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West Bengal and Assam Exit Polls 2021: In West Bengal, polling for which was held over eight phases, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting to wrestle the power out of the hands of three-time chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee.(PTI/ File photo)

Highlights: BJP in Assam likely to get 65 seats, Cong 59, CVoter predicts

UPDATED ON APR 29, 2021 11:10 PM IST
West Bengal and Assam Exit Poll Results 2021 Live Updates: West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry voted over the last month to elect leaders to their respective state assemblies and results will be announced on May 2.
Kolkata: TMC MP Nusrat Jahan (R) with her mother shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting her vote during the 7th phase of the West Bengal State Assembly polls, at a polling station, in Kolkata, Monday, April 26, 2021. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)
Kolkata: TMC MP Nusrat Jahan (R) with her mother shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting her vote during the 7th phase of the West Bengal State Assembly polls, at a polling station, in Kolkata, Monday, April 26, 2021. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)

'Why was EC sleeping all this time?': TMC's Nusrat Jahan on rallies being banned

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2021 11:48 AM IST
Speaking to reporters after casting her vote with her parents in the seventh phase of the West Bengal assembly polls, Nusrat also said that wherever she has campaigned, she has only seen support for chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Before campaigning ended on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP’s star campaigner, actor Mithun Chakraborty, and others held more than a dozen rallies and roadshows in these constituencies. (AP PHOTO).
Before campaigning ended on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, BJP’s star campaigner, actor Mithun Chakraborty, and others held more than a dozen rallies and roadshows in these constituencies. (AP PHOTO).

BJP, TMC in close contest in Bengal’s biggest industrial and mining belt

PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2021 12:38 AM IST
  • During her last campaign in Durgapur on Friday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee drew the attention of local industry workers, saying they would lose jobs because of the Centre’s disinvestment policy.
A Matua Mahasangha rally in West Bengal. (Photo via All India Matua Mahasangha on Facebook)
A Matua Mahasangha rally in West Bengal. (Photo via All India Matua Mahasangha on Facebook)

Phase 6 of West Bengal assembly election on Thursday. All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Avik Roy
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2021 05:20 PM IST
The Matua votes are at the centre of a struggle for control between the ruling TMC and the opposing BJP in West Bengal. Poll observers will be closely observing the verdict in the Matua segments of Bongaon, Nadia, Coochbehar, Dinajpur, and Burdwan, among others, in these ongoing assembly elections.
Matua bastions and the verdict they present this election will prove to be a test case for the BJP before implementing the CAA. Two other aspects -- identity politics and regional development -- have also surfaced as decisive factors ahead of the sixth phase of the West Bengal elections. (File Photo)
Matua bastions and the verdict they present this election will prove to be a test case for the BJP before implementing the CAA. Two other aspects -- identity politics and regional development -- have also surfaced as decisive factors ahead of the sixth phase of the West Bengal elections. (File Photo)

Matua bastions in fray for 6th phase of West Bengal assembly elections

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 02:31 PM IST
In Phase 6 of the West Bengal assembly elections, 43 seats across four districts -- Uttar Dinajpur, Nadia, North 24 Parganas, and Purba Bardhaman -- go to polls. Matua strongholds of Bongaon and Krishnanagar have emerged as key, with citizenship for refugees being a key poll plank for the BJP.
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.
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.
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh while addressing an election rally at Baranagar in North 24 Parganas district (Screengrab from video)
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh while addressing an election rally at Baranagar in North 24 Parganas district (Screengrab from video)

Behave, or face more Sitalkuchi-like killings: Dilip Ghosh's warning in Bengal

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 09:48 PM IST
"Naughty boys received bullets at Sitalkuchi. If anyone dares to take the law into his hands, this will happen to him also," Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said without elaborating on the phrase 'naughty boys'.
Kolkata: TMC candidate from Shyampukur constituency, Sashi Panja, with her party associates paying candle light tribute who lost their life at a polling booth of Sitalkuchi, where clashes erupted between locals and central forces yesterday, during the ongoing West Bengal Assembly polls. (PTI)
Kolkata: TMC candidate from Shyampukur constituency, Sashi Panja, with her party associates paying candle light tribute who lost their life at a polling booth of Sitalkuchi, where clashes erupted between locals and central forces yesterday, during the ongoing West Bengal Assembly polls. (PTI)

