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Santanu Chowdhury


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.

7 lakh Bengal farmers get first installment of PM-Kisan scheme
Sat, May 15, 2021

During its campaign for the state Assembly polls, the BJP had alleged that the Trianmool Congress government was not cooperating and blocking the funds for farmers, while the latter pointed fingers at the Centre.

Waive taxes, duties on Covid drugs and equipment: Mamata writes to Modi again
Mon, May 10, 2021

After taking oath last Wednesday, Banerjee had requested the prime minister for more medicines, oxygen supplies and vaccines.

Bengal: Fewer Muslims elected, number of women MLAs same
Tue, May 04, 2021

Of the 292 seats for which results were declared, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) bagged 213 while the BJP managed to win 77 seats. One seat went to the Indian Secular Front (ISF) while an independent candidate won one constituency.

Bengal: CAA promise a non-starter, split in Matua votes costs BJP
Tue, May 04, 2021

A close look at the results shows that votes from the Matua refugee group got divided between the two parties. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the community had thrown its weight behind the BJP.

The day after Bengal results: BJP says 6 workers killed, Centre asks for report
Tue, May 04, 2021

The BJP said that six of its workers were among those killed and that “TMC goons” attacked and vandalised several of its offices, including one in Nandigram where the party's candidate Suvendu Adhikari defeated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

West Bengal: Mamata takes TMC to historic victory, but loses her own seat
Mon, May 03, 2021

In an ironic twist to the Trinamool Congress’s triumph, however, Banerjee herself lost — she was edged out narrowly by her lieutenant-turned-BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, whom she had chosen to confront in his stronghold of Nandigram.

2 yrs, and a 10% vote gap in West Bengal: How BJP didn’t see winds of change since ’19
Mon, May 03, 2021

In fact, as per election results and leads till 6 pm, the BJP's vote share stood at 37.70%, a decline of nearly 3% from its 40.30% votes in 2019. On the other hand, the TMC had increased its vote share to 48.20% from 43.30% in 2019. In other words, a 10% vote gap stood between the two parties.

West Bengal: TMC set to return for third time, BJP improves tally
Sun, May 02, 2021

Dedicating the victory to the people of Bengal, Mamata said combating the COVID-19 situation will be the topmost priority of her government.

Bengal: In Bolpur’s dedicated Covid facility, overworked staff, fear of beds running out
Sun, May 02, 2021

Unlike Delhi and Mumbai, cities that have witnessed a scramble for oxygen, Bolpur — and much of Bengal — haven’t faced a problem of supply yet since the nearest oxygen plant is at Suri in Birbhum.

West Bengal goes into mini-lockdown amid Covid surge, public places ordered closed, gatherings prohibited
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

In an order issued Friday, the state government also prohibited all kinds of social, cultural, academic and entertainment gatherings. It was also announced that markets will remain open from 7 am to 10 am and 3 pm to 5 pm.

BJP candidate’s vehicle vandalised, TMC claims villagers drove him away
Fri, Apr 30, 2021

Clashes erupted between the Opposition party and Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers who were accused of attacking Ganguly’s car with bamboos and sticks — beaking the vehicle’s windshield — while it was passing through villages in Illambazar.

Birbhum: Flouting EC order, Anubrata evades surveillance for hours; visits Tarapith
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

The EC ordered the surveillance on Mondal as Birbhum is set to go to the polls on April 29 in the last phase of the Assembly elections.

In battle for Bolpur, future of Tagore’s legacy & Visva-Bharati in focus
Thu, Apr 29, 2021

In Bolpur, which goes to the polls in the last phase on April 29, a controversy surrounding Visva Bharati University (VBU) and its vice-chancellor seems to be on the lips of voters.

After a month, curtains on campaign with ‘virtual’ rallies in West Bengal
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

In the last few days, amid a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections, political leaders addressed virtual rallies and press conferences as the Election Commission (EC) imposed curbs on the number of participants at each meeting.

Bengal polls: In Matua bastion, some voters in dilemma about CAA
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Though most Matuas backed the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the hope of an expedited citizenship process, some point out that several Hindus were kept out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam in 2019.

Modi, Mamata trade charges over tape, Sitalkuchi bodies
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Both Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue in their poll rallies, while the TMC and BJP filed complaints with the Election Commission on the matter.

Mann Ghising: From father’s giant shadow to BJP’s cloud cover
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Ghising is the son of the late Subhash Ghising, who founded the GNLF that spearheaded the movement for a separate Gorkhaland starting the 1980s.

Will BJP leader get 10th time lucky this election?
Fri, Apr 16, 2021

The Trinamool has often underlined Sinha’s failure to cross this electoral hurdle in its campaign against the BJP.