India | Press Trust of India | Monday July 29, 2013
Seen as a prelude to Lok Sabha elections and a litmus test for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the ruling Trinamool Congress surged ahead of opposition Left Front and Congress in 11 of 17 districts in West Bengal, as initial results of gram panchayat...
India | Reported by Monideepa Banerjie; Edited by Mala Das | Tuesday July 23, 2013
Another Mamata Banerjee man and more provocative words. This time it was West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra who went on a rant during a public rally on Monday attacking the state's election commission chief, the CPM, the Congress, the BJP and...
India | Monideepa Banerjie | Monday July 22, 2013
Panchayat polls are usually associated with dance of democracy. But in West Bengal, they have turned into the dance of violence. During the voting for fourth phase of panchayat elections on Monday, seven people were killed - three in Murshidabad, two...
India | Press Trust of India | Sunday July 21, 2013
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday indirectly put the onus of panchayat poll violence on the State Election Commission (SEC), arguing that the elections were being conducted by the SEC and the state had provided adequate policemen r...
Cities | Indo-Asian News Service | Thursday July 18, 2013
A leader of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Wednesday courted controversy by exhorting his party workers to hurl bombs at police and damage houses of independent candidates fighting the panchayat polls.
India | Edited by Mala Das (with inputs from PTI) | Thursday July 11, 2013
Voting for the first of the controversial five-phased panchayat polls in West Bengal has begun. But despite stringent security arrangements, incidents of violence are already being reported. Senior CPM leader Surya Kanta Mishra was heckled by support...
India | Reported by Monideepa Banerjie, Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Tuesday July 9, 2013
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken her attack on the State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey a step further.
India | Indo-Asian News Service | Sunday July 7, 2013
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused the State Election Commission of taking decisions at its "whims and fancies" and vowed to take revenge "democratically", hours after her Trinamool Congress boycotted a meeting called by t...
India | Press Trust of India | Saturday July 6, 2013
The Trinamool Congress on Saturday stayed away from the all party meeting convened by State Election Commission in Kolkata on the upcoming panchayat polls in West Bengal.
India | Press Trust of India | Friday July 5, 2013
Ahead of panchayat elections in West Bengal beginning July 11, the state election commission today reviewed law and order and poll arrangements in a meeting with district magistrates and police chiefs of nine districts going to poll in the first thre...
India | Written by Monideepa Banerjie | Tuesday July 2, 2013
The Supreme Court has said no to the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government and a minority body that wanted poll dates changed for the panchayat elections in the state.
India | Reported by Monideepa Banerjie (With inputs from PTI), Edited by Abhinav Bhatt | Friday June 28, 2013
The Supreme Court has said panchayat polls in West Bengal will be held in five phases starting July 11.
India | Edited by Shamik Ghosh | Wednesday June 26, 2013
Knives, metaphorically, were out at Calcutta High Court over the panchayat poll case today with the chief justice having to break up an argument between angry rival lawyers with an emphatic "enough is enough".
India | Monideepa Banerjie | Wednesday June 26, 2013
The West Bengal Election Commission today moved the Supreme Court on the panchayat poll imbroglio in the state. The Mamata Banerjee government and the State Election Commission or SEC are at loggerheads over availability of security forces to conduct...
Cities | Indo-Asian News Service | Tuesday June 25, 2013
There were unusual scenes in the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday as the chief justice and his colleague and the rival counsel of the West Bengal government and the State Election Commission frantically used calculators to ascertain the number of secur...
India | Written by Monideepa Banerjie | Wednesday June 5, 2013
The Advocate General (AG) of West Bengal has landed himself in a major controversy following sexist remarks that he made in the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday. Bimal Chatterjee, who is the seniormost law officer in the state, had likened the State El...
India | Indo-Asian News Service | Tuesday May 28, 2013
The West Bengal State Election Commission on Monday issued the notification for phase one of the three-phase panchayat (rural body) polls, kickstarting the formal poll process and enforcing the model code of conduct.
India | Monideepa Banerjie | Tuesday May 14, 2013
The Calcutta High Court today disposed off the appeal by the state government against the order of the single bench last Friday by ordering panchayat elections by July 15 in three phases with forces from other states and central forces if necessary.
India | Reported by Monideepa Banerjie; Edited by Mala Das | Friday May 10, 2013
In a huge setback for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Calcutta High Court has ruled that the state government's announcement of dates for the panchayat polls was illegal. Ms Banerjee's government had first announced that the elections...
India | Press Trust of India | Saturday May 4, 2013
The Election Commission on Friday announced bye-elections on June 2 for filling up vacancies of four Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, Gujarat and West Bengal and six assembly constituencies in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.