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Mamata Banerjee is the ninth and current Chief Minister of West Bengal. The 66-year-old leader began her political career in the 1970s as part of the Congress but later left the party due to differences in political views with the then West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Somendra Nath Mitra. After splitting away from the Congress, she founded the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) and currently serves as the chairperson of the party. Popularly known as 'didi' in Bengal, she dismantled 34 years of communist rule in her home state of West Bengal after a landslide victory in the 2011 state assembly elections. Since then, she has been holding the CM post in the state for three consecutive terms. Before becoming the chief minister of the state, she held several important portfolios in the government of India. In 1991, she was appointed as the Union minister of state for human resources development, youth affairs and sports; and women and child development under the Congress government at the Centre. In 1999, she joined the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and was appointed minister for railways. In 2004, she got the coal and mines portfolio and in 2009, she became the railway minister for the second time. More

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  • 'Ghatal masterplan': Centre approves Bengal govt's Rs 1,500-crore project to dredge 10 major rivers Jun 26, 2022 10:34 AM IST

    'Ghatal masterplan': Centre approves Bengal govt's Rs 1,500-crore project to dredge 10 major rivers

    Ghatal is a low-lying riverine area in Paschim Medinipur district that gets affected by floods almost every year.

  • BJP trying to topple Maharashtra govt to ensure requisite votes for presidential polls: Mamata Banerjee Jun 24, 2022 06:34 AM IST

    BJP trying to topple Maharashtra govt to ensure requisite votes for presidential polls: Mamata Banerjee

    Mamata Banerjee said the saffron party has deliberately chosen to "disturb" the Maharashtra government at a time when the presidential polls are approaching.

  • Bangladesh PM sends mango gift to Mamata Banerjee Jun 22, 2022 01:34 PM IST

    Bangladesh PM sends mango gift to Mamata Banerjee

    This is the peak season for the luscious fruit in Bangladesh and Hasina sent mangoes of several varieties like Golapkhas and Amrapali from Rajshahi.

  • Ahead of presidential polls, Mamata Banerjee convenes meeting of opposition leaders, CMs Jun 11, 2022 05:06 PM IST

    Ahead of presidential polls, Mamata Banerjee convenes meeting of opposition leaders, CMs

    Poll for the President of India will be held on July 18, the Election Commission announced on Thursday

  • Will shed my blood but never allow division of Bengal: Mamata Banerjee Jun 07, 2022 02:17 PM IST

    Will shed my blood but never allow division of Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

    Lashing out at the saffron camp "for trying to fan separatism" in the state, ahead of the general election in 2024, the TMC supremo maintained that all communities in north Bengal had been living in harmony for decades.

  • India facing wheat crisis due to BJP's faulty economic policies: Mamata Banerjee Jun 01, 2022 02:18 PM IST

    India facing wheat crisis due to BJP's faulty economic policies: Mamata Banerjee

    Calling the BJP-led Union government “adulterated”, she said faulty decisions such as demonetisation have broken the country’s economic backbone and led to a rise in unemployment across the nation.

  • It will be no entry for BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha polls: Mamata Banerjee May 31, 2022 06:30 PM IST

    It will be no entry for BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha polls: Mamata Banerjee

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called for defeating the saffron camp in the 2024 general election and said BJP’s politics of hate and violence will find ”no entry” across the country.

  • BJP-led govt at Centre adulterated, destroying economy: Mamata Banerjee May 31, 2022 12:34 PM IST

    BJP-led govt at Centre adulterated, destroying economy: Mamata Banerjee

    Mamata Banerjee also asserted that there will be "no entry" for the BJP across the country.

  • Mamata Banerjee 'salutes' fighting spirit of Goans on 35th statehood day May 30, 2022 11:17 AM IST

    Mamata Banerjee 'salutes' fighting spirit of Goans on 35th statehood day

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday hailed the fighting spirit of the people of Goa and said their struggles led to its full statehood on this day 35 years ago.

  • Mamata Banerjee: Poet, painter... education czarina May 29, 2022 08:01 AM IST

    Mamata Banerjee: Poet, painter... education czarina

    If Mamata Banerjee manages to get full control of the state’s universities, she will have an absolutely free hand to appoint and promote both academic and non-academic staff, and dictate syllabi.

  • Emami Group to sponsor East Bengal FC: Mamata May 25, 2022 09:18 PM IST

    Emami Group to sponsor East Bengal FC: Mamata

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that the Emami Group will sponsor the century-old East Bengal Football Club, to compete in the Indian Super League this season (ISL).

  • Centre bulldozing federal structure; BJP rule worse than that of Hitler, Stalin: Mamata Banerjee May 23, 2022 06:06 PM IST

    Centre bulldozing federal structure; BJP rule worse than that of Hitler, Stalin: Mamata Banerjee

    Mamata Banerjee stated that central agencies should be given autonomy” to protect democracy.

