West Bengal

"No Trend" Linking Covid Spike to Polls: BJP On Clubbing Phases In Bengal

"No Trend" Linking Covid Spike to Polls: BJP On Clubbing Phases In Bengal

Reported by Akhilesh Sharma, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Friday April 16, 2021, New Delhi

Opposing Mamata Banerjee's demand that remaining four phases of Bengal election be packed into one day of polling, BJP told Election Commission that there was no sign so far that "rise in Covid cases could be attributed to the democratic process".

45 Seats To Go To Polls In Phase 5, Fate Of 342 Candidates To Be Sealed

45 Seats To Go To Polls In Phase 5, Fate Of 342 Candidates To Be Sealed

Press Trust of India | Friday April 16, 2021, Kolkata

Over one crore voters in West Bengal will decide the political fate of 342 candidates on Saturday, when 45 assembly constituencies go to polls in the fifth phase, amid a raging second wave of COVID-19.

Five Poll Candidates Test Positive For COVID-19 In Bengal

Five Poll Candidates Test Positive For COVID-19 In Bengal

Press Trust of India | Friday April 16, 2021, Kolkata

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.

Mamata Banerjee Holds 4km Roadshow In Kolkata

Mamata Banerjee Holds 4km Roadshow In Kolkata

Press Trust of India | Thursday April 15, 2021, Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday held a roadshow in Kolkata as she sought to bolster the ruling Trinamool's campaign in the ongoing assembly elections, and wished people peace and prosperity on the occasion of Bengali New Year.

24-Hour Campaign Ban On Bengal BJP Chief Over Remarks On Firing Incident

24-Hour Campaign Ban On Bengal BJP Chief Over Remarks On Firing Incident

Press Trust of India | Thursday April 15, 2021, New Delhi

The Election Commission Thursday evening imposed a 24-hour campaign ban on the BJP's West Bengal president Dilip Ghosh for his "there will be Sitalkuchi in several places remarks.

"Wrap Up 4 Rounds Of Voting In A Day": Mamata Banerjee To Election Body

"Wrap Up 4 Rounds Of Voting In A Day": Mamata Banerjee To Election Body

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie, Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Thursday April 15, 2021

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called for clubbing the remaining four phases of elections into one day in view of the increasing Covid cases in the state - a possibility the Election Commission has already negated.

Congress Candidate From Bengal's Murshidabad Dies Of COVID-19 At Kolkata Hospital

Congress Candidate From Bengal's Murshidabad Dies Of COVID-19 At Kolkata Hospital

Press Trust of India | Thursday April 15, 2021, Kolkata

Congress candidate Rezaul Haque, who was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kolkata after testing positive for COVID-19, died early this morning, health department sources said.

CPI(M) Not To Hold Big Rallies Amid Covid Surge In West Bengal

CPI(M) Not To Hold Big Rallies Amid Covid Surge In West Bengal

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie, Edited by Aman Dwivedi | Thursday April 15, 2021

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday decided not to organise big rallies for the remaining phases of the state election and only resort to door-to-door and social media campaign due to the surge in Covid cases in the state.

"You Brought Covid And Ran Away":  Mamata Banerjee Slams BJP At Rally

"You Brought Covid And Ran Away": Mamata Banerjee Slams BJP At Rally

Written by Monideepa Banerjie | Thursday April 15, 2021, Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday blamed the BJP for the resurgence of COVID-19 in parts of the state and said had the government vaccinated everyone in time, there wouldn't have been this second outbreak of the pandemic.

"BJP Never Calls For Trinamool-<i>Mukt</i> Bharat": Rahul Gandhi's Dig In Bengal

"BJP Never Calls For Trinamool-Mukt Bharat": Rahul Gandhi's Dig In Bengal

Reported by Monideepa Banerjie, Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan | Wednesday April 14, 2021, Kolkata

Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday made his first campaign appearance in Bengal and tried to pitch the election - widely seen as a shoot-out between the ruling Trinamool and the BJP - as a three-way scrap that includes the Congress

"Bengal's Daughter": Mamata Banerjee Visits Grieving Cooch Behar Families After Deadly Firing

"Bengal's Daughter": Mamata Banerjee Visits Grieving Cooch Behar Families After Deadly Firing

Edited by Harish Pullanoor | Wednesday April 14, 2021, Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today visited the families of four persons who died in clashes with security forces in Cooch Behar district on Saturday. The incident had sparked some sharp exchanges between the Trinamool and the BJP.

PM Modi Should Do "Sit-Ups Holding Ears" If Caught Lying: Mamata Banerjee

PM Modi Should Do "Sit-Ups Holding Ears" If Caught Lying: Mamata Banerjee

Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Wednesday April 14, 2021, Kolkata

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee marked the end of her 24-hour ban on campaigning on Tuesday evening with a sharp attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Light Warning For BJP's Suvendu Adhikari For "Mini Pakistan" Remark

Light Warning For BJP's Suvendu Adhikari For "Mini Pakistan" Remark

Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Tuesday April 13, 2021, Kolkata

Suvendu Adhikari -- Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's bitter rival in Nandigram -- was let off with a light warning by the Election Commission today. The decision coincided with the Commission's 24-hour campaigning ban on the Chief Minister --

Trinamool, Congress, Left Depend On Outsiders To Win Election: Amit Shah

Trinamool, Congress, Left Depend On Outsiders To Win Election: Amit Shah

Press Trust of India | Tuesday April 13, 2021, Nagrakata, West Bengal

Amit Shah today slammed Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her repeated "outsider" jibe against him and PM Modi and accused her of lack of knowledge and said it is the Trinamool Congress, Left and Congress who have to depend on outsiders.

Congress Will Spring Surprise In Polls: Party's Bengal In-Charge BK Hariprasad

Congress Will Spring Surprise In Polls: Party's Bengal In-Charge BK Hariprasad

Press Trust of India | Tuesday April 13, 2021, New Delhi

A triangular contest is playing out in the West Bengal Assembly polls and the results will spring a surprise with a strong undercurrent against both the TMC and the BJP and in favour of the Left-Congress-ISF alliance, senior Congress leader BK Haripr