PM Modi reaches Brigade ground stage
PM Modi reaches Brigade ground stage(Persicope/Twitter)

Highlights: BJP is not an outsider, we have Bengal in our DNA, says PM Modi

  • This will be PM Modi's first rally in the state since the election commission announced the dates for the assembly election. However, PM Modi has visited the state multiple times in the past few months. Corruption has peaked so much that TMC ready to play Corruption Olympics: PM Modi
By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:21 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Kolkata on Sunday to address a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in West Bengal, where assembly elections will be held later this month. This is the Prime Minister's first rally in the eastern state since the Election Commission of India announced the dates for the assembly polls. PM Modi has visited the state multiple times in the past few months to boost the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chances in the high-stakes poll.

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Actor Mithun Chakraborty also joined the BJP ahead of Modi's rally. According to news agency ANI, BJP leaders have claimed that the rally is expected to be attended by at least 700,000 people. More than 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city and drones are also being used to monitor the venue.

Assembly elections in West Bengal will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29 and the results for the polls to the 294-seat assembly will be declared on May 2.Meanwhile, chief minister Mamata Banerjee is also set to hold a roadshow against the rising price of LPG cylinder.


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  • MAR 07, 2021 03:40 PM IST

    Are founders of Indian National Congress or Mao-Lenin-Marx not outsiders, asks PM Modi

    "I have known Didi for several years but this is not the Didi who stood up against the Left Front govt. Her remote control is elsewhere. We are outsiders, they say, are the founders of Congress’ not outsiders? Are Marx, Lenin, Mao not outsiders? But our leader was Syama Prasad Mookerjee so Bengal is in BJP’s DNA. We are indebted to Bengal", PM Modi said.

  • MAR 07, 2021 03:37 PM IST

    'Bhoy paben na': PM Modi says TMC's game is over

    PM Modi tells people to vote fearlessly and not fear TMC's goons.

  • MAR 07, 2021 03:29 PM IST

    People say I work for my friends, yes I do because my friends are the poor and needy: PM Modi

    PM Modi said that people who are impoverished and needy are the ones who are his real friends. He says he made sure his 'friends' receive government's aid like ration during lockdown, free gas cylinders to the poor people and free vaccines for the elderly.

  • MAR 07, 2021 03:24 PM IST

    Not only Bengal's daughter, maybe Didi should realise she is also India's daughter: PM Modi

    PM Modi asks Mamata Banerjee to consider herself as India's daughter and not limit herself to idea that she is solely 'Bengal's daughter'.

  • MAR 07, 2021 03:21 PM IST

    PM Modi says he is surprised to see Didi's scooty take a sudden turn towards Nandigram

    PM Modi says Didi's scooty has taken a sudden turn towards Nandigram when it was supposed to stop at Bhawanipore. He was referring to Mamata Banerjee's protest move where she was seen sitting in a scooty in order to protest against rising fuel prices. He was also talking about Banerjee's decision to contest from Nandigram

  • MAR 07, 2021 03:14 PM IST

    You were chosen to be Bengal's Didi, why did you choose to love only 1 nephew, says PM

    PM Modi says Mamata Banerjee has forgotten that she herself was against politics of nepotism. He also asked why did she choose to love only 1 nephew when there are thousands of nephews and nieces across Bengal who want similar attention.

  • MAR 07, 2021 03:10 PM IST

    PM Modi says Bengal's mothers have 'wept endlessly' due to 'state-sponsored atrocities'

    PM Modi says Bengal's mothers and daughter have shed their tears because the government in the state has not done anything for women safety and left many mothers childless with political killings.