TMC stages protests across West Bengal over Sitalkuchi killings

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 08:50 PM IST
The Trinamool Congress activists wore black badges and demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah, naming him as the conspirator of the incident
Security personnel keep vigil at a polling station at Sitalkuchi in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district. (PTI / File Photo)
Security personnel keep vigil at a polling station at Sitalkuchi in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district. (PTI / File Photo)

Bengal's Sitalkuchi village plunges in gloom as firing victims taken for burial

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 11, 2021 04:42 PM IST
Cooch Behar firing: Wreaths were laid on the bodies, draped in Trinamool Congress flags, by the party's district president Partha Pratim Roy at a ground near the school premises where the incident of firing had taken place.
Voters show their voter-ID card as they arrive to cast their vote.(ANI file photo)
Voters show their voter-ID card as they arrive to cast their vote.(ANI file photo)

News updates from HT: PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee urge citizens to vote

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2021 09:03 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Hooghly: BJP worker Piru Adak's mother was allegedly killed by TMC workers in Goghat, when she tried to defend her son from an attempted assault. (Representational Image)
Hooghly: BJP worker Piru Adak's mother was allegedly killed by TMC workers in Goghat, when she tried to defend her son from an attempted assault. (Representational Image)

West Bengal: BJP worker's mother allegedly killed by TMC in Hooghly's Goghat

PUBLISHED ON APR 06, 2021 11:16 AM IST
Hours before the third phase of the West Bengal elections was set to kick off in Hooghly's Goghat, the BJP alleged that the mother of one of its party workers was beaten to death by TMC workers.
2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections: Of these 31 seats going to polls on Tuesday, TMC won 29 of them in the 2016 assembly elections, increasing its tally from 26 in 2011. It remains to be seen if the party manages to retain its traditional bastions this time around. (File Photo)
2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections: Of these 31 seats going to polls on Tuesday, TMC won 29 of them in the 2016 assembly elections, increasing its tally from 26 in 2011. It remains to be seen if the party manages to retain its traditional bastions this time around. (File Photo)

TMC bastions, big names in Phase 3 of West Bengal elections

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 12:45 PM IST
In Phase 3 of the West Bengal assembly elections, 31 seats across three districts — South 24 Parganas, Howrah, and Hooghly — go into polls. Most of these are TMC bastions, as is apparent from the past election results. Here's a primer ahead of Tuesday's polling.
The West Bengal BJP has sent a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of the state and demanded the cancellation of Sankar Kumar Naskar's candidature from the Falta assembly seat. (File Photo: PTI)
The West Bengal BJP has sent a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of the state and demanded the cancellation of Sankar Kumar Naskar's candidature from the Falta assembly seat. (File Photo: PTI)

West Bengal: TMC candidate 'distributing money' to voters in Falta, alleges BJP

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2021 07:19 AM IST
Amid the 2021 West Bengal assembly elections, the BJP has alleged that Sankar Kumar Naskar, TMC candidate from Falta, was found distributing money to voters at the Sahararhat More and Mallickpur Bazar areas.
Kolkata: Supporters of CPI(M) MLA and Sonjukta Morcha nominated candidate from Jadavpur Assembly constituency Sujan Chakraborty play drums, during his door-to-door election campaign for the West Bengal assembly polls, in Kolkata, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI03_30_2021_000035A)(PTI)
Kolkata: Supporters of CPI(M) MLA and Sonjukta Morcha nominated candidate from Jadavpur Assembly constituency Sujan Chakraborty play drums, during his door-to-door election campaign for the West Bengal assembly polls, in Kolkata, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI03_30_2021_000035A)(PTI)

