Nandigram, January 18
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced she would contest the upcoming Assembly election from Nandigram, the home turf of political heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari who recently quit the TMC to join the BJP. BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari accepted the challenge thrown by Mamata, asserting he would defeat her in the election or quit politics.
That Mamata chose Nandigram to make the big announcement reflects the TMC supremo’s determination to take the BJP, which has launched a spirited campaign to unseat her after a decade-long stint in power, head on.
Addressing a rally here, Mamata said she was not worried about those joining rival parties as they were hardly around when the TMC was formed.
She said these leaders left the ruling party to protect the money “they have looted in the last few years”. “I request our state party president Subrata Bakshi to approve my name from this seat,” said Mamata. Bakshi, who was on the podium, swiftly accepted the request.
The TMC turncoat, however, said the final decision to field candidates will be taken by the BJP leadership after thorough discussion and not in an arbitrary way like in the ruling TMC. “If I am fielded by my party from Nandigram, I will defeat her by a margin of at least 50,000 votes, or I will quit politics,” he asserted. He was addressing BJP workers after a 3-km roadshow. — PTI
Stones thrown at BJP activists
Kolkata: Tension prevailed in south Kolkata on Monday after miscreants, carrying TMC flags, hurled bricks and stones at BJP activists during a mega roadshow near Rashbehari Avenue and the Charu Market area. Police sources said as the rally, led by state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and senior leader Suvendu Adhikari, proceeded toward Charu Market, miscreants threw bricks and stones at the entourage, injuring a few BJP activists. PTI