HindustanTimes Tue,04 Aug 2015

50 new faces in CPM draft list, 3 ministers dropped

The CPI(M) has dropped three sitting ministers from the draft list of candidates, and included 50 new faces, in a bid to counter its first formidable foe in 33 years —Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

State faces debt trap: Pranab

Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee sounded a debt-trap warning to Mamata Banerjee, widely...

Mamata to share dais with Sonia, PM

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will share the dais with Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi...

Battle for Bengal
Bengal rushes to stock blood

The fear of violence in the run-up to the West Bengal polls and immediately after them has made the state AIDS prevention and control society (WBSAP&CS) ask government blood banks to store blood collected from voluntary blood donation camps. Subhendu Maiti reports.

Trinamool firms up pact with Cong, offers 58 seats

Blowin' in the wind

Cong blinks, gets 65

Opinion that matters

A change of pace

From eating at KFC to catching a movie at a multiplex or enjoying a drink and shaking a leg at a lounge bar — Siliguri has definitely changed. But industries and employment opportunities remain scarce. Surbek Biswas reports.
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Mamata won’t contest Bengal assembly polls

Mamataa Banerjee

Despite having been described — and even addressed in some quarters — as West Bengal’s chief minister-in-waiting, Trinamool Congress chief and railway minister Mamata Banerjee has decided not contest the 2011 assembly polls. Arindam Sarkar and Ravik Bhattacharya report.

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Campus Adda
Simple eating & high politicking

Bengali star Chiranjeet camapaigns for the polls
Aam pora shorbot. Nimboo paani. Biscuits and chilled mineral water. Even as candidates begin to travel far and wide into their constituencies to meet the electorate, they are taking extra precautions to beat the summer sun and the ailments that come along with it. Nandini Guha reports.

Campus Adda
Mamata has not done anything for people

CPI(M) flag
A member of the CPI(M) central committee, the Bengal secretariat and the Rajya Sabha, Shyamal Chakraborty has always been much more than a leader of the CITU. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

Cong takes on Trinamool in Howrah

They may be alliance partners but not in Howrah, where the Congress and Trinamool are eyeball to eyeball. HT reports.
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Political History:
Traditionally a stronghold of the Congress, the Raiganj constituency in North Dinajpur includes the Raiganj municipality and five gram panchayat areas. The Congress is in control of all these bodies....... Read More


Political History:
Since 1977 the CPI(M) has won five out of seven Assembly polls from this constituency in Murshidabad district, including the last two terms. However, the Marxists always faced a tough challenge from the Congress. Read More
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Shoumik Hossain

The young Turk who’s taking on old guard

Youngest Congress candidate in Murshidabad Shoumik Hossain’s battle at Domkal seat is not only against the Left. He will also have to face stiff “opposition” from some Congressmen in Domkal, who aren’t happy with his candidature. Sagarnil Mukherjee reports.

Forgive us for our mistakes: Suryakanta

Forgive us if we have done anything wrong: That’s how Suryakanta Mishra, health minister of the seventh Left Front government, started off his election campaign at Narayangarh in West Midnapore on Sunday. HT reports.
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