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.

Tripura: Manik Saha to be next CM after Deb resigns

14 May 2022

Politics
Tripura: Manik Saha to be next CM after Deb resigns

Rajya Sabha MP Manik Saha will be the new chief minister of Tripura, replacing Biplab Deb, who resigned after four years in office on Saturday.

Asani intensifies into severe cyclonic storm; to impact WB, Odisha

09 May 2022

India
Asani intensifies into severe cyclonic storm; to impact WB, Odisha

Cyclone Asani—formed over the southeast Bay of Bengal—has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm on Sunday and will continue to move toward eastern coasts, the India Meteorological Department said.

West Bengal: TMC sweeps bypolls; Mamata Banerjee thanks voters

16 Apr 2022

Politics
West Bengal: TMC sweeps bypolls; Mamata Banerjee thanks voters

Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee, thanked voters on Saturday as her party secured an easy win in the by-elections to the Asansol Lok Sabha and Ballygunge Assembly seats.

Mamata Banerjee's remark on Nadia gang rape irks NCW chief

13 Apr 2022

India
Mamata Banerjee's remark on Nadia gang rape irks NCW chief

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee drew criticism from the National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma for her recent comments on the Nadia gang rape case.

'BJP misusing probe agencies': Mamata Banerjee in letter to Opposition

29 Mar 2022

Politics
'BJP misusing probe agencies': Mamata Banerjee in letter to Opposition

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has written a letter to all opposition leaders and chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states, accusing the BJP-led Centre of misusing central agencies.

Video: Chaos inside West Bengal Assembly as TMC-BJP MLAs clash

28 Mar 2022

Politics
Video: Chaos inside West Bengal Assembly as TMC-BJP MLAs clash

The West Bengal Assembly descended into chaos on Monday with Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs exchanging blows after the saffron party legislators demanded a statement from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the Birbhum violence and "worsening" law and order situation.

Birbhum violence: CBI FIR names 21 persons after HC order

26 Mar 2022

India
Birbhum violence: CBI FIR names 21 persons after HC order

The FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Birbhum violence case names 21 individuals.

Birbhum violence: Calcutta HC orders CBI probe amid Mamata's opposition

25 Mar 2022

India
Birbhum violence: Calcutta HC orders CBI probe amid Mamata's opposition

The Calcutta High Court on Friday transferred the case of Birbhum violence to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), denying the Mamata Banerjee government's request to not hand over the investigation to the central agency.

Birbhum violence: Mamata orders TMC leader's arrest, criticizes police

24 Mar 2022

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Birbhum violence: Mamata orders TMC leader's arrest, criticizes police

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Bogtui village in the Birbhum district on Thursday, where eight people died following Monday's violence.

Birbhum violence: 11 arrested; MHA seeks report from Bengal government

23 Mar 2022

India
Birbhum violence: 11 arrested; MHA seeks report from Bengal government

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday sought a report from the West Bengal government after eight people, including two children, were charred to death in violence that broke out in the state's Birbhum district after the murder of local Trinamool Congress leader and panchayat deputy chief Bhadu Sheikh.

TMC registers victory in 4 municipal corporations in West Bengal

14 Feb 2022

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TMC registers victory in 4 municipal corporations in West Bengal

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday crushed the Opposition in the civic polls held in four towns in West Bengal.

Maharashtra announces public holiday to mourn Lata Mangeshkar's death

06 Feb 2022

India
Maharashtra announces public holiday to mourn Lata Mangeshkar's death

The Maharashtra government has announced a public holiday in the state on Monday over the death of iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar, who breathed her last on Sunday morning.

Mamata Banerjee re-elected as TMC chairperson; seeks anti-BJP parties' cooperation

02 Feb 2022

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Mamata Banerjee re-elected as TMC chairperson; seeks anti-BJP parties' cooperation

After being re-elected as the chairperson of Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sought the cooperation of all anti-BJP fronts in the country to oust the saffron party from power in 2024.

Cartoonist, Padma Shri awardee Narayan Debnath passes away at 97

18 Jan 2022

India
Cartoonist, Padma Shri awardee Narayan Debnath passes away at 97

Legendary cartoonist Narayan Debnath is no more.

Unite against BJP: Mamata tells parties ahead of Goa visit

23 Oct 2021

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Unite against BJP: Mamata tells parties ahead of Goa visit

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is set to visit Goa next week.

Mamata Banerjee beats BJP candidate in Bhabanipur; retains CM seat

03 Oct 2021

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Mamata Banerjee beats BJP candidate in Bhabanipur; retains CM seat

Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee won the by-poll from the Bhabanipur Assembly constituency in West Bengal.

Bhabanipur by-poll vote count begins; result to decide Mamata's fate

03 Oct 2021

Politics
Bhabanipur by-poll vote count begins; result to decide Mamata's fate

The counting of votes has begun for the Bhabanipur by-poll, which will decide whether Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee gets to retain her seat as West Bengal Chief Minister.

Bhabanipur by-poll: Voting underway; BJP alleges booth capture by TMC

30 Sep 2021

Politics
Bhabanipur by-poll: Voting underway; BJP alleges booth capture by TMC

Voting for the hotly-contested Bhabanipur by-poll began at 7 am today in South Kolkata.

Bhabanipur by-poll to go ahead as scheduled: Calcutta High Court

28 Sep 2021

India
Bhabanipur by-poll to go ahead as scheduled: Calcutta High Court

The Calcutta High Court today refused to stay the Bhabanipur by-poll, ruling it will be held as scheduled on Thursday.

BJP's Ghosh heckled; forced to cut short Bhabanipur by-poll campaign

27 Sep 2021

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BJP's Ghosh heckled; forced to cut short Bhabanipur by-poll campaign

The last day of campaigning for the Bhabanipur by-poll was marked by chaos and violence in the South Kolkata area.

Goa Congress veteran Luizinho Faleiro quits; will likely join TMC

27 Sep 2021

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Goa Congress veteran Luizinho Faleiro quits; will likely join TMC

Senior Goa Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro today quit the party and is expected to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

BJP is 'jumla party,' will defeat it across India: Mamata

27 Sep 2021

Politics
BJP is 'jumla party,' will defeat it across India: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday termed the BJP as a "jumla (rhetoric) party" and asserted that she would defeat the saffron camp across the country in the days to come.

Bhabanipur bypoll: BJP stopped from campaigning near Mamata Banerjee's house

22 Sep 2021

Politics
Bhabanipur bypoll: BJP stopped from campaigning near Mamata Banerjee's house

The BJP on Wednesday said that it was not allowed by the police to campaign for the Bhabanipur by-election in the area near Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's residence.

Former BJP MP Babul Supriyo joins Trinamool Congress

18 Sep 2021

Politics
Former BJP MP Babul Supriyo joins Trinamool Congress

Former Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Babul Supriyo has joined the Trinamool Congress party (TMC), news agency ANI reported.

West Bengal: 400 families left homeless due to Ganga erosion

15 Sep 2021

India
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

India
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

Politics
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

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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

Politics
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

Politics
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

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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

Politics
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

Politics
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

Politics
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

Politics
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

Politics
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

India
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

India
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

India
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

India
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.

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