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Polling officers check election material before leaving for their respective stations ahead of the first phase of elections in West Bengal state in Medinipur, India, Friday, March 26, 2021. The eight0phased elections in the state are scheduled to begin on March 27. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)(AP)

Battle for the east kicks off in 1st phase of voting today

By Tanmay Chatterjee, Utpal Parashar, Kolkata/guwahati
UPDATED ON MAR 27, 2021 04:53 AM IST
Political observers believe that the outcome in the elections in the east will determine if the BJP’s hegemony remains intact despite governance challenges in recent months, including due to the pandemic, or whether non-BJP forces are able to ensure a wider distribution of political power.
Chief minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during the release of the party’s election manifesto for the upcoming assembly election, at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata. ( Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)
Chief minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee during the release of the party’s election manifesto for the upcoming assembly election, at her Kalighat residence in Kolkata. ( Samir Jana/Hindustan Times)

Income for all, free ration delivery in TMC manifesto

By Joydeep Thakur, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2021 04:12 AM IST
Mamata says not a political manifesto but a developmental one; BJP terms it as ‘announcements without any base’
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the TMC colluded with the bureaucracy to smuggle girls in the state.(PTI)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the TMC colluded with the bureaucracy to smuggle girls in the state.(PTI)

'TMC colludes with bureaucracy to smuggle girls': Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Written by Prashasti Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2021 07:10 AM IST
The Congress leader further accused the Mamata Banerjee-led government of not aiding those in need after Cyclone Amphan hit the state last year, and said that people were "forced to smuggle girls" as a result.
West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh.(PTI)
West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh.(PTI)

West Bengal Assembly polls: BJP confident of clean sweep in Nandigram

ANI | , New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 05:42 AM IST
Asserting that the names of the candidates will be announced soon, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that seats have been discussed and the names of candidates will be revealed after a final decision is taken.
The Congress and the Left, who will be fighting the elections together, are in the process of finalising the seats ahead of the high stake contest.
The Congress and the Left, who will be fighting the elections together, are in the process of finalising the seats ahead of the high stake contest.

West Bengal Poll Dates 2021 | State to see 8-phased polls from March 27: ECI

Edited by Kanishka Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 05:34 PM IST
The eastern state is all set to see a fierce battle between the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is eyeing power in the state with a majority of over 200 seats.
BJP Bengal president Dilip Ghosh and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari believe BJP is set to form the government in Bengal. (PTI Photo)
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Netaji Bhavan on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Netaji Bhavan on the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, in Kolkata, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (PTI)

Ahead of polls, PM Modi to visit Bengal on Feb 7

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 07:20 PM IST
  • PM Modi's visit to West Bengal comes as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) eyes a victory in the elections scheduled to be held in April-May in the eastern state.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.(PTI)

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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
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
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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
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.
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

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
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.
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

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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
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.
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

TMC worker, supporter found dead

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:37 PM IST
The Congress said it will fight against both the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the BJP.
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.(ANI)
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.(ANI)

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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
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
“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

Mumbai | By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
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.
File photo of Suvendu Adhikari.(PTI Photo)
File photo of Suvendu Adhikari.(PTI Photo)

Suvendu Adhikari meets Bengal Speaker, says resignation as MLA accepted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi
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.
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

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
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.
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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar
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.
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

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
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.
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

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
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.
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”.
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

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
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”
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

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
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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