Mamata Banerjee

Like last year, TMC MP Nusrat Jahan was seen immersed in festivities in Kolkata - dancing and playing dhak (traditional drum). The festival in the city remains however muted this year due to Covid-19.

The number of people might be less but the grandeur and devotion are the same. The happiness and joy are still boundless. This is the real Bengal," said PM Modi.

BJP's poll bugle in Bengal: PM Modi is scheduled to share his "Pujor Shubecha" (Puja greetings) message with the people of Bengal on Thursday, when Durga Puja celebrations begin there.

The BJP chief claimed that political violence has increased in West Bengal under Mamata Banerjee as compared to the previous left regime.

Police use lathi-charge and water cannon to disperse BJP workers during the party's state-wide 'Nabanna Chalo' agitation against the alleged killings of its workers in a state, in Kolkata on Thursday.

In a bid to stop the march, the West Bengal Police resorted to lathi-charge and used tear gas, water cannon on BJP workers at Howrah's Santragachi.

The BJP attack comes amid TMC coming out all guns blazing against the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh over the alleged gang rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Hathras.

Mamata Banerjee has announced doles for Durga Puja celebrations in the state, announcing Rs 50,000 aid for all pandals. But, this also has given political fodder to Opposition.

Nadda said, "I was happy that lockdown was lifted on July 31, but what was the cause for imposing lockdown on August 5 - the day of Ram Janambhoomi pujan. It is nothing but politics of appeasement and vote bank."

"Government of India gets a much lower interest on such borrowing while the interests on such borrowings by the state would be much higher," said the chief minister.