Bengal Polls

  • LS polls: 82 per cent voting registered in West Bengal 30-04-2014 07:46 AM

    Kolkata: A voter turnout of nearly 82 per cent was recorded in nine Lok Sabha seats in the third leg of the five-phase elections in West Bengal till 6 pm on Wednesday. "On an average 81.35 per cent of the voters cast their votes till 6.00 pm in the nine...
  • WB: Adhir Chowdhury chargesheeted in TMC worker murder case 28-09-2013 04:05 PM

    Kolkata: Union Minister of state for Railways Adhir Chowdhury, against whom a non-bailable arrest warrant has been issued for alleged conspiracy in a murder of a TMC worker, was Saturday chargesheeted by the police in a West Bengal court. The chargesheet filed before a court in Berhampore alleged that Chowdhury...
  • Mamata blames SEC for West Bengal poll violence, says her suggestion for one or two phase poll went unheard 21-07-2013 07:15 PM

    Kolkata: Calling on people to vote peacefully in the remaining two phases of West Bengal panchayat polls, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said her government's suggestion for one or two-phase poll to check the likelihood of violence went unheeded by the State Election Commission. "Because of the possibility of an...
  • Left slams Bengal govt, says administration failed to hold fair panchayat polls 20-07-2013 08:10 PM

    Kolkata: The opposition Left Front on Saturday alleged that the West Bengal administration has failed in holding free and fair voting in third round of the five-phase panchayat elections and sought the State Election Commission's intervention. "Effective action has not been taken during the third phase of polls Friday. Though...
  • West Bengal poll violence: Brinda Karat wants EC to take serious steps 16-07-2013 11:04 PM

    Brinda Karat strongly condemned the violence during West Bengal panchayat poll and urged the Election Commission to take serious steps to avoid such an incident in future. The CPI leader also alleged that the state government had deliberately not deployed Central forces. ...
  • West Bengal panchayat polls: Singur, Nandigram to vote today 14-07-2013 09:25 PM

    Kolkata: Singur and Nandigram, known for the intense protests against farmland acquisition that caused the ouster of the long entrenched Left Front government and propelled Mamata Banerjee to the chief minister's chair, go to the hustings in the second phase of West Bengal panchayat polls on Monday. The two rural...
  • Cong-TMC rift: Khurshid hits back at Mamata 08-01-2012 11:14 AM

    New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday came out strongly against the TMC and dismissed Mamata Banerjee's dare as mere posturing. Party leader Salman Khurshid said that Mamata was merely trying to pander to her constituency. "Individual leaders constituents, people who represent Assembly segments, parliamentarians they all need to survive and...
  • Mamata lives like 'aam aadmi' in 1st week as CM 27-05-2011 08:54 AM

    Kolkata: After being sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee has completed seven days in office on Friday, a week in which she has literally taken the city of Kolkata by storm. In her first week as the Chief Minister, Mamata walked, scolded, and even gave...
  • Leadership change in CPI next year: Bardhan 25-05-2011 05:06 PM

    New Delhi: After the severe drubbing at the hustings in West Bengal, the CPI on Wednesday said it would witness leadership change at the party Congress next year. However, General Secretary AB Bardhan said the proposed change in leadership had "nothing to do" with the recent debacle suffered by the...
  • West Bengal drubbing a 'serious setback': CPI 24-05-2011 04:35 PM

    New Delhi: The CPI top brass on Tuesday reviewed the drubbing of the Left Front in the recent Assembly elections in its stronghold of West Bengal terming it as a "serious political setback" and decided to make joint efforts to regain their lost base in the state. A meeting of...
  • Singur: Mamata-Tata deal on the cards? 24-05-2011 07:31 AM

    Singur: Mamata Banerjee's first cabinet decision after becoming the West Bengal Chief Minister was to return 400 acres to the unwilling farmers of Singur, also opening a window for the Tatas to set up a plant in the remaining 600 acres. The promise that catapulted Mamata Banerjee into power is...
  • 'CPM Party Congress will decide on leadership' 23-05-2011 04:41 PM

    Communist Party of India-Marxist Politburo member Sitaram Yechury has said that the process of introspection on Left Front's drubbing in West Bengal will conclude with the Party Congress at the end of the year. He did not deny the possibility, when asked in an exclusive interview to Karan Thapar, if...
  • Mamata allots portfolios, keeps key ministries 21-05-2011 07:28 AM

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday allocated portfolios to her newly sworn-in council of ministers, keeping to herself nine departments, including Home, Land and Land Reforms. Her other departments are Information and Cultural Affairs, Health and Family Welfare, Agriculture, Hill Affairs, Minority Affairs and Madrasa Education, Personnel...
  • Amit Mitra, 37 more find berth in Mamata cabinet 20-05-2011 08:00 PM

    Kolkata: Manish Gupta and Amit Mitra, who defeated former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta respectively in the West Bengal Assembly elections, on Friday found berth in the new cabinet headed by Mamata Banerjee. Gupta, former chief secretary, and Mitra, former FICCI secretary general, won from the...
  • Mamata Banerjee breaks an 18-year vow 20-05-2011 07:23 PM

