Arshad Ali


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.

Unsung heroes: West Bengal poll staff who ‘risk’ their life for duty
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Speaking to The Indian Express, several poll officials recounted the circumstances under which they have been working since the polling began last month, with many claiming that the work often puts their “lives at risk”.

Amit Shah calls it nexus, not alliance; calls Mamata’s govt worse than Left’s
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Shah alleged the only thing that had flourished during the TMC regime was “syndicate raj”, which was responsible for the flyover collapse that killed 27 persons.

Mamata Banerjee replicates PM Modi: Sonia Gandhi
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Sonia, while claiming that the Mamata government had given false hopes to the people, said in the 2011 polls, Congress had entered into an alliance with the Trinamool in the hope that the Bengal would see true development.

West Bengal elections: This time, Bidhannagar votes without fear
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The Indian Express met a few locals, who had either been victims or had witnessed violence on October 3, 2015.

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.

Derek O’Brien and how not to deal with the alleged Narada sting operation
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

The TMC spokesperson tried to make light of the matter by saying ‘it was a mistake of the research team’ and that it was ‘no big deal’.

AICC gen secretary Shakeel Ahmad: ‘As part of tacit understanding, Mamata Banerjee calls PM Modi danga babu’
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Man behind the 2011 TMC-Cong alliance, speaks to The Indian Express.

Howrah North votes on April 30: Roopa Ganguly pins hopes on popular support from minority voters
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Ganguly’s confidence is such that she drives her SUV through the constituency in the middle of the night and can “count the number of speed-breakers on my fingertips”.

West Bengal voting violence claims first life
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Voting-related violence claimed its first life in West Bengal Thursday with a CPM supporter killed in Murshidabad’s Domkal, one of 62 seats that went to polls in the third phase.

West Bengal polls: When Babul Supriyo gave chase and caught an ‘abuser’
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Supriyo and his parents had stepped out of their booth in Jorasanko’s Arya Kanya Vidyalaya in the afternoon when some Trinamool supporters started chanting “go back”, alleging he had come there to influence voters.

Buddhadeb drives home
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Thousands cheering, former CM launches campaign in Jadavpur

West Bengal Assembly elections 2016: In Anubrata’s lair, a twist in tale – No TMC poll agents at 8 booths
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

There were no TMC polling agents in at least eight polling stations in the district.

Mondal wears his party on his chest
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Under watch, he defies EC again by wearing Trinamool badge into polling booth; clashes mark polling

In Birbhum, Trinamool strongman walks the talk — under EC ‘watch’
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

In the evening, when Mondal was meeting party workers in Rampurhat, the deputy magistrate reportedly asked him to return to his constituency. In reply, Mondal asked for a written order.

All other parties flattened, no party against Mamata in Birbhum: Manirul
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

The Trinamool MLA from Labhpur in Birbhum district was in the news in 2014 for reportedly claiming that he had crushed three persons under his feet and threatening to decapitate a Congress leader.

Birbhum’s strongman — Anubrata Mondal explains why he talks of bombs and candy
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Mondal has come under the scanner of the Election Commission after allegedly intimidating voters, which he denies.

Showdown with EC: Showcaused for remark, Mamata says will repeat it 1,000 times
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

"They (EC) have showcaused me on the very first day of the Bengali New Year, the people will showcause them on May 19," a visibly irritated Banerjee said.

EC removes Rajeev Kumar from the post of Kolkata police chief
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The BJP and Congress had recently moved the EC seeking removal of Kumar alleging that he was close to Mamata Banerjee and accused him of "snooping" on opposition leaders, bureaucrats and journalists.

West Bengal election 2016: ‘Missing’ for last five years, Mishra faces angry crowds
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

At many polling stations in Sabang and Pingla, only poll agents of ruling party were present.

West Bengal Assembly Polls: Amid violence, 20% polling recorded in first two hours
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

The poll process had been largely uneventful but till 9.30 am the Election Commission had received 350 complaints mostly that of prevention of their poll agents from entering the polling stations.

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.

Irony deals a brutal hand on this family — in CPM-Congress alliance, 46 yrs after Sainbai massacre
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

It has been 46 years since the Sainbai massacre but Rekha Rani Sain still wakes up to screams in the middle of the night. On March 17, 1970, a mob of CPM workers had allegedly gouged out the eyes of her husband Naba Kumar Sain — the eldest son of the family — and killed […]

West Bengal polls: At Modi’s election rally, bauls, Babul keep the crowd going
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

People cheered and raised slogans of ‘Har Har Modi’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Baul singers were brought to the rally venue to regale the audience. Local MP Babul Supriyo also joined them.

PM Modi: TMC for ‘terror, maut and corruption’
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Mamata's “ma, maati, manush” slogan had changed to “maut and money”, the Prime Minister said at an election rally.

Bengal elections: CPM wants to forget, Congress ready to forgive
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Ghosh had been arrested and jailed for 36 days. He is out on bail and the case is pending in court.

West Bengal: Six-party front favours Cong-Left coalition govt
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

Admitting that the six-party Front was not strong enough to form a government, BNP chief Sumanta Hira said in all likelihood, they would enter into an adjustment with the Left-Congress alliance after elections.

Rahul stands behind Left tie-up, compares Mamata to Modi
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

"Modiji is trying to crush democracy in the country. He has brought down Congress governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in the most arbitrary manner," he said at a joint election rally in Niyamatpur.

Kolkata flyover collapse: Those who escaped death — peon, cop, ambulance driver
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

Authorities of Marwari Relief Society on Rabindra Sarani where they had been admitted said all three were out of danger but still “traumatised” from their experience.

‘Mamata taking credit for UPA schemes: CPM’s Amiya Patra
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

The TMC candidate, meanwhile, sought to refute allegations that he had to do anything with the attacks on workers of the opposition party.

West Bengal polls: Left leaders, Rahul will share stage
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The state Congress has issued a statement that wherever the Congress is not contesting, its workers would support the Left candidate.

Won’t be polite to Opposition once TMC is voted back in power: Mamata Banerjee
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Reiterating her claim that the CPM had unleashed a reign of terror against opposition during its 34-year rule in the state, Mamata alleged that even now they are continuing with such practice.

Dev, Soham — actors on TMC stage, leaders off it
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Soham, in his speech of less than five minutes, defended his party in the Narada sting scam by calling it a conspiracy of the Opposition.

Bengal: 10 km away, Congress candidate says don’t need star power, I am one of the people
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

Taking a dig at film personalities campaigning for Trinamool candidates, Dapira said: “I am not a filmstar from Kolkata... I don’t need star campaigners to canvas for me."

Amid seniors’ tepid take on tie-up, Congress, Left leaders open up at joint rallies
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

At several places, Left and Congress supporters have walked hand-in-hand, holding their party flags, putting up a “united” fight against the “tyranny of Mamata Banerjee-led government”.

Muslim leaders assess Mamata Banerjee: ‘Promises not fully met, yet minorities behind her’
Fri, Mar 25, 2016

The government has set up Haj houses and a new campus for Aliah University, sanctioned 400 madrasa hostels, and introduced scholarships for Muslim students.