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BJP workers celebrating in Jhargram after the panchayat results on Thursday.(HT Photo)

How BJP made inroads into TMC’s base in Bengal’s former Maoist belt

Hindustan Times | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2018 02:59 PM IST
Over the past few years, RSS-inspired organisations worked in the spheres of education, health and imparting moral values.
Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate with a poster of party chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to celebrate their win in panchayat elections, in North 24 Parganas, on May17.(PTI Photo)
Trinamool Congress supporters celebrate with a poster of party chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to celebrate their win in panchayat elections, in North 24 Parganas, on May17.(PTI Photo)

Trinamool Congress sweeps panchayat elections at all levels in West Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 10:04 PM IST
Till 8 pm, the ruling party had won 19,394 (68%) of the 28,456 gram panchayat seats, the results for which were declared. It also bagged 1,842 (88.34%) of the 2,085 panchayat samiti seats and 62 of the 63 zilla parishad seats declared till then.
A man collects ballot boxes from a pond thrown by some unknown people during panchayat elections in West Bengal, in Memari of Burdwan district on Monday.(PTI photo)
A man collects ballot boxes from a pond thrown by some unknown people during panchayat elections in West Bengal, in Memari of Burdwan district on Monday.(PTI photo)

‘Counting’ on polling day and ‘polling’ on counting day in West Bengal

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 09:03 PM IST
Opposition parties slammed the ruling Trinamool, accusing it of “murdering” democracy and making “a mockery” of it.
Trinamool Congress supporters celebrating in front of Bratachari Bidyashram counting centre at Joka, South Kolkata on May 17.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Trinamool Congress supporters celebrating in front of Bratachari Bidyashram counting centre at Joka, South Kolkata on May 17.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

West Bengal panchayat election results: Trinamool looks set to sweep polls, BJP distant second

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 05:28 PM IST
The party was heading for control of over 80% of the West Bengal gram panchayats and 90% of the panchayat samitis. BJP was second, while the Left and Congress were pushed to the margins.
Security personal stand guard as voters caste their votes at a polling station during re-polling for panchayat elections at Sikarpur village in Jalpaiguri district on May 16.(AFP)
Security personal stand guard as voters caste their votes at a polling station during re-polling for panchayat elections at Sikarpur village in Jalpaiguri district on May 16.(AFP)

Counting underway for West Bengal panchayat elections, opposition fears violence

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2018 10:23 AM IST
Authorities have enforced prohibitory orders outside counting centres after opposition parties expressed fear of a repeat of the widespread violence that took place on polling day on May 14.
Trinamool Congress supporters celebrating at Joka, South Kolkata on May 17,(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Trinamool Congress supporters celebrating at Joka, South Kolkata on May 17,(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

West Bengal panchayat election results Highlights: TMC registers massive win, BJP comes a distant second

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2018 12:14 AM IST
Results for West Bengal panchayat elections were announced on Thursday and the ruling Trinamool Congress registered a massive win. Below are the highlights.
Rapid Action Force and police baton-charge voters in North Dinajpur district’s Goalpokhor when they agitated due to delay in voting process.(ANI/Twitter)
Rapid Action Force and police baton-charge voters in North Dinajpur district’s Goalpokhor when they agitated due to delay in voting process.(ANI/Twitter)

Sporadic violence as re-elections for panchayat polls are held in Bengal

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Berhampore | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2018 01:31 PM IST
Media reports said at least 15 people were killed in political violence, election officials and police beaten up, ballot boxes burnt and damaged during Monday’s electoral process that was accompanied by massive rigging and booth capture by alleged Trinamool Congress supporters.
A security guard stands in front of a strong room after the panchayat poll at Nadia district in West Bengal on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
A security guard stands in front of a strong room after the panchayat poll at Nadia district in West Bengal on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Bengal panchayat elections: Re-poll in 573 booths today, SEC says only 6 died in violence

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2018 12:14 AM IST
Opposition parties alleged before the SEC on Tuesday that at least 20 people were killed on Monday and demanded re-poll in thousands of booths.
Miscreants burn a ballot box during panchayat elections, at Malda district in West Bengal on Monday.(AFP)
Miscreants burn a ballot box during panchayat elections, at Malda district in West Bengal on Monday.(AFP)

Trinamool has murdered democracy, says Bengal BJP after panchayat poll violence

Press Trust of India, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2018 06:21 PM IST
Monday’s panchayat polls in West Bengal left at least 15 people dead and more than 50 injured.
Protesters block a road in Machhiibhanga village of Bhangar during West Bengal panchayat elections on Monday.(HT Photo)
Protesters block a road in Machhiibhanga village of Bhangar during West Bengal panchayat elections on Monday.(HT Photo)

Bombs hurled at houses in Howrah as post poll clashes rock parts of Bengal

Indo Asian News Service, Kolkata | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2018 12:49 PM IST
The West Bengal rural polls in the state on Monday saw large scale violence and clashes between opposing political outfits throughout the day.
Ballot boxes being burned after mobs snatched them from a polling booth during the panchayat polls at Deotala in Malda district of West Bengal, on Monday.(PTI)
Ballot boxes being burned after mobs snatched them from a polling booth during the panchayat polls at Deotala in Malda district of West Bengal, on Monday.(PTI)

