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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)

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.
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

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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas | Edited by Sohini Sarkar
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.
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

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri, 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.
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

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By Tanmay Chatterjee
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.
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

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By Tanmay Chatterjee
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
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

Coochbehar | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
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”.
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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:43 AM IST
Govt says decision in view of pandemic, suggests Budget Session in January; Cong opposes move
Security personal carrying EVMs and VVPAT machines leave for polling booths from a distribution centre ahead of the third and final phase of Bihar Assembly elections, in Hajipur.(PTI File Photo/Representative Image)
Security personal carrying EVMs and VVPAT machines leave for polling booths from a distribution centre ahead of the third and final phase of Bihar Assembly elections, in Hajipur.(PTI File Photo/Representative Image)

Deploy central forces in Bengal, BJP asks EC

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:10 AM IST
Accusing the West Bengal Police of being partisan, the BJP alleged that although its national president JP Nadda’s convoy was attacked in full public glare during his visit to Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district on Thursday,afternoon, the police didn’t act.
BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya at a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) event in New Delhi.(Vipin KUmar /HT FILE PHOTO)
BJP’s Kailash Vijayvargiya at a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) event in New Delhi.(Vipin KUmar /HT FILE PHOTO)

After attack on Nadda convoy, BJP’s Vijayvargiya gets bullet-proof car

By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 04:25 PM IST
Stones were hurled at BJP national president J P Nadda’s convoy during his visit to Diamond Harbour area in South 24 Parganas on December 10. Vijayvargiya was among those who suffered cuts and bruises
Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee addressing the gathering at protest against new farm laws, in front of Gandhi statue at Mayo road, in Kolkata, West Bengal on Thursday.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee addressing the gathering at protest against new farm laws, in front of Gandhi statue at Mayo road, in Kolkata, West Bengal on Thursday.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

Mamata Banerjee to visit north Bengal on 3-day trip from Monday

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 11:28 PM IST
“The chief minister will reach Siliguri on Monday. She is scheduled to fly in a chopper to Jalpaiguri to address a rally on Tuesday. She will attend another rally in Cooch Behar the next day,” an official said.
Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah.(HT photo)
Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah.(HT photo)

Amit Shah skeds Bengal visit next week to amp up offensive over Nadda attack

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:14 PM IST
The Union home ministry on Thursday asked state governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to submit a report on law and order situation in the state and steps taken by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government to maintain peace.
A vehicle of BJP National President JP Nadda's convoy damaged after stone-pelting by alleged TMC activists, at Diamond Harbour, in South 24 Pargana on Thursday. TMC has alleged that BJP staged the attack.(ANI)
A vehicle of BJP National President JP Nadda's convoy damaged after stone-pelting by alleged TMC activists, at Diamond Harbour, in South 24 Pargana on Thursday. TMC has alleged that BJP staged the attack.(ANI)

Bengal BJP chief warns of revenge after attack on JP Nadda’s convoy

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent I Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 12:24 PM IST
Nadda’s convoy was allegedly attacked by TMC supporters in South 24-Parganas district, prompting the Union home ministry to seek a report in the matter
No one knows this better than Mamata Banerjee, who braved physical assaults and fought a long battle to oust the Left(PTI)
No one knows this better than Mamata Banerjee, who braved physical assaults and fought a long battle to oust the Left(PTI)

In Bengal, preserve democratic space | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 10:14 AM IST
Just as the BJP itself needs to allow this peaceful space for democratic challenges wherever it is dominant, the Trinamool must do so in Bengal
Stones were hurled on Nadda’s vehicle in West Bengal.(PTI photo)
Stones were hurled on Nadda’s vehicle in West Bengal.(PTI photo)

‘Deplorable’: Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal condemn attack on JP Nadda’s convoy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 04:54 PM IST
Union home minister Amit Shah said that the state had gone into an era of tyranny under the Trinamool Congress’ rule and democratic values were being threatened in the state.
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar during an interaction with media personnel, at the Governor’s house in Kolkata.(PTI FILE)
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar during an interaction with media personnel, at the Governor’s house in Kolkata.(PTI FILE)

West Bengal govt distancing itself from rule of law: Dhankar

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 05:09 PM IST
TMC Lok Sabha member and spokesperson Saugata Roy reacted by saying that Dhankhar is not following ethics.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at the state secretariat in Kolkata.(PTI FILE)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at the state secretariat in Kolkata.(PTI FILE)

Clashes mar outreach programmes of BJP, TMC in poll-bound Bengal

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Violence have been making headlines ever since the BJP emerged as the ruling party’s principal adversary during the panchayat polls in 2018. The clashes peaked around the Lok Sabha polls last year
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.(PTI)

Mamata Banerjee to hold TMC meeting on Friday to assess poll readiness

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 10:25 PM IST
The state is set to witness stiff fight between TMC and opposition BJP, which has made deep inroads. While the poll will be crucial for the BJP as it has never been in the government in West Bengal, Banerjee will be seeking to return to power for the third consecutive time.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at the state secretariat Nabanna in Kolkata.(PTI)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference at the state secretariat Nabanna in Kolkata.(PTI)

