Aniruddha Ghosal



Aniruddha Ghosal is a principal correspondent with the Indian Express. He writes on politics, environment and security. He is an alumnus of the University of Sussex.

Nanoor clash in West Bengal: ‘TMC worker’s life could have been saved’
Wed, May 25, 2016

Khokon Sheikh took a bullet in the thigh Monday morning at Singhee village of the Nanoor Assembly constituency, which has in the past been the epicentre of an ongoing feud between two TMC groups.

West Bengal post-poll violence: Mamata ropes in Mukul, Suvendu to ‘control cadre’
Wed, May 25, 2016

Mamata Banerjee’s move follows reports of Trinamool workers allegedly attacking Opposition cadres in a number of instances.

Left Front divided on reasons behind debacle
Sun, May 22, 2016

Bhattacharya’s comments came after a large section of the Bengal CPM came under attack from various quarters over the decision to form an alliance with Congress.

CPM divided on Bengal poll debacle
Sun, May 22, 2016

An article in Ganashakti reiterated the stance of CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra, alleging that the “unofficial understanding” between the BJP and Trinamool Congress was responsible for their defeat.

Rajeev Kumar reinstated as Kolkata Police chief after Mamata’s return
Sun, May 22, 2016

The EC had removed Kumar from the post of city police commissioner after the first phase of polls and had directed that the then ADG (CID) Soumen Mitra to replace him.

With Mukul, Derek and Abhishek by side, Mamata looks towards the future
Fri, May 20, 2016

Mamata — in the last few weeks — has been carefully planning the political direction that her party will take, said sources. Cabinet ministers and party leaders could not meet her weeks before the results.

‘This isn’t any victory, this is vindication’: TMC supporters
Fri, May 20, 2016

The sudden downpour failed to wash away the sea of green, as they smothered each other with the celebratory green gulaal.

On historic high, Mamata Banerjee recalls ‘historic low’ of Opposition ‘lies’
Fri, May 20, 2016

Mamata accused the opposition of spinning a "web of lies" to grab power, said that political discourse in Bengal had struck a "historic low"

West Bengal polls: Behind Didi’s silence, 2 months of ‘most bitter’ campaign – Trinamool
Thu, May 19, 2016

Now, when all expected Mamata to comment on the exit poll results, she has stayed resolutely silent and once again disappeared from the public eye.

West Bengal elections: Two contenders for deputy CM — if Left-Congress wins
Wed, May 18, 2016

Sources close to state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and former chief Manas Bhunia maintain their leaders should be considered for the post if the Left-Congress jot comes to power.

West Bengal elections: Congress to seek Deputy CM post if alliance wins
Tue, May 17, 2016

Sources close to state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and former state party chief Manas Bhunia maintain that their leaders should be considered for the post if the Left-Congress alliance comes to power.

Worried about my son’s condition, not virtual charges: IS suspect’s father
Mon, May 16, 2016

The 25-year-old is set to face trial at a special terrorism court in Bengaluru - where he had worked as an IT professional, until his arrest in December 2014. He’s

Red sanders smuggling case: Kolkata cops claim Sangeeta ‘complainant’ in ongoing case 
Fri, May 13, 2016

The former model and air-hostess was Wednesday arrested by the Chittoor police from her apartment in Kolkata for allegedly being part of a country-wide red sanders smuggling network.

Kolkata: As ‘TMC syndicates clash’ in Lake Town, 7 cops hurt in ‘sudden ambush’
Wed, May 11, 2016

The two syndicates in question are allegedly backed by Trinamool MLA from Dum Dum Sujeet Bose, and party MLA from Rajarhat in Bidhannagar, Sabyasachi Dutta.

Cooch Behar: Polls over, former enclave dwellers wait for ration cards, rice
Wed, May 11, 2016

The 13,000 people are residents of villages which were Bangladeshi enclaves before they became Indian territory following the agreement.

West Bengal polls: ‘That’s it? I just press a button?’
Fri, May 06, 2016

Brought to vote on a rickety cart, Akkel Ali asked his son the obvious question: “How do I vote?” The son, a first-timer himself, read the poster at the booth carefully and finally explained to his father.

West Bengal polls end, not the complaints
Fri, May 06, 2016

Nandigram too voted Thursday. Voting was largely peaceful, though a skirmish between the CRPF and voters at Kadaribad Chowk in Khejuri police station held things up for about an hour.

