Articles about Mamata Banerjee

Born in 1955, Mamata Banerjee is an Indian politician and the first female Chief Minister of Bengal. She is a cofounder and the chief of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). She started her political career by taking part in student political groups of the Congress party and held crucial positions in their committees. As a member of the Congress, she contested her first Lok Sabha election in 1984 from Jadavpur. However, she quit the Congress party due to her differing beliefs and formed the AITC in 1997. The AITC briefly joined the NDA alliance, and Banerjee served as the Union Railway Minister between 1999-2001, only to leave and then briefly re-join the alliance in 2003 and become the Coal and Mines Minister in 2004. ‘Didi’, as she is fondly called by her supporters, was a vehement critic of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and campaigned against its land allotment policy, eventually leading to the Tata Motors exit in 2008. Her persistent campaigning led her to gain prominence and support, and she became the Chief Minister of West Bengal in 2011 for the first time. She was re-elected in 2016 as well as 2021 as the Chief Minister of the state.

West Bengal: 400 families left homeless due to Ganga erosion

15 Sep 2021

West Bengal: 400 families left homeless due to Ganga erosion

Around 400 families were left homeless in West Bengal's Malda district as their villages on the bank of the Ganges were washed away due to erosion, officials said on Wednesday.

Several children hospitalized with fever, respiratory problems in West Bengal

14 Sep 2021

Several children hospitalized with fever, respiratory problems in West Bengal

Several children were admitted to West Bengal's Siliguri District Hospital with fever and respiratory problems, ANI reported.

Bhabanipur by-poll: Mamata Banerjee pays sudden visit to mosque

14 Sep 2021

Bhabanipur by-poll: Mamata Banerjee pays sudden visit to mosque

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is contesting the by-poll to the Bhabanipur assembly seat in the state to retain her post, on Monday paid a sudden visit to two municipal corporation wards in her constituency and a mosque and interacted with locals.

Who is Priyanka Tibrewal, the BJP candidate challenging Mamata Banerjee?

10 Sep 2021

Who is Priyanka Tibrewal, the BJP candidate challenging Mamata Banerjee?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded its youth wing leader and lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the crucial Bhabanipur by-poll.

Arrest party worker's killers within 15 days, TMC leader warns

10 Sep 2021

Arrest party worker's killers within 15 days, TMC leader warns

Taking a cue from TMC's Khela Hobe poll slogan, a senior leader from Birbhum, Anubrata Mondal, has warned that a "dangerous game" will be played if those involved in the killing of a young party worker in Purbo Bardhaman district are not arrested within 15 days.

Now, a biopic on TMC's 'colorful' Madan Mitra

07 Sep 2021

Now, a biopic on TMC's 'colorful' Madan Mitra

TMC MLA Madan Mitra, known for his quirky comments and colorful outfits, has given his nod for a biopic, which would trace his four-decade-long political career that started as a close aide of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Bengal education minister criticizes governor for comment against state government

06 Sep 2021

Bengal education minister criticizes governor for comment against state government

West Bengal Education Minister Bratya Basu on Sunday took a dig at Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar for his tweet on injustice to para and contractual teachers, saying that the state government has done a lot for them and he could instead turn his focus on states like Tripura.

Mamata Banerjee set to contest by-election on September 30

04 Sep 2021

Mamata Banerjee set to contest by-election on September 30

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is set to contest the Bhabanipur Assembly by-election on September 30, according to the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India today.

Mamata's 'idol' to share space with Durga in Kolkata pandal

03 Sep 2021

Mamata's 'idol' to share space with Durga in Kolkata pandal

A controversy has erupted in West Bengal over the organizers of a Durga puja pandal deciding to put up an idol of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at their marquee alongside Goddess Durga's.

Narada sting: ED chargesheet names WB ministers, TMC MLA

01 Sep 2021

Narada sting: ED chargesheet names WB ministers, TMC MLA

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday named two West Bengal ministers and a Trinamool Congress MLA in its chargesheet in the Narada sting case.

Calcutta HC orders CBI probe in West Bengal post-poll violence

19 Aug 2021

Calcutta HC orders CBI probe in West Bengal post-poll violence

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday ordered a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the post-poll violence in West Bengal this May.

