West Bengal: 1st List of TMC Candidates Soon

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee is likely to release the first list of candidates for the upcoming West Bengal assembly election 2021 on Monday. In West Bengal, the assembly election in the Trinamool Congress-led state will be held in eight phases. The voting for phase 1 for 30 constituencies will take place on March 27, voting for phase 2 for 30 constituencies will be held on April 1.

Mamata Banerjee is due to meet RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

Mamata Banerjee is due to meet RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, leader of the opposition in the Bihar Assembly constituency, in the morning. After that, the Chief Minister will sit with the members of TMC’s election committee around 12.30 PM. It is expected that she may announce the first list of TMC candidates for the West Bengal assembly election 2021 around 5 pm.

Congress cannot be selective in fighting communalists – Anand Sharma

Congress cannot be selective in fighting communalists but must do so in all its manifestations, irrespective of religion and colour. The presence and endorsement West Bengal PCC President is painful and shameful, he must clarify. Congress’ alliance with parties like ISF and other such forces militates against the core ideology of the party and Gandhian and Nehruvian secularism, which forms the soul of the party. These issues need to be approved by the CWC.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat on Monday, in a bid to forge unity among secular parties in the upcoming assembly polls. Yadav appealed to the people from Bihar domiciled here to vote for the ruling TMC. He, however, refrained from responding to questions about if RJD will contest elections in alliance with the TMC, and said that the upcoming polls will be a fight for saving “ideals and values”. “Our party’s stand is to provide full support to Mamata ji,” he said.

Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee Srabanti Chatterjee joined BJP

Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee Srabanti Chatterjee on Monday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. The actor was welcomed in the party by BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and the party’s state president, Dilip Ghosh. “We welcome Srabanti Chatterjee to our party. People from various walks joined the BJP today,” Mr Ghosh said. The 35-year-old actor has been a part of many Bengali movies including ‘Fidaa’, ‘Mon Jaane Na’, and ‘SOS Kolkata’. He has also worked in Ekta Kapoor’s popular daily soaps like ‘Bandini’, ‘Na Aana Is Des Laado’, and ‘Adaalat’.

Though I was there in the TMC, I chose to defect as I want to work for the people of West Bengal – Srabanti Chatterjee after joining BJP

With Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee joining the BJP, it was clear that she will contest the poll scheduled in eight phases starting this month. Joining the saffron camp the Bengali actor said that she is ready to contest the poll and left the party’s senior leaders to decide the rest. “Though I was there in the TMC, I chose to defect as I want to work for the people of West Bengal,” asked the 33-year-old actor. Asked about whether she will work with Tollywood director Raj Chakraborty who had joined the ruling Trinamool Congress last month to which the ‘Amanush’ actress said that politics and acting in films are two different things.

Both the TMC and the BJP are two sides of the same coin – West Bengal CPI(M) secretary Surya Kanta Mishra

Both the TMC and the BJP are two sides of the same coin. Their agenda is to divide people on communal lines and rule the masses. We have seen how TMC leaders are joining the BJP lock, stock and barrel. Except for the chief minister and some of her leaders, the rest have switched over to the BJP. Both the TMC and the BJP now stand unmasked. We need a government which can fill up all the vacancies in state government jobs and semi-government sectors within a year. Neither the TMC nor the BJP can do it. Only the Left and secular forces are capable of it.

We have got 30 seats as per our choice – Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui

We have got 30 seats as per our choice – Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui

We have already sealed our alliance with the Left Front. We have got 30 seats as per our choice and are in talks regarding three-four more. The discussions are still on with the Congress as the seat-sharing deal is still not clear. In total, from both the parties, we had demanded around 70 seats, including the Nandigram seat. We don’t want to derail this alliance, but we have our demands. We are accommodative and flexible. We want the alliance with the Congress to get concluded as early as possible.

Left-Congress-ISF alliance kicked off their campaign for the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections

Left-Congress-ISF alliance kicked off their campaign for the 2021 West Bengal Assembly Elections on Sunday with a mega rally at Kolkata’s famed Brigade Parade Ground. The venue has been popularised by the state’s Left Front for hosting massive rallies over the years. Supporters gathered by the lakhs to support the alliance. The introduction of the ISF has turned the election from a bi-partisan battle to a triangular face-off involving the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Left-Congress-ISF alliance.

West Bengal: ABP News C-Voter Survey Found 38% Voters Feel Unemployment is One of Major Concerns in State

Looking at the current situation, the main issue of West Bengal is unemployment. ABP News C-Voter survey found out that 38 per cent voters feel that unemployment is one of the major concerns in the state. 17 per cent respondents of the survey said that issues such as electricity, water and road are of prime importance. 14% felt Coronavirus pandemic is important while 12% voted saying corruption is major issue in West Bengal. Remaining respondents also said that other issues such as CAA, illegal immigration, education, law and order are also important.

