West Bengal Assembly

  • BJP eyes 2016 West Bengal Assembly polls after winning Basirhat South Yesterday

    Kolkata: Buoyed by its performance in the Assembly bye-elections where the party has secured a win from the Basirhat Dakshin seat, the BJP central leadership is now eyeing the Kolkata civic elections slated for next year and the 2016 Assembly elections to make West Bengal TMC free. BJP National Secretary Siddharth...
  • Bharatiya Janata Party makes inroads into West Bengal Assembly, TMC retains Chowringhee Yesterday

    Kolkata: BJP on Tuesday made its debut in the West Bengal Assembly by winning the Basirhat Dakshin seat while Trinamool Congress retained the prestigious Chowringhee seat. BJP's Shamik Bhattacharya won the Basirhat Dakshin seat in North 24 Parganas district by a margin of 1742 votes against its nearest Trinamool Congress rival...
  • Congress, Left stage walk-out over CM's absence in Bengal Assembly June 13, 2014

    Kolkata: Both CPI(M) and Left Front legislators on Friday staged a walk-out from the West Bengal Assembly protesting the absence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during Question Hour. Banerjee, who was to give a reply to a debate on police budget, came to the Assembly before start of proceedings for...
  • Three Left legislators join Trinamool February 9, 2014

    Kolkata: Three Left Front legislators in the West Bengal Assembly joined Trinamool Congress on Saturday, a day after voting for the ruling party in the Rajya Sabha polls. Ananta Deb Adhikary and Dasarath Tirkey of the Revolutionary Socialist Party and Sunil Mondal of the Forward Bloc formally pitched their lot with...
  • WB Assembly adjourned till tomorrow after obituary reference April 29, 2013

    Kolkata: Day one of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Assembly test has been deferred. The West Bengal Assembly has been adjourned for the day after an obituary reference. A special 2-day session had been called by Governor MK Narayanan to discuss the chit fund scam. It has not just...
  • WB Assembly's special session on chit fund scam to begin today April 29, 2013

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is getting ready to face the Opposition fire in the state Assembly. A special 2-day session has been called by Governor MK Narayanan from Monday to discuss the chit fund scam in the state. It has not just wiped away crores of investor...
  • WB chit fund scam: Governor calls special Assembly session April 26, 2013

    Kolkata: West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan has called a special session of the state Assembly next week beginning April 29 to discuss the chit fund scam. Speaker Biman Banerjee, in fact, has called an all-party meeting at 3 pm on Friday to discuss the special session. But the TMC wants...
  • WB by-elections: TMC, Congress, FB win one seat each February 28, 2013

    Kolkata: Congress, Trinamool Congress and Left Front shared honours in the crucial by-poll to three Assembly constituencies in West Bengal on Thursday. Congress took sweet revenge by defeating its former MLA Humayan Kabir, who is now a TMC minister in the state government, from Rejinagar seat in Murshidabad district. The election...
  • WB Assembly plunges in darkness during power minister's reply December 12, 2012

    Kolkata: The West Bengal assembly on Wednesday plunged into darkness when state Power Minister Manish Gupta was replying during the Question Hour. Congress member Asit Mitra asked about the progress of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyut Yojana in the state when the lights went off as soon as Gupta stood up...
  • Congress MLAs enter WB Assembly wearing helmets December 12, 2012

    Kolkata: Fearing insecure after Tuesday's violence inside the West Bengal Assembly, Congress legislators including women members Wednesday entered the house wearing helmets. The majority of the 30 odd legislators of Congress entered the house wearing helmets and holding placards with the inscription "we want to save our heads first." Speaker...
  • TMC, Left MLAs come to blows inside WB Assembly December 11, 2012

    Kolkata: Ruling Trinamool Congress MLAs were involved in a fistfight with their Left Front counterparts inside the West Bengal Assembly on Tuesday. The shameful incident took place when the Left Front moved an adjournment motion over the state government's alleged failure to curb chit funds in the state. After West Bengal...
  • WB Assembly passes motion opposing FDI in retail September 27, 2012

    Kolkata: A motion moved by the ruling Trinamool Congress to protest FDI in multi-brand retail and hike in prices of diesel and fertiliser was today passed in the West Bengal Assembly amidst walkout by the opposition Left Front. Trinamool Congress has made history with the state assembly the first to pass...
  • WB by-polls: Trinamool wins Bankura, Daspur June 15, 2012

    Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Friday retained the Bankura and the Daspur Assembly seats in West Midnapore district, the two places where by-elections were held on June 12. The party won Bankura seat by more than 15,000 votes and and defeated the CPM at Daspur by 18,919 votes. Election Commission sources...
  • Mamata all set to present 'populist' Rail Budget February 25, 2011

    New Delhi: As Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee readies to present the Rail Budget 2011-12 on Friday, expectations are high that the budget could be high on populism and low on reforms, as the minister has set her eyes on the Writers' Building in Kolkata. The cash-trapped Railways is unlikely to carry...
  • Mamata unlikely to hike fare in Rail Budget February 24, 2011

    New Delhi: This year's Railway Budget could be high on populism and low on reforms as Mamata Banerjee's interests is in Writers' Building in Kolkata. The Railway Minister, who flagged off over 30 new trains in West Bengal in the last six months alone, would wait till the state assembly elections...
  • Mamata eyes WB polls; populist Rail Budget on cards February 24, 2011

    New Delhi: During the 2010-11 Railway Budget speech Mamata Banerjee was in a tearing hurry. "Please listen or I will forget. I have too much to say and there is very little time. I am speaking like Rajdhani because there is very little time left," she told the Lok Sabha....
  • Kolkata my home, not Delhi: Mamata May 18, 2010

    Kolkata: In the face of criticism by the Opposition for her frequent absence from Delhi, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has defended her stay in Kolkata saying the national capital was not her home. "Delhi is not my home. When there is no Parliament session, why should I stay in Delhi? Kolkata...
  • I can quit if govt asks: Mamata May 18, 2010

    Speaking to CNN-IBN, the Railways Minister also said that she never blamed people for Delhi stampede. ...
  • Mamata to offer more sops in Railway Budget February 24, 2010

    New Delhi: Mamata Banerjee will present the Railway Budget in Parliament on Wednesday and all indications are it will be a populist Budget with an eye on the West Bengal Assembly elections scheduled in 2011. Mamata is unlikely to propose any increase in passenger fares. Railway security and infrastructure are likely...
  • Buddha's core team ready to sit in Opposition November 13, 2009

    New Delhi: Troubles don't seem to end for the Left in Bengal. Barely was it mourning the loss of face in the by-elections with Trinamool Congress ousting the Left that now a demand for early elections has come. And it is not from arch rival Mamata Banerjee but from Buddhadeb...
  • Former Union minister Ajit Panja passes away November 14, 2008

    Kolkata: Former Union minister and Trinamool Congress leader Ajit Panja, who was suffering from cancer, died on Friday morning after his health condition worsened. The 72-year old politician, who was suffering from oral cancer, was admitted to Peerless Hospital on the outskirts of Kolkata on October 25 due to his deteriorating...
  • Nandigram: Buddha feels the heat June 17, 2007

    Nandigram: A day after 14 people were killed in police violence in the area, Nandigram remained tense. The police had to resort to tear gas shells to disperse the protestors. The local administration and the police have made inroads. But they still don’t have complete control of the area. Villagers in...