Free Press Journal
  • Finance Commission: Unfounded fears

    The recent attempt at unionisation by the southern states against the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission was ill-conceived and ill-motivated. There is nothing in the ToR to warrant a case of bias against the southern States. To suggest that the Commission sticks by the 1971 census while allocating funds between the Centre and various States was unrealistic.

  • Bengal: Lukewarm response to Left strike

    Kolkata : The Left-sponsored six-hour general strike in West Bengal evoked lukewarm response on Friday as people came out in numbers on the streets while public transport was available in the city and suburbs amid tight security arrangements.

  • Calcutta High Court stays West Bengal Panchayat polls till further orders 

    Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today stayed till further orders the ongoing panchayat election process in West Bengal. While staying the election process, Justice Subrata Talukdar also sought from the State Election Commission by Monday a comprehensive status report on the poll process, detailing the number of nominations filed and the percentage of nominations rejected, amongst other information.

  • Once strong backers, civil society now turns against Trinamool after violence

    Kolkata : A section of West Bengal’s civil society, which had years back strongly backed then opposition Trinamool Congress to unseat the erstwhile rulers Left Front, on Wednesday lashed out against the Trinamool for using “rampant muscle power” to prevent the opposition candidates from filing nominations for next month’s Panchayat polls.

  • West Bengal Panchayat Election: Election Commission extends last date for filing nominations

    Kolkata (West Bengal): The West Bengal Election Commission extended the last date for filing nominations until Tuesday for panchayat elections. Earlier the last date to file nomination for the same was April 9. This decision was made after violence marred the filling of nominations for panchayat polls in the state.


    Controlled elections Panchayat elections in West Bengal

    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to provide relief to the BJP which had sought its intervention following widespread incidents of violence, intimidation and rioting against the party candidates keen to file nomination papers for the Panchayat elections in West Bengal. The court said that the right forum is the State Election Commission. Technically, the apex court cannot be faulted. The SEC is the first forum for all such disputes before the

  • BJP accuses TMC of trying to gag democracy in West Bengal

    New Delhi: The BJP today accused West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress of not allowing its workers to file their nomination papers for the panchayat elections and said it was trying to “gag democracy” in the state.

  • Rising communal tensions in West Bengal, Bihar

    The recent communal clashes in West Bengal and Bihar on the occasion of Ram Navami have further vitiated the atmosphere for peace and social harmony in the two States. Several days after the incidents of violence and rioting, resulting in the death of four persons in the Raniganj-Asansol belt in West Bengal’s Paschim Bardhaman district, the situation continues to be tense. Antagonists from the two communities and the rival political parties have

  • BJP team visits riot-hit Asansol ignoring prohibitory orders

    Kolkata: A BJP delegation on Sunday visited the violence-hit areas of Asansol in West Bengal ignoring the ban imposed by the state administration and accused the state government of “completely failing to stop the violence”.

  • West Bengal: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi visits violence-hit Asansol

    Asansol: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday visited the strife-torn areas of Raniganj and Asansol in West Bardhaman district and held a meeting with the police officials and the local administration. Tripathi took stock of the current situation in the area that was hit by communal tension earlier this week.

  • West Bengal Ram Navami violence: Life limping back to normal in parts of Asansol, prohibitory orders in force

    Asansol: Prohibitory orders remained in force and Internet services suspended here today even as life was limping back to normal in the southern parts of the town, official sources said. Shops and markets opened and vehicles started plying in the southern parts of Asansol, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) P Roychowdhury said, adding that tension still prevailed in the northern parts of the town.

  • Bengal violence: Heavy police force deployed in Raniganj 

    Raniganj : Heavy police force was deployed on Tuesday in the Raniganj area of West Bengal, a day after clashes broke out between two groups over a Ram Navami procession, killing one person and injuring two police officers, a district official said.

  • Mamata Banerjee in Delhi: Time for BJP to pack up and go, says West Bengal CM

    New Delhi: Coming down heavily on the NDA-led Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said issues like demonetisation and bank frauds have affected people at the grassroots level and that it was time for the BJP to “pack up and go”. She asserted that all opposition parties should work together to oust the saffron party.