Since January, the TMC has been on an overdrive in looking for to make sure the chief minister’s victory from the Nandigram seat
With the primary part of the West Bengal Assembly election over, the main target has now shifted to the all-important seat of Nandigram which is able to go to polls on 1 April.
With Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee set to tackle her once-trusted aide Suvendu Adhikari at Nandigram, each the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have pulled out all stops in a bid to win the seat.
On Monday and Tuesday, Banerjee will participate in two roadshows within the constituency, which is able to cowl each the blocks which are a part of the seat. She may even reportedly handle as many six rallies in the midst of the 2 days.
Amit Shah, on his half, can also be slated to carry a large roadshow on Tuesday to drum up help for Adhikari. Campaigning for Nandigram will finish on Tuesday night.
TMC goes all out to thwart BJP problem
Mamata Banerjee had first introduced her intention to contest from Nandigram at a rally on 18 January. Since then, the TMC has been on an overdrive in looking for to make sure the chief minister’s victory from the seat. The celebration’s high brass — celebration chief Subrata Baxi, Cabinet minister Purnendu Basu and Rajya Sabha MP Dola Sen — have been tenting within the constituency previously one month, as famous by The Hindu Business Line.
Banerjee has additionally rented a house in Nandigram and is campaigning from there.
Both the TMC and BJP have expressed confidence about successful the all-important seat. An article in News18 has quoted a TMC chief as saying, “She will win comfortably in Nandigram. There is no anger against her amongst the people…she will win her seat, defeating Suvendu Mukherjee by a comfortable margin.”
Adhikari, on his half, has vowed to defeat Banerjee by over 50,000 votes within the seat or give up politics.
The chief minister and the BJP candidate have exchanged sharp barbs at one another, with the previous referring to Adhkari as a ‘traitor’ and the BJP chief referring to Banerjee as an ‘outsider’.
At a latest rally, Banerjee claimed that she didn’t perceive that Suvendu, his father Sisir and brother Soumendu would develop into “venomous snakes”. Likening herself to “andha (blind) Dhritarashtra” of the epic Mahabharata, she mentioned that blind love for some folks had made her naive.
Claiming that the Adhikari household was not with the TMC from the start, Banerjee even accused them of getting labored towards the Nandigram agitation. “Without knowledge of the father-son duo, police action could not have happened,” she mentioned.
At least 14 agitators have been killed in police firing at Nandigram on 14 March, 2007, following which the Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI investigation into it. Both Banerjee and Adhikari had taken half within the subsequent agitation towards land acquisition within the space.
Several native elements additionally could have a big bearing on the electoral contest in Nandigram. As famous by an article in LiveNews360, one such issue might be the affect of Firoja Bibi, who was the MLA representing Nandigram from 2009 to 2016. Although she now represents the Panskura Paschim constituency, she is claimed to have appreciable heft and has chosen to not again Adhikari in Nandigram.
Various other issues — resembling alleged mismanagement of cyclone Amphan aid cash on the one hand, and state authorities schemes to supply free ration and facilitate getting official paperwork alternatively — are additionally anticipated play a job within the ballot battle. However, it’s clear that the TMC and BJP will each guarantee that their rivals sweat it out for each vote within the constituency.
Elections to the 294-member Assembly will probably be held in eight phases from 27 March to 29 April. The outcomes will probably be declared on 2 May.
With inputs from PTI