  • MAR 07, 2021 03:07 PM IST

    Has the TMC brought change in the lives of people of Bengal: PM Modi

    PM Modi says TMC failed to bring the promised 'change' to the lives of people and has also failed to bring the changes to lives of its government employees.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:59 PM IST

    'Commissionbaji will not stop developmental works anymore': PM

    PM says roads leading to airport, Kolkata Metro expansion and regularisation of slums has been halted due to the practice of commissionbaji. He says it is time for BJP to come to power and end that practice.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:57 PM IST

    No one can stop Kolkata from becoming a futuristic city: PM

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that Kolkata's citizens wish to see their city be on the top of list of cities which rank high on the livability index. He promised that BJP will fulfil that target.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:54 PM IST

    Come 2047, it will be Bengal which will lead India, Prime Minister says

    PM Modi says come 2047, when India will complete 100 years of its independence, Bengal will lead India.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:53 PM IST

    Today a son of the soil has joined us, he knows how Bengal has fared in the last few years: PM Modi on Mithun Chakraborty

    PM Modi says 'Banglar Chele' (son of Bengal) Mithun Chakraborty has joined BJP because he knows how much Bengal has suffered.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:50 PM IST

    'Ashol Poriborton' is the mantra of Bengal BJP: PM Modi

    PM Modi says leaders of Bengal BJP are working to bring all round development to Bengal. He says it is time for development and not for appeasement.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:46 PM IST

    Some people may feel it is already May 2: PM Modi

    PM Modi, amid rousing chants of BJP supporters cheering his every line, says that people here may feel that it is already May 2. He also says that it is time for 'ashol poriborton' and 'time to end tyranny of the current government.'

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:44 PM IST

    Left and Congress have a anti-Bengal agenda, PM Modi

    PM Modi said in this tripartite contest it is the Left and Congress who have an anti-Bengal mentality.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:43 PM IST

    Cadres of Mamata didi have terrorised Bengal, says PM Modi

    'The people who have gathered here are evidence of the hope that is being nurtured by the people who will vote out Trinamool Congress in the upcoming elections," PM Modi said.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:40 PM IST

    This ground has seen several patriots: PM Modi

    PM Modi says that Brigade Ground has seen several large gatherings but the ground has also been witness to several political parties who have halted the development of Bengal.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:34 PM IST

    PM Modi begins speech with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and Vande Mataram chants

    BJP leader Dilip Ghosh and actor Mithun Chakrabarti greeted PM Modi with uttariyos.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:25 PM IST

    'If you are walking in the right direction, keep walking': Supriyo

    Union minister Babul Supriyo says able people will now take Bengal to new heights under the leadership of Narendra Modi.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:24 PM IST

    Chaudhuri says no more 'khela', time for 'development'

    Union minister for state ministry of women and child development says Bengal's citizens have no time for 'khela' which took lives of several people. She says BJP will bring new era of development.

  • MAR 07, 2021 02:18 PM IST

    Dilip Ghosh asks BJP supporters to not move forward breaking the barricades

    West Bengal BJP leader Dilip Ghosh asks a section of BJP supporters to stay put in their places and not to rush towards the barricades separating the crowd from the stage.

  • MAR 07, 2021 01:58 PM IST

    PM Modi lands in Kolkata ahead of mega rally

    The Prime Minister said he is looking forward to interacting with the people of Bengal.

  • MAR 07, 2021 01:45 PM IST

    TMC has become pvt limited company: Suvendu Adhikari

    Trinamool Congress is not a political party, it has become a private limited company. Its chairman is called Mamata Banerjee and its MD is Tolabaaz Bhaipo, says BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari at Brigade Parade Ground, Kolkata

  • MAR 07, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    Actor Mithun Chakrabarty joins BJP

    Actor Mithun Chakrabarty joins Bharatiya Janata Party at Brigade Parade Ground.

  • MAR 07, 2021 01:03 PM IST

    West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh greets Mithun Chakrabarty

    Actor Mithun Chakraborty at Brigade Parade Ground, (ANI)
    Actor Mithun Chakraborty at Brigade Parade Ground, (ANI)

    West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh greets actor Mithun Chakrabarty at Brigade Parade Ground ahead of the rally. BJP's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya also present at the stage.