Bengal CM Mamata threatens country-wide stir if new farm laws not withdrawn

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 02:40 PM IST
The Trinamool Congress supremo lashed out at the BJP- led government at the Centre over the issue in a series of tweets.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(File photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(File photo)

Mamata warns of nationwide protest against farm bills, attacks Centre’s disinvestment policy

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 02:34 PM IST
Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss their future of course of action
TMC supporters blocked roads with wooden logs in response and demanded immediate arrest of the accused. They alleged police inaction and dillydallying.(AP)
TMC supporters blocked roads with wooden logs in response and demanded immediate arrest of the accused. They alleged police inaction and dillydallying.(AP)

Trinamool says BJP captured 6 of its offices in East Midnapore

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 28, 2020 04:53 PM IST
The BJP refuted the allegations, saying that those were BJP’s offices and the TMC is making baseless allegations so that their workers could be implicated in false cases.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung surfaced last month after remaining underground for three and a half years.(HT PHOTO)
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung surfaced last month after remaining underground for three and a half years.(HT PHOTO)

Bimal Gurung to address supporters in Siliguri but Darjeeling visit uncertain

Hindustan times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:08 PM IST
Bimal Gurung who had allied with the BJP previously has junked the saffron party saying it was not sincere in fulfilling its promises to find a permanent political solution to the Gorkha issue.
Mamata Banerjee’s Trimaool Congress is witnessing infighting following the induction of younger faces in district committees during a reshuffle in July this year that was done on the recommendations of poll strategist Prashant Kishor,(PTI)
Mamata Banerjee’s Trimaool Congress is witnessing infighting following the induction of younger faces in district committees during a reshuffle in July this year that was done on the recommendations of poll strategist Prashant Kishor,(PTI)

TMC desperately trying to fix chinks in armour but new ones continue to show up

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Joydeep Thakur
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 10:51 AM IST
Infighting in the Trinamool Congress has seemingly increased with veteran leaders attacking each other.
BJP workers try to break police barricades during a stir against the TMC govt in Kolkata on Oct 8.(ANI)
BJP workers try to break police barricades during a stir against the TMC govt in Kolkata on Oct 8.(ANI)

BJP’s Bengal poll machine to have 294 leaders from other states; 45-member committee per constituency

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 03:55 AM IST
The BJP is seeking to unseat the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal, where the party led by Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011 by ending the 34-year rule of the Left and extended its term in 2016..
This file photo taken on March 20, 2016 shows an elephant attacking an Indian man in a field in Baghasole village in Burdwan district in West Bengal.(AFP)
This file photo taken on March 20, 2016 shows an elephant attacking an Indian man in a field in Baghasole village in Burdwan district in West Bengal.(AFP)

Over 500 killed by wild animals in Bengal since 2015, govt to give jobs to their kin

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 11:43 AM IST
Between 2014 and 2019, the state accounted for the highest number of people killed by tigers and the second-highest by elephants after Odisha.
The upcoming election in West Bengal will be a direct fight between the BJP and the TMC, Dilip Ghosh said, dubbing both the Left parties and the Congress as spent forces(PTI)
The upcoming election in West Bengal will be a direct fight between the BJP and the TMC, Dilip Ghosh said, dubbing both the Left parties and the Congress as spent forces(PTI)

‘BJP working on ground to defeat Mamata Banerjee, over 83% polling booths already covered’: Dilip Ghosh

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON NOV 18, 2020 06:00 PM IST
The BJP has kick-started its campaign for the assembly elections slated for early next year and is challenging the Trinamool Congress at the hustings with the new slogan of “Ei baar Bangla, parle samla (Now it’s Bengal’s turn, hold on to it if you can)”, said Dilip Ghosh
The digital campaign, a brainchild of poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) team, has witnessed maximum participation from people in the age group of 18-35 years.(AP Photo)
The digital campaign, a brainchild of poll strategist Prashant Kishor and his I-PAC (Indian Political Action Committee) team, has witnessed maximum participation from people in the age group of 18-35 years.(AP Photo)

TMC says more than 10-lakh people participated in ‘Mark Yourself safe from BJP’ campaign

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 04:17 PM IST
The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal had launched the campaign on October 23 to inform people about the alleged wrongdoings of the BJP in the country before the 2021 state polls.
Congress leader and WBPCC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury addresses a dharna to protest against Central Government over the newly passed farm laws and attack on Dalit women, in Kolkata.(PTI)
Congress leader and WBPCC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury addresses a dharna to protest against Central Government over the newly passed farm laws and attack on Dalit women, in Kolkata.(PTI)

‘TMC govt did ‘cheap politics’ with Soumitra Chatterjee’s body’, alleges Cong’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Kolkata | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 02:41 PM IST
Actor Soumitra Chatterjee was cremated with full state honours. As his body wastaken to Keoratala crematorium thousands of people, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and senior Left leaders, walked in a procession.
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