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PM Modi urged citizens to vote in Phase 5 of West Bengal assembly polls in large numbers.

West Bengal Election Phase-5: PM Modi urges voters to turn up in large numbers

Written by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 07:25 AM IST
Amid a steep spike in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, West Bengal will vote in the fifth phase of elections, held on forty-five seats, including 21 reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC), across six districts.
The fifth phase is crucial for TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, since these are the regions where the BJP gained a significant foothold in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with the opposition party securing 45% vote share compared to TMC's 41.5%. (Representational Image / HT Photo)
The fifth phase is crucial for TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, since these are the regions where the BJP gained a significant foothold in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with the opposition party securing 45% vote share compared to TMC's 41.5%. (Representational Image / HT Photo)

Bengal polls, 5th phase: Hill districts in fray; TMC aims to regain lost ground

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 03:19 PM IST
In Phase 5 of the West Bengal assembly elections, 45 seats across five districts - Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Nadia, North 24 Parganas, and Purba Bardhaman - go into polls. The TMC is seeking to recover its lost ground, particularly in north Bengal, amid shifting political allegiances.
Polling for the fifth phase of the West Bengal elections will be conducted on April 17.(ANI)
Polling for the fifth phase of the West Bengal elections will be conducted on April 17.(ANI)

Covid-19 positive Congress candidate Reaul Haque dies at Kolkata hospital

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 06:04 PM IST
Haque passed away at a private hospital at around 3 am today. He was undergoing treatment after testing positive for Covid-19.
TMC MP Mahua Moitra (File Photo)
TMC MP Mahua Moitra (File Photo)

'Criminal negligence': Mahua Moitra slams EC over 8-phase WB polls amid Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2021 02:34 PM IST
Earlier this week, the Calcutta High Court had directed that all health-related guidelines should be maintained in the strictest possible manner with regard to campaigning by political parties for the West Bengal assembly polls in view of the resurgence in Covid-19 cases.
"I can say that after the elections are over, BJP will not even get 70 out of total of 294 seats," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.(AFP)
"I can say that after the elections are over, BJP will not even get 70 out of total of 294 seats," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.(AFP)

WB assembly polls: Mamata Banerjee says BJP will not win even 70 seats

PTI | | Posted by Srivatsan K C
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2021 04:14 PM IST
Speaking at a rally, Mamata Banerjee ridiculed Narendra Modi's recent claim that BJP had already won a 100 seats in the four phases of the election to the 294-seat assembly.
In a complaint lodged with the Election Commission, TMC said that Ghosh justified such 'murder' and threatened Bengal and its people of more such 'murders'.(PTI image)
In a complaint lodged with the Election Commission, TMC said that Ghosh justified such 'murder' and threatened Bengal and its people of more such 'murders'.(PTI image)

TMC demands ban on Dilip Ghosh's campaign over his statement on Cooch Behar

ANI |
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2021 08:08 AM IST
Violence erupted at a polling booth in Cooch Behar during the fourth round of polling. The ruling TMC alleged that Central forces opened fire twice at polling booths in Cooch Behar where people are casting their votes, killing four party workers.
People in a queue to cast vote during the fourth phase of polling in the West Bengal Assembly Election at DPS Ruby Park under Kasba constituency in Kolkata. (Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
People in a queue to cast vote during the fourth phase of polling in the West Bengal Assembly Election at DPS Ruby Park under Kasba constituency in Kolkata. (Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)

West Bengal records 76.16% voter turnout in violence-hit 4th phase of polls

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 11:44 PM IST
Voting was suspended at a booth in Sitalkuchi constituency of Cooch Behar.
Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are being held in eight phases. The votes will be counted on May 2.(AP Photo )
Elections for 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal are being held in eight phases. The votes will be counted on May 2.(AP Photo )

B K Hariprasad to be AICC in-charge for West Bengal polls

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 10, 2021 02:07 PM IST
Current AICC in-charge of West Bengal Jitin Prasada got down with Covid-19.
“Anguished over the demise of Bengal’s daughter Shova Majumdar ji, who was brutally beaten by TMC goons. The pain & wounds of her family will haunt Mamata didi for long," Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted.(ANI)
“Anguished over the demise of Bengal’s daughter Shova Majumdar ji, who was brutally beaten by TMC goons. The pain & wounds of her family will haunt Mamata didi for long," Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted.(ANI)