Minakshi Mukerjee seeks to regain CPI(M)'s lost glory in Nandigram

PTI | , Nandigram
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2021 02:20 PM IST
  • Minakshi Mukherjee further said that recovering the lost ground for the CPI(M) was necessary to restore the party's image and glory in the agrarian backwaters
CRPF personnel arriving for the upcoming Bengal elections, at the Chitpur Rail Yard in Kolkata on Saturday. (ANI)
CRPF personnel arriving for the upcoming Bengal elections, at the Chitpur Rail Yard in Kolkata on Saturday. (ANI)

TMC seeks deployment of additional central armed forces in Bengal

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2021 05:30 PM IST
The Election Commission has presently deployed around 684 companies of central forces that would guard 10,288 polling booths housed in 7,061 premises.
Bharatiya Janata Party supporters film on their mobile phones as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a public rally in Dhekiajuli, Assam, India, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.(AP)
Bharatiya Janata Party supporters film on their mobile phones as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a public rally in Dhekiajuli, Assam, India, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.(AP)

Bengal, Assam poll pitch gets shrill as Phase 1 campaign ends

By Tanmay Chatterjee, Utpal Parashar, Kolkata/guwahati
PUBLISHED ON MAR 26, 2021 05:05 AM IST
30 seats in Bengal and 47 in Assam will go to polls in the first phase on March 27.
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh took a swipe at the CM, while addressing a rally in Purulia district on Wednesday. (PTI PHOTO.)(HT_PRINT)
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh took a swipe at the CM, while addressing a rally in Purulia district on Wednesday. (PTI PHOTO.)(HT_PRINT)

TMC hits out at BJP’s Bengal unit chief for ‘Bermuda shorts’ remark

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2021 03:52 AM IST
The TMC shared a 14-second video of Ghosh addressing a rally in the state’s Purulia district on Wednesday.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has been running a 'one-man party' where Bengal leaders are not taken in the loop, alleged Zamirul Hasan. (PTI)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has been running a 'one-man party' where Bengal leaders are not taken in the loop, alleged Zamirul Hasan. (PTI)

Major setback for AIMIM, party's Bengal in-charge quits ahead of assembly polls

ANI |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 19, 2021 10:26 PM IST
Hasan further said he will support West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram and all the strong contenders against BJP across the state.
Representational Image (HT File Photo)
Representational Image (HT File Photo)

West Bengal election: Setback for BJP as 2 leaders refuse offer to contest

Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2021 09:20 PM IST
Both Tarun Saha and Shikha Mitra refused the BJP's offer and declined the party's candidature from their assigned seats.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari (ANI)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari (ANI)

Suvendu Adhikari says his father Sisir, TMC MP, will 'support' BJP

Posted by hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 08:44 PM IST
Earlier in the day, Suvendu had said that his father will be present at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally.
Anubrata Mondal, TMC president of Birbhum District, was put under the surveillance of the EC in 2016 on the eve of poll day in Bolpur of Birbhum District. (Subhendu Ghosh / HT Photo)
Anubrata Mondal, TMC president of Birbhum District, was put under the surveillance of the EC in 2016 on the eve of poll day in Bolpur of Birbhum District. (Subhendu Ghosh / HT Photo)

BJP blames TMC leader Anubrata Mondal and his 'goons' for murder of party worker

Written by hindustantimes.com | Edited by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 05:06 PM IST
The party said that in West Bengal, there is no space for political dissent or those opposing the TMC to "practice or profess their political affiliations".
Presence of BJP workers and anti-BJP activists led to a face-off in Kolkata's iconic Indian Coffee House.(Sourced Photo)
Presence of BJP workers and anti-BJP activists led to a face-off in Kolkata's iconic Indian Coffee House.(Sourced Photo)

Anti-BJP 'storm' spills out of cup at Kolkata’s iconic Coffee House

By Tanmay Chatterjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2021 07:17 AM IST
  • 'No Vote for BJP' campaign has organised several rallies and programmes in the run up to the West Bengal assembly elections 2021
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is wheeled out after being discharged from the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Friday. (ANI PHOTO).
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is wheeled out after being discharged from the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata on Friday. (ANI PHOTO).

