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  • West Bengal number one in expenditure under 100-day scheme: Mamata 12 hours 47 minutes ago

    Kolkata: Quoting the Union Rural Development Ministry, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that West Bengal had emerged number one in terms of expenditure on employment generation under the 100-days work scheme. "West Bengal is now number one state in the country in terms of expenditure on employment generation...
  • I have nothing to do with transfer of officials in Bengal: Ahmed Patel Yesterday

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel on Wednesday rejected allegations of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee that he was instrumental in transfer of officials in the state ahead of Lok Sabha polls. "I think there is some misunderstanding. I have nothing to do with the...
  • LS polls: Adhir Chowdhury's assets multiply, so do his criminal cases 2 days ago

    Along with his assets, the number of criminal cases pending against union minister and West Bengal state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury - fighting to retain his Bahrampur Lok Sabha seat - have multiplied manifold over the past five years. According to his affidavit submitted as part of the nomination...
  • LS polls: BJP candidate Babul Supriyo gets bail in highway obstruction case 2 days ago

    Bollywood singer and BJP candidate from West Bengal's Asansol Lok Sabha constituency Babul Supriyo was Tuesday granted bail after he surrendered in a court in connection with a case under the National Highways Act. "Supriyo today (Tuesday) surrendered in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Asansol) A. Maiti in...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Challenge for Congress in Bengal's second phase 2 days ago

    The West Bengal poll caravan on Thursday moves to what is termed the Congress belt - parts of the state where the 128-year old party still retains its influence despite losing much of its base elsewhere to the ruling Trinamool Congress. Six seats spread over four districts - Muslim majority...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Saradha scam emerges as major issue in West Bengal 2 days ago

    The multi-crore Saradha ponzi scam has emerged as a major poll plank in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal with major political parties like the Congress, BJP and CPM training their guns against the ruling Trinamool Congress. With the CPM demanding a CBI probe into the scam that defrauded...
  • Birbhum: 2 killed, 7 injured in a blast inside TMC leader's house 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Two people were killed and around seven were injured in an explosion inside the house of a local TMC leader Shaikh Ismail in Birbhum district of West Bengal. Although the reason behind the blast is not known yet, but it could have been due to the crude bombs...
  • WB: President's son faces tough poll battle in 'bidi' town 3 days ago

    After barely scraping through in 2012 bypolls on his father Pranab Mukherjee vacating the seat, Abhijit Mukherjee is now facing a stern test to rid himself of 'President's son' tag in this minority-dominated 'bidi' town where he is pitted against six Muslim rivals, among others. The Lok Sabha seat is...
  • LS polls: Evicted slum dwellers in Kolkata threaten to exercise NOTA option 3 days ago

    More than 300 families, who were evicted from a slum in the city's eastern part to make way for an upcoming flyover, have threatened to use the NOTA option in the Lok Sabha election if they are not rehabilitated by the state government. Almost all of the 383 families, who...
  • TMC will not leave an inch to any opposition nominee: Mamata Banerjee 4 days ago

    Trinamool Congress supremoMamata Banerjee on Sunday asserted that her party would not leavean inch to any opposition candidate in any seat, includingJangipur Lok Sabha constituency where President PranabMukherjee's son Abhijit is the Congress candidate. "BJP, Congress and CPI(M) are playing got-up matches. Butwe are not into any such game," she...
  • Bengal women are worst sufferers, says Rahul Gandhi 5 days ago

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in the state saying that the women in Bengal were the worst sufferers despite having a lady chief minister. "Women in Bengal are the worst sufferers in the whole country though the state...
  • Mamata government saving those involved in Saradha scam: Rahul 5 days ago

    Malda: Hitting hard on the Mamata Banerjee government on the multi-crore Saradha ponzi scam, Rahul Gandhi today accused it of not taking action against those involved and instead trying to save them. "The government here has not done anything for two years. 20 lakh people have been affected (by the...
  • West Bengal: CPM worker allegedly beaten to death by TMC workers 5 days ago

    Kolkata: A CPI(M) worker has succumbed to his injuries after he was allegedly beaten up by Trinamool Congress workers In Birbhum in West Bengal. The incident took place in the Siuri police station area on Friday. The victim Seikh Hiralal, a 40-year old farmer, was reportedly beaten up in full...
  • WB: Narrow escape for Mamata as fire breaks out in her hotel 1 week ago

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday had a narrow escape after a fire broke out in a hotel room she was staying in Malda district while she was campaigning for the April 24 Lok Sabha poll. The police said that at around 6.40 pm the AC in the...
  • WB: EC seeks report over Left's complain against TMC in Cooch Behar 1 week ago

    The Election Commission has sought a report from the returning officer of Cooch Behar parliamentary seat, where polling is on in the first phase in West Bengal on Thursday, following complaints by Forward Bloc candidate, Dipak Kumar Roy. Roy has submitted several complaints to Returning Officer Mohan Gandhi of booth...
  • WB: CPM alleges attack by TMC in Coochbehar 1 week ago

