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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)

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

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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
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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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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.
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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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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

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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.
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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
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TMC worker, supporter found dead

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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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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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West Bengal, along with Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry, will go to polls in March-April next year. (HT Photo)
West Bengal, along with Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry, will go to polls in March-April next year. (HT Photo)

Congress seals alliance with Left for West Bengal assembly polls

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:37 PM IST
The Congress said it will fight against both the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP.
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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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“Mr Pawar will discuss this issue with leaders of other political parties also. The meeting will be somewhere in Delhi. If necessary, Mr Pawar will definitely go to West Bengal,” Nawab Malik said.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
“Mr Pawar will discuss this issue with leaders of other political parties also. The meeting will be somewhere in Delhi. If necessary, Mr Pawar will definitely go to West Bengal,” Nawab Malik said.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

NCP slams BJP for trying to to destabilise West Bengal govt

By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:12 AM IST
The NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said that his party chief Sharad Pawar will raise this issue with leaders of other political parties.
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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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Union home minister Amit Shah waves during a roadshow in Bolpur on Sunday.(ANI)
Union home minister Amit Shah waves during a roadshow in Bolpur on Sunday.(ANI)

Rules for amended Citizenship law to be framed after Covid crisis ends: Amit Shah

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 11:06 AM IST
Addressing a press conference in Bolpur, Shah said Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress raked up the “outsider-insider” issue to divert public attention from the failures of the state government and said that a “son of the soil” would lead the state if the BJP is voted to power.
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Amit Shah was on a two-day visit to West Bengal to bolster the BJP’s campaign in poll-bound Bengal. Shah has set a target of winning more than 200 out of the 294 seats in the state assembly.(ANI PHOTO.)
Amit Shah was on a two-day visit to West Bengal to bolster the BJP’s campaign in poll-bound Bengal. Shah has set a target of winning more than 200 out of the 294 seats in the state assembly.(ANI PHOTO.)

Bengal has set 3 dangerous trends in Indian politics: Amit Shah

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 08:22 PM IST
Shah alleged that the TMC’s main slogan of Ma Mati Manush (Mother, Soil and People) had given way to corruption, nepotism and appeasement.
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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 pays homage to Khudiram Bose with flowers at his (Bose's) native village in Pashchim Midnapore on Saturday.(ANI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays homage to Khudiram Bose with flowers at his (Bose's) native village in Pashchim Midnapore on Saturday.(ANI)

‘Get over narrow politics of regionalism’: Amit Shah targets Trinamool Congress

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:36 PM IST
He said that freedom fighter Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil, who gave his life for the country, was also as much a son of Uttar Pradesh as he was of Bengal.
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Union home minister Amit Shah waves at a crowd during his visit to Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral house in Kolkata on Saturday.(Samir Jana)
Union home minister Amit Shah waves at a crowd during his visit to Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral house in Kolkata on Saturday.(Samir Jana)

Amit Shah has lunch at Bengal farmer’s house

By HT Correspondent | Kolkata, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:32 PM IST
On Sunday, the Union minister is scheduled to have lunch with the family of a baul singer in Birbhum district, where he is also scheduled to attend a road show and visit the Visva Bharati.
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Union home minister Amit Shah waves at supporters as he arrives in Midnapore on Saturday.(ANI)
Union home minister Amit Shah waves at supporters as he arrives in Midnapore on Saturday.(ANI)

‘CM will be picked from Bengal’: Shah hits back at ‘outsider’ jibe

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:04 PM IST
West Bengal CM Banerjee has been desperately trying to brand the BJP as outsiders, and have even tagged them as “Dacoits from Chambal”.
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Union home minister Amit Shah gestures to supporters after paying tributes to Swami Vivekanand at Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata on Saturday.(ANI)
Union home minister Amit Shah gestures to supporters after paying tributes to Swami Vivekanand at Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata on Saturday.(ANI)

On Bengal trip, Amit Shah takes veiled dig at Mamata’s Trinamool

By HT Correspondent | Kolkata, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 02:40 PM IST
During his visit to the poll-bound state, Amit Shah also lashes out at those indulging in “narrow politics”
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Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah at a press meet during his visit to West Bengal on November 6. Top BJP leaders in the state have said that Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda would visit Bengal every month till the elections, slated for early-2021.(Samir Jana/HT FILE PHOTO)
Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah at a press meet during his visit to West Bengal on November 6. Top BJP leaders in the state have said that Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda would visit Bengal every month till the elections, slated for early-2021.(Samir Jana/HT FILE PHOTO)

