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TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee with TMC councillors on Saturday.(ANI Photo)

TMC regains civic body as 9 councillors return to fold

Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2019 01:47 AM IST
Nine councillors joined the TMC in the presence of Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee, who is chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew.
Actress Kangana Ranaut at the trailer launch of her upcoming film "Judgemental Hai Kya", in Mumbai.(IANS)
Actress Kangana Ranaut at the trailer launch of her upcoming film "Judgemental Hai Kya", in Mumbai.(IANS)

How do you solve a problem like Kangana?

Hindustan Times | By Deepanjana Pal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 14, 2019 12:37 AM IST
More interesting than Ranaut’s efforts at scoring free publicity is how Ranaut is recasting herself as Mother India 2.0
Over the last two days, 13 councillors who joined the BJP have returned to the TMC fold.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Over the last two days, 13 councillors who joined the BJP have returned to the TMC fold.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

In 2 days, 13 councillors who joined BJP back in Trinamool

Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 11, 2019 11:44 PM IST
On Wednesday, eight councillors from Halisahar civic body returned and on Thursday, five councillors of Kanchrapara civic body returned, taking the TMC tally to 10 in a board of 24.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday accused the BJP of indulging in horse-trading in Karnataka(HT Photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday accused the BJP of indulging in horse-trading in Karnataka(HT Photo)

‘Why is BJP in hurry to capture all states’: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 08:50 AM IST
Claiming that Constitution is in danger, the TMC president said, “We condemn this arrogant attitude (of the BJP).” “We just got to know from the media that Congress MLAs are locked up. They are preventing media from entering the area. The BJP is trying to indulge in horse-trading,” Banerjee said at the Assembly premises.
Congress MLAs and Left parties’ MLAs walkout from the West Bengal assembly protesting against CM Mamata Banerjee over the ongoing 'cut money’ issue in Kolkata on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Congress MLAs and Left parties’ MLAs walkout from the West Bengal assembly protesting against CM Mamata Banerjee over the ongoing 'cut money’ issue in Kolkata on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

Return-‘cut money’ demand leads to hurling of bombs in Bengal village

Hindustan Times, Midnapore/Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 10, 2019 07:03 PM IST
Hurling of bombs didn’t stop even after policemen from Kolkata arrived, resulting in gun wielding cops giving criminals a chase.
A protest against ‘cut money’ organised by the BJP workers in Kolkata, West Bengal.(HTFile)
A protest against ‘cut money’ organised by the BJP workers in Kolkata, West Bengal.(HTFile)

‘Cut money’ puts Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress on back foot

Hindustan Times, Birbhum | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 03:44 PM IST
People across the state, from landless farmers to businessmen, with the backing of BJP leaders have started naming and shaming TMC leaders who allegedly took money from them.
The Congress and the Left parties suffered huge setbacks in the April-May Lok Sabha elections, with the former managing to win only two seats and the latter drawing a blank.(HT Photo)
The Congress and the Left parties suffered huge setbacks in the April-May Lok Sabha elections, with the former managing to win only two seats and the latter drawing a blank.(HT Photo)

Left, Congress join hands to fight saffron party’s rise in Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 08:31 AM IST
The parties have yet to strike any formal deal – such an attempt failed ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections – but their leaders have been making it a point over the past couple of weeks to be seen together and to speak in one voice across multiple platforms.
“From gram panchayat to legislators, TMC leaders from all levels are keeping in touch with me,” retorted BJP Jhargram district president Sukhamay Satpati.(HT Photo)
“From gram panchayat to legislators, TMC leaders from all levels are keeping in touch with me,” retorted BJP Jhargram district president Sukhamay Satpati.(HT Photo)

Identify those in touch with the BJP, says Mamata

Kolkata/Midnapore | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 12:09 AM IST
Addressing the TMC leaders in the two districts of Bankura and Jhargram in a closed-door meeting, Banerjee urged them to go back to the people to re-establish contacts with the common man.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP government at the Centre of politicising everything.(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP government at the Centre of politicising everything.(PTI)

Centre gave misleading report in parliament on Bengal, alleges Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 05:31 PM IST
Instead of the report given by the state on the matter, the Centre placed a “report of its own in Parliament”, the chief minister said
West Bengal Chief Minister's Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty at the wedding reception of Nusrat Jahan and Nikhil Jain in Kolkata on July 4, 2019.(IANS)
West Bengal Chief Minister's Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty at the wedding reception of Nusrat Jahan and Nikhil Jain in Kolkata on July 4, 2019.(IANS)

Nusrat Jahan wedding reception: Mamata Banerjee, Mimi Chakraborty join the newlyweds at the bash. See pics