ABP C-Voter West Bengal Elections 2021 Opinion Poll: Mamata Banerjee Likely To Return To Power with 148-164 Seats

ABP News Opinion Poll data shows that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to get tough competition with the BJP as saffron party’s aggressive campaigning in West Bengal might give it significant inroads in the state. As per the survey, which was conducted days ahead of poll announcement, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC will return to power in the West Bengal and is likely to bag somewhere between 148 to 164 seats in the 294-member legislative assembly.

ABP C-Voter West Bengal Elections 2021 Opinion Poll: BJP expected to increase its tally by winning somewhere close to 92-108 seats

As per the survey, which was conducted days ahead of poll announcement, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC will return to power in the West Bengal and is likely to bag somewhere between 148 to 164 seats in the 294-member legislative assembly. TMC, however, will get a close competition with BJP which is expected to increase its tally in state assembly by winning somewhere close to 92-108 seats. It is to be noted that the saffron party managed to win only 3 seats in West Bengal in 2016 Assembly polls.

Assembly Elections West Bengal: Polling in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on 27th March and 1st, 6th, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 26th and 29th April

Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. Polling in West Bengal will be held in eight phases on 27th March and 1st, 6th, 10th, 17th, 22nd, 26th and 29th April. Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.

BJP hit out at Mamata Banerjee, saying Bengal wants its Own Daughter not Pishi

BJP on Saturday launched a poster to counter Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) campaign slogan “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay” (Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter). BJP’s poster says, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi” and has the faces of the party’s female leaders from Bengal. ‘Pishi’ is the Bengali word used for paternal aunt. The BJP tweeted the poster with the slogan in Bengali, “Bengal Wants Its Own Daughter, Not Pishi”. Several BJP leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, have used ‘pishi-bhaipo’ jibe to hit out at the Bengal CM and her nephew, alleging them of dynasty politics.

Are Bengal Poll Dates Suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Amit Shah – West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Questioned

From BJP party sources, I have seen the list of poll dates they wanted. And now I have seen the list out in the public. They are the same. I am sorry. I am shocked. Are Bengal poll dates suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah? I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win… and then Modi and Shah, you watch the battle in the 2024 general elections. We will fight it and how.

Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of Dictating the Poll Schedule

States with almost the same number of seats were voting on a single day. Why is Bengal being humiliated. South 24 Parganas will vote over three phases. Why? Because we are strong in that district? Why half-half district election every day? Is this on the advice of Modi and Shah? So that they can come and campaign here after they finish with Assam and Tamil Nadu? This is a khela (sport) but we will defeat you and turn you into ghosts. We are people of the grassroots.

I am Bengal’s Daughter – Mamata Banerjee

“I am Bengal’s daughter. I am in politics for 40 years. I know every district, every assembly seat. Whatever you do, I will smash your conspiracy. People of Bengal will rule Bengal. People of Bengal will avenge this insult of eight phase polls,” Mamata Banerjee told media. Beside multiple phase elections in many districts, what has angered Mamata Banerjee is the deployment of two special police observers to the state, including Vivek Dubey. “He was here in 2019 also and we know all the drama he did and games that he played.” she said.

I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win – Mamata Banerjee

Has this been done with the advice of Modi and Amit Shah? Has this been done to facilitate their campaigning? So that they can finish Assam and Tamil Nadu before coming to Bengal? This won’t help BJP. We will demolish them. I am the only one woman chief minister in the country… I will win… and then Modi and Shah, you watch the battle in the 2024 general elections. We will fight it and how. They are diving people on lines of Hindu-Muslim. The game is on. We play and win. They are dividing the entire country. But let me tell you, I know Bengal very well.

Election Commission has been unfair to West Bengal – TMC leader Sougata Roy

The Election Commission has been unfair to West Bengal. If elections in Tamil Nadu and Kerala can be held in one day and Assam in three days then why elections should be held in West Bengal in eight phases? This will cause immense problem to the people of the state. For one month all activity will come to standstill. Development work will stop. Really do not know why the election commission did all this but we strongly oppose it.

Election Commission appointed two special police observers – Vivek Dubey and MK Das – for West Bengal

The EC has appointed two special police observers – Vivek Dubey and MK Das – for West Bengal. With the announcement of the election schedule, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force in the state. West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and BJP in the fray. While Mamata Banerjee is seeking her third consecutive term, BJP has set a target of winning 200 seats in the 294-member state Assembly.