    Kolkata: Eighteen years after she vowed never to set foot again in Writers' Building from where she was forcefully evicted while on dharna with a rape victim before Jyoti Basu's chamber, Mamata Banerjee on Friday stepped in as Chief Minister. Banerjee, then a Union minister of state and a Congress...
  • Mamata to work continuously for next 7 days 20-05-2011 05:14 PM

    Kolkata: West Bengal's new Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday promised to work day and night for seven days without a break to learn the state of affairs of the administration. Stating that she would not take a holiday on Saturday and Sunday, Banerjee told a huge crowd before her...
  • Kolkata celebrates as Mamata takes charge 20-05-2011 01:08 PM

    Scores of people are celebrating as Mamata Banerjee brings an end to over three decades of Left rule in the state. ...
  • Mamata makes history as she becomes WB CM 20-05-2011 01:03 PM

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has taken over as the first woman chief minister of West Bengal. Mamata, the first non-Marxist to hold the post in 34 years, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor MK Narayanan at the Raj Bhawan in Kolkata at 1.01 PM...
  • Mamata to be sworn in as WB's first woman CM 20-05-2011 12:33 PM

    Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will be the first non-Marxist to hold the post in 34 years. ...
  • Historic day in WB, Mamata takes oath today 20-05-2011 07:34 AM

    New Delhi: It is a historic moment in West Bengal for more reasons than one - Mamata Banerjee sworn-in as the state's first woman chief minister on Friday. Not just that she is the first non-Marxist leader to take over in 34 years. Exactly a week after she decimated the...
  • Mamata's win infuses new life into Nandigram 19-05-2011 10:43 PM

    Nandigram: After March 13, 2007, Nandigram became the epicenter of violence and death in Bengal's politics. It acted as a catalyst that finally resulted in the fall of the Left Front and the rise of Mamata Banerjee like a phoenix. Today, people are celebrating in Nandigram, not just the victory...
  • President accepts Mamata's resignation 19-05-2011 09:30 PM

    New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Thursday accepted the resignation of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee as railway minister and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will now look after the portfolio, an official spokesperson said. Mamata had submitted her resignation earlier on Thursday. She will be sworn in on Friday as...
  • Bengal: 43 ministers to take oath with Mamata 19-05-2011 07:04 PM

    Kolkata: Mamata Banerjee is to be sworn in as the first woman Chief Minister of West Bengal on Friday and, along with her, another 43 ministers will be taking their oath. Mamata Banerjee on Thursday resigned as the Union Minister of Railways and Mukul Roy is likely to be made...
  • Mamata quits Railways, to take oath as CM 19-05-2011 05:28 PM

    New Delhi: A day before taking oath as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday resigned as the Union Minister of Railways. West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan issued an order appointing Mamata Banerjee as the chief minister on Tuesday. Narayanan on Monday sent a...
  • Scripted for success: Mamata's life on stage 19-05-2011 12:33 PM

    Kolkata: A defiance born from the rough and tumble of the streets, a long struggle against an entrenched power system, a stunning blow to the world's longest serving elected Communist government...the script of Mamata Banerjee's life would do any Greek dramatist proud. It will now be depicted in a jatra,...
  • Writers' Building turns green to welcome Mamata 19-05-2011 09:16 AM

    With just one day to go for the new chief minister to be sworn in, the famous and powerful Writers' Building is making sure all is in place to welcome Mamata Bannerjee. It's only the paint that remains red on the faade of the Writers' Buildings in Kolkata. The corridors...
  • Heads must roll for poll debacle, says Somnath 18-05-2011 11:43 AM

    Kolkata: Veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Somnath Chatterjee says that the disconnect between the Left Front and the people of West Bengal led to the Assembly poll debacle. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN's Priyanka Gupta, Chatterjee said that Left leaders should take responsibility for the rout that resulted in...
  • WB: Left accuses TMC of poll-related violence 18-05-2011 08:35 AM

    Kolkata: A peaceful election, a historic win, but now a reality check. Several CPI(M) as well as Trinamool Congress workers have been killed since election results last week. The Chief Minister-elect of the state Mamata Banerjee is pleading her party workers to remain calm. "If they hit you, don't hit...
  • WB Governor appoints Mamata as chief minister 17-05-2011 05:29 PM

    Kolkata: A day after inviting Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee to form the new government in West Bengal, Governor MK Narayanan on Tuesday issued an order appointing her as the chief minister. "The Governor, in exercise of the power conferred on him by Article 164 (1) of the Constitution of...
  • Why blame me alone for the poll debacle: Karat 17-05-2011 12:51 PM

    New Delhi: A defiant Prakash Karat, General Secretary, CPI(M) has made it clear he alone cannot take the blame for the Left rout in the Assembly elections. Speaking out for the first time after the debacle in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Karat said he won't be stepping down. CNN-IBN:...