In the 1998 Lok Sabha elections, the
Trinamul - Bharatiya Janata Party combine won a total of 8 of the 42 seats, the Trinamul winning seven.
Mamata Banerjee gamble of quitting the NDA and allying with the
In the 2001 Assembly elections, the Left Front retained power for a record sixth time in a row, winning 199 of the 294
Trinamul-Congress(I) combine won only 86 - the Trinamul 60 and the
Congress(I) 26. Urban voters whom Mamata Banerjee was counting on, changed their mind at what they considered crass political opportunism.
Banerjee, having no other option, had to swallow her pride and return to the NDA fold.
The Trinamul Congress, still remains a regional party having no ideology or programme other than the negative goal of unseating the Left Front government in the State.
Most of her decisions have been political gambles, which have often worked against her, with her credibility being the casualty.
Democracy without the liberty to choose the form of participation in public affairs - even if it be a bandh, hartal, dharmaghat or strike by the people - is meaningless. (Not What People Want, Times of India, SHIKHA MUKERJEE, Nov 07, 2007)
Two persons were killed and 10 others, including one from the security force, injured in a fresh bout of violence in the Nandigram area of West Bengal on Tuesday.
(2 Die In Nandigram Landmine Blast, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
Even as two persons were killed in fresh violence in the Nandigram area on Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee reviewed the situation at a meeting with senior State and police officials here.
(Central Forces Yet To Arrive In Nandigram, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
The proposed special economic zone belt at Nandigram on Tuesday once again turned into a battlefield as two rival groups stepped up violence in their desperate attempt to "capture" as much land as possible before the deployment of the . . . . . (Nandigram Turns War Zone, 3 Die, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
What started off as a violent agitation against a rumour of land acquisition in Nandigram block in West Bengal’s East Midnapore (Purba Medinipur) district 10 months ago has, in fact, taken the form of a struggle for turf control between the . . . . (Fanning The Flames In Nandigram, Frontline, SUHRID SANKAR CHATTOPADHYAY, Nov 07, 2007)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has, once again, expressed his concern over the situation in the Nandigram area of West Bengal’s Purbo Medinipur district, and said he has asked the Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, to look into the developments urgently. (Look Into The Issue Urgently: Manmohan Tells Patil, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
The Nandigram issue just refuses to blow away. In yet another incident, on Tuesday, two persons were killed and eight injured as CPI(M) supporters exchanged fire with supporters of Trinamool Congress-backed outfit Bhumi Ucched Pratirodh . . . . . . (Nandigram Turns Violent Again; 2 Killed In Gunfire , The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
The latest issue of People’s Democracy has an editorial on the Gujarat riots in the wake of Tehelka’s sting operation. (No Closure, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
Three CPI(M) supporters were killed and 20 seriously injured as violence erupted once again in Nandigram on Tuesday as armed party cadres made a desperate bid to recapture lost ground. (3 Cpm Workers Killed In Nandigram Violence, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed concern over the recent violence in Nandigram and asked Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil to look into the developments there.
(Nandigram: Pm Expresses Concern, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)
Why a Union Minister from West Bengal is opposed to the deployment of the Central Reserve Police Force in Nandigram as sought by the State government when those belonging to States such as Andhra Pradesh and Assam, are agreeable to . . . . . (Nandigram: Brinda Karat Sees A Conspiracy, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)
Nandigram has handed the CPM-backed Students Federation of India its worst rout in campus polls at Jawahalal Nehru University in at least a decade.
(Jnu Shame For Sfi, Blame On Nandigram, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 05, 2007)
While Thursday’s assault on Patna scribes by the Janata Dal (United) MLA Anant Singh, his supporters and bodyguards deserves to be unequivocally condemned, the call by the RJD for a Bihar bandh on the next day could have put the media on the . . . . (A Bandh For Journalists In Patna, The Economic Times, Editorial, Economic Times, Nov 03, 2007)
With CPI-M supporters slowly taking control of villages surrounding Nandigram, the residents are apprehending an attack on the lines of one mounted by CPI-M cadres with the help of police on 14 March last.
(Cpm Prepares To Regain Lost Ground, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)
One person was killed and at least four others sustained bullet injuries following intense gunbattle that continued unabated in Satengabari and adjoining areas of Nandigram, official reports received here said on Tuesday. (Fresh Violence In Nandigram , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)
After his recent attack on the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government on the issue of food riots in West Bengal, to be followed up by the AICC to hit back at the nuclear deal-blocking comrades, Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi on Tuesday . . . . (Dasmunsi Hits Out At Cpm On Nandigram , The Economic Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 31, 2007)
The Bengal government has sought deployment of central forces to contain violence in Nandigram but at the same time iterated the need for a political solution.
(Cm Seeks Delhi Force , Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)
Bengal is again bracing for its occasional tryst with lawlessness as two political parties prepare themselves to shut the state down on Tuesday and Wednesday.
(Court Shows The Way On Bandh, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)
Even by Bengal’s standards, the calls to shut down the state on two successive days are simply preposterous. (Vicious Cycle, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)
The bullet alleged to have been aimed at Mamata Banerjee’s convoy is by any reckoning a major breach of the rule of law. (The Flying Bullet , Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 30, 2007)
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