Tanmay Chatterjee

Tanmay Chatterjee has spent more than three decades covering regional and national politics, internal security, intelligence, defence and corruption. He also plans and edits special features on subjects ranging from elections to festivals.

Articles by Tanmay Chatterjee

BJP will be finished like Congress for misusing probe agencies: Akhilesh

Pressing for a nationwide caste census, which, he said was the biggest issue at the moment, Akhilesh Yadav claimed the BJP is trying to avoid it

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference on the concluding day of the party’s two-day National Executive Meeting, in Kolkata on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 20, 2023 12:50 AM IST

Akhilesh Yadav demands caste census, action against SBI, LIC top brass

Akhilesh Yadav, who is in Kolkata for the SP’s national executive meet, said that after Bengal, it is UP where political workers face maximum probe by federal agencies

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav in Kolkata on Sunday. (Photo by Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 19, 2023 08:33 PM IST

Mamata Banerjee makes changes in TMC after setback in bypoll

The decisions were taken at a closed-door meeting the TMC chairperson held on Friday with legislators and parliamentarians at her south Kolkata residence to formulate a strategy for the upcoming panchayat and the 2024 Lok Sabha elections

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed organisational weakness and sabotage by a section of leaders for the TMC’s setback in the Sagardighi assembly bypoll. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 19, 2023 04:03 AM IST

Mamata holds meeting over Sagardighi bypoll defeat, reshuffle Muslim cell leaders

In the meeting, Banerjee blamed organisational weakness and sabotage by a section of leaders for the defeat in recent bypolls and replaced Haji Nurul Islam and appointed youth leader Mosaraf Hossain as the unit’s new president

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 03:35 PM IST

Mamata, Akhilesh agree to maintain ‘equal distance’ from BJP, Congress

The TMC announced that Mamata Banerjee will travel to Odisha next week to meet her counterpart Naveen Patnaik as part of her plans to talk to parties that can defeat the BJP

amajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 10:12 AM IST

Bengal job scam: Several TMC leaders’ kin in lurch after HC order

Several Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and their kin have lost clerical jobs in West Bengal government schools because of a recent Calcutta high court order, which sought termination of service of those who paid bribes for employment, leaders of the ruling party said

HT Image
Published on Mar 13, 2023 02:05 AM IST
By, Kolkata

TMC leaders, kin lose school jobs after Calcutta HC order in appointment scam

A recent Calcutta high court order sought termination of service of those who paid bribe for employment in Bengal government schools

Close relatives of several TMC legislators and district leaders have also lost their jobs. (Representative Image)
Published on Mar 12, 2023 08:50 PM IST

‘CM is concerned’: Mamata Banerjee sets up panel to look into Sagardighi defeat

Mamata Banerjee wants to know why Muslims voted for the Left-Congress alliance although she is running so many welfare schemes for citizens, said Bengal minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (ANI File)
Updated on Mar 07, 2023 05:41 PM IST

No PMAY funds if...: Centre writes to Bengal govt

The Union rural development ministry has written to the West Bengal chief secretary saying that a spot inspection by the central teams has revealed several irregularities in the PMAY scheme

The Centre, on November 24 last year, sanctioned <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>13,000 crore for building 11,34,000 rural houses under PMAY scheme in West Bengal. (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 02, 2023 07:01 PM IST

West Bengal job scam proceeds may have been used to finance movies: ED, CBI officials

All arrests are in connection with a cash-for-jobs racket in which teaching and non-teaching staff were allegedly appointed, in violation of due procedure, in government schools between 2014 and 2021

Former West Bengal education minister Partha Chatterjee was arrested by ED in connection with the case in July last year. (ANI)
Published on Feb 21, 2023 01:13 AM IST

PM Modi’s nudge on Muslims leads Bengal BJP to tweak its strategy

West Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari’s appeal came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi told party leaders at the BJP national executive on January 17 to reach out to Muslims without expecting their votes in elections.