Prashant Kishor calls West Bengal Elections ‘a Key Battle for Democracy

Election strategist Prashant Kishor took to Twitter on Saturday to call the West Bengal elections ‘a key battle for democracy.’ His tweet comes a day after the Election Commission released the dates for the assembly polls in four states, including West Bengal, and a Union Territory. Prashant Kishor’s company, Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC), is assisting Mamata Banerjee’s TMC in formulating a strategy to stop the BJP from coming to power in West Bengal.

If Election Commission doesn’t provide Justice to the People, where will the People go – Mamata Banerjee

With all due respect to the Election Commission, I want to say that questions are being raised on why elections will be held in so many phases in Bengal while other states will be voting in one phase. If EC doesn’t provide justice to the people, where will the people go.

Setback for Mamata as sitting MLA from Mangalkot Siddiqullah Chowdhury will not contest from his own constituency

In yet another setback for Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress ahead of the assembly polls in West Bengal, Siddiqullah Chowdhury – the sitting MLA from Mongolkot in East Burdwan district – has announced that he will not contest from his own constituency. Chowdhury said he has informed the Trinamool Congress chief about his decision, brought on by the problems constricting his district of East Burdwan and some party leaders not performing the way they should.

I have decided not to contest from Mongolkot this time – Siddiqullah Chowdhury, TMC MLA in West Bengal

I have informed everything about the poor leadership in the district to our party chief Mamata Banerjee. I felt that some party leaders in the district are not performing the way they should considering the crucial polls. Therefore, I have decided not to contest from Mongolkot this time. I have already informed my party chief about my decision.

Owaisi’s first rally in Kolkata cancelled as the city police denied permission

AIMIM supremo Asaduddin Owaisi’s first rally in Kolkata, scheduled to be held on Thursday, has been cancelled as the city police denied permission for it, party sources claimed. Owaisi was scheduled to kick off his party’s campaign ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections with the rally in Metiabruz area of the city. AIMIM state secretary Zameerul Hasan said the police did not give them permission for the rally. AIMIM has already come up with posters for the planned programme.

West Bengal Elections CM Mamata Banerjee Rides Electric Scooter to Protest against Fuel Price Hike

West Bengal Elections: CM Mamata Banerjee Rides Electric Scooter to Protest against Fuel Price Hike

In a unique protest against fuel price hike, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday rode pillion on an electric scooter to state secretariat Nabanna. Banerjee was seen sitting behind state minister Firhad Hakim, who rode the battery-powered electric scooter. With a placard protesting against the petrol price hike hanging around her neck, helmet-clad Banerjee waved at people on both sides of the road during the five-km-long journey from Hazra More to the state secretariat.

West Bengal Elections: BJP President J P Nadda launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ campaign

With an eye on Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal, the BJP on Thursday launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ campaign to unseat the ruling Trinamool Congress government from power in the state. BJP president J P Nadda, who had arrived in the state on Wednesday night, launched the campaign along with an election manifesto crowdsourcing campaign in West Bengal. State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and the party’s National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya were also present on the occasion.

We’re making efforts to work towards making ‘Sonar Bangla’ – BJP President J P Nadda

We’ll accept over 2 crore suggestions from people. We’ll make available approx 30,000 suggestion boxes across WB. Around 100 boxes will be kept in 294 assembly constituencies. Our workers will go from door to door with 50 boxes and 50 will be placed at strategic locations. We’re making efforts to work towards making ‘Sonar Bangla’, with the inclusion of contributions of Swami Vivekanand, Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Syama Prasad Mukherjee, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar in prestigious history of WB.

Our aim is to build a corruption free and developed Bengal – BJP President JP Nadda

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda on Thursday launched the ‘Lokkho Sonar Bangla’ initiative to collect public opinion for its election manifesto in the upcoming Bengal Assembly Election. The drive will see BJP asking people to write their demands for the next state government. The saffron brigade will have 30 thousands drop boxes in 294 constitutencies of the state. “Through this drive we’ll welcome priceless opinions of the humble Bengali citizens. Our aim is to build a corruption free and developed Bengal,” Nadda said in Kolkata.

Development in Bengal not Possible as Long as Cut Money Culture – PM Modi

Centre transfers money directly into bank accounts of farmers & poor. But monetary benefits of schemes of Bengal Govt does not reach the poor without the consent of all the ‘tolabaaz’ of TMC. This is why TMC leaders are becoming richer & normal families are becoming poorer. Development in Bengal not possible as long as cut money culture, syndicate rule and “tolabaji” (extortion) persists.