West Bengal elections: In enclaves, we were a number for the govt, now we are just voters
Thu, May 05, 2016

This first-time voter mother-son duo in Dinhata camp has same age — at least that’s what their voter ID says.

West Bengal elections: In a camp that votes today, you are either with TMC or against it
Thu, May 05, 2016

The split in Dinhata is out in open; residents blame it on politicians who visited for votes.

West Bengal polls: Nandigram, enclaves and tight Cooch Behar race
Thu, May 05, 2016

Bengal contest closes today with Trinamool confident in Medinipur East and challenging Forward Bloc in bastion.

Cooch Behar: A ‘king’ with no kingdom dreams of an ‘independent state’ to rule
Wed, May 04, 2016

“Cooch Behar was never a part of India and now we have to bow our heads to rules and regulations that aren’t ours...we have adapted to the Constitution and democracy but it is not in our blood...we want our lost glory back, ” said Ananta Rai, ‘Maharaja’ of Cooch Behar.

56 days, 200 rallies: Bengal boils, Trinamool ‘fire goddess’ Mamata Banerjee winds up
Wed, May 04, 2016

In north Bengal where she began and ended campaign, party introduces Mamata as our goddess.

At 103, first-timer learns a lesson: Easier to get a voter card than a ration card
Thu, May 05, 2016

Mamata Banerjee conceded in her speech Tuesday that “there are demands” even in the enclaves and if re-elected she promised to “deal with all demands”.

In changing Cooch Behar, a battle for legacy
Wed, May 04, 2016

Kamal Guha’s son Udayan is now a Trinamool Congress candidate but Forward Bloc still claims his legacy, voters identify son with his father.

Bengal elections: Congress stands to benefit more from alliance with us, says Left
Tue, May 03, 2016

Mamata Banerjee said the alliance was means for the Congress to survive in Bengal

Nine-year-old boy thrashed by alleged Trinamool workers for pulling down flex poster
Tue, May 03, 2016

Shaheel, 9, beaten unconscious for trying to tear TMC poster to make a kite.

West Bengal polls: Mamata targets media group, says rivals will be left ‘sucking on lollipops’
Tue, May 03, 2016

This is not the first time that Mamata Banerjee has singled out and accused the ABP group -- dailies Anandabazaar Patrika and The Telegraph, along with Bengali news channel ABP Ananda -- of being partisan.

Basanti violence: 7 injured in clashes between TMC, RSP workers
Sun, May 01, 2016

The TMC has alleged that the incident was engineered by the RSP and the central forces used 'excessive force' in the area, leading to further tension.

It’s a battle for Bengal in Bhawanipur — Mamata Banerjee’s home turf
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

Signed by Mamata, the letter urges Bhawanipur’s voters to press the button for her TMC and “pave the way for better growth and greater development in West Bengal over the next five years”.

West Bengal elections: Brisk polling amid high security on tense day
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Though an unprecedented presence of central forces’ personnel prevented any major violence — parties, across the spectrum, remained on tenterhooks. Never before, they claimed, had voters been this “covert”.

West Bengal elections, Phase 4 : Troops watching, Bidhannagar escapes the violence of 2015
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

A candidate alleged an attempt on his life, a three-year-old girl was injured when her family’s home was attacked, while two bombs were flung near polling booths.

West Bengal polls: Didi at home in Bhawanipur
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

TMC workers cleared the way for Mamata as she walked briskly through her constituency.

CPM leader Prakash Karat, BJP go to police over Derek O’Brien and morphed photo
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

The complaint has been filed against Mamata Banerjee, Subrata Bakshi and Derek O'Brien.

Mamata’s ‘Robin Hood’ who now finds himself on wrong side of TMC
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Rajarhat-New Town's Tapas Chaterjee who helped TMC win the municipals polls is out of picture in the West Bengal Assembly polls.

Morphed photo of Rajnath Singh, Karat and a laddoo lands TMC in a soup
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

The Trinamool congress was caught on a wrong foot on Saturday when party leader Derek O’Brien showed a picture to media persons in which BJP leader Rajnath Singh was seen offering ‘laddu’ to CPI (M) leader Prakash Karat.

After voting, violence and murder: Two CPM workers killed in clashes with Trinamool
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Family members of the dead and CPI(M) workers in the village alleged that the two were returning home after polling when they were ambushed by over 100 TMC workers.