Amit Shah begins 2-day Bengal trip with visit to Swami Vivekananda’s house

By HT Correspondent | Kolkata, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:27 PM IST
There are speculations that former Trinamool Congress heavyweight Suvendu Adhikary could join the BJP during Amit Shah’s visit to poll-bound West Bengal.
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TMC rebel Tiwari is reported to have said that he would ask for Mamata Banerjee’s forgiveness.(PTI Photo)
TMC rebel Tiwari is reported to have said that he would ask for Mamata Banerjee’s forgiveness.(PTI Photo)

TMC rebel makes U-turn, swear allegiance to Mamata Banerjee

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 12:00 PM IST
TMC chief and Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had sent a strong message to party rebels in a meeting with the party’s top leadership on Friday.
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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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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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The top court on Friday protected BJP leaders Arjun Singh, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Pawan Singh, Mukul Roy and Saurav Singh from any coercive steps to be taken by the West Bengal Police in FIRs registered against .(PTI PHOTO.)
The top court on Friday protected BJP leaders Arjun Singh, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Pawan Singh, Mukul Roy and Saurav Singh from any coercive steps to be taken by the West Bengal Police in FIRs registered against .(PTI PHOTO.)

‘No coercive steps against BJP leaders’: SC notice to Bengal govt, police

By Abraham Thomas | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 01:44 PM IST
All the cases followed a similar pattern where criminal cases were lodged against most of these petitioners after they left the ruling Trinamool Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
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BJP has won the Darjeeling LS seat since 2009; it was looking for a new ally after GJM switched allegiance to TMC.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
BJP has won the Darjeeling LS seat since 2009; it was looking for a new ally after GJM switched allegiance to TMC.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

BJP, GNLF join hands for Bengal polls

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri, Siliguri
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 01:28 AM IST
The BJP, which has won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat since 2009, was looking for a new ally after Bimal Gurung of the Gorkha Janmukti Morhca (GJM) switched his allegiance to chief minister Mamata Banerjee in October.
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Former Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari, who quit the Mamata Banerjee cabinet last month, resigned from the membership of West Bengal legislative assembly on Wednesday, a day before leaving the party.(PTI FILE)
Former Trinamool Congress leader Suvendu Adhikari, who quit the Mamata Banerjee cabinet last month, resigned from the membership of West Bengal legislative assembly on Wednesday, a day before leaving the party.(PTI FILE)

Rebel Suvendu Adhikari quits Trinamool; Asansol’s outgoing mayor steps down

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Kolkata, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 05:57 PM IST
There are speculations that Adhikari might join the BJP during Union home minister Amit Shah’s visit to poll-bound West Bengal this weekend.
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Suvendu Adhikari went to the assembly and submitted a hand-written letter at the secretariat. The speaker, Biman Banerjee, was not present in his office.(File photo)
Suvendu Adhikari went to the assembly and submitted a hand-written letter at the secretariat. The speaker, Biman Banerjee, was not present in his office.(File photo)

TMC’s Suvendu Adhikari resigns from assembly; more leaders voice dissent before Shah’s visit

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Kolkata, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:25 PM IST
Suvendu Adhikari’s aides had said earlier that he was likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party during Union home minister Amit Shah’s visit to the poll-bound state later this week
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting at Jalpaiguri district.(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a public meeting at Jalpaiguri district.(PTI)

BJP calling up my leaders, coercing them to join saffron camp, says Mamata Banerjee

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Coochbehar
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:02 PM IST
Addressing a rally in Coochbehar, Banerjee termed detractors in her party as “opportunists” and blamed the BJP for trying to break the TMC by using “moneybags”.
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Parliament normally holds three sessions in a calendar year – Budget (end of January to early April), Monsoon (July to August) and Winter (November to December).(PTI File Photo)
Parliament normally holds three sessions in a calendar year – Budget (end of January to early April), Monsoon (July to August) and Winter (November to December).(PTI File Photo)

No winter session due to Covid-19; Opposition objects

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:43 AM IST
Govt says decision in view of pandemic, suggests Budget Session in January; Cong opposes move
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