Official sources said that TMC won Domkal municipality in Murshidabad district capturing 18 of the 21 wards. Congress emerged victorious in the rest two seats while CPI(M) bagged one.
BJP and Congress have not yet submitted their audited reports to the Election Commission even after six months from the due date for submission, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said in its report released today.
The election in five states was a referendum on demonetization 3.0 undertaken by the Modi government creating a sharp political divide with the narrative shifting to BJP versus the rest.
The government, however, asserted that the Budget will be presented as scheduled, rejecting the opposition's allegations that it will impact the upcoming assembly elections.
Trinamool will also not attend the all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan this evening ahead of the Budget session of Parliament beginning tomorrow.
Two months after note ban, the Modi government was today still in the crosshairs of the opposition with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying people were on the "brink of disaster" and urged President Pranab Mukherjee to intervene while former premier Manmohan Singh asserted it will adversely affect India's GDP.
CBI had issued summons to Tapas Pal on December 27 in connection with the alleged scam, which is one of the cases of the chit fund scams being probed by the investigating agency.
Patel told reporters after the hour-long meeting in the chief minister's chamber in the state secretariat that the "meeting was good".
While Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected several notices moved by opposition leaders for an adjournment motion on the issue, the government said it was ready for a debate under a rule which does not entail voting and where no formal motion can be moved.
Unfazed by combined opposition attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in and outside Parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today ruled out roll back of demonetisation saying the government is firm on cleansing politics and economy of the country.
Mahajan told the House that six other Lok Sabha MPs had also died in recent past. They were V Jeyalakshmi (Member, 5th and 6th Lok Sabhas), Arif Baig (Member, 6th and 9th Lok Sabhas), P Kannan (Member, 6th and 8th Lok Sabhas).
"Opportunities have to show themselves in West Bengal. When the opportunities show themselves, we make investments irrespective of political dispensation," Mistry replied to shareholders at Tata Global Beverages Ltd (TGBL) AGM when asked about the group's investment interests in the state.
Government sources have told CNBC-TV18 that apart from the 4-5 key amendments in the GST Constitutional Bill, the government will move some amendments related to the consolidation fund of India.
The problem is from the Congress as most other parties are on board. The Congress wants the cap on the GST rate to be made part of Constitution which means any change in the rate requires a constitutional amendment, a long-drawn process.
Criticising the Modi Govt for FDI reforms, the Trinamool Congress said as it opposed the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) reforms announced by the Narendra Modi government
Hailing the landslide victory of Trinamool Congress in West Bengal assembly polls, industry leaders on May 19 said the state can play an important role in the passage of long-stuck GST legislation with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reiterating her support to the bill
The tiny Union Territory of Puducherry appears headed for a hung house with the ruling AINRC and Congress-DMK alliance locked in a close fight.
"Across India, people are placing their faith in BJP and see it as the party that can usher in all-round and inclusive development," Modi said, As poll results trickled in showing a big victory for BJP in Assam, Modi tweeted, "Heartiest congratulations to Assam BJP Karyakartas & leaders for the exceptional win.
The Prime Minister's tweets came as results of Assembly elections trickled in, showing that both AIADMK and Trinamool Congress were going to retain power in their respective states.
At the same time, party spokesperson Manish Tewari said that the outcome was "not unexpected" and cited yearning for a "change" as the reason for the party's debacle in Assam, where three-term Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was leading Congress.
TMC was leading in 140 seats and the Left-Congress in 58 in the 294-seat West Bengal Assembly, according to television channels. BJP was also leading in three seats.
Ruling Trinamool Congress today surged ahead in eight constituencies, whereas Congress and BJP were ahead in one constituency each after first round of counting, Election Commission officials said.
During Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry, BJP was the most discussed political party while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the most talked about political leader on Facebook
"What the people are thinking that can neither come up nor can be projected in those surveys (exit poll). I would request you all to wait for a while as the people will give their verdict on May 19 against this autocratic government," Mishra said at a programme here.
"Out of 1,961 candidates contesting in this year's elections, 244 candidates are crorepatis," an analysis conducted by the West Bengal Election Watch and Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) said.