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Mamata Banerjee

Swaraj calls Mamata before leaving for Dhaka

Swaraj calls Mamata before leaving for Dhaka

Hours before her departure for Dhaka in a goodwill visit to Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of the BJP-led new Indian government today spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had blocked Teesta water-sharing deal three years ago. Swaraj made a call to Banerjee to "touch-base" and tell her about her...

Mamata courts Left as BJP eyes WB

Mamata courts Left as BJP eyes WB

Mamata Banerjee is credited with decimating her arch rival, the Left, in West Bengal. Therefore when she advised the same party to strengthen its ranks to check BJP's rise, she conceded the real threat to Trinamool Congress' supremacy was the saffron surge.  "BJP workers are grabbing your party offices and raising their flags there,"...

INDIAN LS POLLS

Trinamool surges in West Bengal

Trinamool surges in West Bengal

While Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party earned an overall record majority in the 16th Lok Shaba polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) led the tally of votes counting in 42 constituencies in West Bengal. Initial trend of counting in West Bengal points towards a best-ever performance for the TMC, which is leading in 34 of the...

Coalition game on the cards

Coalition game on the cards

A month and five days after it began, voting for India's general election is finally over and the exit poll numbers are rolling in. Based on previous experience, however, there is no reason to assume surveys are particularly accurate. In 2004 and 2009, all exit polls got the results completely wrong, overestimating the...

Mamata attacking Modi to woo Bangladeshi infiltrators: BJP

Mamata attacking Modi to woo Bangladeshi infiltrators: BJP

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley, candidate in West Bengal for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, yesterday termed “illegal infiltrators from Bangladesh” as the “mainstay” of electoral calculations for its Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Jaitley made the comment ahead of the last phase of polling in West Bengal, local daily Indian Express reports today. Mentioning Mamata,...

PM blames Mamata for blocking Teesta deal

PM blames Mamata for blocking Teesta deal

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the Teesta water sharing treaty between Bangladesh and India could not be signed due to an objection raised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee. "The framework agreement on sharing the water of the Teesta River had been finalised, and the deal couldn’t be inked due to an objection by Mamata Banarjee," she said in her introductory speech at a meeting with high officials of the water resources ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat. But, Hasina said, the Indian central government was very much cordial to sign the treaty. This is the...

Bengal polls to be cancelled if Mamta defies transfer orders

Bengal polls to be cancelled if Mamta defies transfer orders

The Indian Election Commission is likely to take action if West Bengal government does not comply with its order to transfer officials, Times Now, complemented by Times of India reports quoting EC sources. The commission may even cancel polls in the concerned districts if the Mamata government refuses to carry out the transfers, the...

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Einstein, Biswajit and Indian elections

Einstein, Biswajit and Indian elections

If Albert Einstein could not pass his college entrance examination at the first attempt, then there is surely hope for us lesser mortals. Biswajit Deb Chatterjee, the Hindi film star from Bengal who warbled his way across the Seventies with songs like Humdum mere, maan bhi jaao, kahna mere pyaar ka, and now, at...

Beyond heels and bindis

ON Women's Day, even Narendra Modi wore pink when he indulged in 'chai pe charcha,' one of the pre-election rounds he had with only women; Mamata Banerjee led ten thousand women who walked with her from College Square to Esplanade, causing unforgivable traffic jams; Men wearing women's high heels completed 'Walk A Mile in Her Shoes' in Sofia, Bulgaria, to raise awareness against domestic and sexual violence; and women in Berlin walked the SlutWalk Rally protesting the same. Now,...

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The political calculus of Bengal

WHY, and when, does a politician defect? The simplistic, but not all that simple, answer is money. We have good reason, of course, to be cynical about the morality of politicians. But if money alone was sufficient to buy the loyalty of legislators, there would be serial instability. Too many politicians, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, can resist everything but temptation. Defection remains an occasional game because money is, at best, a one-time payoff. Politicians, like other professionals, prefer a...

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