Setback for Mamata as 5 Sitting MLAs of Trinamool Congress Joined BJP

Ahead of the Assembly elections in West Bengal, five sitting MLAs of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The development comes as another blow to the TMC, which has seen a string of resignations in the recent past, including that of party heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari. Adhikari will notably contest against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram on a BJP ticket.

I am fortunate to get that much attention – Sourav Ganguly on Joining Politics

I am fortunate to get that much attention. I don’t seek for it. I just go about my job. I just lead a normal life in this city [Kolkata], I meet people, I talk to them, spend time with them. That’s my nature. That’s the way I am. I am a very friendly sort of a person. I don’t have hang-ups. I don’t take what people say to heart. I don’t think that because I am a popular person that I need to be unreachable, so I don’t believe in all these things. I just lead my life because at the end of the day, it’s life and maybe that’s one of the reasons why people are fond of me here that you get to know just like another person.

Entire administration knows about the cut money culture in Bengal – Dinesh Trivedi, who joined BJP

The entire administration knows about the cut money culture in Bengal, they are themselves involved in it. You talk about the coal scam, can you digest that such a huge corruption can take place without the adminstration’s involvement in it. Even the administration is not happy and they will be the most satisfied when this change of government will take place… because they are working under pressure. Today, I received greeting messages from police officers in Bengal, telling me that I did the right thing (by joining the BJP).

Suvendu Adhikari sure of winning by over 50,000 votes from Nandigram Seat against Mamata

BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, the former close aide of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who joined the saffron party and will contest election from Nandigram seat, in an exclusive conversation with media has said that he will win by over 50,000 votes. BJP has nominated Suvendu Adhikari from Nandigram seat against Mamata Banerjee. Lashing out at Bengal Chief Minister, Suvendu Adhikari said Mamata Banerjee only remembers Nandigram at the time of election after 5 years. She is running away from Bhowanipore seat as she hasn’t done any work there.

BJP is looting people by regularly hiking LPG prices – Mamata Banerjee

BJP is looting people by regularly hiking LPG prices. Women have been hit the hardest & I’m disgusted at Centre’s lack of intent to cut taxes & lessen their burden. In protest, today I’ll be leading an all women michil at Siliguri.

Kailash Vijayvargiya met Actor Mithun Chakraborty at his residence in Kolkata

Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP National National General Secretary of West Bengal met with Actor Mithun Chakraborty at his residence in Kolkata today. Chakraborty might attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in the state today. The meet comes amid speculations of the actor joining the BJP ahead of state polls in West Bengal.

Akshay Kumar and Mithun Chakraborty might share stage with PM Modi at today’s Brigade Parade Ground rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a mega rally at Brigade Parade Ground in West Bengal on Sunday. This will be the first election rally by the Prime Minister in the state after the poll notification for the Assembly elections was issued. Actors Akshay Kumar and Mithun Chakraborty might share the stage with him at today’s rally, BJP sources said. PM Modi is scheduled to hold over 20 rallies during Bengal’s 8 phase election schedule.

Suvendu Adhikari claimed that West Bengal would become Kashmir if TMC returned to power

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Saturday claimed that West Bengal would become Kashmir if the Trinamool Congress (TMC) returned to power in the upcoming polls. The BJP candidate from the Nandigram constituency made the remark during his speech at Muchipara, Behala, as he launched a stinging attack on the ruling party and CM Mamata Banerjee. Suvendu Adhikari, the former TMC leader, was declared as BJP’s candidate from Nandigram and will square off against Mamata Banerjee in the West Bengal Assembly polls scheduled to be held in 8 phases starting from March 27.

Mithun Chakraborty Joined the BJP at Brigade Parade Ground

Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty on Sunday joined the BJP at Brigade Parade Ground here ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega rally. Chakraborty was welcomed into the fold by BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and state president Dilip Ghosh among others. The National Award-winning actor, after being handed the saffron party flag by Ghosh, said he had always wanted to work for the underprivileged, and the saffron camp has given him a platform to fulfill his aspiration.

I always wanted to do something big in life – Mithun Chakraborty after joining BJP

I always wanted to do something big in life but had never dreamt of being a part of such a huge rally which is to be addressed by the world’s most popular leader Narendra Modi. I wished to work for the poorer sections of our society, and that wish will now be fulfilled.

