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Nadda will also offer prayers at the historic Sarbamangala temple in Burdwan town and lead a roadshow from Burdwan Clock Tower to the Curzon Gate.(PTI file photo)

JP Nadda to launch BJP’s poll campaign for Bengal farmers on Saturday

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:54 PM IST
With the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government planning to hold a special session of the legislative assembly to introduce a resolution against the Centre’s recent farm laws that led to unrest in Punjab, the BJP’s focus on Bengal’s farmers prior to the crucial assembly polls is a significant move, BJP leaders feel.
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TMC supporter’s body was found in a pool of blood by the roadside in Cooch Behar district.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
TMC supporter’s body was found in a pool of blood by the roadside in Cooch Behar district.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

TMC supporter killed in north Bengal; party blames BJP

By Pramod Giri | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:12 PM IST
Police have arrested Kamaleshwar Roy, a local resident, on the basis of a complaint lodged by Mandal’s family.
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JP Nadda will attend political programmes in the Katwa area of East Burdwan district, located about 145 km to the south-west of Kolkata.(PTI PHOTO.)
JP Nadda will attend political programmes in the Katwa area of East Burdwan district, located about 145 km to the south-west of Kolkata.(PTI PHOTO.)

BJP national chief JP Nadda to visit poll-bound Bengal a month after convoy attack

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:35 PM IST
On the afternoon of December 10, the cavalcade of the BJP national president was stoned in South 24 Parganas, leaving several national and state leaders bleeding and bruised.
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Shukla was a middle-order batsman and a medium pacer for the Indian team. He played for the Bengal cricket team as well as for the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi in IPL matches.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
Shukla was a middle-order batsman and a medium pacer for the Indian team. He played for the Bengal cricket team as well as for the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi in IPL matches.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Former cricketer, Bengal minister Laxmi Ratan Shukla quits TMC, says he wants ‘to pursue sports’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 05:11 PM IST
Shukla is a legislator from Howrah district and served as minister of state for sports and youth affairs.
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Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Bengal: 2 die in stampede at musical programme in Kalimpong

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 11:20 AM IST
A musical programme with singers from Kathmandu in Nepal and the adjacent Darjeeling district had been organised at a mela ground
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Nearly Rs 7 lakh was collected for beneficiaries of rural employment schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MNREGA) and part of the money was sent to people in Bangladesh, officials said. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)
Nearly Rs 7 lakh was collected for beneficiaries of rural employment schemes under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MNREGA) and part of the money was sent to people in Bangladesh, officials said. (Image used for representation).(HT PHOTO.)

MNREGA payments went to Bangladeshis; Bengal TMC panchayat leader under scanner

By Sreyasi Pal | Hindustan Times, Berhampore
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 01:59 AM IST
Officials said that the former community block development officer (BDO) of Nabagram completed an internal probe on the basis of a written complaint. The internal probe concluded that Arfin and some staff members of the gram panchayat were involved in the alleged fraud.
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On Saturday evening, Kulamani Baral, 75, in-charge of Salepur mandal of BJP and former chairman of Mahanga Panchayat Samiti was hacked to death along with his 80-year-old associate near Jankoti village.(HT PHOTO.)
On Saturday evening, Kulamani Baral, 75, in-charge of Salepur mandal of BJP and former chairman of Mahanga Panchayat Samiti was hacked to death along with his 80-year-old associate near Jankoti village.(HT PHOTO.)

Odisha law minister, 12 others booked for murder of BJP leader and his associate

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 01:22 AM IST
Soon after the murder, police in Cuttack registered a case against 13 people, including state law minister Pratap Jena for their alleged involvement in the double murder of BJP leader Baral and his associate and relative Dibyasingh on Saturday evening.
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Ganguly, recognized as one of the finest captains Team India has had, was working out at the gym in his home when he felt unwell and dizzy around 11 am on Saturday.(GETTY IMAGES.)
Ganguly, recognized as one of the finest captains Team India has had, was working out at the gym in his home when he felt unwell and dizzy around 11 am on Saturday.(GETTY IMAGES.)