2003 and 2018: When Bengal panchayat polls turned bloody

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2018 12:31 PM IST
While the panchayat election in 2003 gained infamy for the death toll, the 2018 polls set a record in the number of seats won without a contest.
Security personnel walk past burnt ballot boxes lying on a road after miscreants ransacked at a polling station during panchayat polls at Rampur in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal, on Monday.(PTI)
Security personnel walk past burnt ballot boxes lying on a road after miscreants ransacked at a polling station during panchayat polls at Rampur in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal, on Monday.(PTI)

From gram sabha to Lok Sabha: Why rural elections matter

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 11:44 PM IST
Analysts say since a party’s panchayat poll victory prepares the bedrock for further political expansion in the state and governing a panchayat also means controlling a large pool of money, hence the massive violence during panchayat polls in West Bengal, which reported 15 deaths during the day.
People burn ballot boxes during panchayat elections at Deotala in Malda district on May 14.(PTI Photo)
People burn ballot boxes during panchayat elections at Deotala in Malda district on May 14.(PTI Photo)

Bengal SEC under fire from opposition over violence in panchayat elections

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 11:29 PM IST
Death of at least 15 people were reported on Monday in violence related to the West Bengal panchayat elections.
People injured in poll violence sit by the side of a road as a vehicle is set on fire during the panchayat polls, in Nadia district of West Bengal.(PTI File Photo)
People injured in poll violence sit by the side of a road as a vehicle is set on fire during the panchayat polls, in Nadia district of West Bengal.(PTI File Photo)

Opposition says Mamata wants total control as 15 killed in Bengal panchayat polls violence

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 11:30 PM IST
Violence during Bengal panchayat elections unfolded hours after chief minister Mamata Banerjee told two prominent Bengali television channels that her government wants peaceful polling and asked people not to give in to provocations.
Violence and politics in Bengal is not a recent occurrence. But this time the desperation of the ruling party, Trinamool Congress, was apparent from the statement of leaders(PTI)
Violence and politics in Bengal is not a recent occurrence. But this time the desperation of the ruling party, Trinamool Congress, was apparent from the statement of leaders(PTI)

Why panchayat polls have become a scary exercise in Bengal

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2018 04:51 PM IST
In the 2003 elections, during the heydays of the Left Front government that ruled the state between 1977 and 2011, as many as 76 persons were killed. In 2013, 39 persons died.
CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.(HT File Photo)
CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.(HT File Photo)

West Bengal panchayat elections: Yechury says poll panel must act to restore faith in electoral process

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 01:46 PM IST
The West Bengal State Election Commission has received complaints of violence from several districts less than three hours after polling began for panchayat elections in state.
Polling officials leave for poll-duty on the eve of the panchayat elections, in North 24 Parganas on Sunday.(PTI)
Polling officials leave for poll-duty on the eve of the panchayat elections, in North 24 Parganas on Sunday.(PTI)

6 killed in bombing, shooting as Bengal holds panchayat polls

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 12:54 PM IST
In Bagda of North 24 Parganas district, nine men were caught by villagers stamping ballot papers in a booth, In Bodo Khotimali in Cooch Behar district, a booth reported 100% polling at 8 am.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the media at CM's office in Howrah.(PTI File Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses the media at CM's office in Howrah.(PTI File Photo)

Don’t pay heed to canards, Mamata urges people as Bengal rural polls begin amid violence

Press Trust of India, Kolkata | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 08:50 AM IST
West Bengal panchayat elections are underway amid reports of violence across the state.
Election personnels distributing ballot boxes to polling officials at BDO office, on the eve of West Bengal panchayat elections in Birbhum district on May 13.(PTI Photo)
Election personnels distributing ballot boxes to polling officials at BDO office, on the eve of West Bengal panchayat elections in Birbhum district on May 13.(PTI Photo)

Parts of West Bengal tense ahead of panchayat elections on May 14

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Midnapore | By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya and Kaushik Datta, Kolkata/midnapore
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2018 12:01 AM IST
Violence was reported from the districts of East Midnapore, Bankura, Hooghly and Malda.
Polling officials carry ballot boxes and other polling materials for their respective polling stations for the third phase of panchayat elections in Murshidabad district in West Bengal.(PTI Photo)
Polling officials carry ballot boxes and other polling materials for their respective polling stations for the third phase of panchayat elections in Murshidabad district in West Bengal.(PTI Photo)

Bengal’s Oppn to rely on social media to highlight rural poll violence on Monday

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
PUBLISHED ON MAY 13, 2018 06:43 PM IST
The CPI (M) has decided to open a special control room at the party’s state committee office in central Kolkata on Monday.
West Bengal BJP workers affected in pre-panchayat poll violence protest outside the residence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.(PTI/FilePhoto)
West Bengal BJP workers affected in pre-panchayat poll violence protest outside the residence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.(PTI/FilePhoto)

