Kolkata/UNI: By-elections to the four Assembly seats of Khardah in North 24 Parganas district, Santipur in Nadia, Gosaba in South 24 Parganas and Dinhata in Cooch Behar in West Bengal began at 0700 hours this on Saturday morning.
Kolkata/IBNS: The West Bengal government on Wednesday deputed 10 IPS officers to assist the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the Calcutta High Court to probe the alleged incidents of murder and sexual assault since the declaration of Bengal assembly poll results on May 2, officials said on Thursday.
Kolkata/UNI: Election strategist Prashant Kishor, who spearheaded Mamata Banerjee's 2021 election victory, on Sunday announced that he will quit his election management job and hand over I-PAC to his employees to run the show.
Kolkata/UNI: As the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) is heading for a third term victory in Bengal, leading in 206 of the 294 seats, rival BJP is yet to concede defeat as its spokesman Amit Malvia said the party will "wait till the end of 15 rounds of counting."
Birbhum/West Bengal/IBNS: Nearly two hours after Trinamool Congress (TMC)'s Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal went out of the Election Commission of India (ECI)'s 'eyes', local machineries of the poll body on Wednesday afternoon found the TMC strongman at Tarapith and put him under strict surveillance again, officials said.
Kolkata/IBNS: Four days after the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) firing incident in Cooch Behar's Sitalkuchi during the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly election, that left four persons dead, a video clip, which is claimed to be of the incident, has gone viral on social media.
Krishnanagar/UNI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said BJP's double engine government in Bengal will give a new political ambience to the state.
New Delhi/IBNS: Issuing a statement on Saturday night, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said that the firing by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) outside a polling station in Sitalkuchi in West Bengal's Cooch Behar was absolutely necessary at that moment as the mob had attempted snatching jawans' rifles during the violence.
Nandigram/IBNS: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee left her wheelchair and stood on her feet to join her party members during the national anthem in a public meeting in Nandigram, said a Hindustan Times report.
Kolkata/IBNS: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the wee hours of Sunday arrested pro-Maoist and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Chhatradhar Mahato in connection with its ongoing investigations into CPI-M leader Prabir Mahato murder and 2009 Rajdhani Express hostage cases, officials said.
Kolkata/UNI: Barring a few sporadic incidents, the first of the eight-phase West Bengal Assembly election passed off peacefully with 80 per cent electorate exercising their franchise on Saturday, an Election Commission (EC) official here said.
Kolkata/IBNS: Hours after the BJP had released an audio clip claiming to be of Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee seeking help from its leader for election in Nandigram, the TMC on Saturday evening revealed a counter audio tape which is claimed to be a telephonic conversation between BJP leaders Mukul Roy and Sisir Bajoria discussing ways to influence the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Kolkata/IBNS: A Trinamool Congress (TMC) activist was killed and at least 10 others were injured as the workers of ruling TMC and Sanjukta Morcha, comprising of Left parties, Congress and Indian Secular Front (ISF), clashed in Baruipur in South 24 Parganas district of poll-bound West Bengal on Wednesday late night, reports said on Thursday.
New Delhi/Kolkata/IBNS: Two days ahead of the first phase of West Bengal assembly polls, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday removed one IAS and four IPS officials in Bengal with immediate effect from all election-related duties till the end of the polls, officials said.
Kolkata/IBNS: West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday took over the probe into the March 10 Nandigram incident in which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was injured during her campaign for the forthcoming assembly polls, officials said.