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 11:11 AM IST
Nusrat Jahan and husband Nikhil Jain hosted a grand wedding reception in Kolkata which was attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and MP Mimi Chakraborty among others.
While inaugurating the festival organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in Kolkata, chief minister Mamata Banerjee ended her speech by shouting “Jai Bangla” and “Jai Hind” in the same breath as “Jai Jagannath”.(PTI)
While inaugurating the festival organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in Kolkata, chief minister Mamata Banerjee ended her speech by shouting “Jai Bangla” and “Jai Hind” in the same breath as “Jai Jagannath”.(PTI)

Political twist to Bengal Rath Yatra

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 11:35 PM IST
Banerjee also raised eyebrows on Thursday by having TMC’s new Basirhat MP and actress Nusrat Jahan by her side and letting her address the audience from the Iskcon chariot.
ISKCON spokesperson Radharaman Das had, on July 2, thanked Jahan for accepting the invitation as a special guest for the inauguration of their 48th Rathyatra ceremony.(PTI)
ISKCON spokesperson Radharaman Das had, on July 2, thanked Jahan for accepting the invitation as a special guest for the inauguration of their 48th Rathyatra ceremony.(PTI)

At Rathyatra, Mamata Banerjee, flanked by Nusrat Jahan, sends a message

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 10:46 AM IST
Jahan was heavily trolled recently for wearing vermilion and sporting a “mangalsutra” at her oath-taking ceremony in Parliament.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee requested PM Modi to get the required constitutional amendment done during the current session of Parliament.(HT PHOTO.)
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee requested PM Modi to get the required constitutional amendment done during the current session of Parliament.(HT PHOTO.)

Request to rename Bengal yet to be approved: Centre

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2019 07:20 AM IST
Hours after the reply, Banerjee wrote to Modi requesting him to expedite the process of renaming the state as ‘Bangla’. “The name West Bengal is in English and Paschim Bangla in Bengali and it does not bear the testimony of the classical history that our state has,” Banerjee wrote.
A senior state official said Banerjee requested the prime minister to do the needful to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’. The last time the name of a state was changed was in 2011, when Orissa became Odisha.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
A senior state official said Banerjee requested the prime minister to do the needful to change the state’s name to ‘Bangla’. The last time the name of a state was changed was in 2011, when Orissa became Odisha.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

West Bengal renaming: Mamata writes to PM after Centre denies proposal

Kolkata/New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 06:56 PM IST
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in a written response to a question from MP Ritabrata Banerjee said the Centre has not cleared the name ‘Bangla’ for West Bengal.
West Bengal Chief Minister(PTI file photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister(PTI file photo)

Bengal approves 10% EWS quota

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Bhopal/Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2019 07:43 AM IST
The West Bengal government led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday approved 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker sections (EWS) from general category.
Supreme Court(Mint photo)
Supreme Court(Mint photo)

Meme case: Supreme Court issues notice to West Bengal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2019 11:02 PM IST
Sharma has alleged contempt on the grounds that she was detained illegally for 24 hours despite the top court ordering her release.
Pressure on Mamata Banerjee’s government has not eased since the saffron party ended up with 18 of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. BJP boss Amit Shah had said that the stunning performance was proof that the party was well on its way to win the next assembly election.(ANI PHOTO.)
Pressure on Mamata Banerjee’s government has not eased since the saffron party ended up with 18 of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. BJP boss Amit Shah had said that the stunning performance was proof that the party was well on its way to win the next assembly election.(ANI PHOTO.)

Amit Shah, top Bengal BJP leaders meet in Delhi to discuss future strategy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2019 05:10 PM IST
Several TMC MLAs and councilors have switched camp to the BJP after LS polls resulting in the ruling party losing control of a few municipalities.
Ours is a federal system where state assemblies are as important to the constitution as the national Parliament(PTI)
Ours is a federal system where state assemblies are as important to the constitution as the national Parliament(PTI)

How ‘one nation, one election’ could alter our political system, writes Karan Thapar

UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2019 08:20 AM IST
Simultaneous elections will be considerably cheaper than separate state and national polls. No one disputes that. However, cost ought not to be a prime consideration in determining how and when elections are held
Minority affairs minister Gias Uddin Molla defended the decision by citing an education budget crunch and stating that his department could sanction funds for projects only in minoritydominated areas.(PTI)
Minority affairs minister Gias Uddin Molla defended the decision by citing an education budget crunch and stating that his department could sanction funds for projects only in minoritydominated areas.(PTI)

TMC clarifies after order on schools triggers storm

Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 09:40 AM IST
The BJP, which has been persistently attacking the Trinamool Congress for alleged appeasement of Muslims, panned the Mamata Banerjee government over the move which, it claimed, was aimed at securing the ruling party’s vote bank.
Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury expressed his reservations after WB CM Banerjee reached out to his party to join her fight against the BJP in the state.(PTI File Photo)
Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury expressed his reservations after WB CM Banerjee reached out to his party to join her fight against the BJP in the state.(PTI File Photo)