BJP workers at a party programme addressed by Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly and party leader Suvendu Adhikari. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Feb 07, 2023 06:57 PM IST

Bengal minister accuses Centre of intentionally delaying PMAY funds

The state set the March 31 deadline for the completion of the construction of houses for the rural poor after the Centre said the next instalment will be cleared only if the money sanctioned earlier is fully utilized.

West Bengal minister Chandrima Bhattacharya. (Twitter)
Published on Jan 16, 2023 08:59 AM IST

Accused names TMC leaders before CBI in Bengal job scam case

More than ₹100 crore was allegedly raised by TMC leaders from job aspirants to employ them as teachers and staff at state-run schools across West Bengal between 2014 and 2021, CBI officials probing the case said.

In May last year, the Calcutta high court directed CBI to probe the appointment of non-teaching staff and teaching staff by the West Bengal School Service Commission and West Bengal Board of Secondary Education between 2014 and 2021.
Published on Jan 14, 2023 11:10 PM IST
By, Kolkata

Bengal cooperative bank facing CBI probe in cattle case faced insolvency in 2014

The Birbhum District Central Cooperative Bank Ltd. reopened after 17 months in October 2015 following efforts by the state government but got back its licence from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in September 2016

West Bengal cattle smuggling case: CBI freezes 54 accounts at cooperative bank (Representative Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2023 05:07 PM IST

‘People of Meghalaya want a new govt’: Mukul Sangma

Mukul Sangma’s party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), announced its first list of candidates for the February 2023 Meghalaya Assembly polls on Friday

Leader of the Opposition in the Meghala Assembly, Dr Mukul Sangma. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Jan 06, 2023 06:34 PM IST

Political slugfest takes centre stage ahead of West Bengal panchayat polls

While the ruling TMC has cited recent arrests of its leaders to claim it does not tolerate corruption, the BJP called it an ‘eyewash’ to save ‘big fishes’

Trinamool Congress (TMC) national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee during the Bhumi Pujan for the new Trinamool Bhavan on the party's foundation day, in Kolkata on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 02, 2023 08:41 AM IST

4 months after meeting in Delhi, PM Modi, Mamata to share dais at Kolkata event

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will attend NGC meeting where union ministers and CMs of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand will be present. State officials said she might also attend the Vande Bharat Express event at Howrah

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his office in New Delhi in August this year (PMO Twitter)
Updated on Dec 30, 2022 12:38 AM IST

Ahead of Panchayat polls: Anubrata Mondal’s aide joins BJP amid buzz over TMC rejig

Biplab Ojha is seen as close to controversial TMC Birbhum unit president Anubrata Mondal, who is in judicial custody in a case related to alleged cattle smuggling

TMC leader Anubrata Mondal was granted bail by a Birbhum court on Tuesday in an attempt to murder case filed by the district police last week. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2022 12:15 AM IST

Housing scheme irregularities spark political slugfest in Bengal

The West Bengal government has struck off names of hundreds of people under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) housing scheme for the poor after it found applications of people having multistoried homes were approved in at least nine districts, officials said. This has led to a political slugfest in the run up to the panchayat elections to be held in early 2023.

Several applicants, in at least nine districts, were found to have multistoried houses. (Sreyasi Pal/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 19, 2022 11:23 PM IST

TMC eyes Meghalaya assembly polls after expansion plan fails in Goa, Tripura

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, while on a three-day Meghalaya tour, said that her party has been able to enrol one lakh members in six months in the state

Mamata Banerjee during a Meghalaya TMC party workers convention in Shillong on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 03:22 PM IST
ByTanmay Chatterjee and David Laitphlang

‘No quiet tie-ups with BJP’: CPI (M) orders cadre for Bengal panchayat poll

West Bengal CPI (M) secretary Md Salim said a sizeable section of our supporters voted for the BJP in 2019 thinking that it is powerful enough to oust the TMC. ‘They have realized their mistake ‘