'Frustration...': Amit Shah reacts to Mamata Banerjee's 'block CRPF' remark

Written by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2021 01:41 PM IST
In a press conference, Amit Shah also urged everyone to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if they wanted West Bengal to be developed in line of their 'Sonar Bangla' view.
BJP leader Rajib Banerjee(File photo)
BJP leader Rajib Banerjee(File photo)

'Was cornered in TMC for resisting cut money culture...': Rajib Banerjee

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 07, 2021 05:27 PM IST
Rajib Banerjee also mocked the Trinamool Congress government for promoting the state's numero uno position in implementation of the MGNREGA, contending that the distinction is testimony of the lack of jobs for the youth of West Bengal.
Special Judge Geetanjali Goel directed former TMC MP K D Singh to furnish a bail bond of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5 lakh, with two sureties of like amount.
Special Judge Geetanjali Goel directed former TMC MP K D Singh to furnish a bail bond of 5 lakh, with two sureties of like amount.

Delhi court grants bail to former TMC MP K D Singh in money laundering case

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2021 08:28 PM IST
Former TMC MP K D Singh was arrested in January under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The EVMs and VVPATs were found at the residence of a TMC leader in Uluberia, West Bengal. (Photo: ANI)
The EVMs and VVPATs were found at the residence of a TMC leader in Uluberia, West Bengal. (Photo: ANI)

West Bengal: EVMs, VVPATs found from TMC leader's home, sector officer suspended

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2021 08:52 AM IST
The Election Commission of India has said that the EVM and VVPAT machines were taken to the TMC leader's residence by Tapan Sarkar, a sector officer in charge of elections.
Commuters on two wheelers ride past a decorated platform of Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the third phase of West Bengal state elections in Kolkata, India, Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP)
Commuters on two wheelers ride past a decorated platform of Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the third phase of West Bengal state elections in Kolkata, India, Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP)

78.5 lakh voters, 205 candidates: West Bengal all set for phase 3 of polling

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2021 11:07 PM IST
The high-profile contestants to watch out for include BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta, TMC minister Ashima Patra and CPI(M) leader Kanti Ganguly in three districts - Howrah, Hooghly and South 24 Parganas, respectively.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.(PTI)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.(PTI)

'TMC's days about to end': Adhir Chowdhury urges TMC supporters to join Congress

ANI | | Posted by Shivani
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2021 11:46 PM IST
Both the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and BJP have undertaken power-packed rallies and mega roadshows ahead of the third phase.
A woman tries to gather her belongings from her damaged house in Kakdwip, Sunderbans.(HT Photo)
A woman tries to gather her belongings from her damaged house in Kakdwip, Sunderbans.(HT Photo)

In Amphan-hit Sunderbans, aid ‘irregularities’ may hurt Trinamool

UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2021 04:55 AM IST
On May 20 last year, cyclone Amphan pummelled through six districts of south Bengal leaving 98 dead and a trail of destruction.
The NIA is yet to release any statement related to Sunday’s arrest.(File Photo)
The NIA is yet to release any statement related to Sunday’s arrest.(File Photo)

NIA arrests TMC leader in ’09 hijacking case, party questions timing

UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2021 02:42 AM IST
“I am not going into the merit of the case. But the timing of the arrest is questionable. He was arrested in connection with a decade-old case during assembly elections,” said TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh.
Polling officers check election material before leaving for their respective stations ahead of the first phase of elections in West Bengal state in Medinipur, India, Friday, March 26, 2021. The eight0phased elections in the state are scheduled to begin on March 27. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)(AP)
Polling officers check election material before leaving for their respective stations ahead of the first phase of elections in West Bengal state in Medinipur, India, Friday, March 26, 2021. The eight0phased elections in the state are scheduled to begin on March 27. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)(AP)

Battle for the east kicks off in 1st phase of voting today

UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 04:53 AM IST
Political observers believe that the outcome in the elections in the east will determine if the BJP’s hegemony remains intact despite governance challenges in recent months, including due to the pandemic, or whether non-BJP forces are able to ensure a wider distribution of political power.
Chief minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during the release of the party’s election manifesto for the upcoming assembly election, at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata. ( Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
Chief minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during the release of the party’s election manifesto for the upcoming assembly election, at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata. ( Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)

Income for all, free ration delivery in TMC manifesto

UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2021 04:12 AM IST
Mamata says not a political manifesto but a developmental one; BJP terms it as ‘announcements without any base’
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the TMC colluded with the bureaucracy to smuggle girls in the state.(PTI)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the TMC colluded with the bureaucracy to smuggle girls in the state.(PTI)

