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Congress, CPI(M) may join hands with Owaisi’s ally for a third front in Bengal

At least three senior Congress leaders met influential cleric Abbas Siddiqui for a pre-poll alliance since his meeting with Asaduddin Owaisi earlier this month as political parties are vying for the state’s 30 per cent Muslim votes

BJP will win over 200 seats in Bengal polls: Union Minister Prahlad Patel

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CBI, WB police head for showdown on summons in smuggling cases

Kolkata: The CBI and the West Bengal police are heading for a showdown over the central agency serving notices to six senior state police officers in connection with ongoing investigations into multi-crore cattle and coal smuggling cases.

With ‘fistful’ of rice, Nadda seeks to conquer Bengal amid farm protests

Kolkata: With the Modi government locked in a who blinks first with farmers at Delhi's borders, BJP chief J P Nadda Saturday reached out to tillers in faraway Bengal with the promise of "justice", as he sought a "fistful" of rice from them in solidarity and hope of a bumper harvest in the assembly polls. A month after his convoy was attacked by alleged r...

AIMIM’s Bengal acting president joins Trinamool ahead of state polls

Kolkata: Sk Abdul Kalam, the acting West Bengal unit president of AIMIM, joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday along with several other members of the Asaduddin Owaisi-led party, months ahead of the assembly elections.

A fistful of rice to instill faith: BJP’s Bengal mantra to woo farmers

Kolkata: BJP president JP Nadda on Saturday (January 9) will launch his party’s door-to-door campaign to woo farmers of the state and to dispel anti-farmer charges against the Centre amidst call by farmer bodies to intensify their stir. Nadda will launch the BJP’s Ek Mutho Chal (fistful of rice grains) programme wherein the party set a target to visit ov...

Sena begins alliance talks in poll-bound Bengal, eyes BJP vote bank

Kolkata: The Shiv Sena has initiated discussions with a radical pro-Bengali political outfit called Amra Bangali to forge an alliance to contest at least 100 seats in the ensuing assembly elections in West Bengal.

Quitting politics to work for sports development: Bengal ex-minister

Kolkata: Two days after resigning as state minister and TMC president of Howrah Zilla (sadar), former Bengal Ranjhi team captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Thursday said that he is "quitting" politics for the time being, as he wants to work for the development of sports. "I do not want to be in politics for the time being. That's why I have resigned," Shukla ...

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The Centre is conducting the second dry run for the proposed COVID vaccination programme in 737 districts across the country on Friday (January 8). The exercise is aimed at ironing out deficiencies in the process and logistics for the vaccination drive and also to fix glitches, if any, in the CoWIN app that will be used for it.

Ageing CPI(M) to turn to youth power to revive electoral fortune  

Kolkata: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is finally turning to youth power, deciding to field candidates below the age of 40 years in most seats in the West Bengal assembly elections. The decision is a departure from its age-old policy of relying heavily on ageing veterans to rule the roost, and a much sought-for attempt to reinvigorate the party’...

Bengal minister quits post; Mamata says he wants to return to sports

In a fresh exit, West Bengal's Sports Minister and former cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Tuesday resigned from the post, raising speculations in view of the numerous defections to the BJP that the Trinamool Congress saw in the past few weeks.

Setback for Owaisi: Influential Muslim group opposes his Bengal poll plan

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, which has a strong hold among Muslims in West Bengal, on Monday said it would launch a state-wide movement to prevent any attempt to divide minority votes on communal lines.

In ‘skeleton on the roof’ case, woman arrested from Ranchi

Kolkata: Bidhannagar police probing the case of a skeleton in the rooftop of a house in Salt Lake area of the city, has arrested a woman in her early 20s from a hideout in Ranchi, police said on Friday.

Following in Suvendu’s footsteps, brother Soumendu quits TMC, joins BJP

Trinamool Congress leader and brother of former state minister Suvendu Adhikari, Soumendu Adhikari on Friday (January 1) quit the party to join the BJP. Soumendu, a TMC councillor was recently removed as the chairperson of the Kanthi municipality in East Midnapore district by the Mamata Banerjee government. He joined the BJP with several TMC ...