TMC observes 'Khela Hobe Diwas' across West Bengal

16 Aug 2021

TMC observes 'Khela Hobe Diwas' across West Bengal

The Trinamool Congress on Monday celebrated Khela Hobe Diwas across West Bengal, as party leaders observed the day by organizing football matches in every nook and cranny of the state.

Security beefed up across Bengal for Independence Day celebrations

14 Aug 2021

Security beefed up across Bengal for Independence Day celebrations

Security arrangements have been beefed up across West Bengal to prevent any untoward incident during the 75th Independence Day celebrations, police said on Saturday.

Bengal allows business establishments to remain open till 10:30 pm

14 Aug 2021

Bengal allows business establishments to remain open till 10:30 pm

The West Bengal government on Friday allowed all shops and business establishments including bars and restaurants to remain open till usual working hours but not beyond 10:30 pm.

Bengal: COVID-19 restrictions extended till August 30, night curbs relaxed

12 Aug 2021

Bengal: COVID-19 restrictions extended till August 30, night curbs relaxed

The COVID-19 related restrictions in West Bengal were extended till August 30 with relaxations in the curbs during the night hours, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday.

WB: Seven dead, 2.5 lakh affected in six flood-hit districts

03 Aug 2021

WB: Seven dead, 2.5 lakh affected in six flood-hit districts

At least seven people have died and nearly 2.5 lakh have been displaced from their homes in six flood-hit districts of West Bengal, a senior state government official said on Monday.

'Anybody can lead, wouldn't impose opinion': Mamata on Opposition coalition

28 Jul 2021

'Anybody can lead, wouldn't impose opinion': Mamata on Opposition coalition

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that Opposition parties should unite against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in view of the 2024 Indian general elections.

After meeting Modi, Mamata asks for all-party meeting on Pegasus

27 Jul 2021

After meeting Modi, Mamata asks for all-party meeting on Pegasus

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi.

Mamata Banerjee sets up inquiry panel to probe Pegasus scandal

26 Jul 2021

Mamata Banerjee sets up inquiry panel to probe Pegasus scandal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday ordered a formal investigation into the Pegasus snooping scandal in the state.

'Khela Hobe Diwas' will remember football fans killed 40yrs ago

23 Jul 2021

'Khela Hobe Diwas' will remember football fans killed 40yrs ago

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that the state government will observe the Khela Hobe Diwas on August 16 in memory of the football lovers who were killed during a match in Kolkata around 40 years ago.

Bengal government receives over 26K applications for student credit cards

13 Jul 2021

Bengal government receives over 26K applications for student credit cards

The West Bengal government has so far received over 26,000 applications for the student credit card scheme under which loans of up to Rs. 10 lakh will be disbursed for higher studies, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Calcutta HC judge recuses from Mamata's case against Nandigram loss

07 Jul 2021

Calcutta HC judge recuses from Mamata's case against Nandigram loss

A Calcutta High Court judge on Wednesday recused himself from hearing a petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Mamata Banerjee to distribute 50,000 footballs on 'Khela Hobe Diwas'

07 Jul 2021

Mamata Banerjee to distribute 50,000 footballs on 'Khela Hobe Diwas'

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal will be distributing as many as 50,000 footballs on Khela Hobe Diwas—the date for which is yet to be fixed—as part of its efforts to promote the sport among youth, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Another SC judge recuses from hearing West Bengal-related case

22 Jun 2021

Another SC judge recuses from hearing West Bengal-related case

Justice Aniruddha Bose, a Supreme Court Judge, today withdrew from hearing the petition filed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in connection with the infamous Narada bribery case.

Mamata Banerjee challenges Suvendu Adhikari's Nandigram win, hearing next week

18 Jun 2021

Mamata Banerjee challenges Suvendu Adhikari's Nandigram win, hearing next week

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has filed a petition in the Calcutta High Court, challenging her election defeat in Nandigram to the rival BJP's Suvendu Adhikari.

