Trinamool grapples with saffron surge in Bengal

The 2019 Lok Sabha election result in West Bengal is not the real problem for the Trinamool Congress. The bigger worry is that it is grappling to check the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) rise in the eastern state. That the BJP would bag 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats, reducing the regional outfit […]


BJP ‘collecting garbage’, says Mamata Banerjee on defecting TMC leaders

Coming down heavily on TMC leaders who joined the BJP post the Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday called them “greedy and corrupt” and said the saffron party was “collecting garbage”. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo also said she would be replacing the “traitors” with “dedicated members” and asked those “undecided […]


News Analysis: How Mamata Banerjee weakened the party she founded

On the last Thursday of May, a week after the general election results, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made a confession in public. “Till today,” she said, “I have not allowed Trinamool Congress [TMC] to run the trade unions properly so that industry can function…Now I will strengthen the unions.” She referred to her […]


TMC and BJP must stop using violence as a political tool

One of the biggest tests of a democracy is whether it can ensure a peaceful transfer of power. After all, what is the point of a democratic mandate if it invites vendetta? If there is one state in India which has historically violated this principle, it is West Bengal. Violence of the worst form, including […]


Situation under control: Bengal govt replies to MHA advisory

Stating that there were a few ‘stray post-poll clashes’ in West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government on Sunday claimed that situation in the state was ‘under control’ in a letter to the Centre, which had issued an advisory after four people died in violence between workers of the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. […]


Bodies of 3 killed in BJP-TMC clash recovered near Kolkata

Police on alert as situation is tense in villages where the party workers hailed from Three bodies have been recovered from two places in Sandeshkhali block in North 24 Paraganas district, about 80 km south of Kolkata following Saturday night’s violence between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers. The police administration is […]


Bengal remains on edge as TMC-BJP clashes continue

Violent clashes broke out between supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in parts of Bengal on Saturday, with at least one person being killed and the opposition party claiming three more deaths, although the police did not confirm these. TMC’s Kayum Molla, 26, was reportedly killed in a […]


Trinamool leader Nirmal Kundu shot dead; BJP, TMC trade charges

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee is likely to visit Nimta and meet the family members of Nirmal Kundu A Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader was shot dead at Nimta in West Bengal’s North 24 Paraganas district late on Tuesday evening. A video footage from the close circuit television cameras installed near […]