'TMC colludes with bureaucracy to smuggle girls': Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Written by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2021 07:10 AM IST
The Congress leader further accused the Mamata Banerjee-led government of not aiding those in need after Cyclone Amphan hit the state last year, and said that people were "forced to smuggle girls" as a result.
West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh.(PTI)
West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh.(PTI)

West Bengal Assembly polls: BJP confident of clean sweep in Nandigram

ANI |
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:42 AM IST
Asserting that the names of the candidates will be announced soon, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that seats have been discussed and the names of candidates will be revealed after a final decision is taken.
The Congress and the Left, who will be fighting the elections together, are in the process of finalising the seats ahead of the high stake contest.
The Congress and the Left, who will be fighting the elections together, are in the process of finalising the seats ahead of the high stake contest.

West Bengal Poll Dates 2021 | State to see 8-phased polls from March 27: ECI

Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 05:34 PM IST
The eastern state is all set to see a fierce battle between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is eyeing power in the state with a majority of over 200 seats.
BJP Bengal president Dilip Ghosh and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari believe BJP is set to form the government in Bengal. (PTI Photo)
BJP Bengal president Dilip Ghosh and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari believe BJP is set to form the government in Bengal. (PTI Photo)

BJP leaders challenge Bengal CM, says cadres are civilised but not weak

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 15, 2021 11:15 AM IST
  • Ghosh also warned TMC workers and said that any incident of violence will not be taken lightly saying that BJP workers are not weak.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Netaji Bhavan on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Netaji Bhavan on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (PTI)

Ahead of polls, PM Modi to visit Bengal on Feb 7

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 07:20 PM IST
  • PM Modi's visit to West Bengal comes as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) eyes a victory in the elections scheduled to be held in April-May in the eastern state.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)

Owaisi’s politics won’t work in Bengal: Muslim clerics react to AIMIM’s poll debut

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:59 PM IST
The BJP, which has been accusing chief minister Mamata Banerjee of appeasing the minority community for years, has said that AIMIM is an independent party and can contest anywhere
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has been at loggerheads with the TMC government in West Bengal since his appointment in July 2019.(HT PHOTO)
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has been at loggerheads with the TMC government in West Bengal since his appointment in July 2019.(HT PHOTO)

Governor needs sleeping pills, Bengal minister retorts after former talks of violent polls

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:18 AM IST
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar said there is a general perception that elections in Bengal are marked by bloodshed.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar urged the administration, the police and also the media to create an atmosphere for a violence-free assembly poll due in April-May this year.(Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar urged the administration, the police and also the media to create an atmosphere for a violence-free assembly poll due in April-May this year.(Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)

West Bengal governor Dhankhar says country is apprehensive of violent elections in Bengal

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 01, 2021 09:45 PM IST
It will be a massive blow to the democratic system if public servants are engaged in political work and there cannot be a bigger challenge than this to the rule of law, he said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a rally ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls 2021, at Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal.(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a rally ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls 2021, at Bolpur in Birbhum district of West Bengal.(PTI)

Don’t like derogatory remarks being made against Visva-Bharati’: Mamata Banerjee

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:32 PM IST
A war of words has broken out between the BJP and Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) since Union home minister Amit Shah’s visit to the university which was founded by Nobel laureate Tagore in 1921.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Mamata Banerjee’s government of “destroying” the state and depriving its over 70 lakh farmers of benefits from the Centre’s flagship PM-KISAN scheme. (Videograb)
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Mamata Banerjee’s government of “destroying” the state and depriving its over 70 lakh farmers of benefits from the Centre’s flagship PM-KISAN scheme. (Videograb)

From BJP to Mamata Banerjee, a 10,000 farmer rally challenge in Kolkata

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 08:03 PM IST
BJP’s Bengal unit chief alleged that Mamata Banerjee prefers to send her emissaries to meet agitating farmers stationed at Delhi borders but does not allow any protest rally in the state.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting, Jalpaiguri district, December 16, 2020(ANI)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting, Jalpaiguri district, December 16, 2020(ANI)

How the TMC is fighting the BJP juggernaut in Bengal

UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:36 PM IST
The Trinamool Congress has made dramatic changes to its organisational power structure and launched two key mass outreach programmes

TMC worker, supporter found dead

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 03:55 AM IST
In Hooghly, 35-year-old Suchand Jana, a TMC supporter, was found dead on the banks of a canal with bruises on his face.
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