Poriborton (change) will happen in Delhi, not in Bengal – Mamata Banerjee

Poriborton (change) will happen in Delhi, not in Bengal. He (PM Modi) said there is no women security in Bengal but look at UP, Bihar & other states. Women are safe in Bengal. He (PM Modi) said women are not safe in Bengal. I ask are the women in BJP safe? Are women safe in UP and MP (both BJP-ruled states)? Even BJP’s women leaders are not safe in their own party. We respect all our women. Bengal is the land of mothers.

He gives speech in Bangla, but the script is always written in Gujarati – Mamata Banerjee on PM Modi

You have made many empty promises. People will not accept your falsehood every day. We demand you make LPG cylinder affordable to every citizen of the country. You have made LPG cylinders inaccessible for the common man. He gives speech in Bangla, but the script is always written in Gujarati, and kept under a transparent sheet of glass before him. He just pretends that he knows Bangla well. Your party had vandalised Vidyasagar’s bust. Your party dishonoured Birsa Munda. Your party wrongly said Rabindranath Tagore was born in Santiniketan. This shows your depth of knowledge about Bengal and its culture.

When I was 18, I also had a dream of working for people – Mithun Chakraborty after Joining BJP

I remember we used to mention Jorabagan police station in our address. Otherwise, nobody would have ever located our house. But I had dreams and those dreams seem like coming true today as I am present at the same stage where the biggest political leaders are there and the greatest leader of the world’s largest democracy will be joining soon. When I was 18, I also had a dream of working for people. This dream is also coming true today.

Glad that you didn’t fall off the scooty – Prime Minister Narendra Modi on

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a double jibe at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee over her ride on a two-wheeler last week to protest against rising fuel prices. His remark came in the backdrop of the chief minister trying to ride an electric scooter in Kolkata last week. While riding the two-wheeler, she lost balance and security personnel around her helped her regain it and she continued the ride. “Glad that you didn’t fall off the scooty, otherwise you would have made the state where it was manufactured your enemy,” PM Modi said during a poll rally in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground.

Our leader was Syama Prasad Mookerjee so Bengal is in BJP’s DNA – Narendra Modi

I have known Didi for several years but this is not the Didi who stood up against the Left Front govt. Her remote control is elsewhere. We are outsiders, they say, are the founders of Congress’ not outsiders? Are Marx, Lenin, Mao not outsiders? But our leader was Syama Prasad Mookerjee so Bengal is in BJP’s DNA. We are indebted to Bengal.

PM Modi says Didi’s scooty has taken a sudden turn towards Nandigram when it was supposed to stop at Bhawanipore

PM Modi says Didi’s scooty has taken a sudden turn towards Nandigram when it was supposed to stop at Bhawanipore. He was referring to Mamata Banerjee’s protest move where she was seen sitting in a scooty in order to protest against rising fuel prices. He was also talking about Banerjee’s decision to contest from Nandigram. PM Modi says Mamata Banerjee has forgotten that she herself was against politics of nepotism. He also asked why did she choose to love only 1 nephew when there are thousands of nephews and nieces across Bengal who want similar attention.

Don’t mistake me for a harmless snake, I am a cobra, can kill people in one bit – Mithun Chakraborty

Don’t mistake me for a harmless snake, I am a cobra, can kill people in one bite. I always wanted to do something big in life, but had never dreamt of being a part of such a huge rally which is to be addressed by world’s most popular leader Narendra Modi. I wished to work for the poorer sections of our society, and that wish will now be fulfilled.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, Mithun Chakraborty is expected to attend

Ahead of the West Bengal polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Sunday. This will be PM Modi’s first public rally in the state after the announcement of the dates for eight-phased Assembly polls for 294 constituencies in West Bengal. According to party sources, many folk artists have been invited to perform at the event. Bollywood veteran Mithun Chakraborty is expected to attend the rally at the central Kolkata venue.

I will contest from Nandigram as I stick to my words – Mamata Banerjee

I will contest from Nandigram as I stick to my words. From Bhowanipore constituency, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay will be contesting in the upcoming Assembly elections. On March 9 we will release our manifesto. On March 10 I will file my nomination for Nandigram seat.

Rumours floating around about veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty joining BJP

Ahead of the West Bengal assembly elections, there are rumours floating around about veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty joining BJP. The speculations have once again gained momentum, and it is conjectured that the actor will share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his rally on March 7 at Brigade Parade ground in Kolkata. The rumours about the 70-year-old actor joining the BJP started after he had met Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat in February in Mumbai. However, he stated that the meeting was strictly for apolitical reasons.