‘Is she serious?’: Congress on Mamata Banerjee’s call to defeat BJP together

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 01:33 PM IST
TMC Mamata Banerjee had said that the BJP is trying to run a parallel government in West Bengal and parties like the Congress and the CPI(M) should join hands with the TMC to fight against it.
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Kolkata on May 15((PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik))
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Kolkata on May 15((PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik))

Come together to save Bengal, Mamata Banerjee appeals to Left, Congress

Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 07:53 AM IST
“Congress and CPI(M) [Communist Party of India (Marxist)] won’t break the nation. But I fear they (BJP) may change the Constitution. We should all come together to save Bengal,” Banerjee said in the Assembly in her first such statement since the Lok Sabha polls.
Emboldened by the chief minister’s words, people have begun filing police complaints. A TMC panchayat samiti official of North Dinajpur district, Sunil Biswas, has been arrested on charges of embezzlement of government scheme funds after a complaint .(PTI PHOTO)
Emboldened by the chief minister’s words, people have begun filing police complaints. A TMC panchayat samiti official of North Dinajpur district, Sunil Biswas, has been arrested on charges of embezzlement of government scheme funds after a complaint .(PTI PHOTO)

Second person arrested as ‘cut money’ agitation in Bengal grows

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 09:28 PM IST
According to Purnendu’s wife Rina, a few people had shown up at their house on Tuesday and demanded Rs 30,000, which they alleged Purnendu had taken from them as “cut money”, or illegal commissions.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said while Tuesday was the anniversary of the Emergency imposed in 1975, the country is going through “super emergency” for the past five years.(PTI File Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said while Tuesday was the anniversary of the Emergency imposed in 1975, the country is going through “super emergency” for the past five years.(PTI File Photo)

‘Super emergency for last 5 years’: Mamata Banerjee targets PM Modi

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 11:44 AM IST
“We must learn our lessons from history and fight to safeguard the democratic institutions in the country,” Banerjee tweeted.
BJP leader Mukul Roy used a popular line from a Bollywood film to take a dig at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(HT File Photo)
BJP leader Mukul Roy used a popular line from a Bollywood film to take a dig at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(HT File Photo)

‘Yeh trailer hai’, says Mukul Roy as Trinamool MLA, 10 zila parishad members join BJP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 11:31 AM IST
Mukul Roy said that the TMC leaders joining the BJP are an “extension of the first phase” which will continue till chief minister Mamata Banerjee collapses.
Image for representation(AFP file photo)
Image for representation(AFP file photo)

1 killed, clashes continue as Trinamool, BJP spar

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 07:36 AM IST
The ruling Trinamool Congress said the killing of Sheikh Nizamuddin Mondal, 29, in the Baruipur area of South 24-Parganas district had nothing to do with politics.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee(PTI file photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee(PTI file photo)

Mamata Banerjee’s call to TMC leaders to return ‘cut money’ opens Pandora’s box

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 09:13 AM IST
Hundreds of people, ranging from landless farmers to businessmen, are publicly naming TMC leaders who have taken money from them after Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s diktat to party leaders to return the money extorted from beneficiaries of welfare schemes.
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addresses protesting doctors in Kolkata on June 13. The protests turned into a crisis for the Trinamool administration.(HT File)
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee addresses protesting doctors in Kolkata on June 13. The protests turned into a crisis for the Trinamool administration.(HT File)

Trinamool grapples with saffron surge in Bengal

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 07:42 AM IST
That the BJP would bag 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats, reducing the regional outfit to 22 from its 2014 showing of 34 was a jolt for many Trinamool leaders.
“We are grieved and embarrassed,” 53 people said in an open letter to chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday.(AP file photo)
“We are grieved and embarrassed,” 53 people said in an open letter to chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday.(AP file photo)

‘Grieved and embarrassed’: Prominent Muslims of Kolkata write open letter to Mamata Banerjee

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 07:56 PM IST
“The attackers in both cases were members of our community – Muslims. We are grieved and embarrassed,” 53 people said in an open letter to chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday.
Mamata Banerjee gives nephew Abhishek benign responsibilities that don’t entail strictly measurable targets. .(Samir Jana/HT File Photo)
Mamata Banerjee gives nephew Abhishek benign responsibilities that don’t entail strictly measurable targets. .(Samir Jana/HT File Photo)

A lesser role for Mamata’s nephew after Trinamool’s poor show in elections

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 04:09 PM IST
The 31-year-old MP will now oversee the correction in the electoral rolls on behalf of the party. This is a job that requires coordination with the Election Commission on the revision of the rolls.
President Ram Nath Kovind unequivocally relayed PM Narendra Modi government’s commitment to implement the Natonal Register of Citizens.(Twitter/ANI)
President Ram Nath Kovind unequivocally relayed PM Narendra Modi government’s commitment to implement the Natonal Register of Citizens.(Twitter/ANI)

Government will implement NRC on priority: President Kovind

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2019 02:56 PM IST
President Ram Nath Kovind underlined that the government not only sees infiltration as a cause of “social imbalance” but also a threat to “limited livelihood opportunities.”
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