Esha Roy


Manipur ambush: Six Assam Rifles men killed in attack
Mon, May 23, 2016

The personnel from 29 Assam Rifles were killed in the ambush laid by militant group CorCom targeting a party of CO which was returning after inspection of a landslide location in Chandel.

West Bengal polls: Jote bulwark breaks TMC run in Malda, BJP finds a foothold
Sun, May 22, 2016

The two ministers in Mamata’s cabinet from Malda, arch rivals Sabitri Mitra and Krishnendu Narayan, both lost their seats on Thursday.

Darjeeling eludes Mamata’s TMC, GJM retains hold over hilly district
Fri, May 20, 2016

Over the past year and a half, relations between Gurung and Mamata had soured with Gurung accusing her of trying to interfere in the workings of the GTA.

West Bengal elections 2016: CPM red-faced, ‘analyses results’
Fri, May 20, 2016

In the 2011 elections, TMC had a 39 per cent vote share — as did the combined vote shares of the Congress and Left.

West Bengal elections 2016: Despite TMC sweep, some ministers lose seats
Fri, May 20, 2016

None of these losses is likely to affect Mamata Banerjee in the creation of her new cabinet or affect her party work adversely. In fact, insiders said, Mamata will benefit from many of the losses.

Landslide victory for TMC, crushing defeat for Left parties
Thu, May 19, 2016

While the Congress has not only managed to retain its seats from 2011 but marginally improve its performance from its current 42 incumbent MLAs to capturing a total of 45 seats, it’s the CPI(M) which has suffered a major setback in this election.

Bengal: Still have to analyse what has happened, says CPI(M) leader Surjya Mishra
Thu, May 19, 2016

In a candid admission, he admitted that many of the party’s supporters did not vote for the Left.

Corruption a non-issue in West Bengal as Didi’s development wins the day
Thu, May 19, 2016

While incumbent Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee had remained silent on the tapes at her first few rallies, deciding instead to hit at out at the newly formed "opportunistic" 'jote', as she called it, she grew increasingly nervous and wary as the campaign wore on.

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.

In West Bengal assembly polls it’s do or die for all parties
Wed, May 18, 2016

If the "jote" strategy does not work, and the TMC wins a landslide as has been predicted by some exit polls, the the Left will have to think hard on how to re-invent itself once again in the state.

West Bengal: No crop, one tube well, muddy ponds — Purulia’s summer saga
Wed, May 18, 2016

Similar to Birbhum, but unlike other districts in West Bengal, Purulia is largely a monocrop region, planting and harvesting paddy.

Inner Line Permit: Manipur in grip of protests, bandhs against ‘outsiders’
Tue, May 10, 2016

Biren said an all-party meeting held Monday to discuss the ILP agitation has decided to seek the Centre’s assistance.

West Bengal Elections: If TMC wins, it will face strongest opposition in decades
Fri, May 06, 2016

Banerjee, known for being “nervous”, launched her election campaign from the district which is seen as the weakest link in her repertoire – the Congress dominated Malda district.

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.

195 rallies in 45 days: How two leaders and a network split Left-Cong campaign in West Bengal
Thu, May 05, 2016

The rallies were organised jointly. Each party had the responsibility of ensuring its supporters attended. “We had to work twice as hard as the TMC,” said a Congress leader.

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.

Vaishnavnagar in Malda’s Kaliachak area: Achilles’ heel for Mamata Banerjee, a Cong ‘fort’ where lotus may bloom
Wed, May 04, 2016

This was possibly the first time that the head of a party has conceded seats to a rival during an ongoing election, and that too while addressing thousands of supporters.

Surjya Kanta Mishra predicts Mamata Banerjee’s last fight coming up
Wed, May 04, 2016

Praising the police for their efforts to ensure free and fair elections so far, Mishra said there is still a section of the administration that is aiding the Trinamool in rigging votes.

All that matters in Nandigram: 2007
Tue, May 03, 2016

‘There may come a time for another party but never CPM... as far as we are concerned, they’re finished’.

West Bengal elections: ‘Garden Reach is not mini-Pak, we hate being called that’
Mon, May 02, 2016

Garden Reach is famous for a number of completely disparate reasons. For being the last residence of the erstwhile king of Awadh, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah.

Nandigram rally: From her turf, Mamata Banerjee warns, dares EC, police
Mon, May 02, 2016

At the rally near Nandigram, Banerjee said that the BJP would get at least five seats in this elections, her first such admission.

West Bengal elections 2016: ‘From very beginning, this area is known as doosra Pakistan… we resent it’
Sun, May 01, 2016

WITHIN A 10-sq km area and among a population of 15 lakh, more than 10 lakh residents in Kolkata’s Garden Reach are Muslims. With only sporadic pockets in this vast Kolkata Port area on the banks of river Hooghly inhabited by Hindus, the area, locals claim, has always been known as ‘doosra Pakistan’. On Saturday, […]

West Bengal: Buddhadeb’s Jadavpur, the prize Left is so keen to wrest back
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The fact that the Left has represented the assembly constituency longer — 44 years as against 17 years in the Lok Sabha — makes the current contest intense as ever

West Bengal: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Rahul Gandhi chorus victory chant
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

In the crowd were 12 members of a family of Congress supporters, including cousins Farzana Tabassum, 27, and Amrani Khatoon, 20.

West Bengal: BJP’s Roopa Ganguly flexes her muscle, Shukla lodges complaint
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Ganguly was in confrontation all day; her Trinamool Congress opponent in Howrah North, cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, lodged a complaint against her for allegedly threatening the presiding officers of polling booths.

West Bengal elections: Dhoti and kurta are Amit Mitra’s trademark, water and roads his election plank
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Finance minister Amit Mitra takes on predecessor Asim Dasgupta.

Baishali Dalmiya from Bally: An unexpected entrant’s foray into politics begins today
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya’s daughter, the 47-year-old single mother will represent the Trinamool Congress from Bally, which will go to polls on Monday. In all, there are 1.4 lakh voters in Bally, which saw a turnout of 73.78 per cent in the 2011 Assembly polls.

On the ground in West Bengal, bitter foes try to be friends
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

The Congress has fielded candidates for five of the 16 assembly seats in Howrah, while the CPI(M) is contesting the remaining seats.

Corruption grafts its way to poll centre stage in West Bengal
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Fierce rebuttals to veiled admission — signals from the ground force change in the Trinamool narrative

Where flyover crumbled in Kolkata, some reasons to vote and some not to
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Twenty-one days after the flyover collapses, the debris are still being cleared.

From village cut off for 7 years, voters chorus ‘NOTA’
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

The villagers’ ire is rooted in being isolated from the rest of the district for seven years.

In house of man who started Gorkhaland stir, a family united by 3 political parties
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

The first ever party formed to fight for a separate state of Gorkhaland (ABGL was formed in 1943 by Damber Singh Gurung) no longer features on Darjeeling’s political map.

Brewing in closed tea gardens, anger against TMC, Left revival
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

President of the Panighatta Trade Union, Hiran Lohar, says that in one week in September last year, as many as six people died at the tea garden.

In Chettri’s armour — jan andolan
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Kalimpong in for ‘toughest fight’ — between Chettri and GJM’s Sarita Rai.

Gurung pins hopes on Gorkhaland, BJP on Gurung
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Over the past year and a half, relations have soured between Gurung and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Whichever the party, all politics in Malda is still about only one family
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Brothers, nieces and nephew carry on Ghani Khan’s legacy as MPs and candidates of Congress and TMC