I am told that Vande Mataram Bhawan, where Bankim Chandra Ji lived for 5 years, is in very bad condition – PM Modi

I am told that Vande Mataram Bhawan, where Bankim Chandra Ji lived for 5 years, is in very bad condition. This is the same Bhawan where he brainstormed to write Vande Mataram, the poem which gave a new lease of life to the freedom struggle. Failure to keep the place of the creator of such ‘amar gaan’ in a good state is an injustice to West Bengal’s pride & there is huge politics involved in this — the politics which focuses on vote bank, not patriotism; appeasement, not Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making a false claim while inaugurating new rail routes in West Bengal

TMC leader Derek O’Brien accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making a false claim while inaugurating new rail routes in West Bengal. The PM inaugurated the extension of the Kolkata Metro from Noapara to Dakshineswar, the third line between Kalaikunda and Jhargram, the doubling of Azimganj to Khargraghat section, the third line between Rasulpur and Magra and the fourth line between Dankuni and Baruipara. Maintaining that the Centre had not started these rail routes, O’Brien pointed out that TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had allocated the budget for the same in 2011. He was referring to the announcements in the Railway Budget 2011-12 made by Banerjee who was then serving as the Railways Minister in the Manmohan Singh-led government.

West Bengal: PM Modi to inaugurate Kolkata Metro Extension

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the extension of Kolkata Metro’s North-South Line from Noapara to Dakshineswar on Monday, an official said. The prime minister will flag off a train from Noapara to Dakshineswar from a programme in the Hooghly district, Kolkata Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said. The inauguration, scheduled on Monday afternoon, will help connect thousands of people in the 4.1 km stretch between Noapara and Dakshineswar, she said.

You cannot Rent a House without Syndicate’s Permission – PM Modi in West Bengal

Launching a frontal attack on the Mamata Banerjee government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged on Monday it has perpetuated “syndicate raj” in all spheres of life in West Bengal where no work gets done without common people having to pay “cut money”. “The state government’s cut money culture has vitiated the atmosphere to such an extent that you cannot even take a house on rent without paying it….you cannot rent a house without the syndicate’s permission,” he said.

AIMIM is nothing but a proxy of BJP – TMC leader Sougata Roy

The AIMIM is nothing but a proxy of BJP. Owaisi is well aware that Muslims here are mostly Bengali-speaking and won’t support him. In Bengal, Muslims stand firmly with Mamata Banerjee.

I am ready to fight election but the ultimate decision will be taken by the party – Yash Dasgupta, BJP

Bengali actor Yash Dasgupta, who recently joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is willing to contest the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections. However, the Tollywood actor asserted that the party will take the ultimate decision. “I am ready to fight the election, but the ultimate decision will be taken by the party. If we want to bring change in the state and the country, then we cannot do it by staying outside the system. We have to be in the system to bring change. I think this is the right time to join politics,”Dasgupta said.

West Bengal: Attack on BJP’s Parivartan Yatra, Party writes to Home Minister Amit Shah

In a stunning turn of events in the state of West Bengal where intense election campaigning has begun by multiple parties, a series of violent attacks seem to have taken place in the poll-bound state. The BJP has alleged that vehicles, part of its convoy, were attacked in West Bengal’s Basirhatyeterday during its Parivartan Yatra. The BJP has written two separate letters, to the Election Commission of India and the Union Home Minister accusing the supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress behind this attack calling it an ‘orchestrated and planned attack to create terror in people’s mind’. Watch the full video to know more.

PM Narendra Modi announced that he will visit the poll-bound state of Assam on Monday. He will also visit West Bengal on the same day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced on Sunday that he will visit the poll-bound state of Assam on Monday. He will also visit West Bengal on the same day in what promises to be a significant outreach ahead of the key polls. As per an official press release, PM Modi will dedicate important projects of the oil & gas sector to the nation in an event organized at Silapathar in Assam’s Dhemaji. He will also inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for Engineering Colleges during the event. The Governor and Chief Minister of Assam, and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas will also be present on the occasion.

TMC leader Mudassir Hussain openly threatened opposition supporters stating that only people from ruling party will be allowed to vote

A Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mudassir Hussain on Sunday has openly threatened the opposition parties’ supporters ahead of the West Bengal polls, stating that only people from the ruling party will be allowed to cast votes, and those who will not vote for TMC need not go to the polling booths and cast their votes. He also said that when the central forces will be guarding the polling booths, TMC men will be on the field. “All the other parties will play games, but we will play a different game,” the TMC leader added.

I request all of you to say ‘Joy Bangla’ whenever you answer a phone call – Mamata Banerjee

There are some leaders (in Delhi) who said they knew how to break the spine of Bengal. It is not easy to gouge out our eyes & break our spine… I request all of you to say ‘Joy Bangla’ whenever you answer a phone call, not hello. Today is the 21st of February. Language Martyrs’ Day. I pay homage to those who sacrificed their lives for the Bengali language on this historic day. Best wishes to all on the International Mother Language Day. Respect all languages but take pride in your mother tongue.

