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Santanu Chowdhury


The time is now: Reading Mamata Banerjee’s message to the Opposition
Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Mamata Banerjee, who is among the country’s seniormost Opposition leaders, is riding high after her sweeping victory over the BJP in what was the most challenging election of her life to become Chief Minister for the third time.

An Express Series: Raped and poisoned as grandson watched: 60-year-old stays alone, far away from home
Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Woman’s family alleges TMC men assaulted her, admits attackers include relatives embroiled in land dispute.

Amit Mitra, Bengal finance minister since 2011, likely to step down
Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Though Mitra, 74, did not contest the recently held Assembly elections, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handed the Finance portfolio to Mitra, who has held the post since 2011, when the TMC first came to power in Bengal.

Explained: Before BJP MPs’ remarks, the statehood movements from North Bengal
Wed, Jun 30, 2021

West Bengal has seen three full-fledged movements for separate states since Independence — all from parts of North Bengal. A look at the recent remarks of two BJP leaders', and the three statehood movements.

Defections and focus on grassroots — How Mukul Roy engineered BJP’s Bengal rise
Sat, Jun 12, 2021

Roy quit the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in September 2017 and joined the saffron outfit in November. Within a year of being in the BJP, Roy helped the party expand its organisational base to the grassroots and build booth committees.

Another Bengal upset for BJP: Mukul Roy and his son return to Trinamool
Sat, Jun 12, 2021

Senior leaders of the TMC, including the new general secretary and Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek, were with the Chief Minister at the Trinamool Bhawan to announce Roy’s return — he is the most important leader to leave the BJP after the drubbing in the Assembly elections.

Advantage Mamata: Snubbed by the BJP, Roy’s exit was waiting to happen
Sat, Jun 12, 2021

“Roy's contribution since the early days cannot be ignored in the BJP's emergence as the main opposition party in West Bengal,” said a leader involved with the party affairs in Kolkata.

BJP leader Mukul Roy, son rejoin TMC in presence of Mamata Banerjee
Fri, Jun 11, 2021

The development comes a month after the TMC registered a landslide victory in the West Bengal Assembly elections, winning 213 of the 292 assembly seats that went to polls.

Clamour for imposing President’s Rule in Bengal grows in BJP, but party is divided
Wed, Jun 09, 2021

Though both Suvendu and Barrackpore MP Arjun Singh referred to Article 356 (President’s Rule) in their comments to the media, the party seemed divided on the issue. Their party colleague Rajib Banerjee, who had switched over from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) before the Assembly polls, took to Facebook to air his views and criticised the calls for President’s Rule in Bengal.

Bengal govt cancels state board exams for classes X and XII in view of Covid crisis
Mon, Jun 07, 2021

The state government had earlier asked parents, students and the general public to send in their opinion by 2 pm on Monday on whether the state board examinations should be held.

Bengal Chief Secy ignores Centre, is appointed Adviser to CM after he retires
Tue, Jun 01, 2021

Mamata Banerjee also announced that state home secretary H K Dwivedi has been made the new state chief secretary while B P Gopalika has been made the new state home secretary.

‘Stunned by unilateral order, won’t release chief secretary’: Mamata to PM Modi
Mon, May 31, 2021

The recall order came hours after Mamata Banerjee skipped a Cyclone Yaas review meeting with PM Modi, preferring to meet him briefly at the Kalaikunda air base in Bengal after his helicopter landed before leaving for another meeting.

Mamata skips PM cyclone meeting as Adhikari attends; Centre recalls her top official to Delhi
Sat, May 29, 2021

While top BJP leaders criticised Banerjee for not attending the PM’s meeting and Union Home Minister Amit Shah described her conduct as “an unfortunate low”, Trinamool leaders blamed the Centre for indulging in political impropriety.

Won’t tolerate discrimination in relief work: CM Mamata Banerjee to officials
Sat, May 29, 2021

After carrying out an aerial survey of the cyclone-hit areas, she held three review meetings with district administrations of East Midnapore, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas.

Farmers, beach hotels count their losses from Yaas: ‘Sea engulfed everything I had’
Fri, May 28, 2021

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit Digha and North and South 24 Parganas on Friday to assess the extent of the damage.

Cyclone Yaas pounds Odisha- Bengal coast: three killed, villages flooded
Thu, May 27, 2021

Cyclone Yaas is the second cyclonic storm to hit the country within a week after 'Tauktae' barrelled into its western coast, causing death and destruction.

As Yaas nears, nightmares of Amphan haunt evacuees
Wed, May 26, 2021

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from coastal and low-lying areas in the district and moved to cyclone and flood centres for safety.

West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee likely to contest from Bhabanipur constituency, sitting MLA vacates seat
Sat, May 22, 2021

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee needs to get re-elected to the assembly within six months to hold on to the chief minister's chair.

Why PM Modi insecure, did not let CMs speak, we aren’t puppets: Mamata Banerjee
Fri, May 21, 2021

"We feel insulted and humiliated. A dictatorship is going on. The Prime Minister is feeling so insecure that he did not even listen to the chief ministers. What is this fear about?" Mamata Banerjee asked.

Narada case: Calcutta HC adjourns hearing, four TMC leaders to stay in prison
Thu, May 20, 2021

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said, “It is clear from recent developments that Mamata Banerjee and her party are trying hard to influence the CBI probe...”.

TMC leaders listed Narada case in poll papers, Suvendu, Mukul didn’t
Wed, May 19, 2021

A total of 13 names had come up in the Narada sting operation case and only five of them had been fielded the election.

Narada sting case: Trinamool leaders in hospital after arrest, will push for bail in HC today
Wed, May 19, 2021

Representing the four, senior lawyer Abhishek Singhvi and advocate and TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee approached the Calcutta High Court Division Bench in the morning. But the matter will be heard only on Wednesday along with the CBI plea of transfer of case out of West Bengal.

CBI arrests four TMC leaders in Narada case; HC cancels their bail, slams Mamata’s dharna
Tue, May 18, 2021

They were granted interim bail by the court of the Special CBI Judge (1) that was stayed by the Calcutta High Court which frowned on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dharna at the CBI office earlier in the day.

Explained: What is the Narada bribery case? Here is a recap
Tue, May 25, 2021

Narada case: The sting operation was conducted by Narada news founder Mathew Samuel for over two years in West Bengal.

Narada bribery case: 2 ministers, 1 MLA arrested, central forces clash with protesters in front of CBI office
Mon, May 17, 2021

Besides TMC MLAs Subrata Mukherjee, Firhad Hakim and Madan Mitra, former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, too, was held by the central probe agency.