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Ravik Bhattacharya


Ravik Bhattacharya works in the Indian Express bureau in Kolkata. He tweets @raviklive

Pamela Goswami drugs case: Bengal BJP leader Rakesh Singh arrested
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

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.

TMC’s Rajib Banerjee resigns as legislator, Amit Shah defers Bengal trip
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

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.

In heated West Bengal battle, a new boiling point: shrine head will announce political front today
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

“We will have an alliance of 10 parties, and we will contest 60 to 80 seats where we have a good chance of winning," Siddiqui tells The Indian Express on the eve of his entry into politics.

Increase maximum age limit for govt job applicants: BJP MP writes to PM
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

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.

Amit Shah sets tone, slams Mamata: You will be alone by election time
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

Shah claimed that BJP would form the next government with 200 seats – there are 294 seats in the state assembly.

To BJP from TMC, Congress and CPM: Meet the ones who have crossed over
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

While the TMC dismissed them as good riddance, their number, the range of their political affiliation and their experience, BJP leaders said, were straws in the shifting wind.

TMC party of selfish people, take a step: Suvendu Adhikari
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

Suvendu, Bardhaman Purba MP Sunil Kumar Mondal and nine other MLAs joined the BJP in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at a public meeting in Midnapore.

All eyes on Shah today, TMC workers on ground track exodus: ‘There’s time’
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Shah is scheduled to reach Kolkata late night with Adhikari, who has been given Z-category security by the Centre, before reaching Midnapore for the meeting.

Bengal: Suvendu quits TMC, many likely to follow him to BJP; rebels flag anger with Kishor
Fri, Dec 18, 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.

Nadda row: MHA deputes 3 officers part of his security to Centre, Bengal says no
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

Under Rule 6 of the IPS Cadre Rules, 1954, in case of disagreement between Centre and state over an officer's deputation with the Government of India, the will of the Centre prevails.

One dead as BJP workers clash with police, party calls north Bengal bandh tomorrow
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

The police used water cannons and lobbed tear gas shells to stop the BJP workers from moving past the barricades even as the protesters pelted stones. Some activists even set fire to the barricades.

Explained: The importance of Suvendu Adhikari, to the TMC and to the BJP
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

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.

How widening rift finally led to Suvendu-TMC breakdown
Sat, Nov 28, 2020

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.

Suvendu Adhikari quits TMC govt; he, others will join us: BJP
Sat, Nov 28, 2020

Adhikari, son of the Trinamool MP from Kanthi, Sisir Adhikari, and himself a two-term Lok Sabha MP, has been in touch with BJP leaders for some time now, sources in the party in Delhi said.

‘After Bihar, Bengal is our next target’: AIMIM set for poll debut
Thu, Nov 12, 2020

In November 2019, the chief minister had targeted the AIMIM, without naming it, while addressing a workers’ meeting in Cooch Behar district.

Conduct outreach; don’t worry about CM face: Shah to Bengal BJP
Sun, Nov 08, 2020

During his two-day whirlwind state visit which ended on Friday, Amit Shah interacted with various communities, eminent personalities and party workers, and ate lunch with tribal and Matua families.

Killings on both sides: 12 since June in TMC vs BJP faceoff as Bengal poll season nears
Sat, Oct 03, 2020

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.

UT admin to conduct random testing in Jarawa tribal group
Sat, Aug 29, 2020

There are six notified Scheduled Tribes in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Covid-19 in Strait Island: Alert in Andamans over impact on 59-member Great Andamanese
Fri, Aug 28, 2020

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.

In paan belt, Amphan relief leaves bitter taste: ‘Not got a single paisa’
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

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.

All of them cleared to get Amphan relief, all unrelated, all have same father — on paper
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

An investigation by The Indian Express revealed that Kalipodo Das exists only on paper and these beneficiaries are all unrelated. And all the three own concrete houses that withstood the cyclone.

Guess which of these houses got cleared for Cyclone Amphan relief?
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

The one on left, of a Panchayat member. In rural Bengal, the politically connected — mainly TMC, some from Opposition — are jumping line for relief even if there’s little damage to show.

Amphan relief funds: Parties begin crackdown, ask errant members to return money
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

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.

Those who crafted gold ornaments are digging ditches today
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Lakhs of skilled migrants who returned to West Bengal during the lockdown and Unlock 1 are desperate to go back to the lives and livelihoods they had to leave behind virtually overnight.

In locked down Bengal, fears rise of trafficking of girls
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

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.