Bengal

BJP changes Bengal chief amid exodus of party leaders to TMC

At a time when the BJP is facing embarrassment due to the exodus of party leaders to ruling TMC in Bengal, the saffron party leadership has replaced the Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh with a first-time MP Sukanta Majumdar. Dilip Ghosh, who is known for his controversial statements, has been given a role in Delhi....
Setback for BJP; North Bengal leader Ganga Prasad Sharma joins TMC

Setback for BJP; North Bengal leader Ganga Prasad Sharma joins TMC

Sharma was the BJP president of Alipurduar, the only district where the party won all Assembly seats   Kolkata: The spate of shifts from Bharatiya Janata Party to Trinamool Congress in West Bengal continues. On Monday, Ganga Prasad Sharma, BJP president of Alipurduar district, joined TMC in presence of party leaders like Sukhendu Sekhar Roy...

FIR registered against BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, brother in Bengal for stealing relief material

The West Bengal Police has registered a case against BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari and his brother for allegedly stealing relief material worth several lakhs from a municipality office in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district. The case was registered in the Kanthi police station against the duo following a complaint by Ratnadip Manna, a member of...

Centre issues showcause notice to former Bengal chief secretary for not attending PM’s meeting

The tussle between Centre and West Bengal government over former chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay continues. After the bureaucrat refused to follow the Centre’s recall order and tendered his resignation on Monday, the Union government has now issued a showcause notice to him for not attending the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Notably, PM Modi...

Bengal CM, minister trying to terrorise CBI in Narada case, probe agency tells HC

The CBI during a hearing in Calcutta High Court on Wednesday made West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, law minister Malay Ghatak and TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee a party to the Narada bribery case. Notably, the CBI has sought a transfer of the Narada case outside Bengal. It also asked that the TMC leaders—Subrata Mukherjee,...

Bengal: Drama continues as arrested TMC leaders admitted to hospital

The daylong drama that unfolded on Monday since the CBI picked up two incumbent West Bengal ministers, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA and a former minister in connection with the Narada scam continued on Tuesday with new twists and turns. Notably, the central probe agency arrested ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Firhad Hakim, TMC MLA Madan...

43 TMC legislators administered oath of office by Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

After Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, 43 legislators of her party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), were sworn in as ministers on Monday. A low-key event owing to the COVID-19 pandemic was held at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata. The MLA’s were administered the oath of office by Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. Notably, the development comes after...

TMC registers thumping victory in Bengal, BJP wins Assam. Here are the latest trends

The BJP, despite its best efforts to woo the voters in the West Bengal Assembly elections, has failed to combat the counter-narrative of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party the Trinamool Congress. While the TMC has secured victory in 135 seats and is leading in 77 seats out of the 292 seats,...

Bengal to impose lockdown in containment zone for a week

A new lockdown will come into force for containment zones in West Bengal from Thursday 5 pm onwards. The lockdown will be effective for a week and will be extended if needed, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday. She also rejected the list of new containment zones for the South 24 Parganas district...

Kolkata family forced to keep 71-year-old man’s body in ice-cream freezer for 2 days

A family in Kolkata was forced to hire an ice-cream freezer to keep the body of a 71-year-old man who died at home on Monday, hours after being tested for coronavirus but much before results came in. The body was removed by civic authorities after 48 hours of horror and helplessness. The family’s two-day nightmare...

Amphan: Protests continue in Bengal for restoration of power, water supply

Sporadic protests over demands for restoration of power and water supply continued in several cyclone Amphan-hit parts of West Bengal for the fifth consecutive day on Monday while normalcy has returned in other affected areas of the state. Agitators in several areas in Kolkata blocked roads with branches of uprooted trees and placed barricades to...

Cyclone Amphan: Around 4.5 lakh people evacuated in Bengal, Odisha

Around 4.5 lakh people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas in West Bengal and Odisha ahead of the landfall of cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’, NDRF chief S N Pradhan said on Wednesday. ‘Amphan’, termed as an extremely severe cyclonic storm, is expected to make landfall on Wednesday evening at a coastal area between West Bengal and...