After several failed attempts in the past, the NCP supremo has once again set the ball rolling to form a coalition of “like-minded parties” to challenge PM Modi and the BJP-led NDA in 2019.
In an interview, Sangma talks about why the NPP is contesting only 53 of 60 seats without the BJP as its ally and the party’s plans to expand its base in the Northeast.
In conversation with political scientist Ranabir Sammadar on the strategies deployed by Banerjee to enhance TMC’s electoral base, her big victory in the bypolls, and the reasons for BJP’s sudden popularity.
“The forum is for leaders who are concerned with the prevailing situation in the country,” Sinha said.
In the fevered imagination of the Sangh parivar, West Bengal is low-hanging ripe fruit ready for the plucking.
The first of its kind in Bengal, the TMC’s new and controversial strategy aims to counter the BJP’s increasing influence in Birbhum district.
In an interview with Karan Thapar, the Trinamool Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha talks about the Congress party, Mamata Banerjee and his book ‘Inside Parliament’.
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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.
The CPI(M)’s unclear stance on joining the protest reflects a divide within the organisation on whether to align with other parties.
When it comes to social media posts critical of government, parties across state lines are clamping down on free speech.
Communal tension has resulted in the defiling of religious places, attacks by Hindus and Muslims, and the destruction of and damage to properties.
Roy, whose relationship with the leadership has been strained of late, said he would give an explanation on why he was leaving the party.
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.
Now that he is no longer in parliament, Yechury should devote himself to sort out the deep organisational problems within the party.
Recent events in the state show how easily social coalitions, which have been the hallmark of Bengal society for decades, can break down, with class-based issues being relegated.
Mamata’s policies, since she became chief minister in 2011, have challenged and redefined the century old hegemony of bhadralok politics, and reshaped Bengal’s identity.
It has become respectable now to articulate latent feelings about issues concerning minorities that were hardly talked about some years ago.
More than one year since the Kolkata flyover collapse that killed 26, the criminal trial has not begun. The police are not speaking on the record. And the government is silent.
The CBI has charged the Trinomool Congress leaders with criminal conspiracy and corruption for allegedly taking money in return for future favours.
There is one basic question no one is asking – where does the money come from?
On March 31, 2016, a flyover came crashing down, killing 27 people. The Bengal government, however, forgot that it’s been a year since the tragedy.
Some IIM-C staff members say the BJP misled them into attending the event in the guise of resolving a decades-old administrative issue.
The sting against several Trinamool Congress leaders, showing them allegedly accepting cash, is now beginning to bite the party
Mamata Banerjee had promised to change nepotism in recruitment of class D government jobs, but her government is now doing the same.
The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) has accused local leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party of instigating the violence.
The opposition has submitted 651 amendments to the president’s address to the joint session of parliament – many of them contesting demonetisation.
Advancing the Budget presentation could give the BJP an unfair advantage in the upcoming state elections. By failing to defer it until after the polls, the party is unwilling to follow the high principles expected in a bipartisan polity.
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”.
India may be a limping and flawed democracy, but it is one nevertheless. That means that Indian voters deserve to be heard.
The results of the November 19 by-polls to 10 assembly and four parliamentary constituencies shows that people have generally voted for the ruling parties in their respective states.
Mamata Banerjee’s high handedness and the Sangh parivar’s amplified efforts to encourage communalism may soon take over the historically harmonious state.
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.
Since the highway Tripura uses to transport most necessities is closed because of water logging and the lack of maintenance, the state is close to running out of stocks.
Political parties in India may have won landslide victories in elections, but should parties with unelected leaders be part of democratic politics?
An analysis of data from assembly elections in 30 states and union territories shows that the Congress has a wider reach in India than the BJP.
There is a discrepancy between the declared amounts received through various means and the amounts spent