His political journey began in 1995 when he was elected as a councillor from Indian National Congress within the Contai Municipality
Mamata Banerjee’s protégé-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari defeated the West Bengal Chief Minister from the Nandigram Assembly constituency by a slender margin of 1,956 votes.
While Adhikari bagged 1,10,764 votes, Banerjee polled 1,08, 808 votes, the ballot panel confirmed.
Also within the fray was former pupil chief and CPM candidate Minakshi Mukherjee, who got here a distant third with simply 6267, in line with the EC.
Nandigram went to polls within the second of eight phases on 1 April.
Adhikari’s candidature was introduced on 6 March, months after he joined the BJP in December. A staunch assist behind Banerjee throughout the land agitation of Nandigram, he had resigned because the state transport minister in November 2020.
Born and introduced up in Nandigram, Adhikari has earned the repute of bhumiputra (son of the soil) within the constituency.
Adhikari has accomplished 25 years of his political journey and belongs to a household that has affect over the East Midnapore district. His father Sisir Adhikari was a former TMC MP and a union minister throughout the Manmohan Singh-led authorities on the Centre. His brother Dibyendu Adhikari was elected from Tamluk Lok Sabha within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
His political journey began in 1995 when he was elected as a councillor from Indian National Congress within the Contai Municipality. In 2006, he was elected to West Bengal Vidhan Sabha from Kanthi Dakshin constituency as member of AITC, a place he resigned from mid-term to affix Lok Sabha. In 2009 and 2016, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency. However, he resigned as a Member of Parliament in 2016 when he was elected as MLA from Nandigram.
The Muslim group in Nandigram, which is 28 p.c of the constituency’s voters and the TMC’s vote financial institution, is anticipated to pose a problem for Adhikari to prevail.
Adhikari was interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation in September 2014 for his alleged function within the Saradha Group monetary scandal. A former worker of the corporate alleged the corporate’s head Sudipto Sen met Adhikari earlier than fleeing to Kashmir.
Shuvendu Adhikari was additionally accused of supplying arms to the Maoists to overthrow the CPIM authorities throughout the Nandigram motion.
The Nandigram Assembly constituency lies within the Purba Medinipur district, and is part of the Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency.
Elections for the West Bengal Assembly will likely be held in eight phases, up from seven final time, starting with polling for 30 seats on 27 March. The second part of West Bengal’s meeting elections has been scheduled for 1 April and can cowl 30 constituencies, adopted by the third part on 6 April for 31 seats, the fourth on 10 April for 44 constituencies, the fifth on 17 April for 45 seats, sixth for 43 seats on 22 April, seventh part on 26 April for 36 seats and final and eighth part on 29 April for 35 seats.
The outcomes of the election will likely be declared on 2 May.