Angry over alleged attacks on their activists by the ruling Trinamool Congress after the assembly polls, West Bengal`s opposition Left Front, Congress and the BJP on Monday threatened to boycott the swearing-in ceremony of the Mamata Banerjee government, scheduled for May 27.
History will be made when dwellers of the erstwhile enclaves in Cooch Behar vote for the first time on Thursday, marking another giant leap in their absorption into India after nearly seven decades of stateless existence, as the staggered West Bengal assembly polls come to an end after the sixth and final phase of balloting involving 25 constituencies.
Kolkata, May 1 (IANS) Over 81 percent of the around 1.24 crore electorate cast their votes on Saturday for 53 constituencies in the fifth and penultimate phase of the West Bengal assembly polls, the Election Commission said.
Kerala's Labour Minister Shibhu Baby John and his opponent candidate from the Left Front N Vijayan Pillai were attacked while participating in an election debate organised by a local TV channel by a violent mob on Thursday.
With four of the Trinamool Congress leaders "caught" accepting "illegal money" in the purported Narada sting operation contesting the fifth phase of assembly polls on Saturday, it is seemingly a litmus test for West Bengal's ruling party which has been battling corruption charges levelled by the opposition.
Striking a rare show of bonhomie, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday shared the stage with veteran CPI-M leader and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee amid slogans calling for long life for the Congress-Left unity to save Bengal.
Facing Opposition heat on the Saradha scam and Naradha sting, Trianamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday hit back at the Congress by raking up 2G and coal scams which surfaced during the UPA regime and accused the Modi government of undermining the federal structure.