Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's house and the street leading to her residence in South Kolkata's Kalighat wore a deserted look on Thursday with counting trends showing a big increase in the BJP's numbers and a consequent decrease in the ruling party's tally of seats.
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee might have put up a brave front and scoffed at the exit polls—which indicate a strong BJP performance in Bengal—but the picture on the ground tells a different tale.
Politics and violence have always gone hand-in-hand in Bengal. The first two decades after independence, which witnessed a steady stream of refugees from across the border, abject poverty and Delhi’s “indifference” might have set the stage for what was to follow.
Under his watch, now tottering Air India became the sixth most profitable airline in the world and earned profits of Rs. one crore a day. Deveshwar also helmed the ITC from a tobacco major to an FMCG giant, spiralling its revenues tenfold to Rs 50,000 crore
Ostentatious celebration of Durga Puja in Calcutta is traced back to the early 1700s when Bengal’s zamindars outdid each other in displaying their influence, power and wealth by spending large sums of money in festivities.
Indeed when the former Lok Sabha speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, was expelled from the CPI(M) in 2008, it was almost unthinkable considering the position the veteran politician enjoyed in his party which he joined in 1968.