Tanmay Chatterjee

Tanmay Chatterjee has spent more than three decades covering regional and national politics, internal security, intelligence, defence and corruption. He also plans and edits special features on subjects ranging from elections to festivals.

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Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Calcutta HC

An inquiry ordered by the Calcutta high court found TMC candidate Alo Rani Sarkar to be a Bangladeshi national by virtue of birth.
Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Calcutta HC
Bangladeshi national contested 2021 assembly seat for TMC, finds Calcutta HC
Updated on May 21, 2022 09:10 AM IST
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Markers of arson fresh, Bogtui village fears violence yet to come

Exactly two months ago, in one of Bengal’s most gruesome massacres, 10 people were burnt alive in Birbhum district’s Bogtui village, on the outskirts of Rampurhat town. Those that lived have not yet mustered the courage to return.
 (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2022 12:04 AM IST
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By, Bogtui

Amit Shah gives Bengal BJP leaders a pep talk, sets roadmap for 2024 elections

Union home minister Amit Shah told the Bengal BJP leaders how he and other leaders had to struggle in Gujarat when the BJP was in the opposition but they kept at it
Union home minister Amit Shah told Bengal BJP leaders that the party getting 77 seats in last year’s elections was no mean achievement (PTI)
Union home minister Amit Shah told Bengal BJP leaders that the party getting 77 seats in last year’s elections was no mean achievement (PTI)
Updated on May 06, 2022 11:28 PM IST
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Chidambaram faces protest from Congress-affiliated lawyers

Lawyers claiming to be affiliated with the Congress on Wednesday protested against senior party leader and eminent lawyer P Chidambaram outside the Calcutta high court for opposing a petition filed by party’s West Bengal unit president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
Congress leader P Chidambaram faces protest outside Calcutta high court on Wednesday. (ANI)
Congress leader P Chidambaram faces protest outside Calcutta high court on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on May 05, 2022 12:05 AM IST
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By, Kolkata

Lawyer Chidambaram opposes Cong leader’s plea in Calcutta high court; heckled

P Chidambaram drew flak from lawyers affiliated to the Congress after he opposed a petition filed by party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Calcutta high court.
A group of lawyers affiliated to the Congress started shouting slogans at P Chidambaram when he was leaving the Calcutta high court premises on Wednesday. (Video grab/ANI)
A group of lawyers affiliated to the Congress started shouting slogans at P Chidambaram when he was leaving the Calcutta high court premises on Wednesday. (Video grab/ANI)
Updated on May 04, 2022 07:52 PM IST
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Uncertainty over TMC MLA Supriyo’s swearing in

West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has entrusted deputy speaker Asish Banerjee to administer the oath of office to Babul Supriyo. Asish Banerjee has refused to carry out the responsibility, saying it is inappropriate for him to perform the duty when the speaker is in office.
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo, who joined the TMC in September 2021 after being dropped from the Union government, won the Ballygunge assembly seat by over 20,000 votes. (PTI PHOTO.)
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo, who joined the TMC in September 2021 after being dropped from the Union government, won the Ballygunge assembly seat by over 20,000 votes. (PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on May 03, 2022 04:15 AM IST
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Fears of resurging Maoism in western Bengal after 11-year hiatus

In the past three weeks, handwritten posters bearing the name of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), have reappeared in the western districts of West Bengal bordering Jharkhand.
Security personnel during search operation against Maoists in Jharkhand's Latehar on April 26 (ANI Photo)
Security personnel during search operation against Maoists in Jharkhand's Latehar on April 26 (ANI Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2022 12:10 PM IST
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Babul Supriyo faces ‘minority’ challenge in Kolkata by-poll

He quit the Bharatiya Janata Party last year after being dropped from the Union council of ministers and joined West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo. (PTI/File)
Former Union minister Babul Supriyo. (PTI/File)
Updated on Apr 06, 2022 01:51 PM IST
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Held for Birbhum massacre, Anarul Hossain’s removal was stopped by veteran TMC MLA

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited Bogtui on March 24 and said in public that Hossain must be arrested because he did not inform the police when the villagers were attacked.
Anarul Hossain, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) community block unit president was arrested by a special investigation team (SIT) of the Bengal police on March 25, hours after the Calcutta high court ordered a CBI probe into the massacre. (PTI PHOTO.)
Anarul Hossain, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) community block unit president was arrested by a special investigation team (SIT) of the Bengal police on March 25, hours after the Calcutta high court ordered a CBI probe into the massacre. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 09:35 PM IST
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30 mins to cover less than 1 km: Station diary shows delay by police in Birbhum

Nine people – six women, two children and a man -- died in the massacre that followed the murder of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Bhadu Sheikh on the night of March 21.
The CBI is investigating the killings of nine people in Bogtui village (PTI)
The CBI is investigating the killings of nine people in Bogtui village (PTI)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 11:56 PM IST
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Birbhum massacre: Police took 30 minutes to cover 1km, shows diary entry

