West Bengal Poll

  • LS polls: 82 per cent voting registered in West Bengal April 30, 2014

    Kolkata: A voter turnout of nearly 82 per cent was recorded in nine Lok Sabha seats in the third leg of the fivephase 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 constituencies...
  • WB: Adhir Chowdhury chargesheeted in TMC worker murder case September 28, 2013

    Kolkata: Union Minister of state for Railways Adhir Chowdhury, against whom a nonbailable 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 conspired...
  • Mamata blames SEC for West Bengal poll violence, says her suggestion for one or two phase poll went unheard July 21, 2013

    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 twophase 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 July 20, 2013

    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 fivephase panchayat elections and sought the State Election Commission's intervention. "Effective action has not been taken during the third phase of polls Friday. Though the...
  • West Bengal poll violence: Brinda Karat wants EC to take serious steps July 16, 2013

    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 July 15, 2013

    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 hamlets...
  • CongTMC rift: Khurshid hits back at Mamata January 8, 2012

    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 they...
  • Mamata lives like 'aam aadmi' in 1st week as CM May 27, 2011

    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 May 25, 2011

    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 May 24, 2011

    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 the...
  • Singur: MamataTata deal on the cards? May 24, 2011

    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' May 23, 2011

    Communist Party of IndiaMarxist 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 May 21, 2011

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday allocated portfolios to her newly swornin 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 and...
  • Amit Mitra, 37 more find berth in Mamata cabinet May 20, 2011

    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 key...
  • Mamata Banerjee breaks an 18year vow May 20, 2011

    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 leader,...
  • Mamata to work continuously for next 7 days May 20, 2011

    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 residence...
  • Kolkata celebrates as Mamata takes charge May 20, 2011

    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 May 21, 2011

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has taken over as the first woman chief minister of West Bengal. Mamata, the first nonMarxist 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 May 20, 2011

    Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will be the first nonMarxist to hold the post in 34 years. ...
  • Historic day in WB, Mamata takes oath today May 20, 2011

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

    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 of...
  • President accepts Mamata's resignation May 19, 2011

    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 West...
  • Bengal: 43 ministers to take oath with Mamata May 19, 2011

    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 the...
  • Mamata quits Railways, to take oath as CM May 19, 2011

    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 letter to...
  • Scripted for success: Mamata's life on stage May 19, 2011

    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 May 19, 2011

    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 May 18, 2011

    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 CNNIBN's Priyanka Gupta, Chatterjee said that Left leaders should take responsibility for the rout that resulted in...
  • WB: Left accuses TMC of pollrelated violence May 18, 2011

    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 Ministerelect of the state Mamata Banerjee is pleading her party workers to remain calm. "If they hit you, don't hit back....
  • WB Governor appoints Mamata as chief minister May 17, 2011

    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 India...
  • Why blame me alone for the poll debacle: Karat May 18, 2011

    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 CNNIBN, Karat said he won't be stepping down. CNNIBN: Mamatas...