West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that she would contest from Nandigram, the seat represented by rebel Suvendu Adhikari who joined BJP last month, in the upcoming Bengal Assembly Polls due by May.
Requesting to her general secretary Subrata Bakshi at rally in Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee said she chose to contest from Nanadigram due to her emotional love for Nandigram and will give good candidate for Bhawanipur constituency. Banerjee said Trinamool would return to power by winning the upcoming elections and said she was not worried about her party leaders who are jumping over to the BJP.
Shifting focus from Suvendu Adhikari, Mamata Banerjee attacked the BJP over the Centre’s farm laws, saying the saffron party wants to rob the farmers. The BJP must withdraw the three farm laws, she said.
Suvendu Adhikari is considered to be strongman in Nandigram and with Banerjee announcing to contest from the same constituency, the election campaign is sure to raise the temperature soaring during this winter season. Adhikari rose in limelight by organising the campaign against land acquisition in Nandigram. He quit Trinamool following alleged rift with Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who has emerged as the second most powerful person in the party after the Bengal CM.
Banerjee’s current constituency is Bhawanipur. Nandigram was the Assembly constituency of former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari till he resigned from the Bengal Assembly. He had won the seat in 2016 as a TMC candidate.
Mamata had campaigned for farmers’ land in Nandigram which propelled her to power in the state in 2011 assembly polls. Her return to Nandigram is a direct challenge to Suvendu , who led an exodus of Trinamool leaders to the BJP.
The BJP saw Banerjee’s decision as a sign of nervousness and also targeted her for inducting a former police officer accused in the Nandigram firing in her party.