‘Khela Hobe’ Fame Debangshu Bhattacharya fails to get TMC ticket

Civil engineer and Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson Debangshu Bhattacharya is behind the party’s latest unofficial anthem, ‘Khela Hobe’. A raging hit among the youth of Bengal, ‘Khela Hobe’ is a rap number created by the 25-year-old. Even Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee using the ‘Khela Hobe’ slogan to challenge her opponents. Ahead of the Assembly elections in Bengal, the song gained massive popularity. It was then speculated that Debangshu would get a ticket from the Howrah constituency. However, Friday’s list of 291 TMC candidates has failed to mention Debangshu Bhattacharya. Debangshu calls himself an ardent fan of Mamata Banerjee.

TMC Leader Dinesh Trivedi Joins BJP

Former Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi joined the BJP on Saturday, weeks after he announced quitting his Rajya Sabha membership on the floor of the House deploring “violence” in poll-bound West Bengal. He joined the BJP in the presence of its president JP Nadda, and Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Dharmendra Pradhan besides other leaders. Lauding Trivedi as a principled politician, Nadda said he was earlier a right person in the wrong party and was now in the right party.

On 2nd May, you (Mamata) will lose and leave – BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari

Honourable CM will contest from Nandigram as per the candidate list, very good, it’s welcomed. People of Nandigram raise your voice, we want the son of Midnapore, not outsiders. We will see you on the battlefield. On 2nd May, you will lose and leave.

Family is supreme in some parties but it is people who are supreme in the BJP – Former TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi after joining BJP

Trivedi said he had been waiting for this “golden moment” and added that family is supreme in some parties but it is people who are supreme in the BJP. He also praised the Modi government for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues involving neighbouring countries. Trivedi (70) was once a close confidant of TMC president Banerjee and was her choice for holding the important railway ministry portfolio in the Union Cabinet during the UPA government. Though his ties with her strained resulting in him being removed from the cabinet, they later patched up. After losing the Lok Sabha election in 2019, he was sent to the Rajya Sabha by the party.

I will only contest from Nandigram – Mamata Banerjee

Party supremo Mamata Banerjee made her intention clear today that she will only contest from Nandigram in East Midnapore district, considered a stronghold of newly-inducted BJP leader and once close aid to the Chief Minister, Suvendu Adhikari. The party has left three seats for a Gorkha party in Darjeeling. “I will only contest from Nandigram,” Banerjee’s message was unambiguous and loud, hinting that the popular leader never shies away from a challenge and loves a head-on confrontation. When Banerjee took everyone by surprise by declaring her intent to contest from Nandigram during a rally there two months ago, a battery of BJP leaders had ridiculed the proposed move.

I cannot sit idle being a political person – TMC MLA Sonali Guha

I wish to be given an honourable post, be acknowledged as a political personality. May God give Mamata didi good sense and counsel. I have been with her from the beginning. I have to think about my future moves. I cannot sit idle being a political person.

Bengal will be ruled by none but Us – Mamata Banerjee

Bengal will be ruled by none but us – the true people of Bengal accustomed to the ethos and innate to the tradition of the place, and that it is the duty of the people of Bengal to protect our culture, according to which the list was constructed.

Sonali Guha hinted at joining BJP after she was denied a ticket

Sonali Guha, once a close aide of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and a four-time MLA of the party, on Saturday hinted at joining BJP after she was denied a ticket for the coming assembly poll in West Bengal. The TMC MLA, who represented Satgachia seat for the past four terms, had broken down on Friday immediately after getting the news that she was not being given the party ticket this time.

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari has tagged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as an “outsider”

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari has tagged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as an “outsider” on her move to contest the state election from Nandigram, from where he is an MLA. Mr Adhikari, once seen as a lieutenant to Ms Banerjee, quit the Trinamool Congress before the election dates were announced and joined BJP. The BJP leader plays on the fact that he’s the MLA from Nandigram and hence, a son of Midnapore. Nandigram falls under East Midnapore district.

BJP released candidates list for first two phases of forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday released the list of 57 candidates for first two phases of the forthcoming assembly elections in West Bengal. The polls will be conducted in 8 phases, beginning March 27 while the final phase will be held on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. There are a total of 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal. Announcing BJP first list of candidates, party’s General Secretary Arun Singh said, “Central Election Committee has approved the names of candidates on 57 seats for West Bengal Assembly elections.”

