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Mamata Bannerjee is one of the most influential political personalities in India with her background in the Indian state of West Bengal. Ms. Bannerjee being so revolutionary has done some courageous works in Indian parliament for the betterment of her home state. She was always willing for the development of her state being a great lover of her motherland. Born in 1955 in Calcutta and educated in Calcutta University, Bannerjee associated herself in politics in 1970s fighting for the Indian National Congress and won seats for many a times. She has worked as the union Railway minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee?s BJP government with many achievements in Indian Railway. Bannerjee has won parliamentary polls in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 polls with large majority. In 1991 Congress government during the prime minister ship of Narasimha Rao, Bannerjee has served as the respective member of the parliament. But got separated from congress in 1997 owing to the differences of opinion between them. The most controversial time of Banarjee?s reign in politics comes in 2008 when Ms. Bannarjee has been protesting and criticizing the faulty industrial plans of the Bhattacharya?s government due to which a large number of farmers have lost their land without pertinent compensation. The industrial units in Nandigram and Singur have displaced many farmers and the landowners whom government has not provided accurate rehabilitation. The agitation of Ms. Bannerjee is also much disputed owing to the irritation of the industrialists to set industry units in the place. Still Bannerjee has done many things for the welfare of her home state. Her own party Trinamool Congress which is regional political party with a less number of followers is going ahead to grab the majority of supports from the people.*
Kamduni (West Bengal), June 19 (IANS) Two women of this sleepy village, who led the anti-gangrape protests in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee only to be dubbed Maoists and CPI-M activists by the angry leader, Wednesday sought a probe by the CBI to clear their names.
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) Two days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's visit to Kamduni village where she shouted at anti-rape protestors, Governor M.K. Narayanan Wednesday urged media not to create controversy over every act of the Trinamool Congress supremo.
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) In the wake of a noisy protest she faced while visiting a gang-rape-murder victim, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday claimed that a leading media house was conspiring with the CPI-M, Congress and Maoists to kill her.
Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's visit to Kamduni village, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tuesday said she was now "scared" to enter a village in the state and was only doing it "secretly like thieves".
Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) Angry netizens Tuesday lashed out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and sternly told her to "shut up and do some work", a day after she lost her cool and branded as "CPI-M people" anti-rape protestors as also rapists of a college girl.
Kolkata, June 17 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday questioned "yet another" cabinet reshuffle of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the centre.
Kolkata, June 17 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's belated bid to soothe the family of a murdered gang-rape victim in North 24 Parganas Monday turned sour when she lost her cool after facing noisy protests from villagers.
Kolkata, June 17 (IANS) Faced with demonstrations from villagers over a gang-rape and murder in North 24 Parganas district, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday lost her cool and branded the perpetrators of the crime as well as the protestors as "CPI-M people".
Kolkata, June 16 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Sunday said there were "ominous signs" for West Bengal, which has "regressed" under the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress regime.
Kolkata, June 16 (IANS) The CPI-M Sunday said it will try to unify non-Congress and non-BJP parties in order to provide alternative policies to the country.
Kolkata, June 15 (IANS) Veteran Marxist leader and former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Saturday ridiculed the federal front mooted by the Trinamool Congress and said an alternative front should be based on common minimum programme and policies.
Kolkata, June 15 (IANS) Besieged by problems galore at home, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has proposed the formation of a federal front consisting of non-Congress and non-BJP parties. However, Banerjee's opponents have termed the proposal as a ploy to bargain with the Congress and the Bharaitya Janata Party and divert public attention from the regime's shortcomings.
Kolkata, June 14 (IANS) For the first time, the West Bengal government Friday declared a half-day holiday for state government employees on the occasion of Jamai Sashthi ? son-in-law day.
Kolkata, June 13 (IANS) Asserting that its alliance with Janata Dal United (JD-U) will only get stronger, the BJP Thursday termed West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's efforts for a federal front a diversionary ploy to mask her failures.
Hyderabad, June 13 (IANS) Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is ready to join the Federal Front proposed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu indicated to reporters Thursday.
Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) The CPI-M Wednesday dubbed Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee's call for a federal front a "joke" and said her asking non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties to form a front for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls would be a damp squib.
Kolkata/New Delhi, June 12 (ANI): West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that she had spoken to both Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on the formation of a 'federal front'.
Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) Two days after urging all non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties to form a federal front for next year's Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said she has spoken to her Bihar and Odisha counterparts who have reacted positively to her proposal.
n a bid to create pressure on center for the demand for special package for the state, Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik has alleged that center has been ignoring the legitimate demands of the state.
Kolkata, June 10 (IANS) The Congress Monday alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was "afraid" of free and fair panchayat polls and like a "coward" was using police and hoodlums against the opposition to sail through.
