The Kolkata Police had carried out searches at Rakesh Singh's residence for at least three hours on Tuesday. Officers alleged while Singh was not at home, two of his sons obstructed them from carrying out their duties.
Besides Rajib Banerjee, Baishali Dalmiya (Trinamool MLA from Bally, Howrah) and Prabir Ghosal (Trinamool MLA from Uttarpara in Hooghly) have publicly expressed their ire against the party. While some have resigned from their posts, others have been suspended by the party.
Speaking to The Indian Express from Delhi, Jagannath Sarkar stated that he tried to highlight the plight of Lakhs of unemployed people who had their last year (age wise) for applying for a government job in 2020.
Suvendu's followers claimed they were in touch with nearly 50 TMC MLAs and many leaders in the party organisation — not just from his strongholds of Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur, but also from Hooghly and Burdwan.
Many believe that Suvendu Adhikari has the popularity and organisational muscle to influence the results in as many as 110 seats in the West Bengal Assembly, and could trigger a vertical split in the Trinamool cadre across the state, should he decide to ultimately walk across to the BJP.
Over the past several months, however, Suvendu Adhikari has distanced himself from the party, and has been conspicuously absent at both official party programmes and meetings of the Mamata Banerjee Cabinet.
The Indian Express visited the families of five of the 12 political workers killed over the past few months — two each in the Hooghly and South 24-Parganas districts, and one in Paschim Medinipur. In each of these places, the BJP is on the ascendant and poses a powerful challenge to the Trinamool.
While the Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar has seen 2,985 Covid cases (676 of which are active) and 41 deaths so far, the Great Andamanese is the first among its vulnerable tribes to be hit by the coronavirus.
These field visits were a part of The Indian Express investigation into alleged irregularities in the manner in which several of these lists were prepared after Cyclone Amphan tore through Howrah, North 24 Parganas, East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and Sundarbans on May 20.
Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised punitive action for filing false claims, the TMC sent show-cause notices to nearly 200 party members and Panchayat functionaries in Nandigram and East Midnapore, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas.
Between March 23 and April 23, the West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) received 136 complaints — more than four every day on average — about underage girls being forced into marriage.