Mamata Banerjee: News

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.

21 May 2024

Trinamool Congress

ECI bars judge-turned-BJP candidate from campaigning for remarks against Mamata

The Election Commission of India on Tuesday barred Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Calcutta High Court Judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay from campaigning for 24 hours.

20 May 2024

Narendra Modi

Bharat Sevashram Sangha monk sends legal notice to Mamata

A monk from Bharat Sevashram Sangha (BSS) on Monday sent a legal notice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking unconditional apology over her remarks at a poll rally two days ago.

17 May 2024

Trinamool Congress

ECI notice to judge-turned-BJP candidate for remarks against Mamata

The Election Commission of India on Friday issued a show-cause notice to Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Calcutta High Court judge, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, over his "improper, injudicious and undignified remarks" against Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

17 May 2024

Narendra Modi

'Learn from Adityanath where to run bulldozer...': Modi to INDIA 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday alleged that the Congress and the Samajwadi Party will run a bulldozer over the Ram Mandir, Ayodhya if they come to power.

16 May 2024

Narendra Modi

'Nobody can remove CAA...': PM Modi attacks Congress, SP 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday defended the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) during a poll rally in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh.

Centre issues first set of citizenship certificates under CAA

Over two months after notifying rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued the first set of citizenship certificates under the law to 14 people.

11 May 2024

West Bengal

Banerjee accuses governor of showing 'edited videos' in molestation case 

Amid sexual harassment allegations against West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose by a contractual female employee at the Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said she will not visit the premises till Bose remains governor.

05 May 2024

Suvendu Adhikari

Voice 'AI-modulated': BJP leader after saying 'no rapes in Sandeshkhali'

A day after a video surfaced in which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gangadhar Kayl was heard saying that "Suvendu Adhikari is behind the conspiracy," in Sandeshkhali, Kayl has taken a 180-degree turn.

02 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Mamata raises concern over rise in voter turnout

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticized the Election Commission of India for the delay in releasing the final voter turnout figures for the initial two phases of the Lok Sabha polls.

'Better vote BJP than TMC...': Adhir Ranjan's video sparks row 

Senior Congress leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, has one again stirred controversy with his recent comments at a poll rally in West Bengal.

29 Apr 2024

Calcutta High Court

SC stays CBI probe in Bengal school jobs scam

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a decision by the Calcutta High Court dismissing over 25,000 teachers recruited illegally in West Bengal.

Foreign-made guns found in CBI raid in Bengal's Sandeshkhali: Report

The Central Bureau of Investigation has recovered foreign-made weapons and ammunition during raids in several locations in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal, per NDTV.

23 Apr 2024

Politics

Make Modi PM again to stop infiltration: Shah in Bengal

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said neither the Congress nor the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee can interfere with the Citizenship Amendment Act.

22 Apr 2024

Calcutta High Court

Bengal SSC scam: Calcutta HC overturns 2016 teacher recruitment

A division bench of the Calcutta High Court on Monday canceled the illegal recruitment of 23,753 teachers and non-teaching staff by the 2016 School Service Commission (SSC) in West Bengal, ordering them to return their salaries with interest.

18 Apr 2024

Mithun Chakraborty

Mithun Chakraborty defected to BJP to bail out son: Mamata 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slammed actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty on Thursday for leaving the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2021.

18 Apr 2024

Ram Navami

Mamata Banerjee claims Ram Navami clashes were 'pre-planned' 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of orchestrating the violence during Ram Navami celebrations in Murshidabad district on Wednesday.

18 Apr 2024

Ram Navami

BJP's Suvendu accuses Mamata of inciting violence on Ram Navami 

Suvendu Adhikari, the opposition leader in West Bengal, has blamed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the clashes during the Ram Navami procession in West Bengal's Murshidabad on Wednesday.

17 Apr 2024

Trinamool Congress

TMC releases manifesto for Lok Sabha elections; makes 10 promises 

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has released its election manifesto just two days ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

17 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

Mamata-BJP clash over Modi's promises in manifesto, Ram Navami celebrations

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's promises in the Bharatiya Janata Party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections.

17 Apr 2024

West Bengal

Bengal: 5,000+ Ram Navami processions today, police on high alert

Several police stations across West Bengal are on high alert to avert any communal tensions ahead of Ram Navami celebrations in the state, The Indian Express has reported.

16 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

PM Modi, Mamata clash over Ram Navami celebrations in Bengal 

A political slugfest has erupted in West Bengal between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) over the Ram Navami festival which will be celebrated on Wednesday.