Kolkata, June 10 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Monday urged all the regional parties to come together and form a federal front in the coming Lok Sabha election.
Kolkata, June 9 (IANS) Observing that non-conduct of the panchayat polls would be a disaster, the CPI-M Sunday accused West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress of trying to disrupt the elections to the rural government bodies.
Kolkata, June 7 (IANS) The Indian Journalists Association Friday condemned the "brutal attack" on journalists in West Bengal's North 24 Parganaas distict and asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take action against the culprits and ensure security for mediapersons.
Kolkata, June 6 (IANS) The centre has returned to the West Bengal government the Bill passed by the state assembly in April to reign in ponzi firms.
Kolkata, June 5 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said the central government has expressed its inability to provide security forces for deployment during the panchayat polls in the state next month.
Kolkata, June 5 (IANS) Claiming that the party has gained in its vote share, the CPI-M Wednesday said West Bengal's Howrah Lok Sabha by-poll result should come as a lesson for the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Kolkata, June 5 (IANS) Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said regional parties will perform well in the 2014 general election and parried a query on whether her party would be at the forefront of any non-Congress and non-BJP coalition.
New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee Wednesday skipped the chief ministers' conference on internal security that is likely to chalk out a new strategy to check the growing violence by Maoist guerrillas.
Kolkata, June 3 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday questioned the Congress-led UPA government on its 'hurriedness' to pass the National Food Security Bill.
Kolkata, June 3 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist's peasant wing Monday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal of resorting to violence to counter prevailing negative public sentiments.
Kolkata, May 31 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has replaced her plush chair with a wooden one at the state secretariat as she considers herself a commoner.
Kolkata, May 30 (ANI): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday visited the residence of national award winning filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, who died of cardiac arrest earlier this morning, and said that 'Bengal has lost a golden director'.
Kolkata, May 29 (IANS) Climbing down from its earlier stand of sticking to state forces for the upcoming panchayat polls, the West Bengal government Wednesday requisitioned 300 companies of central para-military forces for deployment.
Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday alleged that the CPI-M, the Congress as well as the BJP have joined hands and fielded Independent candidates to eat into Trinamool Congress' votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha by-election.
Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Tuesday slammed the recent hike in coal prices and said that UPA-II's "anti-people decision" would affect the common man.
Kolkata, May 28 (IANS) After the Maoist attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an alert to West Bengal on the security of key political leaders, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) The Congress in West Bengal Saturday attacked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on implementation of the rural jobs programme, saying the state has turned out a poor performer in the 100 days work scheme despite tall claims of the Trinamool Congress government.
Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) The Left Front Thursday asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to respond to allegations by a senior West Bengal IPS officer about "corrupt practices" when she was the railway minister.
New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Leaders of the Congress in West Bengal Wednesday met Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath to lodge a complaint against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly violating the model code of conduct ahead of the June 2 Lok Sabha by-poll from Howrah.
Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Tuesday that the government would ban online lottery "Online lotto".
Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) The West Bengal government is conducting a survey for gauging the extent of tribal land encroached upon in the state's northern part, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Tuesday.
Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) The West Bengal government would provide monthly stipends of Rs.750 to nearly 4,000 folk artistes across the state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Tuesday.
Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) As the Trinamool Congress Monday completed two years in power in West Bengal, the CPI-M has come out with a "charge-sheet" seeking answers from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on a host of issues including the raging chit fund scam, farmer suicides and rising crime chart.
Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) In the shadow of the Saradha Group chit-fund scam, West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government stepped into its third year in office Monday, with the chief minister claiming the state has outperformed the national average in key sectors.
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) With the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal coming up with a draft textile policy to attract investment to revive the sector, leading industry lobbies have expressed hope that the policy roadmap would help the industry to grow significantly.
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) On the eve of completing two years in office, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday claimed that West Bengal outperformed and outgrew the nation during 2012-13.
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) The West Bengal government has unveiled its draft industrial policy after a long wait to woo entrepreneurs by showcasing the state as an attractive investment destination.
Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) Bringing out an assessment report of West Bengal's Trinamool Congress government, two days before it completes two years in office, the Congress Saturday alleged that the regime was moving in a negative direction and was clueless about the course it wanted the state's economy to take.
Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) Three months after losing a by-poll, West Bengal minister Humayun Kabir resigned Saturday, two days ahead of the six month period mandated by the constitution within which a minister must get elected to the legislature.
Kolkata, May 16 (IANS) West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee led government Thursday released a performance report, claiming the state has clocked a growth rate higher than that of the overall country during the nearly two years it has been in power.
