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Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee is the current Chief Minister of West Bengal and the chairperson of the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC). Her party won the Legislative Assembly elections in Bengal in 2011 after 34 years of rule by the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Banerjee began her political career in the 1970s as part of the Congress and later split away from it, forming the TMC. She gained popularity in the state by her determined opposition to the land acquisition policies of the CPI(M) for industrialisation. Before becoming the Chief Minister of the state, she held the position of railway minister for two terms. Popularly known as 'didi' in Bengal, she was listed by the Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


Two more deaths, eight fresh cases in Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee

April 08, 2020 4:25 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said migrant workers who wanted to return to the state after the lockdown would be kept in quarantine as a precaution.

Bengal: CM says active cases in state 61, 55 linked to seven families

April 07, 2020 2:53 am

The CM announced to set up an advisory board under Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee to combat the economic slowdown brought about by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

West Bengal: As revenue dries up, govt curbs spending

April 04, 2020 5:09 am

Departments will not be allowed to purchase new vehicles, computers, IT accessories, furnitures, air-conditioners, water coolers, TVs, and other office equipment.

Bengal: CM revises COVID-19 numbers, says 38 active cases, 3 deaths

April 04, 2020 5:00 am

While at least seven persons, who tested positive for COVID-19, have died in the state, the Chief Minister stuck to only three coronavirus-related deaths in the state.

Work done by Bengal during coronavirus crisis is model for all: Mamata Banerjee

April 03, 2020 9:12 pm

"What Bengal has done during the lockdown is a model. Despite huge losses, we have disbursed salaries on the first of this month. And we are proud of it," West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

Don’t give coronavirus communal colour, avoid sensationalisation: Kerala, Bengal

April 02, 2020 1:05 pm

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, however, criticised the organisation, saying it had “damaged the country” and asking people to stay away from it.

Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, S Jaishankar call Mamata Banerjee; assure her of Centre’s assistance

March 29, 2020 6:31 am

The PM also appreciated the steps taken by the state government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, sources said. A source in the administration said Banerjee had also sought the Centre’s help to fight coronavirus in the state.

Watch: Mamata Banerjee visits local market, draws chalk circles to explain social distancing

March 26, 2020 7:17 pm

Mamata Banerjee drew out circles on the road, chalking out positions at one-meter distance where consumers in queue must wait for their orders.

West Bengal to give Rs 1,000 grant to unorganised sector workers, seeks Centre’s assistance

March 25, 2020 3:21 pm

“Those working in the unorganised sector can apply for the scheme between April 15 and 30,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

Coronavirus: Bengal reports 2nd case; CM says govt will distribute free rice through PDS

March 21, 2020 2:43 am

This came hours after West Bengal reported its second case of COVID-19. A 22-year-old Kolkata resident who recently returned from the UK tested positive for the infection, a state government official said.v


From Belur Math to Kolkata Port Trust, how PM Modi spent his second day in the city

January 12, 2020 5:28 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his second day in Kolkata, paid tribute to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary at the Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission.

Banners, placards, black flags: Day 1 of PM Modi in Kolkata

January 11, 2020 11:24 pm

Modi on his arrival was greeted at the NSC Bose International Airport by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, city Mayor and state Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh and other senior BJP leaders.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, Mamata Banerjee meet on sidelines of Pink-ball Test in Kolkata

November 22, 2019 10:26 pm

Hasina and Banerjee share a very cordial relation and have mutual respect for each other, sources at the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Office said.

'Water is life': Mamata Banerjee leads rally to create awareness on water conservation

July 14, 2019 6:41 am

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday walked in a rally to spread awareness on water wastage among public.

Mamata Banerjee, Nusrat Jahan attend Kolkata rath yatra festival

July 04, 2019 6:47 pm

Mamata Banerjee pulled the chariot of Lord Jagannath at the rath yatra, where Nusrat Jahan was a special invitee.

Mamata vs Centre: West Bengal CM holds dharna in Kolkata

February 06, 2019 9:47 am

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is holding an indefinite protest following the CBI's attempt to interrogate Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar

Mamata Banerjee's TMC observes its annual Martyrs' Day today, to unveil strategy for next LS polls

July 21, 2018 1:38 pm

In Photos: The Martyrs’ Day rally is organised by the party every year on July 21 in the memory of 13 Youth Congress activists killed in police firing in 1993 during the Left Front regime in West Bengal.

TMC supporters celebrate sweeping victory, BJP secures second spot

May 17, 2018 6:17 pm

The ruling Trinamool Congress is all set for a clean sweep in the three-tier West Bengal panchayat polls, the counting for which began on Thursday morning amid tight security.

Preparations across country for 70th Independence Day celebrations

August 13, 2017 6:15 pm

Independence Day will be celebrated across the country on August 15. India achieved Independence from colonial rule in 1947. At the stroke of the midnight, Jawaharlal Nehru, who went on to become the first PM of India, raised the tricolour above Lahori Gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. From that day, the tradition was repeated each year.

Darjeeling turns into war zone as GJM steps up agitation for separate 'Gorkhaland' state

June 17, 2017 6:50 pm

On the third day of the indefinite strike, Darjeeling and the surrounding hills in northern Bengal turned into a war zone.


Mamata holds dharna, accuses Centre of misusing CBI for political vendetta

February 04, 2019 4:40 pm

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is holding an indefinite protest following the CBI's attempt to interrogate the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

Why a leader is aligning with someone is more important that who aligns with who; Mamata Banerjee has a major role: Amit Mitra, Bengal Finance Minister

November 26, 2018 6:37 pm

Bengal FM Amit Mitra talks about demonetisation, the problems with GST, failing Centre-state relations, the need for protecting and building institutions such as the RBI and CBI, investments in the state, and what the BJP “doesn’t get about Bengal".

Want a dialogue with all parties to settle the Ayodhya dispute, says union minister Uma Bharti

November 01, 2018 1:35 pm

Union Minister Uma Bharti has said that leaders across party lines must come together and sort out the Ayodhya dispute through dialogue. She also said that those in the government want to build a temple at the disputed site but will need support from

Poor firefighting mechanism makes dousing fire at Kolkata's Bagree market difficult

September 17, 2018 8:05 pm

Over 60 firefighters were pressed into service even as the fire at Kolkata's Bagree market continued to spread. Congested lanes and lack of firefighting mechanism made the task for firefighters extremely difficult. See more:

Kolkata bridge collapse: Rescue operations continue at the site, Mamata Banerjee to visit at 2 pm

September 05, 2018 6:11 am

At least one person was killed and 25 others injured in south Kolkata after a portion of the Majherhat bridge collapsed on Tuesday. The rescuers did not find anyone trapped in the debris overnight, but a police officer said clearance operations was

What is the Assam NRC and what it means to be left out of it

August 03, 2018 6:04 am

With 40 lakh people being left out of the Assam NRC, there is a huge debate on what their future is. Here's a look at what the Assam NRC is and how the government is addressing the controversies.

Idea Exchange With Sugata Bose, Historian and TMC MP

July 29, 2018 6:33 am

Sugata Bose, TMC MP from West Bengal and a prominent historian has been critical of the government in the Parliament. At Idea Exchange, he expresses concern over the ‘poison of religious hatred’ being spread and discusses many pressing issues.

The Mamata Banerjee Interview

August 17, 2017 2:19 pm