Fresh tension in Sandeshkhali: TMC workers' shops set on fire 

The Sandeshkhali region of West Bengal witnessed renewed tension on Sunday after several shops were set on fire, according to Times Now.

12 Apr 2024

Amit Malviya

After NIA arrests Bengaluru blast suspects, BJP, TMC trade charges 

The arrest of two key suspects in the Rameshwaram Cafe blast case from Kolkata has sparked a political feud between West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

At Eid gathering, Mamata reiterates stance against CAA, NRC

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday reiterated that the state will not accept the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC), and Uniform Civil Code.

10 Apr 2024

Hema Malini

Explained: Row over Surjewala's 'vulgar' comments against Hema Malini 

The Election Commission of India (EC) has issued a show-cause notice to Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala over his comments about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and film actress Hema Malini.

NIA officials who were attacked during raid booked for 'molestation'

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team that was attacked during a raid in West Bengal's Bhupatinagar on Saturday has now been charged with molestation and trespassing.

You can trust poisonous snake, but not BJP: Mamata Banerjee 

In a heated Lok Sabha campaign rally held in Cooch Behar, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

04 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

'Sandeshkhali height of TMC's atrocities': PM Modi in Cooch Behar

In his campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal's Cooch Behar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the Sandeshkhali incident, accusing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of protecting the culprits involved.

Calcutta HC pulls up Mamata Banerjee government on Sandeshkhali row

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday pulled up the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee, while hearing the affidavits regarding the allegations of violence, extortion, land grabbing, and sexual assault in Sandeshkhali.

BJP attacks Surjewala over remarks on Hema Malini; he responds 

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of manipulating a video clip after the saffron party shared a video of him making "vile, sexist" remarks against Hema Malini.

04 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

Modi, Mamata's rallies at Bengal's Cooch Behar seat today 

In a first for this election season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are set to speak at consecutive Lok Sabha campaign rallies on Thursday in Cooch Behar, North Bengal.

01 Apr 2024

Dilip Ghosh

ECI censures Dilip Ghosh, Supriya Shrinate for 'derogatory' remarks

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday issued a censure to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Dilip Ghosh and the Congress's Supriya Shrinate.

31 Mar 2024

Akhilesh Yadav

INDIA bloc's 5 demands to poll body at mega rally

The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc on Sunday released its five demands ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Supriya Shrinate, Dilip Ghosh get ECI notice over controversial remarks

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued notices to Congress leader Supriya Shrinate and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Dilip Ghosh for their controversial remarks on Kangana Ranaut and Mamata Banerjee, respectively.

27 Mar 2024

Sushmita Dev

BJP seeks Dilip Ghosh's clarification for 'father' jibe at Mamata

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a show-cause notice to its MP, Dilip Ghosh, for a controversial remark he made against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

26 Mar 2024

Dilip Ghosh

BJP MP's 'who's your father' remark against Mamata sparks row 

A video of BJP MP Dilip Ghosh making derogatory comments about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sparked a controversy.

25 Mar 2024

Calcutta High Court

2024 polls: Ex-judge versus 'Khela Hobe' writer in Bengal's Tamluk 

The Lok Sabha race in West Bengal is heating up with former Calcutta High Court judge Abhijit Gangopadhyay squaring off against Debangshu Bhattacharya for the Tamluk seat.

BJP, TMC supporters clash in Bengal's Cooch Behar, several injured

A clash between supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the incumbent Trinamool Congress in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district resulted in several injuries, including those of police personnel, on Tuesday evening.

ECI orders removal of Bengal DGP, 6 states' home secretaries

In a major administrative shake-up, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has reportedly ordered the removal of West Bengal's director general of police (DGP) and home secretaries from six states.

Sheikh Shahjahan's brother, 2 others arrested in ED attack case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) apprehended three more suspects on Saturday for their alleged involvement in the January 5 attack on Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal.

15 Mar 2024

Trinamool Congress

TMC MPs Arjun Singh, Dibyendu Adhikari join BJP 

In a huge setback for the Trinamool Congress (TMC), MPs Arjun Singh and Dibyendu Adhikari have crossed sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Mamata Banerjee's accident: Bengal BJP demands probe into CM's security

The West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday raised questions over Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's accident last night and said the CM's security should be looked into.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee suffers "major injury"; hospitalized

West Bengal's Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, has reportedly suffered a major injury to her forehead. The All India Trinamool Congress party disclosed this information through a social media post.

