BJP leader and former Bengal minister Suvendu Adhikari on Thursday told the central leadership that he wants to contest the Assembly elections from Nandigram against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Adhikari had won Nandigram seat in the 2016 Assembly polls while Banerjee emerged victorious from the Bhawanipore Assembly segment in Kolkata.
The Union minister volunteered Adhikari’s name for Bhawanipore, Banerjee’s constituency and the second seat she is likely to contest in the assembly election.
As per the BJP leader and former state minister Rajib Banerjee, at a strategy meeting held at party’s national president JP Nadda’s residence last evening, Adhikari told senior party leaders that he was ready for Nandigram battle against Banerjee. The election committee meeting featured Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president JP Nadda, and Home Minister Amit Shah.
The final decision on his candidature will be taken by the BJP’s central election committee (CEC) on Friday in the presence of senior BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Discussions were held on selection of candidates for the first two phases of elections. Later in the evening, the parliamentary committee will once again go through the list before taking the final call. Suvendu Adhikari himself expressed his desire to contest from Nandigram. Now, the party is awaiting the final announcement, Rajib Banerjee told reporters after the meeting.
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.