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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing a public gathering at Chakraberia in Bhabanipur, Kolkata, Saturday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Sat Sri Akal, Inshallah, Joy Durga — how Mamata’s speeches change with locality in Bhabanipur

In campaign for Bhabanipur bypoll on 30 Sept, Mamata Banerjee has been adapting her speeches according to the dominant community in every locality. BJP calls it 'divisive'.

‘Won’t allow BJP to make India another Taliban’: Mamata calls out Modi, Yogi on campaign trail

At Alipore’s Bodyguard Lines, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee spoke of Trinamool's national aspirations, noting that 'khela hobe' in Assam, Tripura, Goa and Uttar Pradesh.
Trinmool MP Derek O'Brien with Babul Supriyo and party's national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on 18 September 2021 | Trinamool Congress | Twitter

Babul Supriyo joins Trinamool months after ‘quitting politics’, being dropped from Modi cabinet

Babul Supriyo says leaving politics 'wasn't a drama' and that he will play by the rule book. Set to meet Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Monday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Bhabanipur on the day she filed her nomination papers (10 September) | Photo: Twitter/@AITCofficial

In Mamata bypoll seat, Gujaratis & Marwaris are ‘BJP backers’ but TMC has history on its side

Bhabanipur in South Kolkata, from where Mamata Banerjee will contest crucial bypoll, has a sizeable Gujarati & Marwari population, but TMC has trailed here only once in last 10 years.  
Image: Manisha Yadav | ThePrint

Behind Bengal’s Rs 1,900-cr ‘coal scam’ story is Class 8 dropout who began as ‘petty coal thief’

Top politicians like Mamata’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee have been grilled in connection with the coal mining scam. At the centre of it is a man called Anup Maji.
Somen Mitra’s wife Sikha Mitra (second from right), and Suvra Ghosh (extreme right), Pranab Mukherjee’s sister-in-law, joined the Trinamool Congress Sunday | ANI

Pranab Mukherjee relatives, ex-state chief’s wife — why Congress veterans’ kin are joining TMC

West Bengal Congress describes defectors as 'burden', accusing them of falling prey to their 'relentless greed' & questioning their contribution to party. 
Home Minister Amit Shah during a roadshow at Bethuadahari in West Bengal's Nadia district, on 18 April 2021 | PTI Photo

Sense of ‘abandonment’ in Bengal BJP as ‘violence-hit’ members say party brass left them alone

There is a growing clamour among local BJP members for Amit Shah and J.P. Nadda to visit Bengal. While Shah last visited Bengal in April, Nadda arrived in the state for a two-day visit on 4 May.
File image of Prashant Kishor, who said in May that he is retiring from political strategy | ANI

How ‘retired’ strategist Prashant Kishor is still helping Trinamool plan expansion beyond Bengal

Top Trinamool leaders say Prashant Kishor has made a significant contribution in ‘changing and shaping the general perception’ of party nationally, helped Mamata shed ‘regional party’ tag.
File photo of West Bengal Law Minister Moloy Ghatak | Twitter |@GhatakMoloy

Will file many appeals if CBI acts in motivated way: Bengal law minister on violence probe

Bengal Law Minister Moloy Ghatak calls NHRC report on post-poll violence 'misleading', says state is ready with Supreme Court appeal.
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra | ANI file

It’s been WFH for Bengal minister Amit Mitra since March 2020, but this is how he’s made it work

Bengal's 74-year-old Finance Minister Amit Mitra hasn’t attended office since Covid spread in India, and even skipped budget presentations and assembly meetings due to 'severe comorbid conditions'.

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.
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