Articles about Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is a senior leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) who is also an author and former Chief Minister of West Bengal. After completing his education at Presidency College, Kolkata, Bhattacharjee joined the CPI (M) and took an active part in the party’s activities and movements. He first contested in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections in 1977 and won from the Cossipur constituency. In the 1982 elections, he failed to retain his seat but returned to the State Assembly after winning from the Jadavpur constituency in the 1987 elections. Bhattacharjee was re-elected consecutively in the 1991, 1996, 2001, and 2006 WB Assembly polls and served as the state’s Chief Minister from 2000 to 2011. In the 2011 elections, he faced shock defeat in Jadavpur from his former Chief Secretary and Trinamool Congress candidate, Manish Gupta. Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress trumped his party to ascend to power and handed another defeat to the communists in the 2016 elections. After this drubbing, Bhattacharjee, a former CPI (M) Politburo member, largely withdrew from public life.

Ex-Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee refuses to accept Padma Bhushan

26 Jan 2022

India
Ex-Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee refuses to accept Padma Bhushan

Former West Bengal Chief Minister and veteran leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Tuesday refused to accept the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.

COVID-19 positive Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee hospitalized after condition deteriorates

26 May 2021

Politics
COVID-19 positive Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee hospitalized after condition deteriorates

West Bengal's former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who had tested positive for COVID-19 last week, was admitted to a private hospital in south Kolkata on Tuesday after his health condition deteriorated, officials said.

Years after Tata agitation, Mamata Banerjee faces battle in Singur

06 May 2019

Politics
Years after Tata agitation, Mamata Banerjee faces battle in Singur

In 2008, Singur became the hotbed of West Bengal politics after Mamata Banerjee led an agitation against Tata Motors, which catapulted her to national politics.

Mamata Banerjee's house to get two security watchtowers; Opposition riled

23 Oct 2018

Politics
Mamata Banerjee's house to get two security watchtowers; Opposition riled

The Kolkata Police are planning to build two security watchtowers beside West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's residence to bump up security.

Mamata angry after WB's Republic Day tableau is rejected

24 Dec 2017

Politics
Mamata angry after WB's Republic Day tableau is rejected

WB CM Mamata Banerjee has been consistent in her annoyance with the BJP-led NDA government.

Gopalkrishna Gandhi: More than just Mahatma Gandhi's grandson

11 Jul 2017

Politics
Gopalkrishna Gandhi: More than just Mahatma Gandhi's grandson

The opposition today announced former diplomat Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, as their vice-presidential candidate.

Supreme Court strikes down Left's Singur land deal

31 Aug 2016

India
Supreme Court strikes down Left's Singur land deal

In a major set-back to Tata Motors, SC cancelled the CPI(M) government's 2006 land acquisition made for Tata Nano factory in Singur and asked the West Bengal Government to reclaim and distribute it to farmers within 12 weeks.