Explained: Bengal passes Bill replacing Governor with CM as state university chancellor. What are the constitutional and political issues here?

The move by the Mamata Banerjee government has once again brought to the fore similar disputes playing out in Opposition-ruled states such as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, which too have curtailed the authority enjoyed by Governors as Chancellors. What is the latest development in West Bengal about? On Monday, the state Legislative Assembly passed the … Read more

CM inaugurates Hooghly overbridge, row over ‘snub’ to railway minister

A controversy erupted after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday inaugurated a railway overbridge at Kamarkundu Railway Station in Hooghly “without extending an invitation” to Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw for the event. The Eastern Railway has alleged that the state government “ignored” its letter regarding joint inauguration of the bridge, sources said. The Eastern … Read more