West Bengal Elections

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NCSC asked to postpone Bengal visit inquiring into 'Dalit atrocities'

12 May 2021

NCSC asked to postpone Bengal visit inquiring into 'Dalit atrocities'

The West Bengal government has asked the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) to postpone its visit to the state to inquire into alleged atrocities against Dalits during post-poll violence in the state, citing the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and protocols.

Hindus in Bengal terrified, will use right of self-defense: VHP

05 May 2021

Hindus in Bengal terrified, will use right of self-defense: VHP

Expressing anger over the post-poll violence in West Bengal, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), on Tuesday, said the Hindu society in the state is terrified by the unabated political attacks and has the full right of self-defense.

West Bengal post-poll violence leaves dozen dead; Centre seeks report

04 May 2021

West Bengal post-poll violence leaves dozen dead; Centre seeks report

The Centre on Monday sought a report from the West Bengal government regarding the "post-election violence targeting Opposition political workers in the state."

How Mamata Banerjee can retain CM status despite Nandigram loss

03 May 2021

How Mamata Banerjee can retain CM status despite Nandigram loss

Even as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) recorded a landslide victory in the recent West Bengal Assembly elections, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lost in the Nandigram constituency to her former aide-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a battle that went down to the wire.

Mamata Banerjee-led TMC poised to retain West Bengal

02 May 2021

Mamata Banerjee-led TMC poised to retain West Bengal

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has taken a comfortable lead in West Bengal, which witnessed one of the most high-octane campaigns in the last few weeks.

Counting of votes begins for four states and one UT

02 May 2021

Counting of votes begins for four states and one UT

This morning, the counting of votes began for Assembly elections that were recently held in West Bengal, Puducherry, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Assam.

#ExitPolls: Tight race in Bengal; DMK to sweep Tamil Nadu

29 Apr 2021

#ExitPolls: Tight race in Bengal; DMK to sweep Tamil Nadu

With the completion of the eighth and final phase of the West Bengal election on Thursday, Assembly polls in five states/union territories have concluded.

West Bengal: Polling for last phase begins amid raging pandemic

29 Apr 2021

West Bengal: Polling for last phase begins amid raging pandemic

Voting for the eighth and final phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal started this morning at 7 am, at a time when the state is struggling to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Modi cancels Bengal poll visit tomorrow; to chair COVID-19 meetings

22 Apr 2021

Modi cancels Bengal poll visit tomorrow; to chair COVID-19 meetings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the cancellation of his visit to poll-bound West Bengal on Friday in light of the COVID-19 situation in the state.

West Bengal election: TMC worker shot at; party blames CRPF

22 Apr 2021

West Bengal election: TMC worker shot at; party blames CRPF

A worker of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal was shot at on Thursday as the state voted for the sixth phase of the Assembly elections, the party said, blaming the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the incident.

Amid coronavirus surge, sixth phase of polling begins in Bengal

22 Apr 2021

Amid coronavirus surge, sixth phase of polling begins in Bengal

The sixth phase of polling began today at 7 am in West Bengal, at a time when the nation is struggling to control the spread of coronavirus.

'Monumental incompetence': Mamata slams Modi government's COVID-19 management

21 Apr 2021

'Monumental incompetence': Mamata slams Modi government's COVID-19 management

Slamming the Narendra Modi government for its "monumental incompetence" in COVID-19 management, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the Centre allowed the open market sale of coronavirus vaccines only after shipments to foreign countries that led to the depletion of stocks in India.

Five poll contestants test COVID-19 positive in West Bengal

16 Apr 2021

Five poll contestants test COVID-19 positive in West Bengal

At least five candidates of different parties contesting the ongoing assembly election in West Bengal have tested positive for COVID-19, a health department official said on Friday.

CID to probe Cooch Behar CISF firing that killed four

16 Apr 2021

CID to probe Cooch Behar CISF firing that killed four

West Bengal CID, on Friday, took over the case of the killing of four people in firing by the CISF during polling in Cooch Behar on April 10, a senior government official said.

Mamata asks EC to club 4 final Bengal election phases

15 Apr 2021

Mamata asks EC to club 4 final Bengal election phases

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday urged the Election Commission to hold the remaining four phases of the state Assembly elections in one day.

Rezaul Haque, Congress candidate in West Bengal, dies of COVID-19

15 Apr 2021

Rezaul Haque, Congress candidate in West Bengal, dies of COVID-19

Congress candidate Rezaul Haque, who tested positive for COVID-19 two days ago, died at a hospital in Kolkata early on Thursday, the State Health Department sources said.

Banned from campaigning, Mamata Banerjee sits on dharna in Kolkata

13 Apr 2021

Banned from campaigning, Mamata Banerjee sits on dharna in Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been at odds with the Election Commission since the Assembly polls started, sat on a dharna today to protest the polling body's decision to ban her from campaigning for 24 hours till 8 pm.

Forces opened fire in Cooch Behar to save lives: EC

11 Apr 2021

Forces opened fire in Cooch Behar to save lives: EC

The Election Commission said on Saturday that central forces had opened fire in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal to save lives.

BJP, TMC spar over Cooch Behar deaths; PM blames Banerjee

10 Apr 2021

BJP, TMC spar over Cooch Behar deaths; PM blames Banerjee

After the fourth phase of Assembly polls in West Bengal was mired in violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a sharp attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress party.

Violence erupts in Bengal, 4 shot dead; EC seeks report

10 Apr 2021

Violence erupts in Bengal, 4 shot dead; EC seeks report

Four people were reportedly shot dead on Saturday when security personnel opened fire after being attacked in Sitalkuchi in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district as the state went to polls in its fourth phase of the ongoing Assembly elections.

