Mamata Banerjee To Face Ex-Aide Suvendu Adhikari As BJP Rival In Nandigram

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New Delhi:

Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s one-time proper hand man who crossed over to the BJP in December, will tackle the Trinamool Congress in a do-or-die contest within the state elections that start later this month, his get together introduced on Saturday.

Releasing the primary record of candidates for the Bengal polls, the BJP pitted its most essential acquisition towards the two-time Chief Minister as a part of its all-out marketing campaign to wrest one of many few states the place it has traditionally had little traction till not too long ago.

The announcement got here a day after Ms Banerjee mentioned will contest from Mr Adhikari’s constituency and vacate her current seat of Bhowanipore in Kolkata in what was seen as a daring assertion and acceptance of the problem flung at her by her former aide.

“I’ll contest from Nandigram as I persist with my phrases. From Bhowanipore constituency, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay will likely be contesting within the upcoming Meeting elections,” mentioned the Bengal Chief Minister, asserting candidates for the election beginning March 27.

The BJP’s announcement incontrovertibly made Nandigram crucial contest of this election has been arrange at Nandigram, with the Chief Minister taking the combat straight to the BJP and, symbolically, all those that ditched her for the BJP.

Nandigram is the stronghold of Suvendu Adhikari, who had challenged his former mentor to face him within the constituency. Mr Adhikari was just about the architect of the ouster of the Left from Nandigram in 2007 after a bloody battle over land rights of farmers within the space the place the CPM authorities wished to arrange a chemical hub. Trinamool’s sweep in Nandigram in 2007 is likely one of the key components that catapulted Mamata Banerjee to energy in 2011.

This week, Suvendu Adhikari had instructed the BJP management that he was assured of defeating Mamata Banerjee by “no less than 50,000 votes” in Nandigram. However a last determination on fielding him towards the highest Trinamool face was left to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in accordance with sources.

Responding to her announcement on Friday, Mr Adhikari flipped the “outsider” tag utilized by Mamata Banerjee towards the BJP, and paint himself as a “son” of Midnapore – the area that Nanigram falls underneath.

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