BJP Launches Slogan Against TMC: A tune from Communist Italy, sung to protest against atrocities, echoes once again in West Bengal

Hours after the BJP challenged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to announce her candidature from Nandigram alone if she is confident of winning from that constituency, the saffron party has released a ‘Slow-Gaan’ to TMC’s campaign slogan of “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay” – Bengal wants its own daughter. Using an anti-communist tune from Italy, the song reiterated calls of Pishi Jao while the tweets made by the BJP leaders said Bangla Didir Theke Mukti Chay – meaning “Bengalis want to get rid of Didi”. The ‘Pishi’ (aunt) in ‘Pishi Jao’ is clearly Mamata Banerjee. ‘Pishi’ is a snide jibe at the West Bengal Chief Minister who happens to the aunt of Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee, a leader who has been accused of corruption by his opponents. Under such circumstances, ‘Pishi Jao’ is likely to resonate among significant sections of the Bengal electorate.

Ahead of State Assembly Elections, PM Modi participated in a day-long poll strategy session in Delhi

As five states go to polls in the next few months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a day-long poll strategy session in Delhi on Sunday, reported NDTV. Bharatiya Janata Party National President JP Nadda also attended the meeting. Modi inaugurated the meeting of the BJP national office-bearers at the New Delhi Municipal Council convention centre. At the event, he urged BJP members to follow the “nation first” motto. Modi told them that the BJP’s mission was to work for the development of the country.

We have fought against guns and are not afraid of fighting against rats – Mamata Banerjee

As long as there is life in me, I will not be afraid of any intimidation. We have fought against guns and are not afraid of fighting against rats. Let there be a challenge in 2021, let us see whose strength is more; there will be only one game in 2021 and I will be the goalkeeper in that match and want to see who wins and who loses. We have not learnt to lose and they won’t be able to defeat us.

After BJP’s aggressive Election Campaign; Mamata Banerjee changes Political Strategy, becomes ‘Beti’ from ‘Didi’ in TMC’s New Poll Slogan

Facing a resurgent BJP as the main challenger in the upcoming assembly polls, West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Saturday unveiled a poll slogan- “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chaye”, portraying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as its mascot with focus on women voters and Bengali sub-nationalism. The slogan, which translates to ‘Bengal wants its own daughter’, presents the transformation from her popular image of ‘didi’ (elder sister) to ‘Nijer Meye’ (own daughter), was officially launched at the party’s headquarters off EM Bypass.

Linguistic diversity is a foundational pillar of our civilisation – West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wished people on the occasion. “Linguistic diversity is a foundational pillar of our civilisation; connects us with our heritage and defines our socio-cultural identity. Emphasis on a well evolved New Education Policy on mother tongue is a remarkable milestone,” he tweeted. International Mother Language Day is observed on February 21 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Convoy of cars led by West Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh attacked in West Bengal North 24 Parganas District

A convoy of cars led by West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh was on Saturday attacked in West Bengal North 24 Parganas district, triggering a scuffle between activists of the saffron party and the ruling Trinamool Congress, police said. While the BJP accused the Trinamool Congress of attacking the rally at Minakha, the ruling party denied the charge and alleged that workers of the saffron camp ransacked its party office in the area. The BJP launched Parivartan Yatra rallies ahead of the assembly election in the state, which is likely to be held in April-May.

People of Bengal want its Daughter – Nusrat Jahan on Mamata Banerjee

Lauding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s work. Jahan said she had working for the party, welfare of the people… day and night. It’s her (Mamata’s) emotion with the people of the state that helps her keep working for them. The people of Bengal want its daughter, Nusrat Jahan said after TMC launched its now slogan for the upcoming elections. Nusrat Jahan said people have been benefitted due to the policies of the TMC government. Hitting out at opponents, Jahan said just waking up before the elections and work is not what TMC’s style of working is.

Let me tell the brothers of Mamata didi that the BJP will form the government in the state – Dilip Ghosh, BJP

Our opponents are telling us that our game is over but let me tell them that our game is on. Be ready. Tell mothers to keep their children under control if they want to see their faces after polls. We are civilised and follow the law but it doesn’t mean that we are weak. Yes, ‘khela hobe, khela hobe’ and ‘paribortan hobe’. Let me tell the brothers of Mamata didi that the BJP will form the government in the state. I know there will be attempts to stop the yatra so I have come to meet you. We will ensure that you are able to cast your votes

Akshay and Twinkle are married. Nusrat and I are not – Yash Dasgupta

Yash Dasgupta told media that there is nothing unusual with him joining the BJP even as his rumoured acquaintance Nusrat Jahan Ruhi is campaigning for the Trinamool Congress. “Why can’t that be? At home do family members not have different opinions, political or otherwise?” Yash Dasgupta had told. When asked whether this was similar to the political affiliations of actor Akshay Kumar and his wife author Twinkle Khanna, Yash Dasgupta had said, “Oh no, Akshay and Twinkle are married. Nusrat and I are not. But you get the drift.”