Sandeshkhali row: ED raids multiple locations linked to Sheikh Shahjahan

The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday conducted raids at multiple locations in Sandeshkhali in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district.

Opposition attacks Narendra Modi government over CAA

Opposition parties have lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA).

Indian Union Muslim League challenges CAA implementation in SC

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), a Kerala-based political party, on Tuesday approached the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

12 Mar 2024

Assam

Opposition calls for state-wide shutdown in Assam against CAA 

The United Opposition Forum, Assam (UOFA), a coalition of 16 political parties led by the Congress, called for a state-wide shutdown in Assam against the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) on Tuesday.

12 Mar 2024

Congress Party

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge may skip 2024 Lok Sabha contest

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge might not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, NDTV reported.

Sandeshkhali row: CBI summons Shahjahan Sheikh's close aides

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned nine close associates of suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Shahjahan Sheikh to appear before it on Monday.

11 Mar 2024

Mahua Moitra

'Full of rapists': BJP jibes TMC after Shatrughan Sinha's nomination

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday slammed the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for choosing veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha as its candidate for the Asansol seat in the upcoming general elections.

10 Mar 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

TMC officially rules out alliance in West Bengal; Congress responds

The Congress lashed out at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday after the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led party announced candidates for all 42 Lok Sabha seats for the upcoming elections.

10 Mar 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

LS poll: Yusuf Pathan, Mahua Moitra among TMC's 42 candidates

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) announced its list of candidates for the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections on Sunday.

06 Mar 2024

Narendra Modi

Modi attacks Mamata with 'Sandeshkhali storm' barb at Bengal rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee at a rally in her stronghold, North 24 Parganas district.

06 Mar 2024

West Bengal

Mamata announces salary hikes for Anganwadi, Asha workers in Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a pay raise for Anganwadi and Accredited Social Health Activist (Asha) workers in the state.

01 Mar 2024

West Bengal

If BJP wins polls, you'll collect dung for cooking: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cautioned on Thursday that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, cooking gas cylinder prices could soar to Rs. 2,000.

01 Mar 2024

Narendra Modi

Modi to arrive in West Bengal today for 2-day visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to tour West Bengal on Friday and Saturday and address rallies in Arambagh and Krishnagar districts.

29 Feb 2024

Trinamool Congress

Sandeshkhali row: After arrest, TMC suspends Sheikh for 6 years

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has suspended for six years its party leader, Sheikh Shahjahan, who faced accusations of sexual violence and land grabbing in Sandeshkhali, West Bengal.

29 Feb 2024

Trinamool Congress

TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan arrested in Sandeshkhali violence case

Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan, who faced accusations of sexual violence and land grabbing in Sandeshkhali village, was arrested in the early hours of Thursday.

Calcutta High Court allows CBI, ED to arrest Sheikh Shahjahan

The Calcutta High Court has clarified that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) can arrest Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sheikh Shahjahan.

27 Feb 2024

West Bengal

Sandeshkhali row: Bengal governor sets 72-hour deadline for Sheikh's arrest

West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose has written to the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's government, to arrest absconding Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Sheikh Shahjahan within the next 72 hours.

25 Feb 2024

Suvendu Adhikari

Stop calling Mamata 'didi,' she is 'aunty' now: Suvendu Adhikari

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari has kicked up a storm with his controversial comments against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

23 Feb 2024

Trinamool Congress

BJP women delegation stopped by Bengal police from visiting Sandeshkhali 

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) women delegation, including MP Locket Chatterjee and Agnimitra Paul, was stopped by West Bengal Police on Friday while en route to trouble-torn Sandeshkhali.

23 Feb 2024

Trinamool Congress

Congress-TMC seat sharing talks back on after Mamata Banerjee snub

Seat-sharing talks between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Congress party are back on the table again.

22 Feb 2024

Narendra Modi

PM Modi to visit Bengal, may meet Sandeshkhali violence victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reportedly visit West Bengal on March 6 for an important meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s women's wing.

21 Feb 2024

Akhilesh Yadav

'All is well...': Akhilesh hints at seat-sharing agreement with Congress

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday indicated that seat-sharing discussions with the Congress for Uttar Pradesh's 80 Lok Sabha seats were close to being finalized.

21 Feb 2024

West Bengal

Explained: What is happening in Sandeshkhali

The Sandeshkhali area of West Bengal has turned into a political hotbed, with Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of inciting riots.