  • MAR 07, 2021 12:44 PM IST

    Actor Mithun Chakrabarty arrives at stage

  • MAR 07, 2021 12:32 PM IST

    Supporters start to gather at the ground ahead of rally

    A BJP worker holds party flag and banners ahead of PM Narendra Modi's election rally at the brigade parade ground, in Kolkata. (ANI Photo)
    A BJP worker holds party flag and banners ahead of PM Narendra Modi's election rally at the brigade parade ground, in Kolkata. (ANI Photo)
  • MAR 07, 2021 11:56 AM IST

    Police to monitor security with drone cameras

    The preparations are in full swing for the PM Modi rally. As per report, police will use drone cameras to monitor the situation.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah waves his hand to the supporters during a roadshow, in Krishnanagar Uttar on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah waves his hand to the supporters during a roadshow, in Krishnanagar Uttar on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Extended election campaign pushed Covid-19 cases jump in rural Bengal

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2021 07:40 PM IST
Most medical professionals blame the mass gatherings at election rallies for the huge surge in the disease.
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. (HT file)
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. (HT file)

Bengal facing twin challenges of Covid-19, post-poll violence: Guv Dhankhar

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2021 04:13 PM IST
  • Governor Dhankhar said he was shocked by incidents of attack following the West Bengal assembly elections, and decided to visit various places affected by the post-poll violence in the interest of the people.
A person injured in the clashes during the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly elections, in Cooch Behar, being taken away on April 10. (File photo) Exclusive
A person injured in the clashes during the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly elections, in Cooch Behar, being taken away on April 10. (File photo)

In Bengal’s post-poll political violence, a battle of narratives

UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2021 12:13 PM IST
The BJP has alleged 17 of its workers have been killed in nine days in Bengal’s post-verdict political violence, the TMC has accused the BJP of spreading fake news on social media, while police investigation into some of the alleged murders pointed at either suicide or unnatural death
Elections to two constituencies of West Bengal -- Samsherganj and Jangipur -- will take place on Thursday under tight security.(PTI)
Elections to two constituencies of West Bengal -- Samsherganj and Jangipur -- will take place on Thursday under tight security.(PTI)

West Bengal: Elections to Samsherganj, Jangipur assembly seats today

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2021 06:24 AM IST
Reaul Haque, the Congress candidate from Samsherganj assembly constituency in Murshidabad district, died due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on April 15. Pradip Kumar Nandi, the Revolutionary Socialist Party candidate from Jangipur, also succumbed to the infection on April 17.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar (ANI Photo)
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar (ANI Photo)

West Bengal: Guv Dhankhar to visit post-poll violence affected areas on May 13

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:05 PM IST
  • Dhankhar will visit West Bengal's Sitalkuchi and other places in Coochbehar where he will interact with victims of post-poll violence.
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar along with CM Mamata Banerjee pose for photographs with newly sworn-in ministers during a ceremony at Raj Bhavan, in Kolkata on May 10, 2021. (ANI Photo)
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar along with CM Mamata Banerjee pose for photographs with newly sworn-in ministers during a ceremony at Raj Bhavan, in Kolkata on May 10, 2021. (ANI Photo)

Mamata Banerjee inducts 43 ministers: Check full list of portfolios

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 10, 2021 06:56 PM IST
The TMC won the state assembly elections for a third consecutive time as it secured 213 of the total 294 assembly constituencies. Mamata Banerjee had taken oath as the chief minister of Bengal for a third time on May 5.
TMC supporters celebrate their party's lead in the West Bengal state legislative assembly elections on May 2. (File photo) Exclusive
TMC supporters celebrate their party's lead in the West Bengal state legislative assembly elections on May 2. (File photo)

In Bengal, the story of BJP, TMC and the Dalit and tribal vote

UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 12:37 PM IST
Bengal has 66 seats reserved for SC, which form roughly a quarter of the state’s population and 16 for ST, which make up about 6% of the population. SC seats are spread across the southwest, north and southern parts of the state while the ST seats are mainly in the north and western parts of the state
MHA officials at North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. (ANI)
MHA officials at North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. (ANI)