Amit Shah, Narendra Modi can send as much force they want; still TMC will win elections – Mamata Banerjee

Mamata said TMC has given assembly poll tickets to eminent personalities from the field of arts, sports, media and culture and 23-24 existing TMC MLAs have been dropped due to age and other reasons. Thanking Tejashwi Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal, Hemant Soren and Shiv Sena for extending their support to TMC, Mamata said “Amit Shah, Narendra Modi can send as much force they want; still TMC will win elections.” “Have faith in me, only TMC can take Bengal to new height,” she said.

BJP fields Suvendu Adhikari against Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram

The blockbuster battle in Bengal has been declared. It will be Mamata Banerjee versus her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram. The BJP on Saturday announced names for 57 seats in the Bengal polls that begin later this month and Suvendu Adhikari is the BJP’s choice to take Mamata Banerjee head-on. The 50-year-old former minister for transport and environment had quit in December and joined the BJP in the presence of Amit Shah. He was the Trinamool MLA from Nandigram since 2016 and is widely seen as the BJP’s most important acquisition before the polls.

Today, we are releasing a list of 291 candidates which includes 50 women, 42 Muslim candidates – Mamata Banerjee

Trinamool Congress on Friday released its first list of 291 candidates out of total 294 constituencies for the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections. While announcing the list, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said she will vacate her home turf Bhowanipore in Kolkata and contest from Nandigram constituency. “Today, we are releasing a list of 291 candidates which includes 50 women, 42 Muslim candidates. On 3 seats of north Bengal, we not putting up our candidates. I will contest from Nandigram,” said Mamata Banerjee.

West Bengal also wants change – Suvendu Adhikari to contest from Nandigram

The competition is not only from Nandigram. The fight is against corruption. There is a strong anti-incumbency wave [in Bengal]. The [West Bengal] government failed on everything. No industry. No developmental work. People need change. West Bengal also wants change. Nandigram also wants change. I am 200 per cent confident. This is not an individual fight, it is a collective fight under the banner of BJP.

TMC Sets aside 3 assembly seats in Darjeeling hills for Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) of Bimal Gurung & Binay Tamang

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to establish peace between her allies, the two rival factions of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), by leaving three assembly seats in the Darjeeling hills for the party did not yield any result on Friday. The GJM factions, led by Bimal Gurung and Binoy Tamang, are allies of the TMC but both groups said they would contest each other even if that leads to a triangular contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the fray.

BJP is not a Private Limited Party – Suvendu Adhikari

Asserting that the BJP will sweep the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections with a huge margin, Suvendu Adhikari added that Nandigram is not a traditional bastion of the Trinamool Congress. “Before the 2007 Nandigram movement, it was a strong base [of the Left],” Suvendu Adhikari said. Suvendu Adhikari also responded to the TMC’s charge that he betrayed the party. “The BJP is not a private limited party. It is a disciplined party, organised party, cadre-based party,” he added.

Prashant has also left didi (Banerjee) even before the election results are announced – Sambit Patra

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Tuesday, took a jibe at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after her political advisor Prashant Kishor was appointed as the principal advisor of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Addressing a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that Kishor ‘left’ Mamata Banerjee ‘even before the results are announced’. “Prashant has also left didi (Banerjee). Even before the election results are announced, her biggest adviser has joined someone else. This speaks a lot,” Patra said.

Republic Bangla launch has been a turnkey project for the entire Republic Media Network – Arnab Goswami

The Republic Bangla launch has been a turnkey project for the entire Republic Media Network with a record 65-day execution span. This launch is a result of the combined will, passion, determination, grit and hard work of the best professionals in the news media industry. I am so proud.

If BJP wins more than 100 seats in Bengal, then I will leave this job, I will leave IPAC as well – Prashant Kishor

If BJP wins more than 100 seats in Bengal, then I will leave this job, I will leave IPAC as well. I will do something else, but not this work. This is part of their strategy, they poach on leaders of other parties. You offer them money, posts, tickets, it’s not surprising that some of them have moved elsewhere.

Saayoni Ghosh who was slammed on social media for insulting Lord Shiva is TMC candidate from Asansol South

Trinamool Congress has named actress Saayoni Ghosh as their candidate from Asansol South for the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021. The elections are due to take place over 8 phases from the 27th of March with results due to be declared on the 2nd of May. Incidentally, Saayoni Ghosh is the same individual who was slammed on social media for insulting Lord Shiva after her tweet from 2015 resurfaced on social media.

