: ‘It is shocking that at the level of the Cabinet of the state government, decision is taken to protect employment obtained fraudulently.’ Even as...

I am living proof of TMC brutality: Abhishek’s BJP rival

KOLKATA: Abhijit Das is a self-declared Bhumiputra who was severely assaulted allegedly by TMC. The BJP came out with its first list of candidates for...

Phase II seats in Bengal set to witness a keen context

KOLKATA: The three constituencies going to the polls on 26 April were won by BJP in 2019. As Bengal gears up for the second phase...

Election Commission facing the 4M challenge in Bengal

‘In Bengal, today, apart from these four, the 5th M is the Misuse of Official Power.’ The Election Commission of India, tasked to conduct the...

BJP, TMC try to read the tea leaves in north Bengal

TMC aims to storm the saffron citadel. These seats are voting on 19 April. As North Bengal gears up for the first phase of elections...

Prestige fight for Mamata as she tries to breach BJP citadel in North Bengal

BJP insiders fear that the party could lose Raiganj and Cooch Behar this time. According to them, demographic changes in the two constituencies make...

NIA team attacked in Bengal, Mamata says agency attacked villagers

In an incident reminiscent of Sandeshkhali, a mob of 50-60 women armed with sticks and stones attacked a team of the National Investigation Agency...

BJP hopes to reap dividends from silent Muslim outreach in Bengal

A Bharatiya Janata Party rally in support of its Cooch Behar candidate and Union Minister Nisith Pramanik, raising “Allahu Akbar” slogans grabbed eyeballs in...

Disgruntled TMC leaders may upset Mamata’s apple cart

Many ‘rootless candidates’ have been fielded and Mamata Banerjee’s name alone may not be enough to guarantee a win for her party. Mamata Banerjee striding...

Tough test for Adhir Chowdhury as Mamata bowls a googly

Congress’ LoP in Lok Sabha is facing the prospect of a division in his minority vote bank. Veteran Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury faces the...

TMC leaders benefited from Shahjahan’s business: Investigators

West Bengal police’s inability to arrest Sheikh Shahjahan for 55 days, after a mob organised by him beat up an Enforcement Directorate team and...

PM reaches out to Mamata’s women and minority vote-banks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit the campaign trail in West Bengal even before the Lok Sabha elections were announced and from his utterances, made...

Will Sandeshkhali be Mamata’s Nandigram?

The land-grab issue that became the cornerstone for TMC’s poll cry has now become the bugbear Mamata Banerjee needs to deal with in Sandeshkhali. Sandeshkhali,...

‘Mamata’s rule has spawned many Sandeshkhalis in Bengal’

The CM is Bengal’s queen of cruelty, alleges Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury. Sandeshkhali, a sleepy hamlet about 75 km from Kolkata and close to the...

Mamata Banerjee decides to pay MGNREGA dues from state’s coffers

CM’s announcement came as she ended a two-day dharna demanding release of Central dues pending to West Bengal Government for different welfare schemes. After months...

MAMATA’S OBDURACY BRINGS CONGRESS CLOSER TO CPM

Barely weeks before the announcement of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal chief minister and TMC president Mamata Banerjee’s hardline stance regarding seat-sharing...

Mamata gets her mojo back, hits Congress where it hurts

For a leader who was so gung-ho about the I.N.D.I Alliance even a few weeks ago, Mamata Banerjee’s volte face regarding the Congress Party,...

Mamata tries to steal Ram Mandir spotlight

Mamata wants a ‘split screen’ on local TV channels on 22 January. While the country gears up for the Ram Temple inauguration on Monday, 22...

BJP imported troublemakers, claims TMC, after sadhu assault

A video went viral on Friday that showed a group of seers being stripped and assaulted by a mob in the Purulia district of...

Mamata takes back control of TMC from nephew to cut dissension

Trinamool Congress insiders say that for the past two years, Mamata Banerjee had virtually handed over charge of party affairs to Abhishek Banerjee. With Mamata...

India to invest Rs 45,000 cr in waterways tourism by 2047, says Sonowal

Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, has unveiled a Rs 45,000 crore investment plan for the development of inland...

‘Didi’s Gestapo’ in the spotlight after mob attack on ED team

Almost every district in Bengal has its own Shahjahan Sheikhs, who help the TMC win elections. The attack on a team of Enforcement Directorate officials...

Bengal BJP looks to augment ground-level strength

To address this shortfall in numbers, the state BJP leadership has decided to induct members of other parties. With internal surveys indicating that the Bengal...

Congress leaders in Bengal rebel against High Command

The I.N.D.I.A. bloc may implode in West Bengal, with state leaders of the Congress Party adamantly opposing any tie-up with the Trinamool Congress. The...

‘Mamata desperate to ally with Congress to save home turf’

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is “desperate” to have a tie-up with the Congress Party, not to fight the...

Congress’ poor electoral show enthuses I.N.D.I.A. partners

The Congress’ poor show in the recently-held Assembly elections has come as a silent blessing for its I.N.D.I.A. bloc allies like the Trinamool Congress...

Bengal BJP plans to hit Mamatawhereit hurts, her image

KOLKATA The Bharatiya Janata Party is poised to launch a direct attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, targeting her personally in its campaign...

West Bengal cops lose sheen as politics takes command

Under Mamata Banerjee as CM and Home Minister, the police force in Bengal works as a mere extension of TMC, alleges the Opposition in...

Abhishek ring-fences his constituency as opponents eye Diamond Harbour

NEW DELHI Months before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, battle lines are already being drawn in Diamond Harbour constituency in West Bengal as rival parties...

Bengal’s finances in doldrums: Mamata paying the price of freebies

Bad news continues to dog West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose two ministers, two MLAs and numerous party leaders are in CBI and...

Probe Mamata’s role in ration scam, urges Suvendu Adhikari

Former Food Minister Jyotipriya Mallick was arrested in the early hours of Friday in the alleged scam. Suvendu Adhikari, the BJP’s Leader of the Opposition,...

Mamata lashes out at Centre for ED raids as key aides face graft music

The Bengal Chief Minister has termed the ED actions against Opposition leaders as ‘a dirty political game’. With two Ministers and two MLAs behind bars...

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