The Trinamool Congress (TMC) named its three-times MP Shatabdi Roy as vice-president of West Bengal unit on January 17. Reportedly, the actor-turned-politician called a truce with TMC, following a rift. After the announcements, the Birbhum MP ended all speculations of defecting to BJP. Earlier, she wrote a Facebook post mentioning of taking future ‘decisions’ which fidgeted TMC leadership. However, she was pacified by TMC spokesperson Kunal… read-more
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on January 13 arrested former Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP KD Singh for his alleged involvement in a ₹1,900 crore Ponzi scam. Singh is the founder and current Chairman Emeritus of the Alchemist group. The ED had begun probing into the Alchemist Group money laundering case in 2016. As per reports, the recent arrest was made under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
Alleging poor performance, Trinamool Congress has removed Suvendu Adhikari’s father Sisir Adhikari from the Chairman post of Digha Sankarpur Development Authority. Additionally, the party has named Sisir’s rival MLA Akhil Giri for the same post. Sisir, whose both sons - Suvendu and Soumendu - had defected TMC in last weeks to join BJP, in a placid remark said, “They can do whatever they want. I am not bothered.”
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Within a week of AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi’s West Bengal visit, the party's acting state-president S K Abdul Kalam joined the TMC on January 9. Shifting ground with several other AIMIM workers, Kalam said he joined TMC to prevent the peace of West Bengal from the "poisonous air" expanding in the state. However, refusing to acknowledge Kalam, AIMIM's national spokesperson Syed Asim Waqar said that he had "never heard Kalam’s name".
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TMC legislator Ananta Deb Adhikari has been booked for allegedly slapping a journalist, Somnath Chakraborty, on January 5 after the latter wrote news report on the former's criticism of Zila Parishad. As per Chakraborty, he was attacked during a gymnasium's inauguration in Mainaguri ares of Jalpaiguri district. Adhikari denied the allegations, albeit he accepted that the news report had made him angry. Reportedly, the journalists also took… read-more
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Cricketer-politician Laxmi Ratan Shukla has stepped down as West Bengal Sports Minister on January 5. As per reports, Shukla took the decision since he wanted to stay away from politics. Moreover, he has resigned from the Trinamool Congress' Howrah District's President post as well. However, he will continue to be the MLA of Howrah Uttar. The former cricketer was elected to the assembly in 2016 polls.
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Giving a new turn to the political turmoil in West Bengal, the state BJP Leader Krishnendu Mukherjee was attacked on January 3 midnight by two unidentified people. However, Mukherjee escaped unhurt from five gunshots fired at him when his vehicle was entering his residence in Asansol. Later, Krishnendu filed a complaint blaming the TMC behind the attack. Reportedly, police is investigating the case and will take help of the CCTV footages.
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West Bengal BJP MP Saumitra Khan has stated that he would be sending a 'divorce-notice' to wife Sujata Mondal Khan after she has joined Trinamool Congress on December 21. Apart from the divorce notice, Soumitra has discontinued his wife's car and house security. Sujata, while joining TMC, said, "Who guarantees that Saumitra Khan won’t join me in future?” Moreover, Sujata accused that the BJP did not respect women.
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The BJP has blamed West Bengal’s TMC government for putting its Barrackpore office in the North 24 Parganas district on fire. A local BJP leader from Barrackpore, Tapan Biswas, said the TMC workers carried out the act since disgruntled TMC MLA Shilbhadra Dutta has joined the BJP. The office was put on fire by miscreants on the day the rebel MLA joined the BJP in Amit Shah’s presence. However, the TMC has repudiated the allegations.
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Former TMC member Suvendu Adhikari has officially joined in the Bharatiya Janata Party on December 19 during Home Minister Amit Shah's rally in Paschim Medinipur. Known for holding heavy support in West Bengal's Medinipur city, Suvendu had resigned from TMC on December 17. As per reports, Home Minister Shah had earlier paid tribute to freedom fighter Khudiram Bose before slamming the opposition for its narrow politics in his rally.
Courtesy: The Quint