All stories by Pradipta Tapadar
Poll rout in Goa and Tripura, Birbhum killings force TMC to reach out to CongRediff.com30 Mar 2022
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has recently written to all opposition parties including the Congress, calling on everyone to come together and put up a united fight against saffron forces.
TMC's national ambitions hit after debacle in Goa, TripuraRediff.com14 Mar 2022
Having failed its litmus test, the Bengal's ruling party is back to square one, trying to draw up a fresh strategy ahead of the polls in Meghalaya and Tripura.
24 years since forming TMC, Mamata only grew strongerRediff.com16 Feb 2022
'The more you challenge her, the more powerful she gets'
Netaji's legacy party exploited for political reasons: DaughterRediff.com17 Jan 2022
Amid a controversy over the rejection of West Bengal's tableau for the Republic Day parade themed on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army, his daughter Anita Bose Pfaff said on Monday the legendary freedom fighter's legacy has often been 'partly exploited' for political reasons.
Oppn unity at stake as Cong-TMC ties turn sour post poachingRediff.com27 Nov 2021
The Opposition unity to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have run into rough weather as the Trinamool Congress and the Congress are at daggers drawn over the recent instances of 'poaching' by the Mamata Banerjee-led camp, with the grand old party finding itself in a tight spot.
Want to thwart attempts to divide people on religious lines: PaesRediff.com3 Nov 2021
Paes, having proved his mettle in tennis courts, now sought to champion the cause of common people as 'I have always wanted to serve the country in one way or the other'.
Will protect communal harmony at any cost: Bangladesh HMRediff.com18 Oct 2021
He claimed that the violence is aimed at fomenting trouble in his nation with an eye on the next general election.
Minister Puri explains why petrol prices are not coming downRediff.com23 Sep 2021
Petrol prices in the country are not coming down as the states do not want to bring fuel under the ambit of the GST, Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said. In an interview to PTI in Kolkata, Puri said petrol prices crossed the Rs 100-mark in West Bengal as the TMC government is levying heavy taxes. "If your question is do you want the petrol prices to come down then the answer is yes.
Unequal battle in Bhabanipur as Mamata faces 'lightweight' rivalsRediff.com13 Sep 2021
Having emerged as the face of opposition resistance to the Narendra Modi juggernaut after the TMC's triumph in the assembly elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is locked in an unequal battle as she squares off with "lightweight" rivals in her own lair--Bhabanipur.
Cong in best position to lead Oppn alliance: Salman KhurshidRediff.com6 Sep 2021
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) member also reminded regional parties opposed to the BJP of the defeat in the 2019 general elections when Narendra Modi powered the National Democratic Alliance to a second straight term in office due to a fragmented opposition, warning the 'BJP is coming after them' in their respective states.
13 years after Singur fiasco, Bengal says Tatas 'most welcome'Rediff.com19 Jul 2021
Thirteen years after their small car project was forced out of West Bengal following the anti-land acquisition movement in Singur, Industry and IT Minister Partha Chatterjee has said talks are on with the Tatas for big-ticket investments in the state. Underscoring job creation as the TMC government's top priority, Chatterjee also said incentives to companies will depend on ability to generate employment. He said the Mamata Banerjee dispensation wants two large manufacturing units to be set up by any prominent industrial house at the earliest. "We never had any enmity with the Tatas, neither we fought against them. "They are one of the most respected and biggest business houses of this country and also abroad. "You can't blame the Tatas (for the Singur fiasco).
Bengal BJP to crack a whip on TMC turncoats, dissidentsRediff.com11 Jul 2021
The BJP has decided to revamp the organisation by rewarding efficient party workers and leaders and remove several turncoats from local and district levels.
Suvendu Adhikari earns reputation as 'giant slayer'Rediff.com3 May 2021
Though a pyrrhic victory for the BJP, the party he chose to align himself against his former mentor Banerjee, it nevertheless is being seen as a morale booster for the saffron party as his former party, the Trinamool Congress under Banerjee's leadership, has garnered an overwhelming 213 seats out of 292 seats which went to polls.
Suvendu's fight against Mamata for political survivalRediff.com30 Mar 2021
A victory in Nandigram would not only establish him as one of the tallest BJP leaders in Bengal but would push him miles ahead of others in the chief ministerial race if the party is voted to power.
Parties prefer turncoats over old-timers in BengalRediff.com17 Mar 2021
Once a reviled practice in the state, both the parties seem to have endorsed a record number of turncoats this time -- triggering a wave of discontentment among their loyalists.
Why Bengal victory is important for BJPRediff.com13 Mar 2021
West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party chief Dilip Ghosh on Saturday said that the party has to fulfil its long-cherished mission of winning the state not only to expand its ideological footprint but also to secure India's eastern borders, which have turned into a 'transit point for terror elements' trying to create unrest in the country.
Street-fighter Mamata faces her biggest political battleRediff.com10 Mar 2021
'The way opposition parties such as the Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Jharkhand Mukti Morch have supported her, if she wins, she will be the biggest opposition face for 2024'
As BJP rings in new entrants, old guard feels left outRediff.com4 Mar 2021
The saffron party, which had witnessed unprecedented growth in terms of vote share and mass base over the last few years, had opened its doors wide for leaders from other parties as part of its poll strategy, but that did not go down well with many senior leaders, who had once locked horns with the newbies from rival camps, sources in the BJP said.
Identity politics gaining ground in Bengal ahead of pollsRediff.com2 Mar 2021
Bengal, where the electoral discourse has mostly steered clear of divisive agenda, has been drawn into the vortex with the TMC and the BJP accusing each other of fanning communal sentiments ahead of elections.
Won't be worthy heirs of Tagore if we don't reject communalism: Amartya SenRediff.com29 Dec 2020
'Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Swami Vivekananda, all wanted and argued for a united Bengali culture, and there is no room in their social objective for trying to excite one community against another'