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  • Gurudas Dasgupta hangs up his boots 18-04-2014 12:42 PM

    New Delhi: When Parliament meets sometime in June, it will miss one of its firebrand MPs Gurudas Dasgupta. The veteran CPI leader has decided not to contest the Lok Sabha elections. Dasgupta, who represented Ghatal in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha says he is old and the country belongs...
  • WB: CPM alleges attack by TMC in Coochbehar 17-04-2014 03:29 PM

    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...
  • Left parties to help provide alternative government: Sitaram Yechury 15-04-2014 09:29 PM

    Nashik: Senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said on Tuesday that the left parties can help to provide an alternative non-Congress and non-BJP government at the Centre with the help of 11 like-minded parties after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He alleged that both the BJP and the Congress are similar...
  • People who make mistakes should be punished as per law: Mamata 13-04-2014 05:23 PM

    Kolkata: Days after some TMC activists including the son-in-law of a state minister were arrested in Malda for allegedly assaulting an Election Commission team, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said if people commit mistakes, they should be punished according to the law. "We respect all constitutional bodies....
  • Lok Sabha polls: Jayalalithaa keeps her options open, targets BJP 13-04-2014 04:09 PM

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa may just spring a surprise after the Lok Sabha election results as she hit out on her former ally BJP for the first time ever during a rally on Sunday. The AIADMK after parting ways with the Left was reportedly warming up with...
  • LS polls: DMK, Congress combine allege cash distribution by AIADMK 12-04-2014 05:23 PM

    Chennai: Three major political parties in Tamil Nadu on Saturday chanted in chorus that the ruling AIADMK was misusing official machinery to distribute cash and urged the Election Commission to check the poll malpractice. The day-long meeting the Election Commission held here with registered political parties to review poll preparations...
  • Tharoor hits back at rivals, calls 'bribing' allegations baseless 08-04-2014 03:55 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: A day after the Left and the BJP complained to the Election Commission over Union Minister Shashi Tharoor allegedly bribing pastors for votes, Tharoor has hit back, tweeting that the charges on him are baseless. "Absurd that Opposition parties unable to beat me in an election are trying to...
  • Shashi Tharoor accused of bribing pastors in a bid to buy Christian votes 07-04-2014 07:47 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: In what could spell major trouble for the parliamentary ambitions of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the BJP have filed a complaint with the Election Commission against the United Democratic Front candidate Shashi Tharoor stating that he had violated the election code of conduct....
  • Left's policies slowing down growth: Manmohan Singh 06-04-2014 10:20 PM

    Kochi: Policies of the Left were responsible for both slowdown in growth and the decline in the popularity of the parties across India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in Kochi on Sunday. "You (Kerala residents) have experienced the Left government here. Their major problem is that they are unable to...
  • BJP, Trinamool links will be known after poll: Left Front 06-04-2014 08:01 PM

    Terming Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's recent virulent attack on the BJP a " game" between the two parties, West Bengal's opposition Left Front on Sunday said the understanding between the two would come into the open after the Lok Sabha polls. "The Trinamool's attacks on the BJP are just...
  • Will Innocent be able to change the fortunes of Malayalee actors in politics? 06-04-2014 12:10 PM

    Chalakudy: If huge crowds are anything to go by, then veteran Malayalee actor Innocent could be a front-runner in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Innocent is the Independent candidate from Chalakudy, supported by the Left. The actor-turned-politician has been inspired by his recent battle with cancer, to work for the...
  • LS polls: Six candidates in Tripura are billionaires 04-04-2014 04:57 PM

    Six of the 25 Lok Sabha candidates contesting for the two seats in Left Front ruled Tripura are crorepatis, with Aam Admi Party nominee Salil Saha the richest with assets of Rs four crore. Congress candidate Prof Arunoday Saha is the second richest with assets of Rs.3.38 crore. Both the...
  • Left seeks EC's intervention in West Bengal for fair polls 01-04-2014 05:38 PM

    Accusing Trinamool Congress of creating widespread fear psychosis through "terror and intimidation" in West Bengal, Left parties today sought Election Commission's intervention to ensure free and fair polls. A Left Front delegation, comprising senior leaders of CPM, CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc, met top EC officials here and said the...
  • West Bengal tracker: TMC 23-29 seats, Left 7-13, Congress 4-7, BJP 0-1 31-03-2014 08:07 PM

    New Delhi: The victory march of the ruling TMC led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee continues in West Bengal. According to CNN-IBN-Lokniti-CSDS national election tracker and seat projections by Chennai Mathematical Institute Director Rajeeva Karandikar Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress will win 23-29 seats, Left Front 7-13, Congress 4-7 and BJP...
  • Congress fights for political existence in West Bengal 31-03-2014 11:27 AM

    Weakened and bruised by the migration of its leaders and workers to Mamata Banerjee's TMC, the Congress is fighting a battle for its political existence in West Bengal. None other than Pradip Bhattacharya, who was very recently replaced as the Bengal Congress chief, said, "It is a fight to prove...
  • Gap between Left, TMC narrowing: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee 26-03-2014 10:41 AM