West Bengal’s Communist Party of India (Marxist) secretary Md Salim said the leadership decided that alliances, if any, can be formed only with secular forces such as the Congress and the Indian Secular Front. (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 07:27 PM IST

Deaths in police firing fan tensions near Assam-Meghalaya border

In February 2003, Myrten’s elder brother Dia, and five others from Mukroh were killed in a militant attack on the village. Nineteen years later, Myrten’s husband, Thal Shadap, 48, and the four others from Mukroh were killed after being chased and shot by policemen and forest guards from Assam on November 22. Their deaths that have triggered a furore, and rekindled a five-decade old border dispute between Meghalaya and Assam.

An Assam police officer at the spot of the firing (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 03:49 PM IST
ByTanmay Chatterjee and David Laitphlang, Mukroh

Centre clears 8,200 cr PMAY fund for Bengal under rural housing scheme

Adhikari, who was a cabinet minister in the TMC government and was considered Banerjee’s protege, joined the BJP in December 2020

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2022 12:17 PM IST

Bengal rural polls: TMC, BJP set to slug it out again early next year

Opposition parties failed to field candidates for 34% of the seats in the last panchayat polls in 2018 due to alleged intimidation and around 20 people died in the violence during the elections

Security personnel walk past burnt ballot boxes after unknown people ransacked a polling station during 2018 panchayat polls. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2022 06:26 PM IST

From St Peter’s Basilica to Altamira: Durga Puja amid politics, Unesco tag

Welcome to Kolkata during the Durga Puja, where the pandals compete to outdo each other, the only thing that matters almost as much as the festivities is politics, and often, both coalesce.

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Rome, is the Durga Puja pandal theme of Shree Bhumi Sporting Club’s puja in Kolkata. (Samir Jana/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2022 11:52 AM IST
ByTanmay Chatterjee and Joydeep Thakur, Kolkata

TMC ex-minister created shell firms to buy properties: Charge sheet

ED, which filed its first charge sheet against Chatterjee and Mukherjee who were both arrested on July 23, may use the latter as a witness for the state during trial if she does not turn hostile, an agency official said on condition of anonymity.

Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee being produced in Alipore court . (ANI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2022 07:28 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Kolkata

ED trying to turn Partha Chatterjee’s aide Arpita against him in court: Official

An ED official said the agency cannot rule out the possibility of Arpita Mukherjee turning hostile in the case and they have provided security to her because of possible threats to her life

An ED official said Arpita Mukherjee initially adopted a non-cooperative approach but later she started to open up. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2022 09:20 PM IST

Teacher recruitment case: ED seizes Partha, aide’s assets worth 103 crore

Partha Chatterjee was arrested on July 23 after 27 hours of interrogation in connection with alleged irregularities in recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff in government schools, in which the ED has thus far recovered cash worth over ₹50 crore. He was the state education minister from 2014 to 2021 when the alleged irregularities took place.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed its first charge sheet against former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide. (Saikat Paul)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 11:44 PM IST
By, Kolkata

WB recruitment scam: ED files 14,000-page charge sheet against Partha Chatterjee

The mammoth 14,000-page set of documents contained details of 35 bank accounts, 40 immovable properties, 31 life insurance policies and 201 shell companies that are under the scanner

Former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee being produced at the Alipore Court by the CBI in connection with the alleged teacher’s recruitment scam. (ANI Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2022 06:20 PM IST

Legal troubles fail to dent Mondal’s influence in Bengal belt

“Can you see that row of trees? A few years ago, the land beside it was purchased by Kesto Mondal’s men. Several patches of multi-crop land have changed hands in recent years,” Ajijul Sheikh, a small farmer at Nanoor in Bengal’s Birbhum district, says as he wipes his face with a gamchha

Big story With the usual queue of visitors missing, Mondal’s home at Bolpur’s Nichupatty wears a rather deserted look. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 13, 2022 02:18 PM IST
By, Bolpur
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