Birbhum SP has confirmed the diary entries and said that it could not have taken the police 30 minutes to reach the village from Bogtui intersection.
When the Birbhum massacre was on, police took 30 minutes to cover a distance less than 1km to reach the spot, entries made in the policy daily diary revealed. (PTI)
When the Birbhum massacre was on, police took 30 minutes to cover a distance less than 1km to reach the spot, entries made in the policy daily diary revealed. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 30, 2022 09:07 PM IST
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Birbhum victims hacked before being set on fire, alleges TMC leader

Birbhum violence: In two videos, a family member of one of the victims and a local panchayat member said the victims were attacked with axes and then burnt alive in the West Bengal village.
Birbhum, violence: Brunt house of Fatik Sheikh at Bogtui village of West Bengal’s Birbhum district. (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Birbhum, violence: Brunt house of Fatik Sheikh at Bogtui village of West Bengal’s Birbhum district. (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2022 12:48 AM IST
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Illegal mining, extortion charges loom over Birbhum violence

Newton Sheikh, a member of Barshal panchayat, alleged in a video message on Thursday that Bhadu was involved in extorting money from sand and stone transporters.
Sand mining at Ajay river in Birbhum district. (Samir Jana/HT photo)
Sand mining at Ajay river in Birbhum district. (Samir Jana/HT photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 02:05 AM IST
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By, Bogtui

Didi faces Oppn, families’ ire over Birbhum killings

The eight people – most of whom were women and children – were burnt to death in a house on Monday night in Bogtui village, hours after a local Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader was killed in a bomb attack in public.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with the kin of the deceased in Birbhum on Thursday.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with the kin of the deceased in Birbhum on Thursday.
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 01:08 AM IST
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ByTanmay Chatterjee and Joydeep Thakur, Birbhum/kolkata

Fear and resentment shroud Ground Zero of Bengal arson

The Calcutta high court on Wednesday sought a report from the West Bengal government on the Birbhum violence by 2pm on Thursday
Eight people were burnt to death in the Rampurhat area of Birbhum on Monday night after a mob set houses on fire following the killing of TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh. (HT photo)
Eight people were burnt to death in the Rampurhat area of Birbhum on Monday night after a mob set houses on fire following the killing of TMC leader Bhadu Sheikh. (HT photo)
Updated on Mar 24, 2022 04:57 AM IST
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“Khamosh”: Actor Shatrughan Sinha adds flavor to Bengal Lok Sabhaby-poll

Shatrughan Sinha. 76, is the TMC candidate from Asansol in West Burdwan district, which was vacated by former union minister Babul Supriyo after he joined the TMC last year.
Paschim Bardhaman: Bollywood actor and TMC leader Shatrughan Sinha takes part in a procession before filing his nomination papers from Asansol constituency for the Lok Sabha by-polls, in Paschim Bardhaman district, on Monday (PTI)
Paschim Bardhaman: Bollywood actor and TMC leader Shatrughan Sinha takes part in a procession before filing his nomination papers from Asansol constituency for the Lok Sabha by-polls, in Paschim Bardhaman district, on Monday (PTI)
Published on Mar 22, 2022 01:52 AM IST
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CPI(M) fields actor Naseeruddin Shah’s niece Saira Halim for Kolkata by-poll

Saira Shah Halim will be contesting against singer-turned-politician and former union minister of state Babul Supriyo, fielded by the TMC.
Saira Shah Halim was a vocal activist during the anti-CAA-NRC protests. (Facebook/Saira Shah Halim)
Saira Shah Halim was a vocal activist during the anti-CAA-NRC protests. (Facebook/Saira Shah Halim)
Published on Mar 17, 2022 01:13 AM IST
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As the CPI(M) makes a comeback in Bengal civic polls, BJP see TMC’s hand

  • Days after, saffron camp leaders raised allegations of rigging and violence, BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar claimed that the CPI(M)’s resurgence was “sponsored” by the TMC.
The BJP could not win even one municipality despite being the TMC’s principal adversary since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (ANI)
The BJP could not win even one municipality despite being the TMC’s principal adversary since the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (ANI)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 11:56 AM IST
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Ukraine crisis: Indian restaurant in Budapest serves free meals to evacuees

Kulvinder Singh Jham , the restaurant owner, said being a devout Sikh, he immediately opened a langar (community kitchen) to serve the food
Indian students at the Maharaja restaurant in Budapest. (HT PHOTO)
Indian students at the Maharaja restaurant in Budapest. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 04, 2022 08:27 AM IST
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At Anis Khan’s village, locals point finger at TMC, police for his death

