West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) head Mamata Banerjee announced today that she would contest the 2021 assembly election from Nandigram. The chief minister will contest the upcoming Bengal polls from one more seat as well: Bhabanipur, an assembly constituency in Kolkata close to her house in Kalighat and adjacent to her previous constituency.
Mamata Banerjee made the announcement while addressing a public rally in Nandigram. While addressing her supporters, Banerjee said Trinamool would return to power by winning the upcoming elections and said she was not worried about her party leaders who are jumping over to the BJP.
Notably, Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in December 2020, had registered an emphatic win in West Bengal elections 2016 as a TMC candidate. Adhikari, the man who is credited with scripting the crucial Nandigarm chapter in Banerjee’s politics, which immensely helped the Trinamool in defeating the Left Front government in 2011 West Bengal Assembly elections and assuming power.
Suvendu Adhikari is considered a strongman in Nandigram. With Mamata Banerjee announcing she will contest from the same area, the election campaign is sure to raise the temperature during this winter season.
During Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s rule, Adhikari rose to limelight in Trinamool by organising the campaign against land acquisition in Nandigram. He successfully brought Left’s strongholds — West Midnapore district, Bankura and Purulia — into the TMC fold.
Bhattacharjee had, when questioned why he had invited the notorious Salem group of Indonesia to develop the township of Nandigram, said, “You cannot get a capitalist who is also scrupulous.”
Adhikari quit Trinamool following an alleged rift with Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who has emerged as the second most powerful person in the party after the Bengal CM.
Adhikari joined the BJP ranks in presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah at a mega rally in West Medinipur 19 December.
Following Adhikari switching camps to the BJP, his younger brother Soumendu was removed from the post of an administrator of Contai municipality. Soumendu has joined the West Bengal BJP ranks.
TMC removed MP Suvendu’s father Sisir Adhikari, nearly a month after the strongman joined the BJP, from the post of chairman of the Digha Sankarpur Development Authority. He was divested from the post of East Midnapore district president too.