Fourth-phase of Bengal polls begins; Union Minister, TMC heavyweights contesting

10 Apr 2021

Fourth-phase of Bengal polls begins; Union Minister, TMC heavyweights contesting

Voting for the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls began at 7 am today. In this phase, 44 seats are up for grabs.

TMC candidate Sujata Mondal attacked by BJP workers, alleges party

06 Apr 2021

TMC candidate Sujata Mondal attacked by BJP workers, alleges party

As voting progressed for the third phase of polling in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Sujata Mondal was allegedly attacked by workers of the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

West Bengal: Poll officer takes EVMs to TMC leader's house

06 Apr 2021

West Bengal: Poll officer takes EVMs to TMC leader's house

A polling officer in West Bengal was suspended after he took four Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and four Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) to the house of his relative, who is a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader.

Jaya Bachchan to campaign for Trinamool Congress in Bengal

05 Apr 2021

Jaya Bachchan to campaign for Trinamool Congress in Bengal

Veteran film actor and Samajwadi Party (SP) Member of Parliament Jaya Bachchan is set to campaign for the ruling Trinamool Congress party (TMC) in West Bengal during the ongoing Assembly elections in the state.

BJP to implement CAA in Bengal, not NRC: Kailash Vijayvargiya

04 Apr 2021

BJP to implement CAA in Bengal, not NRC: Kailash Vijayvargiya

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said on Sunday that the party had no plans to conduct the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in West Bengal.

West Bengal election: EC rejects Mamata's discrepancy claims at Nandigram

04 Apr 2021

West Bengal election: EC rejects Mamata's discrepancy claims at Nandigram

The Election Commission of India on Saturday rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's allegations of disruptions at a polling booth in Nandigram.

West Bengal election: Suvendu Adhikari's convoy attacked in Nandigram

01 Apr 2021

West Bengal election: Suvendu Adhikari's convoy attacked in Nandigram

Amid phase two of polling in West Bengal, the convoy of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari was attacked on Thursday afternoon.

West Bengal election: BJP worker found dead in Nandigram

01 Apr 2021

West Bengal election: BJP worker found dead in Nandigram

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker Uday Dubey was found hanging at his home in Nandigram in West Bengal's Purba Medinipur district on Thursday.

Amit Shah attacks Mamata on death of BJP member's mother

29 Mar 2021

Amit Shah attacks Mamata on death of BJP member's mother

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday condoled the death of the mother of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress (TMC) members.

BJP will win Bengal election with over 200 seats: Shah

28 Mar 2021

BJP will win Bengal election with over 200 seats: Shah

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the saffron party will win the West Bengal elections with more than 200 seats.

Amit Shah releases BJP's manifesto for West Bengal election

21 Mar 2021

Amit Shah releases BJP's manifesto for West Bengal election

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday released the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) manifesto for the Assembly polls in West Bengal.

West Bengal election: Suvendu Adhikari's father leaves TMC, joins BJP

21 Mar 2021

West Bengal election: Suvendu Adhikari's father leaves TMC, joins BJP

Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sisir Adhikari on Sunday joined the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Banerjee running smear campaign against Shah: BJP tells EC

20 Mar 2021

Banerjee running smear campaign against Shah: BJP tells EC

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is fighting tooth and nail to defeat Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal, on Friday urged the Election Commission to take legal action against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for claiming that the apex poll body was being run by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Arun Govil joins BJP; party announces 148 Bengal poll candidates

18 Mar 2021

Arun Govil joins BJP; party announces 148 Bengal poll candidates

Actor Arun Govil, who is best known for playing the role of Lord Rama in the 1987 television show Ramayana, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi on Thursday.

Shah, Nadda hold meetings amid protests over BJP Bengal candidates

16 Mar 2021

Shah, Nadda hold meetings amid protests over BJP Bengal candidates

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President JP Nadda have held meetings as the party's candidates for the upcoming West Bengal elections invited protests.

Swapan Dasgupta resigns from Rajya Sabha amid BJP candidature controversy

16 Mar 2021

Swapan Dasgupta resigns from Rajya Sabha amid BJP candidature controversy

Columnist Swapan Dasgupta on Tuesday resigned from the Rajya Sabha. Dasgupta had been given a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket for the upcoming West Bengal elections.

'People's pain bigger': Wheelchair-bound Mamata Banerjee addresses poll rally

15 Mar 2021

'People's pain bigger': Wheelchair-bound Mamata Banerjee addresses poll rally

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday addressed a campaign rally in the state's Purulia district, days after suffering injuries in an alleged attack.

BJP announces election candidates for Kerala, TN, Assam, Bengal

14 Mar 2021

BJP announces election candidates for Kerala, TN, Assam, Bengal

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday announced its candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal.

West Bengal election: Mamata Banerjee's wheelchair roadshow in Kolkata today

14 Mar 2021

West Bengal election: Mamata Banerjee's wheelchair roadshow in Kolkata today

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was hospitalized after an alleged attack, will lead a roadshow in the state capital Kolkata in a wheelchair.

Mamata offered to be exchanged for Kandahar hostages: Yashwant Sinha

13 Mar 2021

Mamata offered to be exchanged for Kandahar hostages: Yashwant Sinha

In 1999, Mamata Banerjee, a Union Cabinet Minister back then, had offered herself as a hostage in exchange for the passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar, former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha said on Saturday.