Salem Khan, father of the former student of Kolkata’s Aliah University, alleged that Anis was thrown off the roof by three civic police volunteers, who ran up the stairs soon after he opened the main gate on hearing them knock at 1.10am on February 19.
At Bengal student leader Anis Khan’s village, locals point finger at TMC, police for his death
At Bengal student leader Anis Khan’s village, locals point finger at TMC, police for his death
Updated on Feb 27, 2022 05:28 AM IST
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RSS holds meet in Naxalbari, plans to set up units in West Bengal, Sikkim

Union home minister Amit Shah in 2017 launched the BJP’s expansion plans in Naxalbari and had lunch at a tribal home there
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (PTI)
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 21, 2022 03:30 PM IST
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TMC retains Abhishek Banerjee as national general secretary

The TMC chief also rewarded her trusted aides by giving them plum posts, amid a rift between the old guard and the new.
TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee was reappointed as the party’s national general secretary on Friday. (ANI)
TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee was reappointed as the party’s national general secretary on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 19, 2022 01:42 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Kolkata

Hemmed in by Mamata loyalists on all sides, Abhishek Banerjee retains portfolio in TMC

Mamata Banerjee made Rajya Sabha member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy the national spokesperson although Derek O’Brien played the role in Delhi for almost 15 years. Another veteran, Saugata Roy, found no place in the new national working committee.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee once again made her nephew Abhishek Banerjee the party’s national general secretary on Friday. (PTI PHOTO.)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee once again made her nephew Abhishek Banerjee the party’s national general secretary on Friday. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Feb 18, 2022 11:48 PM IST
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BJP’s defeat in 4 Bengal cities increases rumblings against state leadership

The BJP petition has sought re-election following its stunning defeat in the previous round of civic body elections. The petition will be heard on Wednesday.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate during counting day of four municipal bodies election, at Salt Lake in Kolkata, Monday, February 14. (PTI)
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate during counting day of four municipal bodies election, at Salt Lake in Kolkata, Monday, February 14. (PTI)
Published on Feb 16, 2022 02:46 AM IST
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Mamata calls meeting amid TMC rumblings over ‘one-man-one-post’

The party had adopted the policy during its organisational rejig last year. Abhishek has been an outspoken advocate of the policy since 2021, when he was made TMC national general secretary
Kolkata, India - Feb. 2, 2022: All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the media after being re-elected as chairperson of the party, at Netaji Indoor stadium, in Kolkata, India, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times) (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Kolkata, India - Feb. 2, 2022: All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the media after being re-elected as chairperson of the party, at Netaji Indoor stadium, in Kolkata, India, on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times) (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 11, 2022 11:33 PM IST
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Loyalists of Mamata, Abhishek face off amid social media row, leaders to meet

Top TMC leaders said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee asked four of her loyalists and Abhishek Banerjee to attend an emergency meeting at her residence on Saturday afternoon although Bengal will witness polls at four important civic bodies during the day.
West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee has called an emergency meeting of a few select TMC leaders at her residence on Saturday afternoon. (HT PHOTO.)
West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee has called an emergency meeting of a few select TMC leaders at her residence on Saturday afternoon. (HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 12, 2022 05:48 AM IST
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By, Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee’s election agent named in 5 post-poll violence cases by CBI

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s election agent during the April 2021 election from Nandigram has been named in five cases of post-poll violence
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses an event in Kolkata on Thursday during distribution of land rights to the refugees (PTI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses an event in Kolkata on Thursday during distribution of land rights to the refugees (PTI)
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 01:36 AM IST
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‘Internal matter,’ says Mamata as slugfest begins in Trinamool over I-PAC

Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra, I-PAC officials dismissed speculations over TMC severing ties with Prashant Kishor.
Asked about I-PAC, Mamata Banerjee, who left for Uttar Pradesh on Monday to campaign for the Samajwadi Party, said it was an internal matter of the party. (PTI PHOTO.)
Asked about I-PAC, Mamata Banerjee, who left for Uttar Pradesh on Monday to campaign for the Samajwadi Party, said it was an internal matter of the party. (PTI PHOTO.)
Published on Feb 07, 2022 10:36 PM IST
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Differences between CM Mamata, Abhishek led to civic poll candidature fiasco: TMC leaders

Discrepancies in around 150 of 2200 names in two lists announced almost simultaneously on Friday evening triggered agitations on Saturday in 19 Bengal districts where elections will be held in two phases in February.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee did not see eye to eye over the list of candidates for Bengal civic polls that led to large scale protests in the state on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee did not see eye to eye over the list of candidates for Bengal civic polls that led to large scale protests in the state on Saturday. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Feb 06, 2022 11:28 PM IST
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BJP turns spotlight on 1979 killings of refugees in Bengal

KOLKATA: Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders on Monday paid homage to the refugees from Bangladesh, who were allegedly killed in police firing in West Bengal’s Marichjhapi on January 31, 1979
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Published on Feb 01, 2022 02:56 PM IST
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