Arshad Ali


Ready to take on TMC workers, one on one: Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh
Mon, May 30, 2016

Ghosh defended his remarks saying, "Why can't I make such comments. If my cadres are attacked, I have every right to protect them. TMC should immediately make a public appeal to stop violence."

Trinamool plans to move SC against EC
Mon, May 30, 2016

Sources said this was decided at a party meet attended by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, MLAs and senior leaders on Saturday.

Bengal govt thanks people, says target is to make state no. 1 in world
Sat, May 28, 2016

After a meeting with the new cabinet, Mamata told mediapersons: “Since there was no agenda today, our only agenda was to pass a resolution taken up by the newly-formed government.”

If my friends in other states come forward, I am ready to cooperate: Mamata on ‘front’
Sat, May 28, 2016

The presence of chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal, Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad at the swearing-in ceremony of Mamata Banerjee on Friday again led to speculations of a “federal front” gaining ground.

Team Mamata takes oath in name of Ishwar and Allah in West Bengal
Sat, May 28, 2016

Siddiqullah Chowdhury, who took oath as a Minister of State, told The Indian Express that the official paper on which the oath was written said only “Ishwar”, and that Mamata made the change herself.

Red Road turns blue fort to cheer in Mamata-2
Thu, May 26, 2016

Nitish, Akhilesh, Kejriwal, Bhutan PM, to attend swearing-in tomorrow

Bengal Congress MLAs ‘pledge’ loyalty to Sonia, Rahul: Will ‘2G’ gamble prevent defections?
Wed, May 25, 2016

WB congress leadership is still apprehensive about at least eight MLAs who have won with a margin of less than 5,000 votes and in five cases, less than 3,000.

Bengal Congress MLAs sign undertaking: I swear allegiance to Sonia ji, Rahul ji
Wed, May 25, 2016

State Congress chief said the undertaking is not forced.

Murshidabad: Where Cong-Left alliance didn’t work — or worked to help TMC win
Sun, May 22, 2016

Trinamool Congress’ performance in Murshidabad district — traditionally a Congress stronghold — is one more reason for the party to celebrate its landslide victory in the state Assembly polls.

Votes United, Stand Divided: Mamata polled Muslim votes ‘due to work done, lack of option’
Fri, May 20, 2016

TMC MP and leader of the minority cell Idris Ali said that people have foiled the joint attempt of Congress and the Left Front that tried its bit to spread rumours about the party having an “understanding with the BJP”.

Congress emerges as second largest party in West Bengal elections
Fri, May 20, 2016

AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmad said, “The Congress has done quite well, indicating that the decision to go for an understanding with the Left was correct.”

West Bengal: Beyond result today, Congress and CPM look at alliance tomorrow
Thu, May 19, 2016

CPM leaders brushed off exit poll predictions of their defeat. Whatever the result, however, they said they are encouraged by their jot (understanding) with the Congress.

West Bengal: Drought-affected Bankura doesn’t know whom to blame
Wed, May 18, 2016

Bankura has historically remained one of the most drought-prone districts of West Bengal.

ITI student murder: Absconding Trinamool leader held
Sat, May 14, 2016

Tapas, the TMC Upa-Panchayat Pradhan of the area, was absconding ever since his name surfaced in the FIR lodged by the family of Kaushik Purkait who was beaten to death on Monday night.

ITI student murder: Haridanga simmers after mob attacks homes of accused
Thu, May 12, 2016

Tension prevails in the village and heavy police force has been deployed to prevent any untoward incidents.

Outside JU gates, ABVP threatens to ‘chop off legs of anti-nationals’
Tue, May 10, 2016

The rally organised by the ABVP state unit on Monday to protest against “growing anti-nationalism in educational institutions”, accused JU students of targeting a Dalit, Sandip Das, due to his caste.

‘No ABVP unit here, so where do supporters come from’
Sun, May 08, 2016

‘Outsiders’ presence’ worry students, ask ABVP ‘sympathisers’ to out selves.

West Bengal Governor expresses concern: ‘JU fast turning into centre for disturbance’
Sun, May 08, 2016

Vice-Chancellor says FIR lodged against four outsiders, including three from ABVP, for ‘molesting girls’

JU becoming centre for disturbance: West Bengal Governor
Sun, May 08, 2016

Rival groups of students clashed at the university campus yesterday over the screening of Vivek Agnihotri-directed political film 'Buddha in a Traffic Jam'.

End of West Bengal polls: They broke enough sweat, now ready with the break
Sat, May 07, 2016

Time on their side, leaders turn to family, normal life

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.