PM Modi dials Sourav Ganguly; angioplasty likely for 2 more arteries for BCCI chief

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 10:37 PM IST
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, a number of cabinet ministers rushed to the hospital on Saturday. BJP leaders also inquired about Ganguly’s health. Union home minister Amit Shah told state BJP leaders that the Centre would make available all facilities required for Ganguly’s treatment.
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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

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Kolkata
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.
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File Photo of Bengal cricketer Anustup Manjumdar(PTI)
File Photo of Bengal cricketer Anustup Manjumdar(PTI)

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Anustup Majumdar to lead Bengal, Shami’s younger brother gets call-up

By Press Trust of India | Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 03:13 PM IST
Majumdar was rewarded with the captaincy for his stupendous show in the last season where he literally single-handedly carried Bengal to the final.
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After a traumatic and turbulent 2020, it’s time to ring in a New Year with hope. And since Rabindranath Tagore is being rediscovered by our netas ahead of the Bengal elections, this is a prayer for India in 2021 that draws inspiration from the great poet-laureate.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
After a traumatic and turbulent 2020, it’s time to ring in a New Year with hope. And since Rabindranath Tagore is being rediscovered by our netas ahead of the Bengal elections, this is a prayer for India in 2021 that draws inspiration from the great poet-laureate.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

A ‘new’ India can’t be built by abandoning the core values of our founding fathers

UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 06:01 AM IST
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high. Where an Indian identity is determined by citizenship, and not divided by the narrow domestic walls of caste, region or religion. Where true secularism demands that no state authority promote or discriminate against any religion, where equal respect for all faiths must be the basis of our constitutional secularism.
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A team of TMC MPs has sent a letter to the President on Tuesday listing “all such transgressions” by Dhankhar in recent times and urged him to take action as per Article 156, Clause 1 of the Constitution.(PTI)
A team of TMC MPs has sent a letter to the President on Tuesday listing “all such transgressions” by Dhankhar in recent times and urged him to take action as per Article 156, Clause 1 of the Constitution.(PTI)

TMC writes to President seeking recall of Bengal governor Dhankhar

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 07:14 PM IST
An angry Dhankhar shot back, claiming free and fair elections are not held in the state and that it is his duty to ensure people exercise their franchise without fear.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a crowd during a roadshow at Bolpur in Birbhum district on Tuesday.(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a crowd during a roadshow at Bolpur in Birbhum district on Tuesday.(PTI)

Mamata Banerjee, Suvendu Adhikari face off at back-to-back mega rallies

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:20 PM IST
Suvendu Adhikari’s father and brother, who are TMC Lok Sabha members, may soon join the BJP .
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File image of Abhimanyu Easwaran(Abhimanyu Easwaran/Instagram)
File image of Abhimanyu Easwaran(Abhimanyu Easwaran/Instagram)

Don’t think captaincy will affect Abhimanyu’s batting: Laxman

By Press Trust of India | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 09:16 PM IST
Laxman backed Abhimanyu to do well in the upcoming season which will get underway with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament on January 10.
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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee held an administrative meeting in Birbhum district with top bureaucrats from various departments of the state government and district administration on Monday.(ANI PHOTO.)
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee held an administrative meeting in Birbhum district with top bureaucrats from various departments of the state government and district administration on Monday.(ANI PHOTO.)

CM Mamata pulls up bureaucrats for delay in govt projects in poll-bound Bengal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 08:13 PM IST
The chief minister directed the officers to send daily updates on some of the government schemes and services to the chief minister’s office (CMO) at the state secretariat and asked the chief secretary of the state to monitor the developments.
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Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar in conversation with former Indian team cricket captain Sourav Ganguly.(Twitter/@jdhankhar1)
Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar in conversation with former Indian team cricket captain Sourav Ganguly.(Twitter/@jdhankhar1)

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly meets Bengal guv Jagdeep Dhankhar

