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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, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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District BJP leader Gourishankar Ghosh, however, claimed that the party had intimated the administration about the route being taken for the yatra well in advance, and no objection was raised back then.(PTI File/For Representative Purpose Only)
District BJP leader Gourishankar Ghosh, however, claimed that the party had intimated the administration about the route being taken for the yatra well in advance, and no objection was raised back then.(PTI File/For Representative Purpose Only)

BJP changes rath yatra route after cops halt them from entering sensitive areas

PTI, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 03:18 PM IST
According to the senior officer, the rath, which was on its way to Bahrampur, was "told to avoid a particular route, which has a few sensitive pockets.
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**EDS: TO GO WITH STORY CAL 4** Nandigram: Women look on from the window of their house at Nandigram in East Medinipur district, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday to contest in the upcoming WB state assembly elections from Nandigram in the backdrop of Suvendu Adhikari, a former confidante of the TMC joining the BJP--both heroes of the 2007 Nandigram movement, organising mass protests against the SEZ where Indonesia's Salim group intended to set up a chemical hub. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(PTI01_21_2021_000054A)(PTI)
**EDS: TO GO WITH STORY CAL 4** Nandigram: Women look on from the window of their house at Nandigram in East Medinipur district, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee announced on Monday to contest in the upcoming WB state assembly elections from Nandigram in the backdrop of Suvendu Adhikari, a former confidante of the TMC joining the BJP--both heroes of the 2007 Nandigram movement, organising mass protests against the SEZ where Indonesia's Salim group intended to set up a chemical hub. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)(PTI01_21_2021_000054A)(PTI)

Violence returns to Nandigram before elections, threatens to break brittle peace

PTI, Nandigram
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 01:07 PM IST
  • In present-day Nandigram, the battle lines seem to have been redrawn after Banerjee announced her candidature from the seat, the home turf of Adhikari, who has asserted he will defeat his former boss by "at least 50,000 votes" if fielded from the constituency.
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File photo: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. (HT_PRINT)
File photo: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari. (HT_PRINT)

'BJP wants to establish 'Ram rajya' in Bengal': Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 11:45 PM IST
  • Adhikari’s statement came days after the BJP ran into a major controversy when some supporters raised the “Jai Sri Ram” slogan during PM Modi’s event in Kolkata.
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BJP's Suvendu Adhikari(ANI file photo)
BJP's Suvendu Adhikari(ANI file photo)

Suvendu Adhikari accuses TMC of rigging in Lok Sabha polls

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 10:35 AM IST
  • Adhikari alleged that the ruling TMC pressured officials to not count the votes in 16 EVMs in Arambagh Lok Sabha constituency, due to which, the BJP candidate lost the polls narrowly.
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"I take the responsibility of ensuring the victory of whoever contests from Nandigram on BJP ticket," Adhikari said.
"I take the responsibility of ensuring the victory of whoever contests from Nandigram on BJP ticket," Adhikari said.

'Whoever contests from Nandigram...': Suvendu Adhikari's new challenge

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 04:47 PM IST
Suvendu Adhikari on Wednesday said he has 2.13 lakh people in Nandigram to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'.
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BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari gestures during a roadshow from Tollygunge to Rashbehari in Kolkata, West Bengal( Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari gestures during a roadshow from Tollygunge to Rashbehari in Kolkata, West Bengal( Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Get a letterhead ready with ‘former CM’ written on it: Adhikari tells Mamata

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:08 PM IST
  • Banerjee had said on Monday she will contest the assembly elections from both Nandigram and Bhawanipore constituencies.
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File photo of Suvendu Adhikari.(PTI Photo)
File photo of Suvendu Adhikari.(PTI Photo)

'They'll be removed from Bengal!' Adhikari on father's removal as DSDA chief

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 08:20 PM IST
  • Sisir Adhikari has been removed from the post of chairman of Digha Shankharpur Development Authority (DSDA) in East Midnapore district.
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Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee addresses a public rally at Gangarampur in South Dinajpur district on Jan 7, 2021.(PTI)
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee addresses a public rally at Gangarampur in South Dinajpur district on Jan 7, 2021.(PTI)