BJP VP Mukul Roy returns to TMC after meeting Mamata

11 Jun 2021

BJP VP Mukul Roy returns to TMC after meeting Mamata

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice President Mukul Roy on Friday jumped ship, joining the rival Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with his son Subhranshu Roy.

Over 4,000 evacuated from Yaas-hit islands amid high tide warning

09 Jun 2021

Over 4,000 evacuated from Yaas-hit islands amid high tide warning

More than 4,000 inhabitants of Cyclone Yaas-hit Mousuni and Ghoramara islands in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district have been evacuated to safety following warning of new moon high tides on June 11 and June 26, a state minister said on Wednesday.

TMC MP Nusrat Jahan issues statement amid pregnancy, affair rumors

09 Jun 2021

TMC MP Nusrat Jahan issues statement amid pregnancy, affair rumors

Nusrat Jahan is in news for all the unsavory reasons.

'I was wrong': Chidambaram withdraws statement on Centre's vaccine policy

08 Jun 2021

'I was wrong': Chidambaram withdraws statement on Centre's vaccine policy

Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram today withdrew his comments criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the central government's shift in vaccination policy.

WB restaurant owners thrilled about opening doors for three hours

05 Jun 2021

WB restaurant owners thrilled about opening doors for three hours

Owners of restaurants and cafes are happy with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's decision to allow restaurants to open for three hours and are waiting for the official notification to start business even for limited hours amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Retired Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay appointed Mamata's chief advisor

01 Jun 2021

Retired Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay appointed Mamata's chief advisor

Escalating a feud between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Alapan Bandyopadhyay was appointed as the formers' chief advisor.

West Bengal Chief Secretary quits amid Mamata-Modi row

31 May 2021

West Bengal Chief Secretary quits amid Mamata-Modi row

Alapan Bandyopadhyay has quit as West Bengal Chief Secretary and will now serve as Chief Adviser to the state government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced today.

'Don't insult me': Mamata Banerjee on PM Modi meeting row

29 May 2021

'Don't insult me': Mamata Banerjee on PM Modi meeting row

Hitting back strongly at PM Narendra Modi's government Saturday, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee accused his office of humiliating her and spreading fake, one-sided news over her meeting with him to review the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas in the state.

PM Modi-Mamata Banerjee meet row: Centre recalls WB Chief Secretary

29 May 2021

PM Modi-Mamata Banerjee meet row: Centre recalls WB Chief Secretary

The Centre issued an order Friday to recall West Bengal's Chief Secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, directing him to report to the central government's Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on Monday.

Cyclone Yaas: PM Modi meets Mamata Banerjee, announces compensation

28 May 2021

Cyclone Yaas: PM Modi meets Mamata Banerjee, announces compensation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, where she submitted a preliminary report on the damages caused by the recent Cyclone Yaas.

Cyclone Yaas: Kolkata Airport shuts operations, over 1 million evacuated

26 May 2021

Cyclone Yaas: Kolkata Airport shuts operations, over 1 million evacuated

The very severe cyclonic storm - Yaas - is centered around 50 km South-Southeast of Balasore in Odisha and its landfall process began around 9 am, the weather department has said.

Narada case: House arrest ordered for 2 Bengal Ministers, others

21 May 2021

Narada case: House arrest ordered for 2 Bengal Ministers, others

All four West Bengal politicians who were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) this week, will be put under house arrest, the Calcutta High Court ordered today.

PM's COVID-19 meeting with CMs super flop, insulting: Mamata

20 May 2021

PM's COVID-19 meeting with CMs super flop, insulting: Mamata

Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Chief Ministers on the COVID-19 situation was a super flop, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that she along with her counterparts of many states were not allowed to speak, which was akin to insulting them.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's brother Ashim dies of COVID-19

15 May 2021

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's brother Ashim dies of COVID-19

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee's younger brother, Ashim Banerjee, passed away on Saturday morning due to COVID-19 related complications in Kolkata. He was 62 years old.

Sitharaman responds after Mamata asks Modi to waive vaccine taxes

09 May 2021

Sitharaman responds after Mamata asks Modi to waive vaccine taxes

The 5% tax on COVID-19 vaccines and 12% tax on medicines and oxygen concentrators is required to keep costs low, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Sunday.