This is part of their strategy, they poach on leaders of other parties – Prashant Kishor on BJP

This is part of their strategy, they poach on leaders of other parties. You offer them money, posts, tickets, it’s not surprising that some of them have moved elsewhere. I am not here to make friends. I am here to make the party win. When I am doing that, some groups may feel they are being sidelined. That’s the rearrangement, there’s need for some disruption.

Actor cum TMC leader Saayoni Ghosh calls Yogi Adityanath Chief Minister of India’s Rape Capital

Calling the BJP leader the “Chief Minister of India’s Rape Capital”, Ghosh hit out at him saying that he shouldn’t throw stones at others when he owned a glass house himself. She tweeted, “Marking West Bengal unsafe for women is a bit rich coming from the Chief minister of India’s Rape Capital. Reminds me of the saying, jinke apne ghar kaanch ke bane ho, unko dusro k ghar pe patthar nahin phekna chahiye.”

You cannot win an election just with the help of ‘hawa’ and noise – Prashant Kishor

BJP and Amit Shah are claiming that they will win 200 seats in Bengal. This is only to create a panic in the rank and file of Trinamool, to create this ‘hawa’ of BJP winning it. But you cannot win an election just with the help of ‘hawa’ and noise. Some of the meetings are getting 200-300 people in attendance. Only PM Modi’s rallies see big audiences.

Through fraud and deceit, incidents of ”Love Jihad” are taking place in Bengal – Yogi Adityanath

Through fraud and deceit, incidents of ”Love Jihad” are taking place in Bengal. Women of the state are not safe. We have made a law against ”Love Jihad” in UP. But in Bengal, where the state government is indulging in politics of appeasement, neither are there attempts to curb cattle smuggling nor dangerous incidents of ”Love Jihad”.

Mamata Banerjee, by relinquishing her traditional seat of Bhowanipore, has already conceded defeat – Amit Malviya

Amit Malviya, national in-charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) IT cell, on Friday said that TMC chief Mamata Banerjee had already conceded defeat by relinquishing her traditional seat of Bhawanipore. “Mamata Banerjee, by relinquishing her traditional seat of Bhowanipore, has already conceded defeat, even before the first vote has been cast. Bring it on. Bengal is ready for change!” Malviya tweeted. Since 1991, Banerjee has won from the South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat six times on a trot and it was only in 2004 that her winning margin was less than one lakh votes. The seat was considered safest for TMC until 2014.

Mamata Banerjee has allocated Rs 2.60 Crore for development of Furfura Sharif in West Bengal – Anshul Saxena

Now, Mamata Banerjee has allocated Rs 2.60 Crore for development of Furfura Sharif in West Bengal. And, Abbas Siddiqui is cleric of Furfura Sharif, who recently launched his political party ‘Indian Secular Front’ and contesting election in Bengal in alliance with CPM & Congress.

Pishi’s men are playing with fire – Amit Malviya on Hamidul Rahman

TMC MLA Hamidul Rahman openly issues a threat of post-poll violence to people who don’t vote for TMC in upcoming WB assembly elections. Pishi’s men are playing with fire. It won’t be long before TMC is engulfed in the fire of public rage and resentment against such vile threats…

BJP will win more than 200 seats in West Bengal – Tejasvi Surya

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya on Thursday stated that the saffron party will win “more than 200 seats” in the West Bengal assembly elections 2021. Surya affirmed that the BJP Chief Minister will take oath in West Bengal on May 3rd. He added that there are just a few days left for Mamata Banerjee’s government in the state. BJP will win more than 200 seats in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee’s days as a chief minister are numbered. On the 3rd of May, West Bengal will have a BJP chief minister”, said BJP MP Tejasvi Surya.

All M’s – money, muscle, and media – are being used against the Mamata Didi – Sanjay Raut

Senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut declared that the party won’t contest the upcoming assembly election in West Bengal. Moreover, he also stated that the party would be extending its support to Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee. Raut tweeted that at the moment, it appears to be a “Didi vs All fight.” He added that all M’s – money, muscle, and media – are being used against the Mamata Didi. Hence the party has decided to not contest the Bengal assembly polls and support her.

BJP will bag more than 200 seats in the Election – Dilip Ghosh

Ahead of the West Bengal assembly polls, the BJP has once again expressed confidence that it will defeat the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC. West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Thursday asserted that the saffron party will bag more than 200 seats in the election. Ghosh stated that BJP’s preparations for these crucial elections started five years ago. Dilip Ghosh further referred to 2019 Lok Sabha elections which resulted in BJP making major inroads in West Bengal and eventually emerging as the main opposition for TMC. Further remarking on the saffron party’s phase-wise strategy, Ghosh indicated that his party will sweep the 2021 assembly polls.