  • BJP misusing central agencies, law will take own course: Mamata amid SSC row May 19, 2022 01:25 PM IST

    BJP misusing central agencies, law will take own course: Mamata amid SSC row

    West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee slammed the Centre, alleging misuse of federal agencies for settling political scores.

  • Santoor legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma dies of cardiac arrest at 84 May 10, 2022 01:15 PM IST

    Santoor legend Pandit Shivkumar Sharma dies of cardiac arrest at 84

    Pandit Shivkumar Sharma had been suffering from kidney-related problems for the last six months and was on dialysis.

  • Amit Shah, Mamata Banerjee cross swords over CAA May 05, 2022 10:20 PM IST

    Amit Shah, Mamata Banerjee cross swords over CAA

    Amit Shah, who steered the passage of Citizenship Amendment Act in the parliament in 2019 which promises citizenship to minorities who have come from neighbouring countries between March 24, 1971, and December 31, 2014, claimed Mamata Banerjee is against giving refugees citizenship and in favour of infiltration.

  • Mamata Banerjee expands income support programme to cover 5 lakh more women beneficiaries Apr 20, 2022 01:32 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee expands income support programme to cover 5 lakh more women beneficiaries

    Under the scheme, launched last year, the state government provides Rs 1,000 per month to women heads of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe families, and Rs 500 per month to those belonging to general category.

  • Non-BJP CMs likely to meet in Mumbai to discuss political situation: Sanjay Raut Apr 17, 2022 04:54 PM IST

    Non-BJP CMs likely to meet in Mumbai to discuss political situation: Sanjay Raut

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to the chief ministers of states where the BJP is not in power underlining the need to discuss the current situation in the country

  • Watch: Mamata Banerjee prepares momos with locals in Darjeeling Mar 31, 2022 04:28 PM IST

    Watch: Mamata Banerjee prepares momos with locals in Darjeeling

    Mamata Banerjee smiled as she finished prepping the momo and places it on a plate, ready to be cooked.

  • Mamata Banerjee writes to Opposition for united fight against BJP Mar 29, 2022 01:36 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee writes to Opposition for united fight against BJP

    The letter comes on a day when her nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee sought more time from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which had summoned him on March 29 in a coal scam case

  • Birbhum killings: Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar slams CM Mamata Banerjee for diversionary tactics', says attempts being made to shield guilty Mar 23, 2022 02:12 PM IST

    Birbhum killings: Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar slams CM Mamata Banerjee for diversionary tactics', says attempts being made to shield guilty

    Eight people were charred to death as their houses were set on fire in Bogtui village near Rampurhat town of Birbhum district early on Tuesday. The incident is suspected to be the fallout of ruling TMC panchayat officials murder.

  • Explained: Significance of recent assembly elections on presidential polls Mar 17, 2022 03:12 PM IST

    Explained: Significance of recent assembly elections on presidential polls

    The BJP won in four out of five states that went to the polls in the last two months, yet it may still not have numbers to have the NDA candidate as the next President of India. Thus the saffron party is expected to bank on the YSRCP and BJD to secure a majority in the electoral college

  • London Tube station gets Bengali signage. What Mamata Banerjee said Mar 15, 2022 11:10 AM IST

    London Tube station gets Bengali signage. What Mamata Banerjee said

    The Bengali signage was introduced at the Whitechapel Station tube station in London.

  • BJP's victory in four states not reflection of popular mandate: Mamata Banerjee Mar 11, 2022 05:41 PM IST

    BJP's victory in four states not reflection of popular mandate: Mamata Banerjee

    Reiterating her call for an opposition alliance to defeat the BJP, Mamata Banerjee said there is no use of sitting idle and waiting for the Congress.

  • BJP is 'losing' in UP, says Mamata Banerjee while campaigning for Samajwadi Party Mar 03, 2022 03:54 PM IST

    BJP is 'losing' in UP, says Mamata Banerjee while campaigning for Samajwadi Party

    "I was coming from the airport yesterday and going to the (Dashashwamedh) ghat. Midway, some BJP workers, who have nothing in their brain except violence, stopped my vehicle. They hit my car, pushed me and told me to go back,” Mamata Banerjee claimed.

  • Russia Ukraine Conflict: Mamata Banerjee hits out at Centre for delay in evacuating Indians from war-torn country Mar 02, 2022 05:33 PM IST

    Russia Ukraine Conflict: Mamata Banerjee hits out at Centre for delay in evacuating Indians from war-torn country

    Union Minister V Muraleedharan on Wednesday said that out of 20,000 stranded Indians in war-torn Ukraine, 6,000 have been brought back to the country so far and the Centre is making all efforts for the safe return of the remaining ones.

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