Family rivalries take shape of political opposition in Bengal rural polls

Press Trust of India, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2018 03:16 PM IST
Major political parties — Trinamool Congress, BJP and Left Front — have fielded members of the same family either to capitalise on their popularity in the respective areas or to cash in on family rivalry.
Police personnel stand in queue to collect their duty schedule for the upcoming panchayat elections in Bengal.(AFP Photo)
Police personnel stand in queue to collect their duty schedule for the upcoming panchayat elections in Bengal.(AFP Photo)

Country pistols, crude bombs trigger security concerns before Bengal panchayat polls

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2018 08:32 AM IST
Several incidents of violence have been reported ahead of the Bengal panchayat polls, to be held on May 14.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee speaks to media in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee speaks to media in New Delhi.(Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

A plan has been hatched to kill me, says Mamata Banerjee

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2018 10:16 PM IST
The West Bengal chief minister also said that she has prepared a political will that mentions names of leaders who will take charge of her party, the Trinamool Congress, in her absence.
As things stand today, All India Trinamool Congress is set to retain its absolute majority in West Bengal. But Mamata’s followers are keen to see whether it can evolve as a national kingmaker from being a regional force.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)
As things stand today, All India Trinamool Congress is set to retain its absolute majority in West Bengal. But Mamata’s followers are keen to see whether it can evolve as a national kingmaker from being a regional force.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

2019 elections will see if Mamata Banerjee’s TMC can evolve as a national kingmaker

Hindustan Times | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 07:54 AM IST
Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, which is gearing up to emerge as the biggest regional political grouping in India, wants to command a significant share of the anti-BJP political space
TMC said that the political development in Nadia only proves that the BJP and the CPI(M) are having a “tacit understanding in Bengal”.(PTI File Photo)
TMC said that the political development in Nadia only proves that the BJP and the CPI(M) are having a “tacit understanding in Bengal”.(PTI File Photo)

CPI(M), BJP tie up to counter Trinamool in Nadia ahead of Bengal panchayat polls

PTI, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2018 11:10 PM IST
Bengal panchayat polls: The CPI(M) has said the “seat sharing agreement” is to counter Trinamool Congress and has nothing to do with the Left party’s policy.
The Calcutta high court, in Kolkata. The opposition has accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of using strong arm tactics ahead of Bengal panchayar polls.(PTI File Photo)
The Calcutta high court, in Kolkata. The opposition has accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of using strong arm tactics ahead of Bengal panchayar polls.(PTI File Photo)

Calcutta HC to hear, give verdict on petitions related to Bengal panchayat polls today

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2018 11:13 AM IST
The Calcutta high court will hear a petition seeking quashing of the single-phase election date on May 14 and pass the order on the CPI(M)’s petition to accept nominations for Bengal panchayat poll via email.
BJP workers take out a protest rally in Kolkata against panchayat poll nomination violence.(HT/Samir Jana)
BJP workers take out a protest rally in Kolkata against panchayat poll nomination violence.(HT/Samir Jana)

Bengal election panel chief refutes BJP charge of Trinamool threat to him

Press Trust of India, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 07:27 PM IST
BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha on Sunday alleged that West Bengal state election commissioner AK Singh has been receiving threats from Trinamool Congress over conduct of panchayat polls, and his mobile phone was being tapped and land line calls recorded.
Police detain Congress activists who were protesting against fresh political violence in Kolkata, on April 23..(PTI file photo)
Police detain Congress activists who were protesting against fresh political violence in Kolkata, on April 23..(PTI file photo)

Trinamool leader killed, Congress activists attacked in Bengal poll-related violence

Berhampore, Hindustan Times | By Sreyasi Pal
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2018 06:20 PM IST
The Trinamool Congress leaders’ death pushed the number of those killed in panchayat poll-related violence in the state to 12. Since nominations began on April 2, the election process has been marked by intimidation and violence.
West Bengal police escort Srijon Roy, brother-in-law of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Mukul Roy.(HT Photo)
West Bengal police escort Srijon Roy, brother-in-law of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Mukul Roy.(HT Photo)

Mukul Roy’s brother-in-law arrested in 6-year-old case, days ahead of Bengal rural polls

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2018 05:19 PM IST
Srijon Roy was arrested for allegedly taking Rs 3 lakh each from a few people on the promise of giving them jobs in the railways in 2012, when Mukul Roy was the Railways minister briefly.
The division bench of Biswanath Samaddar and Arindam Mukherjee on Friday said it will not interfere with the poll panel’s schedule.(HT File Photo)
The division bench of Biswanath Samaddar and Arindam Mukherjee on Friday said it will not interfere with the poll panel’s schedule.(HT File Photo)

Bengal panchayat poll uncertainty not over, HC to hear plea on inadequate security

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2018 09:04 PM IST
The petition by Congress has alleged inadequate security and sought quashing of the state election commission’s notification to hold the polls in a single phase on May 14.
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