‘Will walk to gallows’: Mamata Banerjee’s nephew on ‘tolabaj’ taunt

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:34 AM IST
Since October last year, BJP state and national leaders, including the Union home minister Amit Shah, have been singling out Banerjee in their speeches, calling him “tolabaaj bhaipo” (extortionist nephew in Bengali) and accusing him of amassing wealth through unfair means.
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“I don’t think there’ll be any reflection in our party for the defection of Soumendu. Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers are becoming more and more devoted to the party,” Mitra was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.(HT file photo)
“I don’t think there’ll be any reflection in our party for the defection of Soumendu. Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers are becoming more and more devoted to the party,” Mitra was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.(HT file photo)

Anybody is welcome to leave: Madan Mitra after Soumendu Adhikari’s exit from TMC

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 08:04 AM IST
Soumendu Adhikari left the TMC on Friday along with 14 other councillors and was inducted into the BJP in presence of his elder brother Suvendu Adhikari - another TMC defector, at the ‘BJP Yogdaan Mela’ in East Midnapore.
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee interacts with locals while addressing their issues during her visit to Shantiniketan in Birbhum.(ANI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee interacts with locals while addressing their issues during her visit to Shantiniketan in Birbhum.(ANI)

TMC suffers setback after more leaders switch sides

By Joydeep Thakur | Kolkata
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 05:21 AM IST
Earlier this week, Suvendu Adhikari had hinted at a BJP rally that all his family members would be joining the saffron party soon. Three days later, his brother Soumendu joined the BJP at a rally addressed by Suvendu at Kanthi in East Midnapore. Earlier, Soumendu was removed as the civic board chief by the TMC.
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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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BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.(ANI)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.(ANI)

West Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari targets Mamata Banerjee for cancelling Nandigram rally

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 05:22 PM IST
The reason TMC leaders cited on Monday for cancelling Banerjee’s January 7 rally was that Akhil Giri, the legislator from the district’s Ramnagar constituency and the event’s organiser, had tested positive for Covid-19
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Filep hoto: All India Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Filep hoto: All India Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Personal attacks, rhetoric mark rallies by Abhishek Banerjee, Suvendu Adhikari in poll-bound Bengal

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 11:47 PM IST
Banerjee was recently branded by Adhikari as “tolabaaj” (extortionist), cow and coal smuggler.
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Suvendu Adhikari, a former TMC minister and MLA, joined the BJP in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at a rally in Midnapore in West Bengal on December 19.(ANI Photo)
Suvendu Adhikari, a former TMC minister and MLA, joined the BJP in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at a rally in Midnapore in West Bengal on December 19.(ANI Photo)

‘Ashamed of having associated with TMC for 21 years’: Suvendu Adhikari

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 09:42 AM IST
Addressing party workers at the BJP office here, Adhikari said, “The political party I had been associated earlier has no discipline now. It has turned into a company from a party. I am ashamed of having associated with the party for 21 years.”
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BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari addresses during a public rally, at Midnapore College Ground in Paschim Medinipur on Saturday(ANI photo)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari addresses during a public rally, at Midnapore College Ground in Paschim Medinipur on Saturday(ANI photo)

‘No discipline in TMC’: Suvendu Adhikari after joining BJP

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 08:47 AM IST
The BJP is the world’s largest political party and dedicated to the service of the nation, Suvendu Adhikari said at a felicitation programme for those who quit the ruling TMC to join the saffron party.
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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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Suvendu Adhikari, who was welcomed into the BJP by Union home minister Amit Shah on December 19, was called a traitor at the Trinamool roadshow and rally at Kanthi at his hometown in Bengal’s East Midnapore district on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Suvendu Adhikari, who was welcomed into the BJP by Union home minister Amit Shah on December 19, was called a traitor at the Trinamool roadshow and rally at Kanthi at his hometown in Bengal’s East Midnapore district on Wednesday. (HT Photo)

Suvendu Adhikari’s show of strength day after Trinamool rally. And a boast

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:45 PM IST
So massive was the turnout at Suvendu Adhikari’s roadshow a day later that the tableau carrying him and some state BJP leaders could move only a few inches a minute and the party’s workers said it might take hours to cover the five-kilometre route leading to the rally ground.
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BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.(ANI)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.(ANI)

After being branded a traitor by TMC, Suvendu Adhikari to hold rally in hometown

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 11:21 AM IST
This would be his first rally in East Midnapore after he joined the BJP on December 19 at union home minister Amit Shah’s rally
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Though Suvendu Adhikari is the only member of his family to join the BJP, his father and two brothers were conspicuous by their absence at the rally.(ANI Photo)
Though Suvendu Adhikari is the only member of his family to join the BJP, his father and two brothers were conspicuous by their absence at the rally.(ANI Photo)

