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Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account permanently suspended for spreading hate

Controversial actor Kangana Ranaut has been permanently banned by microblogging website Twitter after she posted a tweet related to the post-poll violence in West Bengal. The actor’s account has been permanently suspended by Twitter for violating its policy and for hateful conduct and abusive behaviour. While there is no clarity on which tweet of the...

Prashant Kishor claims he is quitting as a political strategist

In a major development, poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Sunday announced on live television that he is quitting as a political strategist. The development comes at a time when Prashant Kishor who managed the Assembly poll campaigns of the Trinamool Congress in Bengal and the DMK in Tamil Nadu having recorded a landslide victory. Kishor...

Bengal Election: 79.09% voter turnout in phase 6; restricted campaigning in last 2 phases

Voting for 43 seats in phase 6 of the West Bengal Assembly elections was completed on Thursday, with the Election Commission suggesting a voter turnout of 79.09 per cent till 5 pm.  Voting that began at 7 am was spread across 14,480 polling stations for 17 seats in North 24 Parganas, nine seats in Uttar...

Rahul Gandhi suspends Bengal poll campaign as COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc

At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc across India with queues outside hospitals and crematoriums growing longer with each passing day, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has announced that he is suspending all his public rallies in West Bengal owing to the health crisis. Gandhi also urged other political leaders to cancel their...

Mamata says ‘outsiders’ brought by BJP contributed to surge in COVID-19 cases in Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday criticised the BJP for the COVID-19 situation in the country and alleged that the saffron party has aided to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state by bringing a large number of “outsiders” to campaign for it. Notably, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is fighting a...

EC initiates action after EVMs found in TMC leader’s home in Bengal

After the Assam embarrassment, Election Commission (EC) officials are once again in question after four Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and four voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) were found at a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader’s house. The incident took place in Uluberia’s Tulsiberia village. Following the incident, the poll panel has suspended a sector officer...

Jaya Bachchan campaigns for TMC candidates in Bengal election

Rajya Sabha MP and Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan on Monday extended her support to Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee. She urged voters to re-elect Mamata to power. The veteran actor is on a three-day trip to Bengal to campaign for the TMC candidates. While describing Mamata Banerjee as a “single woman fighting against...

EC refutes allegations of Mamata Banerjee regarding discrepancies at Nandigram booth

The Election Commission (EC) has refuted the allegations leveled by Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee in her letter addressed to the poll panel about the alleged discrepancies during voting at a booth in Nandigram on April 1. In fact, the poll panel is contemplating taking action against the veteran politician under the relevant sections...

Former cricketer & BJP poll candidate Ashoke Dinda attacked by mob in Bengal

Former India cricketer and BJP candidate from Moyna Assembly seat in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur, Ashoke Dinda, was attacked and his vehicle was vandalised during campaigning. Notably, the former cricketer was returning from a roadshow when his car was attacked by a mob at around 4.30 pm on Tuesday. The mob charged the vehicle with...

Mamata Banerjee says BJP supporting new political outfit in Bengal to split minority votes

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday launched an attack on the BJP for trying to divide the Muslim votes in the state. She alleged that BJP is backing a new political outfit in Bengal to eat into minority votes ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled to start from March 27. Notably, she was...

Major embarrassment for Bengal BJP as its poll candidates say they never joined BJP

In a major embarrassment for the Bengal BJP, a candidate named by the party from Kolkata’s Chowringhee has said that her name was announced by the saffron party without her consent. Notably, late Congress leader Soumen Mitra’s wife Shikha Mitra’s name was announced by the BJP, but she has clarified that she is “not contesting...

Mamata Banerjee releases TMC’s poll manifesto

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday released the party’s manifesto for the West Bengal Assembly polls making a host of promises to the voters. West Bengal will be voting for 294 assembly seats in eight phases between March 27 and April 29. Votes will be counted on May 2 along with other poll-bound...