Will Mamata Banerjee And Suvendu Adhikari Lock Horns In The Upcoming WB Polls?

With the West Bengal CM announcing her decision to fight from former aide Suvendu Adhikari’s constituency in the assembly polls, it will be interesting to see if he stands against her or nominates another minister to contest in Nandigram

Raghav N

January 19, 2021

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The upcoming legislative assembly polls in West Bengal has now turned into a prestige battle for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after she announced her decision to contest from Nandigram, the winning turf of her former aide Suvendu Adhikari. Adhikari left the Trinamool Congress (TMC) last year to join the rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. During her recent rally, the CM called Nandigram a general seat and one that has been lucky for her. She further stated that she will not ignore her Bhawanipur constituency, her favourite region. Adhikari also shot back at her with a challenge that he will win the elections against her by an excess of 50,000 votes, failing which he will quit politics.

According to TMC Spokesperson Omprakash Mishra, his ex-party member has not surely confirmed that he would himself participate and contest in the polls from Nandigram. BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia termed Banerjee’s decision to contest from Nandigram a plaster stroke rather than a masterstroke. He cited that the TMC supremo has already damaged the political system and the sentiments of the Bengal people, with this move just being a disaster management one. Senior Journalist Jayanto Ghosh on the other hand pointed out the exact opposite calling the CM’s strategy a very smart one. Considering that she challenged the Left in 2007 and won in Nandigram, he reasoned that the place is not just a village but a brand equity for TMC and Mamata.

The saffron party has seen a phenomenal rise in the state over the last ten years and has now become the single-largest threat to the current government. Starting with a meagre vote-share of 3% during the 2013 panchayat polls in WB, it won close to a 40% vote-share in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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