Kolkata, May 14 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday said the opposition parties' conspiracy to stall the panchayat polls has failed with the Calcutta High Court paving the way for concluding the three-phase elections by July 15.
Kolkata, May 13 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday celebrated two years of her Trinamool Congress being voted to power with a Facebook message saluting the people who had ousted the Left Front government.
Kolkata, May 12 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will embark on a three-day visit to Darjeeling Hills beginning May 14 during which she will meet the GJM leaders as well as hold talks with the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA).
Kolkata, May 11 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday nominated former state president Asim Kumar Ghosh as its candidate for the June 2 Howrah Lok Sabha byelection.
Kolkata, May 11 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Saturday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of taking contradictory stands on panchayat polls in the state as she was not in favour of holding the elections.
Kolkata, May 11 (IANS) As if the raging multi-crore Saradha Group chit fund scam was not enough, the Calcutta High Court verdict underlining the primacy of the State Election Commission (SEC) has come as a telling blow to West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee regime, which has been getting increasingly cornered on various issues.
Kolkata, May 10 (IANS) Accusing the United Progressive Alliance government of using central agencies to launch a number of probes against her government and party, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday said a conspiracy has been hatched to finish the state economically.
Kolkata, May 10 (IANS) In a telling blow to the already beleaguered Mamata Banerjee government, the Calcutta High Court Friday ordered a three-phase panchayat (rural body) polls in West Bengal with deployment of central armed police personnel. The state government announced it would appeal against the "impractical" order.
Kolkata, May 10 (IANS) Alleging that a conspiracy has been hatched by opposition parties to prevent her government from holding timely panchayat polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday asserted that development would not be affected and the elections would be held at the right time.
Kolkata, May 10 (IANS) In a major setback to the Mamata Banerjee government, the Calcutta High Court Friday ordered three-phased panchayat (rural body) polls in West Bengal with deployment of security forces including central paramilitary force personnel.
Kolkata, May 10 (IANS) In a virtual snub for the Mamata Banerjee government, the Calcutta High Court Friday ordered three-phase panchayat (rural body) polls and directed the state to fully compensate the shortfall in security forces by deploying central paramilitary forces.
Kolkata, May 9 (IANS) The Congress Thursday ridiculed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for "campaigning against the CBI", claiming that she was doing so to prevent the truth from coming out in the Saradha Group chit fund scam.
Kolkata, May 9 (IANS) West Bengal will soon unveil its new industrial policy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured industrialists here after a meeting with them at the state secretariat here.
Kolkata, May 8 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday assured industrialists of speedy clearance of land for industries and promised to solve issues related to infrastructure within a specific timeframe.
Kolkata, May 8 (IANS) The West Bengal government is planning to start a social security scheme for depositors and investors to ensure proper return of public money after the Saradha chit fund mess, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here Wednesday.
Kolkata, May 7 (IANS) Assuring that there would be no political interference in the functioning of the Presidency University, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday promised action against those who had vandalised its premises earlier.
Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) While making "Bombay Talkies" with three other directors, Dibakar Bannerjee has gone through the most fun experience of his life and he dreads leaving it behind.
Kolkata, May 6 (IANS) In the wake of the opposition's demand for a CBI probe into the multi-crore-rupee Saradha Group chit fund scandal, the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal Monday accused the CPI-M of involvement in the coal scam.
Kolkata, May 6 (IANS) The West Bengal government has turned down the state human rights panel's recommendations to compensate Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra and his neighbour who were earlier arrested for circulating emails mocking Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, an official said Monday.
Kolkata, May 5 (IANS) Attacking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her predecessor and CPI-M leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Sunday termed as "lies" her statement that she knew nothing about the chit fund scam before the Bengali New Year day.
Kolkata, May 4 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday demanded a detailed statement from the central government about the missing vital organs of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian death row prisoner who died in a Lahore hospital a week after a murderous attack in jail.
Kolkata, May 4 (IANS) Firing a fresh salvo at West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress over the Saradha Group scam in West Bengal, the Congress Saturday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her "ignorance" about the chit fund muddle.
Kolkata, May 4 (IANS) It is turning out to be virtually a free for all among the politicians of West Bengal in the aftermath of the Saradha chit fund bust. Relatives of political figures are being dragged into the muddle as allegations of corruption and nepotism abound.
Kolkata, May 3 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Friday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of acting as Saradha group's "unofficial brand ambassador" by concealing facts and diverting attention from the chit fund mess in order to avoid a CBI inquiry.
Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) The CPI-M Thursday claimed that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was desperately trying to prevent a CBI probe into the multi-million rupee chit fund scam to save the image of her Trinamool Congress, but said she would "miserably" fail in her efforts.
Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) Attacking the opposition over its demand for a CBI probe in the chit fund muddle, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday accused the central government of inaction against the burgeoning 'Ponzi' firms.
Kolkata, May 2 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Thursday attributed the death of Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh to "bad handling of the case".
Film: "Bombay Talkies"; Cast: Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda, Saqib Saleem, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Naman Jain, Khushi Dubey, Vineet Kumar Singh, Sudhir Pandey and Amitabh Bachchan; Directors: Karan Johar, Dibakar Bannerjee, Zoya Akhtar, and Anurag Kashyap; Rating: *****
Kolkata, May 1 (IANS) With legendary singer Manna Dey turning 95 Wednesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted him on the occasion.
Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) The West Bengal government would shut down by Wednesday two companies having four of five sister concerns engaged in 'Ponzi' or multi-level marketing schemes, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday and asserted that it was keeping a watch on similar other companies.
Kolkata, April 30 (IANS) The West Bengal government Tuesday announced it would shut down, by Wednesday, 73 companies against whom the central government has received complaints of indulging in 'Ponzi', or multi-level marketing, schemes.
Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) Taking forward investigation into the multi-billion crore rupee chit fund muddle that has rocked West Bengal, police Monday quizzed ruling Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh while Congress activists demonstrated on the streets demanding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's resignation in the scam.
Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, who headed the Saradha Group's media arm, was quizzed by police Monday in the group's chit fund muddle but rubbished allegations of complicity in the scam and claimed he was ignorant about the "Ponzi" funding of the company.
Kolkata, Apr. 29 (ANI): Supporters of the youth wing of the Congress Party staged a protest here on Monday against the fraudulent investment company scam and demanded the arrest of the lawmakers involved in the case.
Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee would sue senior CPI-M leader Gautam Deb for alleging that he has amassed fortune worth Rs.300 crore and was into the chit fund business, the Trinamool Congress said Monday.
Kolkata, April 29 (IANS) A rights group Monday approached the West Bengal Human Rights Commission to complain against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urging people to smoke more and sought a public apology from her.
Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) West Bengal's opposition CPI-M Sunday alleged that a close relative of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has amassed fortunes worth.Rs 300 crore in only three years and wondered whether he was running a chit fund.
Kolkata, April 28 (IANS) Expressing doubt whether West Bengal's Trinamool Congress government intended to dig out the truth in the chit fund scam, CPI-M leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Sunday said the facts could be unsettling for the ruling party which had become synonymous with the tainted Saradha Group.
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) Describing the Trinamool Congress as synonymous with the tainted Saradha Group, the Left Front Saturday held West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee responsible for the ongoing chit fund muddle in the state.
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) Under fire for his alleged complicity in the Saradha Group chit fund muddle, Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh has written to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pleading innocence and has offered to quit.
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi Saturday described Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as an "honest" person and hoped she would tack action against West Bengal politicians involved with the chit fund mess and the tainted Saradha Group.
Kolkata, April 27 (IANS) With the influential Saradha Group chit fund going bust, the Trinamool Congress government in the state is faced with the biggest threat it has faced in two years of being in office. Allegations fly thick and fast of Trinamool ministers and MPs being involved in the scam that resulted in tens of thousands of poor investors losing their lifetime savings.
Kolkata, April 27 (ANI): The West Bengal Government has held an all-party meeting to discuss the possibility of drafting a new law to deal with recent investment company scam that duped several small depositors of their life long savings.
Kolkata,, April 26 (IANS) Blaming the central government's casual approach and the failure of its agencies for the multi billion chit fund scam, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday demanded it return the money of the depositors.
Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) Assuring people of justice and swift action for relief in the Saradha Group chit fund case, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday lashed out at the erstwhile Left Front regime for not taking the right steps and failing to implement a bill to deal with chit funds during their rule.
Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) In the wake of the multi-crore Saradha Group chit fund scam, the Congress Friday accused the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government of trying to dilute the issue to save its "own people".
Kolkata, April 26 (IANS) Amid the political and financial crisis over the Saradha Group chit fund scam, West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Friday said indemnifying the poor investors was imperative.
Kolkata, April 25 (IANS) West Bengal's opposition CPI-M Thursday demanded immediate seizure of the assets of Saradha Group, which has gone bust, to return the depositors' hard-earned money.
Kolkata, April 25 (IANS) Barring the Saradha Group from making any financial transactions, the Calcutta High Court Thursday asked the West Bengal government to furnish details about the steps taken against the tainted company.
New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) An anti-tobacco group Thursday expressed "shock" over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's joke asking people to smoke more, so more revenue could be garnered to compensate investors of the collapsed Saradha chit fund.