Roy had resigned from the Rajya Sabha and quit the Trinamool Congress earlier this month.
Banerjee is in Mumbai since Tuesday and expected to return to Kolkata on Friday, met top industrialists and bankers on Wednesday as part of a roadshow.
The West Bengal chief minister is protesting the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory for availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.
The West Bengal chief minister also asked her party leaders to begin a ‘black day’ campaign condemning demonetisation from November 8.
Roy, whose relationship with the leadership has been strained of late, said he would give an explanation on why he was leaving the party.
Banerjee’s government restricted idol immersions to 10 pm on September 30, the day of Vijaya Dashami, and banned it completely the next day – which is Muharram.
The upheaval the CPI(M) is going through in West Bengal can be attributed to a split in the central and state party lines. Unless resolved, this could lead to further outbursts from party members.
Five months after cabinet approval, the department of personnel and training has started paving the way for setting up the Rail Development Authority.
The Trinamool Congress today was ahead of its rivals in all seven urban local bodies, where elections were held on August 13.
However, instead of patronising multiple social clusters, which is the bedrock of TMC’s strategy, the BJP is trying to consolidate support on religious lines – its agenda elsewhere in the country too.
Language may have triggered off the current round of violence, but the basic demand is for statehood.
After allowing indiscipline among its senior cadre due to electoral necessities, the CPI(M) in Bengal is losing its reputation of integrity.
The ED has asked him to carry along documents relating to his personal finances, the news channel and material related to the alleged sting operation
The CBI has charged the Trinomool Congress leaders with criminal conspiracy and corruption for allegedly taking money in return for future favours.
Vote counting for ten assembly constituencies in eight states – Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Madhya Pradesh – is currently underway.
The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) has accused local leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party of instigating the violence.
TMC General Secretary Subrata Bakshi urged the police to look into the role of local MLA and BJP state President Dilip Ghosh in the deaths of two party activists in Kharagpur.
Mamata Banerjee has alleged that army personnel were deployed at toll plazas in the state without her government being informed and asked if it was a “military coup”.
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The Supreme Court’s order returning land to the farmers comes at a time when the Trinamool Congress needed a political boost.
West Bengal’s cabinet has approved a proposal to change the state’s name to Bangla or Banga. The English version name will remain Bengal but the ‘West’ will be dropped.
The state needs historic development and with it, complete freedom of expression.
“They must be happy having won the elections but what is it with the gestures they were making to me? I recognise them, they are friends of Majhi’s, our very own TMC leader.”
The assembly polls in four states show that unless the Congress works to retain its existing support base while adding new voters, it may never be able to rise again.
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With more than 200 seats, the Trinamool Congress has defeated the Left Front-Congress alliance comprehensively as the poor, both from the rural and urban areas, backed Mamata Banerjee as their chief minister.
As much as the urban middle class hates to admit it, says political scientist Ranabir Samaddar, the Trinamool Congress’s range of welfare measures earned the party its second consecutive win, reflecting a larger socio-political churning in West Bengal.
Given the results of the assembly polls, the collective role of regional parties will become more important in national politics as the country approaches the 2019 general election.
Voters may be happy to receive freebies, but the long-term economic and political consequences of this are immense. Instead, political, judicial and administrative reforms are needed to curb corruption.
The success of the opposition alliance will be dependent on its ability to mobilise anti-Trinamool Congress votes in south Bengal, especially those that may favour the BJP, while retaining their own supporters.
While the Left-Congress alliance and the BJP bank on the undercurrent of anti-incumbency, the TMC relies on its wide syndicate network to drive it back to power.
The opposition alliance is hoping to recapture the vote share lost to the BJP in the state during the 2014 general election. But the Trinamool Congress stands just as much a chance of capturing these votes.
The chief minister is likely to escape the full impact of anti-incumbency because of the inadequate substance and stature of her political challengers – the Left, Congress and the BJP.
Notwithstanding the political demagoguery and an undercurrent of anti-incumbency, Mamata Banerjee and her party still have a strong hold over a large section of voters across the state.
That the Election Commission was defensive and apologetic for the violence that broke out during day two of the assembly polls is a measure of how the establishment colludes by accepting violations as normal.
Tanushree Bhasin travels through Lalgarh in Bengal, capturing the lives of the adivasis who continue to be denied their basic constitutional rights.
At least 18 people were killed and over 60 others injured as portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in central Kolkata’s Burrabazar area
Tanushree Bhasin travels through small town Bengal, capturing the people’s responses to Mamata’s promises.
The two parties are considering an alliance ahead of the state assembly elections to defeat Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool. But their rivalry in Kerala could pose a problem.
The old compact of keeping communally charged issues out of politicking in West Bengal is over in the desperate fight for votes