West Bengal: BJP delegation met Election Commission officials in Kolkata, demanding an all-party meeting

With 125 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) scheduled to reach the state by February 25, at least 12 of them arrived on Saturday. They will be deployed for area domination and route marches. Meanwhile, a BJP delegation met Election Commission officials in Kolkata, demanding an all-party meeting, proper deployment of the central forces and no poll duty for contractual civic volunteers.

Asaduddin Owaisi Led AIMIM to kick off his party’s poll campaign in West Bengal on February 25

AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi will kick off his party’s poll campaign in West Bengal on February 25 with a rally in minority-dominated Metiabruz area of the city. Owaisi, who after AIMIM’s good show in the 2020 Bihar assembly poll has announced that it will contest the Bengal election, has been discussing a possible alliance with Furfura Sharif cleric Abbas Siddiqui, who had recently floated the Indian Secular Front (ISF). AIMIM has already come up with posters and the slogan ‘Awaz uthaneke waqt aa chuka hain (time has come to raise your voice)’.

Railways is to be blamed for the blast at Murshidabad where minister Jakir Hossain was injured – Mamata Banerjee

Without taking the name of any particular party or individual, Mamata Banerjee alleged that some people were “pressurising” Hossain to join their party. The West Bengal government on Thursday handed over the probe into the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). “Railways is to be blamed for the blast at Murshidabad where minister Jakir Hossain was injured. It was a planned conspiracy to kill him. Not a responsibility of the state government, Railways and Centre are to be blamed,” Banerjee said.

Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Didir Doot’ app has reached more than 2 lakh downloads in just 10 days

In just 10 days, the ‘Didir Doot’ app has reached more than 2 lakh downloads. The ‘Didir Doot’ application, launched in the first week of February, is a mobile app designed for the people of West Bengal to directly connect with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee through live streaming and video conference, and also people can write to her. With the high-voltage elections in Bengal just around the corner, Prashant Kishor is working his magic in the state with a massive push on digital initiatives. The Didir Doot app is just one of the many digital campaigns taking place in the state at the moment.

My family will not do anything which will bring disrepute to you – Mamata Banerjee

Hitting out at Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s ‘Didi-Bhaipo’ jibes, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday challenged him to contest an election against her nephew Abhishek Banerjee and then think of fighting her. “Day and night they are talking about Didi-Bhatija. I challenge Amit Shah, contest against Abhishek Banerjee first and then me,” she said, amid a loud cheer from supporters. Banerjee said that she has neither made Abhishek the deputy chief minister nor the chief minister and he is just an elected MP.

We will see as the polls begin when the people give a tough mandate to Mamata Didi – Amit Shah

The people of Bengal want that the way the citizens have gained respect under PM Modi’s leadership, the way they have gained opportunities, they want Bengal’s children to also receive such opportunities. This is why you can see how much they long for poribortan. And now we will see as the polls begin when the people give a tough mandate to Mamata Didi.

Home Minister Amit Shah spoke about the slogan of Jai Shree Ram and why CM Mamata Banerjee has disaffection towards the slogan

Now TMC people will not be able to harass us as the number of people who are with us, it is difficult for them to torture these many people. The slogan of Jai Shree Ram is not a religious slogan anymore for people of Bengal. You (Mamata) did appeasement politics for 10 years, it has become the slogan of people’s anger against you. Will you have to go to court to offer Durga Puja? Teachers and children will be beaten on Vasant Panchami for offering Saraswati puja? Why? Mamata Banerjee will have to answer this. The more she hates the slogan, the more louder it will grow.

It was a preplanned attack on minister Jakir Hossain – Mamata Banerjee

It was a preplanned attack on minister Jakir Hossain. It is a conspiracy. Some people (party) were pressuring Jakir Hossian to join them for the last few months. I don’t want to disclose anything more as the investigation is on. How can the railways deny their responsibility over security lapses when the attack happened at a railway station?

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to campaign for JD-U candidates in Bengal

Days after Chirag Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) announced that it will field candidates on all 294 Assembly seats in the upcoming Bengal elections, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United has also made its ambitions clear. The JD-U, which is in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the neighbouring Bihar, will go solo in West Bengal. Speaking to reporters in Kolkata on Thursday, Bablu Mahato, chairman of JD-U’s election committee in West Bengal said the party will contest the state polls alone. However, Mahato didn’t divulge any details regarding the number of seats the JD-U will contest on.

