Elections 2016

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.

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.

‘Tide has changed, vote TMC if you want to live, they told us’
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

'My family was threatened because we were involved in Left politics from the beginning.'

For 2nd term in West Bengal, BJP MLA Samik Bhattacharya pins hopes on anti-cattle smuggling drive
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Basirhat Dakshin goes to polls in the fourth phase of the Assembly elections and Bhattacharya will be facing Trinamool Congress candidate and footballer Dipendu Biswas.

PM Modi at Basirhat: Only you can show way out of darkness
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

“Why did the Saradha scam happen? Everyone knows who is responsible for Saradha but question is why did people go to Saradha? It happened because doors of banks were shut for poor.”

In old Calcutta, it’s Congress ‘opportunist’ vs TMC ‘graft’
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Recent trends would suggest Nayna’s party is better placed than Mitra’s.

West Bengal polls: At Jorasanko, old and new players clash over a tragedy
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Left-Congress backed RJD candidate Avinash Agarwal is set to take on Trinamool sitting MLA Smita Bakshi and BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha

The Left and Congress alliance: how the Siliguri model happened
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Soon after the June 2009 elections, the Congress and TMC alliance got 30 seats in the municipal polls in Siliguri, the Left only 17.

West Bengal polls — Tale of two rallies: Same party, different response
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

On Monday, Singh was scheduled to address a series of rallies — beginning with Karimpur in Nadia at 2 pm — and ending at Chowringhee in Kolkata at 7 pm.

‘Siliguri Model’: How the Left-Congress ‘alliance’ was forged
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

Seven years and six elections later, this became the seed the 'Siliguri Model', the foundation on which the unlikely alliance between the Left and Congress has been forged.

West Bengal: After 47 years, Binnaguri looks for change
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

The BJP admitted that Binnaguri and the Assembly segment it falls in, Madarihat, has turned into an island in the Doars region for the party.

Primitive Toto tribe seeks to have a say: Amid culture, civilization and cellphones, an identity crisis
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

Born in 1924, he has witnessed the struggle of five generations of his tribe to ensure that they are counted.

West Bengal polls: In Buxa Tiger Reserve, a votebank — and no tigers
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

Trinamool promises to revitalise tourism in the reserve, if re-elected to power

West Bengal Assembly elections 2016: Lal Jhamela Basti looks for options — sans CPM
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

One of the many tribal villages in the Nagrakata Assembly segment, which goes to polls on April 17, Lal Jhamela is residence to tea plantation workers.

West Bengal Assembly elections 2016: CPM eyes Jalpaiguri for first time since 1969
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Despite the continuing decline of the Congress in the state, the party had mysteriously managed to hold against the Left and then Trinamool Congress in Jalpaiguri.

Near Naxalbari, tea workers told ‘no one cares about you like Modi, a chaiwala’
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Oram had created history after becoming India’s first tribal affairs minister in the Vajpayee government in 1999.

From slums, Bhaichung warms up for contest against architect of ‘Siliguri model’
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Bhattacharya had mobilised opposition forces and defeated TMC in last year's election to Siliguri Municipal Corporation, which has come to be known as a "Siliguri model".

West Bengal: From former enclaves, 10,000 new voters lift TMC hopes
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

The 51 former Bangladeshi enclaves in India, which became part of India last year, have a population of 15,786, including the 9,776 voters.

West Bengal election 2016: Oppn goes to EC about TMC ‘terror’, ‘idle’ forces
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

While CPM alleges violence and booth capturing in various constituencies, Congress claims party candidate was beaten by TMC cadre.

Bengal ends phase-1 polls under spectre of ‘ghost voting’
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Altogether 163 candidates, including 21 women, are in the fray in the 31 seats of West Medinipur, Bankura and Burdwan. Soaring temperatures could affect voting in districts such as Bankurs and Burdwan.

West Bengal polls, Phase 2: ‘Tie-up with Congress could be Surjya Kanta Mishra’s Achilles heel’
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

A doctor by training, Surjya Kanta Mishra, locally known as “daaktar babu”, is a five-time MLA from Narayangarh since 1991.

West Bengal: In tribal belt, customs, RSS schools and concerns over culture clash
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

The RSS has maintained that their efforts are purely “humanitarian” and aimed at “uplift”. The Left, meanwhile, has claimed the Trinamool Congress has allowed the RSS to grow in Bengal.

West Bengal: Manifesto in Santhali but tribals ask for basics first
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

Santhals form the largest tribe in Bengal’s tribal demographic of 7.8 per cent; a third of the population in these three districts is Santhal.

Jangalmahal: ‘The biggest change — we voted without fear’
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

Close to 81 per cent voted in the 18 seats in the first part of West Bengal’s first phase.

School in parched Bengal’s Jangalmahal: 10 toilets for 60 girls, not a drop of water
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

The 10 toilets were built in three spurts — four toilets each were inaugurated before the 1999 and 2005 Assembly elections, when the Left Front was in power.

West Bengal elections: In Jangalmahal, central forces no longer feared
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

Over 1,400 personnel will remain present in each constituency on April 4, and 800 in each seat on April 11, said officials.