West Bengal: BJP explores options to enforce anti-defection law

In the previous assembly, 18 lawmakers of the Congress and the Left had defected to the TMC without having to resign from the assembly

Mukul Roy is back in Trinamool; party says more leaders on their way

Ending weeks of speculati...

Telemedicine helping rural patients of Bengal get proper COVID treatment

Nur Nabi Mondal (40) of Babu Para village in Murshidabad had severe cough and body pain, typical COVID symptoms. His wife’s immediate concern was to provide him the right medical assistance, which was available at a primary healthcare centre some 10 kilometres away.
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Trinamool Congress to look beyond Bengal, fight state polls

After sweeping the recent assembly elections and eliminating the possibility of a saffron surge in West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress now plans to look beyond the state. Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Monday (June 8), TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee said that the party plans to branch out across the country with a primar...

Mukul Roy’s son says he is ‘grateful to Mamata Banerjee’

After getting a massive mandate in the recent West Bengal elections, Trinamool Congress seems to be consolidating its base further by trying to win back old guards.

With Prashant Kishor’s counsel, Mamata rejigs Trinamool’s battle lines

Mamata chaired a virtual meeting of Trinamool leaders on Saturday. It was attended by all MLAs elected to the assembly in the recently held election. Prashant Kishor, who masterminded the Trinamool’s win, was also present

Bengal considers vetiver grass as long-term solution to cyclone flooding

Taking serious note of the breaches, Banerjee criticised two former ministerial colleagues who have now switched over to the BJP, and advised the department to go for a nature-based solution to deal with the problem

Modi speaks to Mukul Roy amid rumours of his Trinamool ‘ghar wapsi’

During his visit Abhishek – nephew of Trinamool leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee – briefly met Roy’s son Subhranshu – who also defected to the BJP – and inquired about his mother’s health

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Centre hits back at Mamata, may file FIR against Chief Secretary

After West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stole a march over the Centre on Monday (May 31) evening in the ongoing bitter row over the Chief Secretary's transfer by appointing him as her Chief Advisor, the ball dropped back into the Centre’s court.

High drama: Mamata asks Chief Secy to retire, makes him chief adviser

In a sensational move, West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay retired as Chief Secretary on Monday (May 31) evening, openly defying the Centre's diktat. In what can be called a political masterstroke, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has appointed Bandyopadhyay as Chief Adviser to the West Bengal government for three years. According to reports, HK Dwivedi has taken over as the new Chief Secretary.

Mamata submits cyclone report to Modi at airbase, skips larger meeting

Mamata and Modi’s brief 15-minute meeting at the airbase was their first since the April-May assembly election in West Bengal, which Mamata’s Trinamool won. They last met face-to-face on January 23, at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial, to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose. On that evening, a furious Mamata walked off-stage after BJP supporters interrupted her speech with chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Mamata changes compensation plan for cyclone victims to stem corruption

Taking a cue from anomalies spotted in providing compensation in the aftermath of Cyclone Amphan last year, the West Bengal government has reversed the process of relief distribution to people affected by Cyclone Yaas.
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Bengal BJP leader Suvendu’s father, brother get Y-plus security cover

The Home Ministry has given Y-plus category security under the Central Reserve Police Force to Lok Sabha MPs Sisir Kumar Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari. They will be protected by a personal security officer each and 11 armed policemen, including commandos, according to the security protocol. An MP from Kanthi Lok Sabha seat, Sisir Kumar Adhikari...

Why Narada case arrests boomeranged on BJP in West Bengal

Critics have slammed the CBI action against Trinamool leaders as partisan and ill-timed; even party insiders say it reeks of vindictiveness as the party high-command smarts from the humiliating Assembly poll defeat

In shunning Centre’s security, BJP MLAs negate party narrative

Kolkata: About a dozen BJP legislators have shunned the central security cover, virtually negating the assessment of the law-and-order situation in the state by their party-led government at the Centre. They were provided the cover of the central paramilitary forces as the BJP-led government at the Centre has been trying to build a strong case of alleged...

Narada case: TMC ministers, leaders get bail after a day of high drama  

The court, however, did not find much merit in the CBI argument and granted bail to the accused in what is perceived as another important political victory for the TMC against its arch-rival BJP.

Narada case: TMC workers protest arrest of 4 leaders by CBI

The arrest of two senior West Bengal ministers, a sitting Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator and a former Kolkata mayor in Narada sting operation case by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday (May 17) has snowballed into a controversy with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee insisting that she too be arrested. The four -- Panchayat ministe...

‘Power trip:’ All BJP MLAs in Bengal to get central security cover

Days after BJP leader and party candidate from Tarakeswar, Swapan Dasgupta, lodged a police complaint against political violence in West Bengal, the Centre on Monday (May 10) provided central security for all 77 newly-elected MLAs of BJP.

Short of doctors, Bengal to rope in ‘quacks’ to treat COVID patients

Suprakash Roy has been in great demand in his village in Alipurduar district since the first wave of COVID-19 hit West Bengal around this time last year.

BJP picks Suvendu as Oppn Leader to take Mamata head-on

Hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took over as West Bengal’s Chief Minister,  the BJP on Monday unanimously elected her close-aide-turned bête noir Suvendu Adhikari as Leader of Opposition.

43-member Mamata team takes oath amid Governor’s dig

Banerjee is scheduled to hold a cabinet meeting at the Secretariat in which she is expected to allot portfolios to ministers

Chastened by election drubbing, Trinamool defectors eye ‘ghar wapsi’

Several BJP leaders now blame Trinamool Congress defectors and newly recruited celebrities for the party’s electoral debacle, even as some Trinamool deserters express a desire for ghar wapsi

Mamata flags up shortage of medical oxygen in second letter to PM

Banerjee, sworn in as chief minister on Wednesday, pointed to the increasing consumption of oxygen in the state and said demand had already gone up to 470 metric tonnes per day, and was expected to rise to 550 MT

‘A mercenary bunch’: BJP’s Tathagata Roy slams Bengal leaders for defeat

The "Kailash-Dilip-Shiv-Arvind (KDSA) foursome" sitting in West Bengal BJP headquarters gave party tickets to “incoming garbage from Trinamool", he said, calling them “a substandard, uninspired, mercenary bunch of people with no political insight”

Union minister Muraleedharan alleges attack by ‘TMC goons’ in Bengal

Post-poll violence in West Bengal continues unabated as Union minister V Muraleedharan on Thursday (May 6) said his convoy was attacked, allegedly by Trinamool Congress members, during a visit to the state.

Poll war won, tougher days await Mamata as chief minister

Kolkata: In the end, the Trinamool Congress’ win was much easier than predicted but tougher days await Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The 66-year-old firebrand leader was sworn in as Chief Minister for the third consecutive time on Wednesday (May 5). The biggest and immediate challenges for her government will be: tackling the deadly second wave of COVI...
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