Pradip Bhattacharya

  • Senior Congress leaders shy away from fighting LS poll March 15, 2014

    Even as ticket-seekers are making a beeline before offices of political parties, some very senior Congress leaders in West Bengal are shying away from fighting the coming Lok Sabha election despite a nudge by Rahul Gandhi. Former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee presidents Manas Bhuniya and Pradip Bhattacharya are among those...
  • Congress leaders stopped from meeting rape victim in Bengal February 23, 2014

    Congress leaders including former West Bengal unit chief Pradip Bhattacharya were on Sunday heckled by a mob when they tried to visit the home of a rape victim in Hooghly district and had to return here without meeting the family. The Congress called the heckling a conspiracy by the ruling Trinamool...
  • After BJP, Congress trying to woo Sourav Ganguly? December 15, 2013

    Soon after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offered former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly a seat to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the West Bengal Congress chief too Sunday called on the cricketer at his residence in Kolkata. State Congress President Pradip Bhattacharya, however, described his meeting with Ganguly as...
  • Mamata lying to people on rural jobs scheme: Congress May 26, 2013

    Kolkata: The Congress in West Bengal on Saturday attacked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on implementation of the rural jobs programme, saying the state has turned out a poor performer in the 100 days work scheme despite tall claims of the Trinamool Congress government. "The state government kept on claiming that it...
  • Mamata regime's 2 years a directionless sojourn: Congress May 19, 2013

    Kolkata: Bringing out an assessment report of West Bengal's Trinamool Congress government, two days before it completes two years in office, the Congress on Saturday alleged that the regime was moving in a negative direction and was clueless about the course it wanted the state's economy to take. "We do not...
  • Use central forces in Bengal panchayat polls, demands Congress March 31, 2013

    Kolkata: Citing law and order problems in West Bengal, the Congress on Saturday said it was imperative to conduct the upcoming panchayat (rural body) polls under the strict vigil of central security forces for free and fair elections. "People representing Trinamool Congress are threatening our workers whenever they are organising meetings...
  • Bengal panchayat polls will be rigged: Cong March 23, 2013

    West Bengal is bracing itself for the twophased panchayat polls on April 26th and 30th. But expressing disappointment at the decision to have two, instead of three phases watched over by central forces, is Bengal Pradesh Congress President Pradip Bhattacharya. He says that the state government's decision is partial and...
  • Mamata has higher ambitions in national politics: Cong October 13, 2012

    Kolkata: The Congress on Friday said Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's attempt to garner support against the union government's recent economic reforms was aimed at fulfilling "higher ambitions" in national politics. "If she does not want FDI (foreign direct investment) in (West) Bengal, she can clearly say that. Why is...
  • Sonia meets ministers ahead of Cabinet reshuffle September 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday held parleys with some union ministers and senior party leaders amid indications of a Cabinet reshuffle. Those who met Sonia at her official residence at 10 Janpath included Road and Transport Minister CP Joshi, who has been given additional charge of Railways...
  • Cabinet reshuffle: Mamata rivals may get berths September 24, 2012

    New Delhi: In what may be a big snub to its former ally Mamata Banerjee, the Congress is likely to induct 15 new ministers into its Cabinet, a few of whom are her political rivals. In the Cabinet reshuffle that is likely to take place on Tuesday, the Congress may...
  • Trinamool had asked for FDI in its manifesto: Congress September 21, 2012

    Kolkata: Hoping that Trinamool Congress would reconsider its decision to withdraw from the UPA, the Congress' West Bengal unit on Thursday said not allowing retail FDI in Bengal would have a disastrous effect on the state's economy and noted that Trinamool had itself sought it earlier. "The Trinamool in its election...
  • Cong, TMC spar over PC remarks on WB violence July 11, 2012

    Kolkata: Alliance partners Congress and Trinamool Congress on Tuesday continued to spar over Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's sharp indictment of the continuing political clashes in West Bengal. While state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya endorsed Chidamabaram's critical comments and challenged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to prove the veracity of the counter...
  • Cong free to leave Mamata govt: Trinamool minister June 17, 2012

    Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress minister on Saturday said ally Congress was free to quit the Mamata Banerjee ministry government in West Bengal. "Congress is free to leave the government if they want," Firhad Hakim said on the sidelines of a meeting in Howrah. Referring to WBPCC President Pradip Bhattacharya's threat...
  • WB budget proposals superficial: Congress March 24, 2012

    Kolkata: Terming the West Bengal budget proposals as "superficial", Congress - an ally of ruling Trinamool Congress in the state - on Friday said several issues were not addressed in it. "Finance Minister has attempted to put up superficial ideas in his budget... Expectations have not been fulfilled, what the...
  • Cong demands CBI probe in party worker's murder March 18, 2012

    Kolkata: West Bengal Pradesh Congress President Pradip Bhattacharya Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the killing of a Congress worker and alleged that party activists were under attack from both the Marxists and the Trinamool Congress in the state. "A Congress worker was killed Saturday night. We condemn this. We demand...
  • Trinamool organises rally, warns Congress January 9, 2012

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party, the Trinamool Congress, has launched an offensive against its ally the Congress. For the first time, the Trinamool Congress is holding a political rally against the Congress in the state protesting against what the it calls an alleged Congress-CPI(M) nexus against Mamata. Taking...
  • TMC-Congress rift widens in West Bengal January 5, 2012

    The Trinamool Congress has accused the congress of being hand in glove with the Left. ...