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 09:39 PM IST
Ganguly, who reached Raj Bhavan at around 4.40 pm, did not take any questions on the reason for his visit.
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“Some TMC activists, who were participating in a programme there, blocked his car. They sat on the road to stop him from going to our office. They also banged the window panes, pelted his vehicle with stones,” BJP MP Arjun Singh alleged.(HT file photo)
“Some TMC activists, who were participating in a programme there, blocked his car. They sat on the road to stop him from going to our office. They also banged the window panes, pelted his vehicle with stones,” BJP MP Arjun Singh alleged.(HT file photo)

Bengal MP Sunil Mondal, who joined BJP, faces protests in Kolkata

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:58 PM IST
“Some TMC activists, who were participating in a programme there, blocked his car. They sat on the road to stop him from going to our office. They also banged the window panes, pelted his vehicle with stones,” BJP MP Arjun Singh alleged.
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BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari during a roadshow from Mecheda Bypass to Central Bus Stand in Kanthi, East Midnapore district, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.(PTI)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari during a roadshow from Mecheda Bypass to Central Bus Stand in Kanthi, East Midnapore district, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.(PTI)

‘Till lotus blooms’: Suvendu Adhikari says won’t sleep till BJP wins Bengal

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 01:58 AM IST
Union home minister Amit Shah welcomed Adhikari, a former TMC heavyweight, into the BJP, of which lotus is the election symbol, on December 19 as the ruling party strives to extend its political base in West Bengal ahead of assembly elections next year.
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The body of a TMC supporter was recovered from the banks of a canal at Khanakul in Hooghly district in south Bengal, while the body of a TMC worker was found at Cooch Behar in north Bengal.(FILE PHOTO.)
The body of a TMC supporter was recovered from the banks of a canal at Khanakul in Hooghly district in south Bengal, while the body of a TMC worker was found at Cooch Behar in north Bengal.(FILE PHOTO.)

Trinamool Congress worker, supporter found dead in Bengal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 11:26 PM IST
Local TMC leaders have claimed that Mia was murdered by BJP workers, but the BJP refuted the allegations saying that it was the result of TMC infighting.
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday also announced that the state government is ready with the Expression-of-Interest for the state’s first deep-sea port.(ANI PHOTO.)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday also announced that the state government is ready with the Expression-of-Interest for the state’s first deep-sea port.(ANI PHOTO.)

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announces agro-industrial-park in Singur

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 11:11 PM IST
Banerjee had led an agitation at Singur against alleged forcible land acquisition for a car factory project, which ultimately contributed to ending the Left parties’ sway over Bengal in the 2011 assembly polls. The TMC faced its first setback in Singur when the Bharatiya Janata Party got a lead in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
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Induction of workers and leaders from the TMC is a bone of contention in BJP units in several districts and there have been unruly incidents in the recent past.(HT PHOTO.)
Induction of workers and leaders from the TMC is a bone of contention in BJP units in several districts and there have been unruly incidents in the recent past.(HT PHOTO.)

Bengal BJP issues show-cause notices to key state leaders for ‘anti-party’ remarks

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 11:40 PM IST
Their offence can lead to summary expulsion, said the notice. The leaders have been asked to reply within a week. The accused leaders include BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu and president of the state Mahila Morcha (women’s front) Agnimitra Paul.
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Basudeb Das Baul complained before the local media that he was not given an opportunity to talk to Shah and seek a job or higher education facilities for his daughter.(HT PHOTO.)
Basudeb Das Baul complained before the local media that he was not given an opportunity to talk to Shah and seek a job or higher education facilities for his daughter.(HT PHOTO.)