CBI gets proactive in Bengal ahead of polls, raids TMC leader

The CBI carried out raids at the residences of a few businessmen, including a TMC leader, in and around Kolkata on Thursday (December 31) in connection with cattle smuggling and illegal coal trade. The raids were part of the renewed proactiveness of the central investigating agencies in Bengal ahead of the assembly election due in less than six months.

Learning from Bihar loss, Cong zeroes in on winnable seats in Bengal

Learning a lesson from its Bihar experience, the Congress high command has instructed its Bengal unit to be realistic while bargaining for seat-sharing with alliance partner, the Left Front

TMC MPs write to President Kovind seeking Bengal governor’s removal

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has been publicly expressing his dissatisfaction with Trinamool Congress (TMC) for some months

Bengal’s land acquisition policy hurdle in its image makeover attempt

Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress government's land acquisition policy is getting in the way of its attempt to shed the anti-industry charges it has been facing since coming to power in 2011 riding on Singur-Nandigram land movement.

Ashamed I was in TMC for 21 years: Suvendu Adhikari

Suvendu Adhikari, who recently left the Trinamool Congress to join the BJP in West Bengal, on Saturday (December 26) said he was ashamed of being associated with the Mamata Banerjee-led party for 21 years. “The political party I had been associated with earlier has no discipline now. It has turned into a company from a party. I am ashamed of hav...

Visva-Bharati varsity terms Amartya Sen ‘illegal occupant’

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed solidarity with Nobel laureate Amartya Sen after Visva-Bharati University (VBU), a central university, named him in its list of illegal occupants on the campus.

Centre indulging in propaganda for petty political gains: Mamata

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday (December 26), for "misleading farmers with half-truth and distorted facts" instead of addressing their issues

PM’s remark at Visva Bharati about Tagore’s Gujarat link angers TMC

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s virtual address at the Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal on its centenary on Thursday angered Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who repeated her earlier vow to “not allow Bengal turn into Gujarat”.`

Congress to ally with the Left for Bengal polls next year

The Congress has officially given the go-ahead to form an alliance with the Left Front to contest the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections, the state party chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Thursday (December 24)

Turf war deepens in Bengal; TMC, BJP try to put house in order

Kolkata: The BJP has started cracking the whip to curb rebellion in the party over the entry of ‘outsiders’ while a besieged Trinamool Congress has launched a counterthrust to defend its turf. This comes amidst politics of one-upmanship in poll-bound West Bengal getting murkier to the extent of even dividing a family. Less than a week ago, the BJP eng...

BJP, TMC clash in Suvendu stronghold Ramnagar, many injured

A clash broke out between Trinamool Congress and BJP activists at Ramnagar in West Bengal, on Wednesday (December 23), leaving several injured

Amit Shah wrong on Bengal, owes me a dhokla treat: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Tuesday (December 22), challenged Union Home Minister Amit Shah's claims that Bengal's economy has done poorly under her watch. She said the Shah owed her a "dhokla" treat after being "proved wrong"

‘Govt at your doorstep’ scheme keeps TMC’s Assembly polls hopes alive

The ‘Duare Sarkar’ programme was rolled out on December 1 and will continue till January 31. In the first phase camps were held from December 1-11. The second phase that started on December 15 will continue till January 4. The third phase will be held from January 2-12 and fourth from January 18-30.

BJP MP’s wife joins Trinamool Cong, he plans to send her divorce notice

Trinamool Congress opened its account in the game of defections as it managed to rope in the influential wife of a BJP member of parliament after a number of people close to Mamata left her for good.

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Election strategist Prashant Kishor, who has been roped in by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for engineering her Trinamool Congress’s campaign for the 2021 state assembly polls, has said the BJP will “struggle to cross double digits” in the state.
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