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(Representational image) Trinamool Congress supporters at a party rally in Nadia district | PTI file image

Disinfection, ‘purification’, shaved heads — How TMC is ‘welcoming’ workers who went to BJP   

Since Trinamool's return to power in Bengal, hundreds of workers who joined BJP have been looking to cross back into the party's fold. And across villages, 'welcome' ceremonies are on.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata, on 10 May 2021 | ANI Photo

How TMC turncoats’ actions or silence is fanning BJP’s defection worries in Bengal

Many Trinamool Congress turncoats who joined BJP ahead of 2021 polls are now pleading for return to Mamata's fold. Similar buzz now surrounds Mukul Roy and ex-minister Rajib Banerjee.
CPI(M) flags in Kannur

Decimated in elections, Bengal’s stunned Communists see no light at the end of the tunnel

Not only has the CPI(M)-led Left Front drawn a blank, for the first time since the 1952 elections, its vote-share has dropped to a paltry 5%. 
Home of Abhijit Sarkar, a 35-year-old BJP worker and an idol maker in North Kolkata, who was killed on 2 May | Photo: Madhuparna Das/ThePrint

Dragged by wire, head smashed, hacked — gory stories of post-poll violence in Mamata’s Bengal

The BJP claims 12 of the 17 killed were its workers in Bengal, where the violence has a pattern, with political ideology almost always pitting neighbour against neighbour.
BJP office in Asansol that was allegedly ransacked by TMC workers | ANI

’14 killed’ in Bengal as houses, party offices are torched, Governor says spoke to CM & PM

Images, clips of alleged murders, arson, and ransacking of property and party offices have gone viral. BJP alleges 9 of its workers were killed, Trinamool claims 3 cadres were murdered.
A BJP supporter wears the party flag during the election result day of the West Bengal Assembly election, in Kolkata Sunday | ANI

Sexist remarks against Mamata, no credible local face — What BJP thinks went wrong in Bengal

Central BJP leaders say that polarisation didn’t work, and believe Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was helped by the Bengali versus non-Bengali narrative.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee | Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

BJP is now a formidable opposition in Bengal, will keep a check on Mamata’s politics

For the first time in the history of West Bengal, the Left and the Congress will have no representation in the state assembly.
RSS members in a gathering

From nowhere to everywhere — how RSS grew in West Bengal to benefit BJP

From 1939, RSS and its outfits have only grown in West Bengal. The 2021 election is where Hindu nationalists of BJP see their first realistic chance of coming to power.
Workers in the 408 tea gardens in the 3 districts of Darjeeling, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri and their workforce, are key to 16 assembly seats in this part of North Bengal | Photo: Madhuparna Das/ThePrint

How tea gardens in North Bengal, key to poll fortunes of BJP & TMC, have kept both guessing

There are 408 tea gardens in North Bengal — 84 on Darjeeling hills & 324 in Terai & Dooars. The labour force is key to elections in 16 assembly seats in region, 13 of which vote today.
West Bengal BJP State President Dilip Ghosh | ANI

EC imposes 24-hour campaign ban on BJP’s Dilip Ghosh over Cooch Behar remarks

The Commission's order said Ghosh made highly 'provocative and inciteful' remarks which could adversely impact law and order and adversely affecting the election process.

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Illustration by Viola Gesmundo | Unbias The News

When ‘help’ hurts – Being nice isn’t an excuse to touch a disabled person without consent

Most of my journeys involve fending off unwanted help. People take my arm, my shoulder, my waist, my white cane, and occasionally my dog guide leash.
Ather Energy’s electric scooters at its experience centre in Bengaluru’s Indiranagar | Photo: Angana Chakrabarti/ThePrint

Electric scooters are becoming a rage and Bengaluru’s Ather has quietly raced ahead

Nearly three years since it launched its first scooter in 2018, Ather Energy’s revenues have increased from Rs 11.7 crore in FY19 to Rs 48.8 crore in FY20.   

Defence

DRDO successfully flight tests new generation surface-to-air Akash missile

The missile has been indigenously manufactured by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.