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Refrain in villages on edge of Newtown: Development, jobs
Wed, Apr 14, 2021

“For years, nobody comes here. Now suddenly, every single day, they come to each home, asking for votes... Those people in the glass buildings don’t vote. We do.”

Why Naxals continue to hold out in Chhattisgarh
Sun, Apr 11, 2021

Another Naxal attack, 22 more security personnel killed, more calls for action. Amid this familiar pattern that plays out with alarming frequency in Bastar, The Indian Express on the lessons not learnt, and why Naxals continue to hold out in Chhattisgarh.

Amphan anger lashes at TMC, but nephew holds party fort steady
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

BJP up against Abhishek Banerjee’s influence, hopes for a ‘silent wave’

West Bengal polls: At end of their rope, jute workers say Ram, ‘outsider’ not their issues
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

The once-famed jute industry of Bengal, spread over districts like Hooghly and North 24 Parganas,is battling problems such as finances, inefficiency, labour struggles, causing mills to open and shut at regular intervals.

Polling day in TMC stronghold: ‘On days like today, it’s all about who has stronger men’
Wed, Apr 07, 2021

The South 24 Parganas district, bordering Kolkata, is a TMC bastion, with the party sweeping the area in the 2016 Assembly elections, and holding on to Assembly segments and seats even as the BJP rose in 2019.

Chhattisgarh: Maoists suspected to have abducted CRPF man missing after attack
Tue, Apr 06, 2021

In the aftermath of the ambush in Teklagudam on Saturday, bodies of 22 security personnel had been recovered.

Explained: Who is Hidma, the shadowy Maoist commander behind many attacks on police personnel?
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

Hidma’s battalion operates in districts of South Bastar, Bijapur, Sukma and Dantewada, the epicenter of clashes between the Maoists and security forces.

Chhattisgarh Maoist attack: How a massive security operation was planned and how it went wrong
Mon, Apr 05, 2021

It was a massive operation that included the STF, DRG and District Force of the Chhattisgarh Police, the CRPF and its elite COBRA unit, with close to a 1,000 personnel from Bijapur alone.

Singur undecided: ‘We like Didi but maybe it is good to change… it is all very confusing’
Fri, Apr 02, 2021

A rethink about the Tatas, lack of jobs, candidates, hawa on polling day key factors.

Minister says rich of Oppn to question handling of economy; NDA fared better
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that she “found it a bit rich” when the Opposition questioned the government’s handling of the economy, as late Arun Jaitley, her predecessor, had inherited an economy that was “counted in the fragile five”. Replying in Rajya Sabha on the Finance Bill, 2021, a day after it was […]

In Rajya Sabha, echoes of Bengal elections as TMC takes on govt, Sitharaman hits back
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Derek O'Brien, TMC leader in the Upper House, began his speech in the discussion on the Finance Bill by raising the comments made by West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh at a rally in the state.

US Defence Secretary holds talks to deepen Indo-US ties, says discussed rights too
Sun, Mar 21, 2021

Government sources told The Sunday Express that the human rights situation came up only as “shared values”, and not about the situation in the country with any Indian interlocutor.

India important partner in rapidly shifting international dynamics, says US Defence Secy after talks with Rajnath Singh
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India has reaffirmed its resolve to maintain a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, which is in line with the Narendra Modi government's ‘SAGAR’ (Security and Growth for All in the Region) policy.

Party says EC decisions ‘partisan, biased’: TMC demands police be allowed near polling booths, tally of all VVPATs
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

“It is becoming increasingly clear that free, fair and transparent elections in the state of West Bengal is becoming a distant reality,” said the letter, which was signed by TMC MPs Derek O'Brien, Saugata Roy and Mahua Moitra among others.

Larger question is if some abusing social media to defame India, promote secessionism: Prasad
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Prasad said that it was a “larger question” to be considered whether “some people abuse social media internationally to defame India, to promote secessionism”.

Change policy on Myanmar refugees: Mizo MP in Rajya Sabha
Wed, Mar 17, 2021

The MP made a plea to the MHA to allow them to enter the country as they were fleeing in distress, and “sending them back would mean killing them”.

Deshbhakti the keyword as AAP renews national expansion bid
Tue, Mar 16, 2021

While one of AAP’s calling cards is its work in health and education in Delhi, party strategists say they cannot “make the same mistakes the opposition, and the Congress have made”.

BJP conspiracy to kill Mamata Banerjee: TMC to EC
Sat, Mar 13, 2021

The West Bengal Chief Minister was, meanwhile, discharged from Kolkata’s SSKM Hospital on Friday evening.

Behind Trivendra Singh Rawat’s exit: concentration of power, rule of officials, growing anti-incumbency
Wed, Mar 10, 2021

Centralisation of power with the Chief Minister's Office was one of the primary causes of discontent among MLAs and other party leaders.

Will campaign to defeat BJP, people will decide best alternative: CPI(ML) gen secy
Sat, Mar 06, 2021

For many months now, CPI(ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya has maintained, in a stance that differs from the other Left parties, that the primary objective should be to combat the growth of the BJP in Bengal.

West Bengal elections: Eye on Siddiqui, TMC works on counter-plan with caution
Thu, Mar 04, 2021

Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, TMC MP and chief whip in the Rajya Sabha, said Siddiqui is a “fundamentalist”, and association with his ISF may backfire for the Left and Congress.

Symbolism to schemes, TMC goes all out to woo woman voter
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

A TMC leader said the move is based both on Banerjee’s popularity among women and their anticipation of what the BJP campaign will be.

In Bengal BJP chief’s Durga remarks, Trinamool finds strategy to push ‘outsider’ tag
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

Speaking to The Indian Express, Dilip Ghosh slammed the Trinamool for using “Durga for political purposes”.

Fresh blow to TMC: MP Trivedi quits RS, praising Modi in House
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

“Why do we come into politics? We come into politics for the country,” TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi said, adding that the time had come to decide “if the country is bigger, your side is bigger or you yourself are bigger”.

Fresh blow to TMC: MP Trivedi quits RS, praising Modi in House
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

Trinamool sources said that while there had been signs of tension, Trivedi's announcement caught them by surprise. A senior Trinamool leader said, “There was a feeling that Trivedi was soft on the PM, not forceful enough in Parliament."

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