After joining BJP, Suvendu Adhikari called ‘traitor’ in hometown by TMC

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 11:33 PM IST
On Tuesday, Adhikari addressed his first rally as a BJP leader alongside party’s state president Dilip Ghosh in Burdwan district.
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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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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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TMC MP Derek O'Brien on Sunday tweeted dismissing several claims made by Union home minister Amit Shah. (File Photo)(PTI)
TMC MP Derek O'Brien on Sunday tweeted dismissing several claims made by Union home minister Amit Shah. (File Photo)(PTI)

‘Mamata didn’t switch sides,’ say Trinamool leaders, a day after Amit Shah’s jibe

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:57 PM IST
Since Mamata didn’t join any other party but founded a party of her own, she can’t be called a defector, Trinamool leaders said.
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Former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari joins BJP in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a public rally, in Midnapore.(ANI)
Former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari joins BJP in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a public rally, in Midnapore.(ANI)

Suvendu Adhikari writes letter to TMC workers; asks them to join hands with him

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:28 PM IST
Taking shots at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, he alleged that the TMC is now filled with individuals who do not bother about anyone but themselves.
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Union home minister Amit Shah, Trinamool rebel Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, and BJP leaders Mukul Roy, Kailash Vijayvargiya and Locket Chatterjee with others at a public rally in Midnapore on Saturday.(ANI)
Union home minister Amit Shah, Trinamool rebel Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh, and BJP leaders Mukul Roy, Kailash Vijayvargiya and Locket Chatterjee with others at a public rally in Midnapore on Saturday.(ANI)

Six TMC MLAs and four from Congress, Left join BJP at Amit Shah’s rally

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 05:28 AM IST
Among the 10 MLAs who switched sides, Trinamool’s Suvendu Adhikari is the only one who has submitted his resignation to the assembly though it has not been accepted on technical grounds.
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The ministry said that addressing the availability constraints, efforts are being made to increase the capacity to make trains available on demand that would “reduce the possibility of passengers getting waitlisted” but this does not mean that there will be no waiting lists.(PTI)
The ministry said that addressing the availability constraints, efforts are being made to increase the capacity to make trains available on demand that would “reduce the possibility of passengers getting waitlisted” but this does not mean that there will be no waiting lists.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Railways ministry denies reports of no waiting list by 2024 and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:56 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Suvendu Adhikari said his association with Shah goes back a long way.(ANI)
Suvendu Adhikari said his association with Shah goes back a long way.(ANI)

When I was Covid-19 positive, Amit Shah called me twice, says Suvendu Adhikari, recalls his first meeting with Shah

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 09:51 PM IST
Suvendu met Shah through Siddharth Nath Singh, current UP Cabinet minister, he said.
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Bharatiya Janata Party MP Babul Supriyo(Samir Jana/HT File Photo)
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Babul Supriyo(Samir Jana/HT File Photo)

BJP’s Babul Supriyo says entry shouldn’t be open to all

By Joydeep Thakur | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:19 AM IST
“What my top bosses decide is a different thing but I will try my very best with all my might & honesty to ensure that NO #TMC leader who tormented, tortured (both physically & mentally) my grass root level BJP colleagues in Asansol, don’t get an entry in BJP,” union minister Babul Supriyo said in a social media post, without naming anyone.
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Union home minister Amit Shah reached in Kolkata on Saturday for a 2-day visit(PTI photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah reached in Kolkata on Saturday for a 2-day visit(PTI photo)

Amit Shah in Kolkata for a 2-day visit: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 07:22 AM IST
In the days leading up to his visit to the state, several Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders including Suvendu Adhikari quit the party and speculations are rife that they may join the BJP in the next two days.
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Amit Shah will address a public rally at Midnapore on Saturday where a number of TMC leaders are likely to join the saffron party.(@AmitShah/Twitter Photo)
Amit Shah will address a public rally at Midnapore on Saturday where a number of TMC leaders are likely to join the saffron party.(@AmitShah/Twitter Photo)

Amit Shah arrives in Kolkata on 2-day visit

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 03:15 AM IST
Speculations are rife that Suvendu Adhikari, who gave up his cabinet portfolios and the Trinamool Congress, may join the BJP during Shah’s visit along with a slew of disgruntled TMC leaders, including some MLAs.
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