Mamata Banerjee challenged Amit Shah to contest against her nephew Abhishek Banerjee first and then her

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday challenged Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah to contest against her nephew Abhishek Banerjee first and then her, in the upcoming assembly election in the state, scheduled to be held later this year. The Home Minister was in the state today, holding roadshows, as part of BJP’s Poribortan Yatra, to further boost the presence of the saffron party in Bengal, ahead of the elections. Amit Shah held rallies in South 24 Parganas, other places in West Bengal, and launched an all-out attack at the Mamata-led TMC government.

BJP’s ‘Parivartan Yatra’ is not for changing a chief minister, an MLA or a minister- Amit Shah

The Home Minister was in the state today, holding roadshows, as part of BJP’s Poribortan Yatra, to further boost the presence of the saffron party in Bengal, ahead of the elections. Amit Shah held rallies in South 24 Parganas, other places in West Bengal, and launched an all-out attack at the Mamata-led TMC government. Shah said that the TMC government has introduced a “cut-money” culture in West Bengal, adding that his party’s fight is to end it and take the state to the path of development. “BJP’s ‘Parivartan Yatra’ is not for changing a chief minister, an MLA or a minister but ending infiltration and transforming West Bengal into a developed state,” Shah added.

Kisan leader Rakesh Tikait has said that the farm movement would extend to the state of West Bengal in the coming days

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has said that the farm movement would extend to the state of West Bengal in the coming days. Tikait said, “Is West Bengal an outside state? Then why can’t we go to West Bengal? The farmers there are not getting good rates for their crops.” He further said that Bengal is near the sea and the farmers there involved in fish farming are a troubled lot. Tikait added that imports are increasing there while many fishermen have lost their lives in Bengal.

West Bengal minister Jakir Hossain was seriously injured after unidentified miscreants hurled bombs at him

West Bengal minister Jakir Hossain was seriously injured on Wednesday after unidentified miscreants hurled bombs at him, police informed. The attack took place in Nimtita railway station in Murshidabad district. The minister was rushed to a nearby hospital. Hossain, the minister of state for labour, was waiting at platform no 2 of the station to catch a train to Kolkata at around 10 pm when he was attacked, a senior police officer of West Bengal Police.

West Bengal Elections: Congress likely to get 90-100 seats to contest

According to media reports, Congress will contest around 90-100 seats in the West Bengal Assembly election in alliance with the Left and Indian Secular Front, sources said, as seat sharing talks among the alliance partners continued on Thursday. Congress last time had contested 92 seats and won 44 in which about 20 MLAs crossed to the ruling TMC. The Congress is the second largest party in the outgoing Assembly holding the Leader of Opposition’s post.

Our goal is to ensure that there is a change in the situation in West Bengal – Amit Shah

This is BJP’s fight to make Bengal ‘Sonar Bangla’. This fight is between our booth workers and the syndicate of TMC. It is not our aim to bring a BJP government after removing Mamata Banerjee’s government. Our goal is to ensure that there is a change in the situation in West Bengal, a change in the situation of the poor of the state, a change in the situation of women of the state. This is not a change in power, this is about bringing respect to Gangasagar, about bringing a change in the fishermen of the region.

Indian Secular Front (ISF) of Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui has joined the Congress-Left alliance for the upcoming Assembly polls in West Bengal

The Indian Secular Front (ISF) of Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui, an influential cleric of Furfura Sharif Dargah in West Bengal’s Hooghly, has joined the Congress-Left alliance for the upcoming Assembly polls in the eastern state. The announcement was made by Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Left Front Chairman Biman Bose on Tuesday at a joint press conference in Kolkata. “In the upcoming 2021 assembly elections, we will fight as an alliance of the Left Front, Congress and the Indian Secular Front,” Chowdhury said. Not just the ISF, he said, the RJD and several other smaller parties will also be accommodated in the alliance.

Elections in Bengal, Mamata Government will provide a meal mostly to poor people at a nominal cost of Rs 5

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday launched a meal scheme named “Maa” under which the government will provide a meal mostly to poor people at a nominal cost of Rs 5. People will get a platter of rice, dal, a vegetable and egg curry. The chief minister said during the online launch event that the government would bear a subsidy of Rs 15 per plate, adding that Rs 100 crore had been allotted for the scheme. Self-help groups will run the kitchens — which Banerjee said would be set up everywhere gradually — from 1 pm to 3 pm daily. “I will go and taste it one day,” Banerjee told reporters.