BJP, TMC lock horns over CM Mamata’s injury at Nandigram, parties approach EC

PUBLISHED ON MAR 12, 2021 11:11 PM IST
  • Sticking to Banerjee’s version of the story, a five-member team of TMC Parliamentarians met the ECI in Delhi on Friday morning and alleged in its letter that “the attack was premeditated and part of a deep-rooted conspiracy…”
BJP activists cheer holding party flags at the rally and stage area ahead of PM Narendra Modi's election rally at the brigade parade ground, in Kolkata.
BJP activists cheer holding party flags at the rally and stage area ahead of PM Narendra Modi's election rally at the brigade parade ground, in Kolkata.

During PM Modi’s Kolkata rally, CM Banerjee will decry LPG price in Siliguri

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2021 11:16 AM IST
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at the famous Brigade Parade Grounds in Maidan area is expected to draw a huge crowd.
TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee sought to know if it was an attempt by the BJP to divert attention from “the historic launch” of the ruling party’s report card.(Hindustan Times)
TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee sought to know if it was an attempt by the BJP to divert attention from “the historic launch” of the ruling party’s report card.(Hindustan Times)

BJP got two friends in CPI(M) and Congress, says TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee

PTI | , Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 01, 2021 05:02 PM IST
A decade after losing power in Bengal, the Left Front, in alliance with the Congress and the newly formed Indian Secular Front (ISF) projected itself as a "third alternative force".
Sitaram Yechury termed the ongoing political tussle between the TMC and the BJP as a "mock fight". (ANI Photo)
Sitaram Yechury termed the ongoing political tussle between the TMC and the BJP as a "mock fight". (ANI Photo)

Mamata to join hands with BJP again in case of hung assembly in Bengal: Yechury

PTI | , Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 04:51 PM IST
The CPI(M) general secretary asserted that West Bengal is headed for a triangular fight in the coming assembly polls.
The schedule was announced in the backdrop assertions by chief minister Mamata Banerjee that the political battle between her TMC and the BJP was a personal battle as well.(HT_PRINT)
The schedule was announced in the backdrop assertions by chief minister Mamata Banerjee that the political battle between her TMC and the BJP was a personal battle as well.(HT_PRINT)

TMC tries to hold fort as BJP aims to gain ground

By Tanmay Chatterjee, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:47 AM IST
On Friday, the Election Commission announced dates for the assembly elections in West Bengal, where the BJP is determined to win power. Polls in the state will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29.
Banerjee also alleged that female BJP workers were not safe in the party. “Women in BJP are not safe. Don’t send your daughters to BJP. Many are keeping quiet as they can’t say anything.(ANI Photo)
Banerjee also alleged that female BJP workers were not safe in the party. “Women in BJP are not safe. Don’t send your daughters to BJP. Many are keeping quiet as they can’t say anything.(ANI Photo)

Sparks fly as Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee launches no-holds-barred attack on BJP

By HT Correspondent, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:42 AM IST
Banerjee’s primary target was PM Modi who on Monday addressed a public rally from the same venue as Banerjee did in Hooghly district on Wednesday.
The chief minister paid homage to those who had sacrificed their lives for the Bengali language.(PTI)
The chief minister paid homage to those who had sacrificed their lives for the Bengali language.(PTI)

Mamata Banerjee urges people to say 'jai Bangla' instead of 'hello' on phone

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:41 PM IST
Speaking at an event marking the International Mother Language Day, she hit out at leaders at the Centre and said those who threaten to break the spine of Bengal do not know that it is not an easy thing to do.
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