Folk singer who hosted Amit Shah’s lunch in Bengal caught in BJP-TMC tug of war

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 09:56 PM IST
Shah, who was on a two-day tour of Bengal, took a chopper ride to Bolpur on December 20 to visit Visva Bharati, the state’s only Central university set up by Rabindranath Tagore and also lead a BJP rally. In between, the two programmes, Shah had home-cooked lunch at the singer’s home and also enjoyed his music.
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TMC leader Saugata Roy.(PTI)
TMC leader Saugata Roy.(PTI)

In Bengal, if you are with BJP, you lose: Saugata Roy

By Sunetra Choudhary | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 10:50 AM IST
HT spoke to former union minister and MP Saugata Roy about what impact he expects Suvendu Adhikari’s exit to have on TMC
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Countering the charge levelled by Shah that TMC workers had misused funds meant for Amphan relief, Roy said, the state was yet to receive Rs 32,310 crore earmarked for the SDRF (State Disaster Relief Force) from the Centre.(PTI file photo)
Countering the charge levelled by Shah that TMC workers had misused funds meant for Amphan relief, Roy said, the state was yet to receive Rs 32,310 crore earmarked for the SDRF (State Disaster Relief Force) from the Centre.(PTI file photo)

Attempts being made to create false narrative about Bengal: TMC

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:14 PM IST
Ruling out the charges levelled by the Union minister, senior TMC leader Saugata Roy mentioned the state’s impressive performance in GDP, industrial output, per capita income, construction of rural roads among others.
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Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press conference, in Patna.(PTI)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor addresses a press conference, in Patna.(PTI)

BJP will struggle to cross double digits in bengal, says Kishor, triggers row

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:42 AM IST
Kishore tweeted: “For all the hype AMPLIFIED by a section of supportive media, in reality BJP will struggle to CROSS DOUBLE DIGITS in #WestBengal. PS: Please save this tweet and if BJP does any better I must quit this space!”
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Kolkata: Sujata Mondal (C), wife of BJP MP Saumitra Khan, holds the Trinamool Congress party flag after joining TMC in the presence of party MP Sougata Roy(R) and leader Kunal Ghosh, in Kolkata.(PTI)
Kolkata: Sujata Mondal (C), wife of BJP MP Saumitra Khan, holds the Trinamool Congress party flag after joining TMC in the presence of party MP Sougata Roy(R) and leader Kunal Ghosh, in Kolkata.(PTI)

BJP vs TMC politics sparks family drama

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:39 AM IST
Twists and turns straight out of a Bollywood movie played out on West Bengal’s political stage on Monday, shortly after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian’s wife joined the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the state where elections are due in early 2021.
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File photo of Suvendu Adhikari.(PTI Photo)
File photo of Suvendu Adhikari.(PTI Photo)

Suvendu Adhikari meets Bengal Speaker, says resignation as MLA accepted

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 06:07 PM IST
Suvendu Adhikari, a former Trinamool Congress minister and MLA, quit all posts and had switched over to the saffron camp last week.
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Political strategist Prashant Kishor heads the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC).(PTI)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor heads the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC).(PTI)

‘Will leave this space if...’: Prashant Kishor’s prediction ahead of Bengal assembly polls

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 12:19 PM IST
In the upcoming assembly elections scheduled to be held next year, the BJP seeks to put an end to the nearly decade-long rule of the TMC in the state.
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On Sunday, Shah’s convoy drove through Bolpur, the town associated with Rabindranath Tagore. Addressing people during the roadshow, Shah said his party will restore West Bengal’s old glory when it was called “sonar Bangla”.(PTI Photo)
On Sunday, Shah’s convoy drove through Bolpur, the town associated with Rabindranath Tagore. Addressing people during the roadshow, Shah said his party will restore West Bengal’s old glory when it was called “sonar Bangla”.(PTI Photo)

Bengal wants to get rid of corruption, says Shah

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:07 AM IST
Assembly polls in the state are due in five months and the defections could prove to be a challenge for Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.
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Union home minister Amit Shah during a roadshow ahead of West Bengal assembly polls 2021, at Bolpur in Birbhum district on December 20, 2020.(PTI Photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah during a roadshow ahead of West Bengal assembly polls 2021, at Bolpur in Birbhum district on December 20, 2020.(PTI Photo)

To counter Amit Shah, TMC releases its ‘fact sheet’

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:01 AM IST
The TMC and the party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien, put out data on social media to counter Shah’s claims. Shah’s Sunday visit to Visva Bharati, Bengal’s only Central university, which was set up by Rabindranath Tagore, was also criticised by the TMC and Left student unions.
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