West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was reportedly worked-up once again as ‘Jai Sri Ram’ slogans reached her ears as she crossed the venue of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s roadshow in Nandigram on 30 March. Banerjee was heading towards the venue of her own roadshow when BJP supporters chased her convoy and raised the slogans.
All eyes are on the high-voltage campaign for the prestigious seat in District Purba Medinipur (East Midnapore), which is set to conclude on 30 March evening as the polling there is slated to be held in the second phase on 1 April. Shah and Banerjee are conducting back-to-back roadshows in Nandigram today as the attention has turned towards the electoral battle between Banerjee and her protege-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari in the high-profile constituency.
The AITC and BJP are engaged in a heated war of words over the death of an 85-year-old woman who was the mother of a BJP worker. The woman died a month after being allegedly beaten up by AITC workers in the Nimta area of District North 24 Parganas.
As Amit Shah condoled the death of Shova Majumdar on 29 March, Mamata Banerjee hit back asking why was the home minister silent during the Hathras rape case in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh.
“I don’t know how the sister has died. We don’t support violence against women. Amit Shah tweets and says, “Bengal ka kya haal hai.” What is the condition in UP? What is the condition in Hathras?,” she said while addressing a rally in Nandigram on 29 March.
Launching a scathing attack on the chief minister, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that Banerjee had “lost her mental balance” and was scared of defeat in the West Bengal assembly polls. “Mamata ji has lost mental balance. She is highly disappointed by negative response in Nandigram. Speaking about UP instead of condoling her (elderly mother of a BJP worker) death is like running away from responsibilities,” he said.
While 39 assembly constituencies are going to polls in Assam in phase 2, 30 seats in West Bengal will be voting in the second phase of the election in the state.