- Nandigram is the constituency of Suvendu Adhikari
- Mamata Banerjee’s choice is an indication of her “nervousness”: BJP
- Within the final election, she had contested from Bhabanipur in Kolkata
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee introduced at this time that she is going to contest the Bengal election from Nandigram, the epicenter of a farmers’ motion that propelled her to energy within the state 10 years in the past. Problem accepted, mentioned her former proper hand man Suvendu Adhikari, who represented Nandigram however crossed over to the BJP final month.
“I’ll contest from Nandigram. Nandigram is my fortunate place,” Mamata Banerjee mentioned, addressing a public assembly within the city for the primary time in 5 years.
She urged voters of Bhawanipore, her present constituency, to bear together with her. It was essential for her to contest Nandigram as her celebration needed to combat on all 294 meeting seats of Bengal, she mentioned.
“Bhawanipore, please do not feel unhappy. I offers you a superb candidate,” the 66-year-old promised. Later in her speech, she indicated that she could contest from each constituencies and mentioned, “Nandigram is my large sister, Bhawanipore is my youthful sister… I’ll combat from each if attainable. In case I’m unable to contest from Bhawanipore, another person would contest.”
Shortly afterwards, it was BJP chief Suvendu Adhikari’s flip to match the dramatic announcement with one in every of his personal. “If I am unable to defeat her by half lakh votes, I’ll give up politics,” he declared in Kolkata.
Mamata Banerjee’s marketing campaign to guard farmers’ land from a proposed financial zone mission in Nandiram powered her marketing campaign for the 2011 meeting election, which she gained by a landslide, dislodging the decades-old Left Entrance authorities.
In 2007, 14 have been killed in clashes in Nandigram between protesting farmers and the police. Within the subsequent election, Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress crafted the “Ma, Maati, Manush” marketing campaign round that incident.
The Chief Minister’s return to Nandigram is a direct problem to Suvendu Adhikari, who has led an exodus of Trinamool leaders to the BJP over the previous few weeks. Over 40 Trinamool Congress leaders joined Mr Adhikari as he defected to the BJP in a mega rally in December within the presence of Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah.
Over time, Mr Adhikari emerged as one of many Trinamool’s prime leaders due to his clout in Nandigram, which made the celebration nearly unbeatable in rural Bengal. In 2007, Mr Adhikari snatched Nandigram from the Left, catapulting the Trinamool to energy.
Within the approaching state election, the Nandigram battle shall be a defining one for Ms Banerjee as she takes on her once-trusted lieutenant, now one of many BJP’s prime movers in Bengal.
Ms Banerjee accused the BJP of luring her celebration males by promising to whitewash their file. “BJP leaders are saying should you’re with the Trinamool you may be in jail however should you be part of BJP, it is a washer. You’ll come out clear. Washing powder Bhajapa (BJP), washing powder Bhajapa. TMC mein kaala (black in Trinamool), BJP washer mein shaada (white in BJP washer),” she mentioned to a roaring crowd.
The BJP noticed Ms Banerjee’s choice as an indication of nervousness and likewise focused her for taking into the celebration a former police officer accused within the Nandigram firing.
“Mamata Banerjee’s choice to shift seat from Bhowanipore to Nandigram, for the primary time in 10 years, signifies her political nervousness… Will she clarify why IPS Satyajit Bandopadhyay, chargesheeted by CBI for firing on protesting farmers in Nandigram, was inducted in TMC?” tweeted Amit Malviya, the BJP’s social media head and in-charge of Bengal.
The BJP says Ms Banerjee’s authentic constituency has a mixture of Gujarati and Bengali voters, and he or she could face a tougher contest in Bhawanipur this time.
Some analysts say Ms Banerjee’s transfer is a masterstroke. She has cornered Mr Adhikari. He has to both contest towards her and face sure defeat or go on the lookout for a safer seat, which is able to make him look distinctly weak. Others, nevertheless, say the so-called masterstroke is something however. It has made Mr Adhikari her direct rival. Until now, junior Trinamool leaders have been taking him on. Now, the chief will.