Four-member team from Centre in Bengal to investigate post-poll violence

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2021 05:12 PM IST
  • The four-member team, led by an additional secretary of the home ministry, is tasked with looking into reasons for the violence which took the lives of at least 16 people.
TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with party leader Biman Bandopadhyay during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected MLAs in the State Legislative Assembly, Kolkata. (PTI Photo)
TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with party leader Biman Bandopadhyay during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected MLAs in the State Legislative Assembly, Kolkata. (PTI Photo)

‘Need to accept people’s mandate and stop spreading Covid’: Mamata tells BJP

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 08:11 PM IST
  • Mamata also targeted the Prime Minister over the allocation of funds for vaccination purposes. She said that the money should be allocated for free vaccines rather than building statues and constructing a new Parliament building.
Union Minister and BJP leader V Muraleedharan's convoy being allegedly attacked by miscreants. (PTI Photo)
Union Minister and BJP leader V Muraleedharan's convoy being allegedly attacked by miscreants. (PTI Photo)

'If ministers can be attacked then people are not safe in Bengal': Javadekar

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 06:32 PM IST
  • Muraleedharan accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of perpetrating the attack on his convoy.
This scribe's photo was used by the BJP IT cell to claim that a BJP party worker has been killed. (YouTube/BharatiyaJanataParty)
This scribe's photo was used by the BJP IT cell to claim that a BJP party worker has been killed. (YouTube/BharatiyaJanataParty)

BJP shares photo of scribe, claims him to be party cadre killed in clashes

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 05:24 PM IST
Abhro, who lives in the national capital region, also shared the screenshot of the video from Facebook and also shared the link along with the tweet.
Tathagata Roy. (HT archive)
Tathagata Roy. (HT archive)

Ex-governor Tathagata Roy slams top BJP leaders for Bengal poll debacle

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 04:29 PM IST
Roy headed the Bengal unit of the BJP between 2002 and 2006. In back-to-back tweets on Thursday, he levelled allegations of incompetence against Dilip Ghosh, Kailash Vijayvargiya, national secretary Arvind Menon, and national joint general secretary (organisation) Shivprakash
The TMC has rejected the BJP’s allegations, with Mamata Banerjee saying: “I have noticed that violence and clashes are taking place in those areas where the BJP have won the elections. These places can be seen as black spots.”. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(PTI)
The TMC has rejected the BJP’s allegations, with Mamata Banerjee saying: “I have noticed that violence and clashes are taking place in those areas where the BJP have won the elections. These places can be seen as black spots.”. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(PTI)

Bengal police deny rape allegation as post-poll violence continues

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata/siliguri
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 04:41 AM IST
Till Tuesday, at least 12 people were killed in various political attacks and clashes that erupted ever since the assembly results were declared on May 2. On Wednesday, the bodies of two TMC workers were recovered in Cooch Behar and Alipurduar districts.
"As the constitutional head, as per my oath under Article 159 of the Constitution, I am called upon to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution, as also serve the people of state." said Jagdeep Dhankhar (PTI Photo)(PTI)
"As the constitutional head, as per my oath under Article 159 of the Constitution, I am called upon to protect, preserve and defend the Constitution, as also serve the people of state." said Jagdeep Dhankhar (PTI Photo)(PTI)

Mamata asked officials to not send me reports on post-poll violence: Governor

By Vinod Sharma, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 04:28 AM IST
"The home secretary conveyed to me that he has been instructed by her (CM) not to give a law and order update report asked by me, and also not to forward the reports that the DGP and the police commissioner had sent to him."
Mamata Banerjee was sworn-in by governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at 10.45am. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Mamata Banerjee was sworn-in by governor Jagdeep Dhankhar at 10.45am. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Mamata Banerjee takes oath as CM, says won’t tolerate violence

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2021 12:30 AM IST
In her brief speech, Mamata Banerjee appealed to all political parties to maintain peace. “No violence will be tolerated. We will take stern action,” she said.
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