Ahead of West Bengal Elections, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat meets actor Mithun Chakraborty

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday visited actor Mithun Chakraborty at his Mumbai. Bhagwat arrived at the actor’s bungalow in Madh area early morning. The meeting between Chakraborty and Bhagwat has triggered speculations about the actor rejoining politics. The meeting took place weeks before the Election Commission of India announces the schedule for the Assembly elections in West Bengal.

Mamata Banerjee is known for her simplicity but no one can have a split personality – Dinesh Trived

There is no poriborton as far as violence is concerned. There is no poriborton as far as corruption is concerned, rather it has become hundredfold when compared to the Left Front rule. Mamata Banerjee is known for her simplicity but no one can have a split personality. If your leaders are found in some kind of a corruption then (there should be) no mercy. You (may) not declare them corrupt but the due process of law has to be there.

I am resigning from the party as there is violence in my state – Dinesh Trivedi, TMC Rajya Sabha MP

I am resigning from the party as there is violence in my state. I am grateful to my party that it sent me here. I am feeling suffocated as we are not able to do anything about the violence in the state. I will continue to serve the people of Bengal, but my soul tells me that if you can’t do anything sitting here, then resign.

Dinesh Trivedi is yet to reveal his future course

Dates for West Bengal assembly elections could be announced anytime soon and just before the crucial polls, Mamata Banerjee suffered yet another blow. In a dramatic move, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Dinesh Trivedi announced his resignation from the House on Friday. Dinesh Trivedi is yet to reveal his future course of action but speculation is rife that he may join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and return to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. BJP’s Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya has given enough hints of Trivedi joining the saffron brigade.

TMC ‘goons’ cannot stall BJP’s march to power in West Bengal – Amit Shah

Bharatiya Janata party leader Amit Shah on Thursday said that Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress cannot stop the saffron party from coming to power in West Bengal. Addressing an election rally in Cooch Behar, Shah said that Mamata Banerjee gets angry at ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan, but she will herself begin chanting it by the time assembly polls are over. “TMC ‘goons’ cannot stall BJP’s march to power in West Bengal,” he said. “If ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is not chanted in India, will it be raised in Pakistan?” he asked.

Modi government works for ‘jan kalyan’ whereas Mamata for ‘bhatija kalyan’ – Amit Shah

The Union minister Amit Shah said that the Bengal assembly polls is a fight between Narendra Modi’sdevelopment model and Mamata Banerjee’s destruction model and accused the TMC supremo of stalling central schemes for the poor. “The Modi government works for ‘jan kalyan’ (public welfare) whereas Mamata for ‘bhatija kalyan’ (nephew’s welfare),” Shah said. He said the BJP’s ‘Parivartan Yatra’ is not for changing a chief minister, MLA or minister but ending inflitration and transforming the condition of West Bengal. He said the yatra is also aimed at ending corruption patronised by “Bua-Bhatija” combine. The BJP has been accusing Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek, the Lok Sabha MP from Diamond Harbour, of “institutionalising corruption”.

Mamata Banerjee is not a Royal Bengal tiger. Her condition has become like a cat – Dilip Ghosh, BJP

Taking a jibe on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday said she is not a “Royal Bengal Tiger” but her condition has become like a ‘cat’. Ghosh said, “Mamata Banerjee is not a Royal Bengal tiger. Her condition has become like a cat. Neither her party members nor the administrative officials are afraid of her.” While addressing a rally in Malda, Banerjee said that bringing BJP to power in the state means “encouraging riots”. Banerjee has also compared herself to the Royal Bengal Tiger and said she is not afraid of anyone.

I think the CM (Mamata) need not have reacted adversely to a slogan whether it’s ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’ – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew and BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose

I think the CM need not have reacted adversely to a slogan whether it’s ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Shri Ram’. This is not the day to do any politics. It is a day to celebrate, it is a day to pay homage to the soldiers and martyrs of Indian National Army. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stood for unity. He had people of all communities in Azad Hind Fauj. Whether you say ‘Jai Hind’ or ‘Jai Sri Ram’, I don’t find any difference. ‘Jai Sri Ram’ isn’t a statement where one should react in an allergic manner.

There is no reason to think I am weak – Mamata Banerjee

There is no reason to think I am weak, I am not a person to be afraid of anything. I am a strong person and will keep my head high as long as I live and till then I will live like a Royal Bengal Tiger. We have not forgotten the gaddars like Mir Jafar (who backstabbed Siraj Ud-Daulah during battle of Plassey). We should never forget the gaddars. You should all teach them a lesson. There are some who indulged in corruption have now jumped to BJP…to enter the BJP washing machine to get cleaned.