The BJP on Saturday announced that former Trinamool Congress heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari will indeed take on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram constituency. Releasing the first list of 57 candidates for the first and second phases of the West Bengal Assembly elections, the BJP has made this announcement. The first two phases will go to vote on March 27 and April 1, respectively.
BJP national general secretary Arun Singh released the list of 57 candidates at New Delhi party headquarters. The names were finalized after the party’s election committee chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi met. Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari were also part of the election meeting.
The BJP announcement came a day after Banerjee said she will contest elections from Nandigram, and vacate her own seat of Bhabanipore in Kolkata. On Thursday, Banerjee released a list of 291 TMC candidates for the Assembly elections.
Suvendu Adhikari, who switched to the BJP in December last year, had yesterday welcomed Banerjee’s decision to contest from his home turf of Nandigram and asserted the TMC supremo will lose and leave on May 2 when the results are declared.
In Phase-1 of the Bengal polls, the BJP has fielded Rabindranath Maity from Bhagabanpur, Arup Kumar Das from Kanthi Dakshin, Dr Ambujaksha Mahanti from Patashpur, Sunita Singha from Kanthi Uttar, Bakul Murmu from Nayagram, Santanu Pramanik from Khejuri, Swadesh Ranjan Nayak from Ramnagar, Arup Das from Egra, Sakti Pada Nayak from Dantan, and Sanjit Mahato from Gopiballavpur.
The elections to the 294 seats in West Bengal will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. The results will be declared on May 2, along with those of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.