    Describing the Lok Sabha poll as "very important" for the Left, former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee claimed the vote gap between the Left and the Trinamool Congress was narrowing. "If you analyse the results of the 2011 Assembly poll, you will see that the gap of votes between...
  • CPM joins social media bandwagon, launches its Facebook, Twitter page 18-03-2014 06:21 PM

    Kolkata: It is rightly said , "better late than never". With not even a month left for Lok Sabha elections to begin, it is the Left in Bengal to finally join the social network bandwagon. The state unit of CPI(M) on Tuesday launched its official Facebook page and a twitter...
  • Agartala: Left Front candidate submits nomination from West Tripura 18-03-2014 02:59 PM

    Ruling Left Front candidate Shankar Prasad Dutta on Tuesday filed his nomination from West Tripura seat. Before submitting his nomination papers, Datta participated in a big procession by ruling CPM which travelled in different parts of the capital town. The 58-year-old leader, who is General Secretary of Tripura unit of...
  • Left Front tottering but CPI's AB Bardhan confident of 32 LS seats 16-03-2014 09:31 PM

    New Delhi: First, an embarrassing downfall of the 'Third Front' and now its own constituents are unraveling in West Bengal and Kerala. Even as a tottering Left Front tries to hold together ahead of polls, veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan is confident that the communists would be able to clinch...
  • Was a mistake to form a third front before elections: CPI's AB Bardhan 16-03-2014 11:18 AM

    New Delhi: Former CPI general secretary AB Bardhan has admitted that it was a mistake for the Left front to attempt to forge a third front alliance before the polls. In conversation with Karan Thapar on this week's Devil's Advocate, he also said the embarrassment of its premature failure could...
  • Left to contest 18 seats in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry; no alliance with DMK or Congress 14-03-2014 04:55 PM

    Chennai: After its brief alliance with the ruling AIADMK came to an end, the Left front in Tamil Nadu has decided to go alone in the Lok Sabha polls. The Left front is contesting in 18 of total 39 seats in the state. The CPI and CPM will contest in...
  • 30 per cent farmers to vote for BJP, 17 per cent prefer Congress in LS polls: survey 11-03-2014 10:30 PM

    New Delhi: With the crucial Lok Sabha elections just a month away, political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo farmers as their support will play a very pivotal role in the polls. As all political parties claim that their focus is on farmer-centric politics, Lokniti-CSDS finds out the...
  • RSP to join Congress-led UDF, set back for Left in Kerala 10-03-2014 10:46 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Trouble for the Left Democratic Front (LDF) as the Revolutionary Socialist party (RSP) is all set to join the Congress-led UDF. The decision was taken at a meeting held between the RSP leaders and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, KPCC President VM Sudheeran and state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala. The...
  • Tripura: Left, Congress announce candidates for 2 LS seats 09-03-2014 04:08 PM

    Major political parties in Tripura including the ruling Left Front and opposition Congress on Sunday announced their party candidates for the two Lok Sabha constituencies which go to poll on April 7 and 12 respectively. The Congress announced that former Vice-chancellor of Tripura university, Arunoday Saha would contest from West...
  • No talks with Left so far, says Karunanidhi 08-03-2014 03:46 PM

    Days after sending feelers to CPIM and CPI which had quit the AIADMK-led alliance, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday said no talks had been held with them so far and declined to commit on the number of seats they would be offered if they joined the Democratic Progressive Alliance....
  • A day after ending ties with the Left, Jaya calls up Mamata: sources 07-03-2014 12:32 PM

    Chennai: A day after AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa snapped her pre-poll alliance with the Left Front, sources have told CNN-IBN that she called West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and wished her for the coming Lok Sabha polls. Mamata had told CNN-IBN...
  • TN: AIADMK-Left alliance collapses, DMDK in talks with BJP 07-03-2014 09:11 AM

    Chennai: In a major setback for the Third Front, the Left parties were forced to snap their ten-day-old alliance with the AIADMK after seat-sharing talks failed. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had been quick to tie up with Left parties in early February. It was feted as the beginning of...
  • LS polls: TMC, Left announces list of candidates in Tripura 06-03-2014 03:42 PM

    The ruling Left Front and Trinamool Congress (TMC) have announced their party candidates for the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura where elections would be held on April 7 and 12 respectively. Convener of the Left Front and sitting MP Khagen Das said, state Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhuri...
  • Need to ensure representation of Left at government in Centre: Karat 27-02-2014 07:09 AM

    Kozhikode: CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Wednesday emphasised the need to ensure adequate representation of Left parties at a government at the Centre to bring in alternative people-friendly policies. "CPI(M), with the cooperation of 11 other parties, has already issued a joint declaration at Delhi for a strong alternative...
  • CPI(M) expels rebel leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah 26-02-2014 08:49 PM

    Kolkata: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday expelled former Left Front Minister and West Bengal state committee member Abdur Rezzak Mollah from party. Mollah's indulgence in anti-party activities and tarnishing the image of the party have been stated as cause behind his expulsion. The decision was taken at...