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Tapas Pal, Bengali actor and former MP, passes away
Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Tapas Pal won the 2014 general elections from the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency on a Trinamool Congress (TMC) ticket.

West Bengal: Sops and job boost in Mamata Banerjee’s last Budget before 2021 elections
Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Key proposals include free 75 units of power, 100 MSMEs and pension for SC/ST elderly.

Anti CAA, NRC protester dies at Kolkata’s Shaheen Bagh
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

According to protesters, Khatun who was asthmatic patient died after suffering a cardiac arrest. She is survived by husband and eight children.

After Assam NRC ‘fiasco’, Modi govt changed gears and now talking of NPR: Chidambaram
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

"Our purpose is to fight the sinister purpose of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Population of Register (NPR) and mobilise public opinion against them. Our stated position is that we will not agree to NPR being rolled out from April 2020," the Congress leader said.

Dilip Ghosh re-elected Bengal BJP chief, to lead party in 2021 polls
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

‘Will fight till end, won’t stop till BJP forms next government’

Anti-CAA protest: ABVP members attacked us at Visva Bharati University, allege SFI activists
Thu, Jan 16, 2020

The two students who were attacked had taken part in a protest against BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta on January 8. The ABVP has, however, denied its involvement and said the activists are not a part of the organisation.

Evolution of ‘shy’ girl surprised JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh’s family too
Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Days after the January 5 violence at JNU, Aishe Ghosh (24) needs no introduction. Blood flowing down her face was the first image to come out of the three-hour mayhem on campus.

Protesting students from Visva Bharati confine BJP’s Swapan Dasgupta to room for hours
Thu, Jan 09, 2020

The protests began as soon as Dasgupta reached the campus. Students raised slogans and objected after they saw local BJP leaders accompanying him to the campus.

Opposition to CAA, NRC: With 9 rallies in 2 weeks, Mamata Banerjee seeks to emerge as pivot of protest
Wed, Jan 01, 2020

Banerjee’s protest marches and rallies, which have become a recurrent event in the state, in their sights and sounds highlight Bengali cultural traits with a message of secularism and unity.

West Bengal 2019: Topsy-turvy times
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

While the first decade of the 21st century saw the emergence of Trinamool, the last year of the second decade saw the party facing a new challenger.

We the People: ‘Protests give me hope… people are standing by their fellow citizens’
Sat, Dec 28, 2019

What does the Constitution mean in their lives, in letter and spirit? Which rights matter to them the most, at home and beyond, as they enter 2020, the 70th year of the Republic.

Chandrima Bhattacharya interview: ‘Does it behove a Governor to… make political comments?’
Wed, Dec 25, 2019

With multiple BJP leaders being appointed as Governors in recent past, the BJP has politicised the sacrosanct post in many states, says Chandrima Bhattacharya.

Tathagata Roy: ‘Several anti-Hindus among Muslims, but the worst anti-Hindus are among Hindus’
Tue, Dec 24, 2019

But I am anti-anti-Hindus (that is, opposed to anti-Hindus). There are several anti-Hindus among Muslims, but the worst anti-Hindus are among Hindus, he said.

Citizenship Law: As protests flare in Bengal, buses, railway stations hit; NIA books Assam activist
Mon, Dec 16, 2019

Among the railway stations vandalised were those at Murshidabad’s Tildanga, Reginagar, Krishnapur and Monigram, Malda’s Bhaluka, and Birbhum’s Nalhati and Lohapur.

Gandhi to Vivekananda, TMC raises statues ahead of civic polls in Kolkata
Tue, Dec 10, 2019

From across two 35-ft statues of Bose and Gandhi near Phoolbagan in East Kolkata, inaugurated in September, stand those of Tagore and Sister Nivedita. Over 20 new statues have come up in North Kolkata alone, while more are planned for the southern part of the city.

Bengal bypolls: Kaliaganj — In border seat where BJP missed by a whisker
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

The Assembly seat in Uttar Dinajpur district, bordering Bangladesh, has been a Congress stronghold. But after the BJP won Raiganj Lok Sabha seat in May 2019, no one doubted the BJP’s fair chance to register an upset in this Assembly segment that has 70 per cent Hindu population.

Karimpur: TMC increases lead, gets 50 per cent votes
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

“The TMC has always been saying that it is their seat. They have proved today why it is their seat. You have all seen what happened on the polling day. Even I was not spared. TMC with the help of goons and police made a farce of the bypoll,” said BJP’s Joy Prakash Majumdar.

West Bengal bypolls: Verdict against NRC, says Mamata, even BJP rivals agree
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

Two of the BJP candidates blamed a “scare” over NRC, and said the party had failed to explain the issue to the people.

Explained: How BJP’s NRC, TMC’s contrition delivered Didi’s bypoll clean sweep in Bengal
Fri, Nov 29, 2019

The decimation of the Left Front and Congress, which fought the bypolls in an alliance, seems to have worked in the TMC's favour. Many believe that the bulk of the Left-Congress vote went to the Trinamool.

West Bengal bye-elections results 2019: TMC plays up NRC role in bypoll wins, BJP candidate agrees
Thu, Nov 28, 2019

West Bengal Bye-Election Results 2019: In the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won 18 seats from 2 seats in 2014 while the TMC won 22 seats from 34 seats in 2014. However, within six months from the general election, the BJP failed to repeat its electoral success.

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