In election year, BJP eyes new turf, Congress and others look at retaining strength

With the Election Commission announcing the dates for upcoming assembly polls for four states and one Union Territory, the crucial battle of 2021 has officially begun. In 2016, the BJP had worked hard and won Assam, which opened the gate for the party in the northeast. This time, the party has put all its might … Read more

TMC, others question 8-phase polls in Bengal; BJP welcomes EC decision

Many Opposition parties including the Trinamool Congress Friday questioned the need for a eight-phase election in West Bengal even as BJP leaders welcomed the Election Commission’s decision and said anti-social elements need to be controlled for peaceful polls. The EC announced that voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27 and continue till … Read more

West Bengal: CBI, ED conduct joint raids at different places in coal scam

Investigation agencies CBI and Enforcement Directorate on Friday conducted joint raids at various places in West Bengal in connection with the multi-crore coal pilferage scam, sources in them said. CBI sources said its sleuths raided the official and residential premises of businessman Randhir Kumar Barnwal in Kolkata. ED sources said the agency has started searches … Read more

CBI at Abhishek Banerjee’s residence to examine his wife in coal pilferage case

A CBI team visited the residence of Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Tuesday to examine his wife Rujira in the coal pilferage case, officials said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the residence of her nephew Abhishek in south Kolkata’s Harish Mukherjee Road minutes before the CBI team landed there. The CBI’s visit to Abhishek’s … Read more

If BJP lets in TMC men, Mamata government will fall: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

New Delhi: Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders are making a beeline to join the BJP in West Bengal, said Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. While several high-profile leaders from the ruling party have already switched sides, many more are willing to do so, he said. “If BJP decides to open its gates for the TMC, the … Read more

View: The Left must privilege national politics over the local in the upcoming assembly elections

The choice before the Left in Bengal is between marginalisation and obliteration. The Left should choose marginalisation by helping Trinamool Congress (TMC) ward off BJP’s strong challenge.The upcoming round of assembly elections in Bengal, Assam and Kerala will have a large bearing on national politics, the outcome of the contest between the two Dravidian parties … Read more

HC dismisses PIL seeking to stop BJP’s Parivartan Yatra rallies in Bengal

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking to stop the BJP‘s ongoing Parivartan Yatra rallies across West Bengal, observing that it cannot be entertained as a public interest litigation (PIL). A division bench comprising justices Rajesh Bindal and Aniruddha Roy observed that the petition filed by an advocate, who is directly connected … Read more

World’s eyes are on India, there is expectation we will contribute to betterment of planet: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: The eyes of the world are on India and there are expectations that India will contribute to the betterment of our planet, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, in Rajya Sabha. PM Modi also said that India is a young and enthusiastic … Read more

Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned after opposition disrupts Question Hour over farm laws

New Delhi: Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for about an hour till 5 pm on Tuesday after opposition members disrupted the Question Hour to press for repeal of three new farm laws. As soon as the proceedings started at 4 pm, opposition members from parties including the Congress, DMK and the Trinamool Congress trooped into … Read more

Budget 2021: Bonanza for election-bound states

New Delhi: Poll-bound West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have got a leg-up in terms of proposed infrastructure spending in the budget. In West Bengal, where BJP is aiming to unseat the ruling Trinamool Congress in elections later this year, Rs 25,000 crore has been earmarked for road projects, including 675 km of highway … Read more