BJP Central Election Committee (CEC) is meeting on Thursday to finalise 1st list of party candidates for West Bengal Assembly Polls

BJP West Bengal Elections Candidates List 2021: The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) is meeting on Thursday to finalise the first list of party candidates for the West Bengal assembly polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the CEC meeting. Counting of votes for West Bengal assembly polls will take place on May 2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP chief J.P. Nadda, National General Secretary (Organisation) B.L. Santosh and other senior leaders will attend the CEC meeting to be held at the party’s national headquarters in the evening.

Shiv Sena has decided to opt-out of upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, to support Mamata Banerjee

The Shiv Sena has decided to opt-out of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, but the party has decided to ‘wholeheartedly’ support All India Trinamool Congress leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a top official said on Thursday. Sena MP and Chief Spokesperson Sanjay Raut said that since the West Bengal polls are turning out to be “Didi vs All”, the Shiv Sena has decided not to contest the elections, but will stand in solidarity with her. He said that the decision was taken after discussions with Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Sharad Pawar spoke to Mamata Banerjee & expressed his disappointment over Congress party’s alliance with Indian secular front of Abbas Siddiqui

After Shiv Sena, NCP chief Sharad Pawar spoke to Mamata Banerjee and expressed his disappointment over the Congress party’s alliance with the Indian secular front of Abbas Siddiqui. He is another congress ally supporting Mamata Banerjee. The Shiv Sena announced today that it would support West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming state Assembly elections. Sanjay Raut, the Maharashtra-based party’s senior leader and Rajya Sabha member, described her as the “absolute Bengal tigress” and said the party would not contest what appears to be a “Didi Vs All” battle this time.

After polls, we will have to meet those who would cheat us – TMC MLA Hamidul Rehman

Our ancestors have said – ‘jiska namak khate hain, uska namakharami nahi karte hain… After polls, we will have to meet those who would cheat us. Khela Hobe (the game will be played) with dishonest people. Left-Congress alliance is of no use … Every house in Bengal has been covered under Mamata Banerjee’s developmental agenda … Those who betray Didi now, we will meet them after polls.

It is up to Sourav Ganguly whether he will attend PM Modi’s rally – BJP spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya

Amid speculation over Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly attending the rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on March 7, the BJP on Tuesday said that it would be up to the former cricketer to decide whether he will be there or not. If the former Indian captain considers attending the programme, health and weather conditions permitting, he will be most welcome, BJP spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya told reporters in Kolkata.

It is for him to decide – BJP Spokesperson Shamik Bhattacharya over Sourav Ganguly attending PM Modi’s Rally in West Bengal on March 7

We know Sourav is under rest at home. If he considers attending the meeting, health and weather conditions permitting, he will be most welcome. If he is present, we think he will like it. The crowd will also like that. But we don’t know. It is for him to decide.

Enforcement Directorate (ED) Summoned TMC Spokesperson Kunal Ghosh for Questioning

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing the money laundering aspect of the Saradha chit fund scam case, has summoned TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh for questioning. Ghosh has been asked to appear before the official of the central agency on Tuesday 11 am. “I will definitely go. I have always honoured the investigating agency. In October 2013, they had summoned me and I had submitted all the required documents. If they want it again, I will do it,” Ghosh told media. He also said that in 2015 the agency had filed a chargesheet and he wasn’t named in it.

Bengal, which had once led nation, now facing lawless situation – Yogi Adityanath while addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Malda

Addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Malda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday hit out at the TMC government for poor law and order situation in the state. “Bengal, which had once led nation, now facing lawless situation, said Adityanath, adding “Jai Shri Ram’ slogan not allowed in Bengal but people won’t allow this to continue. He also said that the Mamata government has failed to stop cow smuggling, and love jihad.

Durga puja gets prohibited in Bengal today – UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Malda, West Bengal

Durga puja gets prohibited in Bengal today, cow slaughter is forcefully started during Eid. People’s sentiments are toyed with through cow smuggling. The state government remains silent. Now it’s attempted to ban slogan of ‘Jai Sri Ram’ & attacks are executed. I’d like to tell the Bengal govt & request Mamata didi that there was a govt in UP that used to fire bullets at lord Ram devotees in Ayodhya. You can see the condition of that govt now. Now it’s TMC govt’s turn in Bengal.

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.

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.