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Major surprise! Sitting BJP MP Babul Supriyo joins TMC; was to be BJP’s star campaigner in WB bypolls

Kolkata: BJP’s sitting MP from Asansol in West Bengal Babul Supriyo joined Trinamool Congress on Saturday. He quit BJP just months after being dropped as a Union Minister. He joined the party in present of All-India Trinamool Congress general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and the party’s Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien. “Today, in the presence of...

It’s official! BJP’s Priyanka Tibrewal to challenge Mamata Banerejee in Bhabanipur

Priyanka Tibrewal had joined BJP in August 2014 Kolkata: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday announced lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal as its candidate for the Bhabanipur by-elections on September 30. She will be pitted against West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. The decision to field her was taken by the central election...

3 crude bombs hurled at BJP MP’s residence in Bengal

Unknown bike-borne miscreants on Wednesday hurled three crude bombs at BJP MP from Barrackpore Arjun Singh’s home at Jagatdal. Fortunately, the bombs landed near the gate of the parliamentarian’s residence and scarred it, but no one was injured in the incident. Arjun Singh was in Delhi when the incident happened, but his family members were...

Congress unlikely to field candidate against Mamata Banerjee in Bhabanipur bypolls

New Delhi: The Congress may not field its candidate against West Bengal Chief Minister on the Bhabanipur Assembly seat in the upcoming by-elections. The Election Commission has announced that bypolls for Bhabanipur and two other Assembly seats in West Bengal, Samserganj and Jangipur, will be held on September 30. The Trinamool Congress on Sunday declared...

CBI registers 3 more FIRs in Bengal post-poll violence, total tally touches 31

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the cases linked to post-poll violence in West Bengal, has filed three more FIRs, agency sources told Tuesday. With the registration of the new FIRs, the total number of FIRs filed by the central agency in connection with the post-poll violence in the state has gone...

Mamata Banerjee to extend support to caste census if all political parties reach consensus

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said her government will support a countrywide caste-based census, provided all political parties reach a consensus on the issue. She also clarified that she does not have a problem in accepting a caste-based census. Notably, Banerjee’s assurance came after a 10-party delegation from Bihar led by Chief Minister Nitish...

Mamata Banerjee calls on PM Modi, raises issues of less vaccine supply to Bengal

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his home on Tuesday evening. This is for the first time that the two leaders are meeting after their bitter clashes during the campaigning ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections. Mamata has reportedly called this a courtesy visit. She said she...

Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra likely to step down

Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra is likely to resign from his ministerial position due to ill health. Mitra, an economist, who has been Bengal’s finance minister since 2011, is also going to retire from active politics. The septuagenarian had refrained from contesting this year’s Assembly election, but due to party...

Centre seeks report from West Bengal on fake immunization camps

The Union government has sought a report from the West Bengal government over the fake COVID-19 vaccination camps that were held in the state. The Centre has asked the state government to probe the incidents and submit a report to it within two days. The development comes after Trinamool Congress MP from Jadavpur, Mimi Chakraborty,...

West Bengal govt to appoint 32,000 teachers for classes 1 to 8 by March 2022

Often criticised for lack of employment opportunities in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that her government will appoint over 32,000 teachers for upper primary and primary levels by March 2022. According to the announcement, the appointment process for 24,500 positions in primary and upper primary levels will be completed before Durga Puja...

BJP’s Alipurduar district president, others to join TMC over tussle with party MP

In yet another embarrassment for the BJP in West Bengal, the saffron party’s president for Alipurduar district Ganga Prasad Sharma has announced that he is leaving the party to join TMC. The development comes in response to the demand raised by Alipurduar MP John Barla for a separate Union Territory comprising of areas in north...
Part of Sivok-Rangpo railway line tunnel in West Bengal collapses; 2 workers killed

Part of Sivok-Rangpo railway line tunnel in West Bengal collapses; 2 workers killed

The railway project connecting Sikkim and West Bengal is under construction; accident took place on Thursday night Kalimpong: A part of the under-construction Sivok-Rangpo railway project collapsed on Thursday night, reportedly leaving two workers dead and five others injured. The accident took place around 10.30 pm in Bhalukhola, about 25 km from Kalimpong in West...