    Left parties have alleged attack on its party workers by Trinamool Congress in the district, where polling is on in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal on Thursday. CPM, in a complaint to the to the election commission authorities alleged that one of its party worker...
  • Being President's son always puts pressure to perform, says Abhijit Mukherjee 1 week ago

    Being son of a president always puts added pressure on him to perform as a public representative and carrying on the work started by his father is the biggest challenge ahead, Congress candidate from Jangipur Abhijit Mukherjee has said. "Being the son of a stalwart like Pranab Mukherjee is always...
  • Gorkhaland will not be an issue this election: Baichung Bhutia 1 week ago

    Trinamool Congress candidate Baichung Bhutia who is making a political debut this Lok Sabha elections say Gorkhaland will not be an issue in his constituency Darjeeling. ...
  • Lok Sabha polls: 72 per cent polling recorded till 4 pm in West Bengal 1 week ago

    Kolkata: Nearly 79 per cent votes were cast at the close of polling on Thursday in the first of the five-phase Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal, which will determine the electoral fate of 47 candidates. "On an average 78.89 per cent of the 60,33,310 voters cast their votes in...
  • Campaign ends for first phase of LS polls in West Bengal April 15, 2014

    Campaign for four seats in the first phase of five-phase Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal ended on Tuesday with the Darjeeling constituency grabbing the limelight as one of the most closely fought constituencies in the state. Apart from Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Alipurduars constituencies would go for elections...
  • Modi becoming PM is fantasy, says Mamata Banerjee April 15, 2014

    Narendra Modi becoming Prime Minister is a "fantasy", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said while dismissing any comparisons with her state and Gujarat as a comparison between a rich, privileged child and an undernourished, neglected one. The Trinamool Congress chief also said that a Federal Front government...
  • Buddhadeb should have imprisoned Left leaders: TMC April 14, 2014

    Trinamool Congress on Monday hit back at former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for his remark that had he been the CM, TMC leader Anubrata Mandal had been in jail and said if that was so then many CPI(M) leaders should have been imprisoned during his tenure. "Buddhadeb and...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Jeep crisis hits candidates on campaign April 14, 2014

    At the height of the poll season, candidates of various political parties have been hit by a shortage of open-hood jeeps which is a favourite campaign vehicle to criss-cross muddy paths and uneven terrain. President of BJP's Bengal unit Rahul Sinha says campaigning in open-hood jeeps is of great help...
  • 'Faces of Gujarat riots' to campaign against communalism April 13, 2014

    Dubbed "faces of Gujarat riots", Qutubuddin Ansari and Ashok Mochi have entered India's collective consciousness through their photos. One was the face of raw communal frenzy and the other of helplessness, begging for mercy. The pictures of a frightened Ansari begging for mercy from his attackers with tears rolling down...
  • No bifurcation of Darjeeling Hills, says Mamata Banerjee April 13, 2014

    Asserting that the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal will not allow any division of Darjeeling, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said it is bringing in development in the hills with special packages. "We will not allow any division of the Hills," Banerjee reiterated at a poll rally here,...
  • Polling hours reduced in Bengal's Maoist-hit areas April 12, 2014

    Kolkata: Polling will end two hours early in six assembly segments of two Lok Sabha constituencies in Maoist-affected areas of West Bengal, an Election Commission official said on Saturday. In a bid to prevent any untoward incident in the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) hit areas, the six segments located in Jhargram...
  • Mamata lashes out at Modi, says the face of communal riots cannot become the PM April 12, 2014

    Continuing to keep Narendra Modi in the crosshairs, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged that the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate 'with the face of riots and blood of riots' could not become the PM. "I tell them that with the face of riots and blood of riots one...
  • Babul Supriyo alleges heckling by TMC-backed miscreants April 12, 2014

    Ranigunj: Bollywood singer Babul Supriyo on Saturday alleged that he was heckled by Trinamool Congress backed miscreants when he was participating in a roadshow at Raniganj in Burdwan district on Saturday. The singer, who is contesting on a BJP ticket from Asansol Lok Sabha seat, alleged that the miscreants abused...
  • FIR filed against Congress' Bengal chief in murder case April 10, 2014

    A first information report (FIR) has been filed against West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in connection with the murder of a Trinamool Congress supporter in the state's Murshidabad district, police said on Thursday. "The FIR was filed late Wednesday night in connection with the murder of Badal Sheikh....
  • Calcutta HC expresses anguish over Mamata sharing dais with murder accused April 10, 2014

    The Calcutta High Court on Thursday expressed anguish over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's sharing dais with a Trinamool Congress leader accused in a murder case and directed the DGP to appear before it to clarify why action was not taken against him so far. Showing Thursday's newspapers to...