Senior BJP chief Suvendu Adhikari will file nomination papers from the high-profile Nandigram seat on Friday. Adhikari, a TMC turncoat, can be accompanied by Union ministers Smriti Irani and Dharmendra Pradhan. Actor Mithun Chakraborty, who lately joined the BJP, may even accompany Adhikari.
Nandigram is a stronghold of Adhikari — a former minister in Mamata Banerjee’s cupboard. He was elected on a Trinamool ticket from the excessive profile seat in 2016 earlier than he turned a Minister within the Banerjee-led state Cabinet.
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Adhikari will cross swords with Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram. Mamata filed her nomination from the seat on March 10.
He is branding Mamata as an outsider throughout his marketing campaign in Nandigram. “She (Banerjee) is an outsider in Nandigram. She doesn’t even solid her vote right here. I’m not solely the ‘bhoomiputra’ (son of the soil of Nandigram), but in addition an everyday voter of the realm. I’ve been with the individuals of this place for a number of years in contrast to Banerjee, who comes right here solely throughout polls,” Adhikari mentioned.
Adhikari had joined the saffron brigade in December final yr. The insurgent Trinamool chief has claimed that he’ll defeat Banerjee by over 50,000 votes.
For 50-year-old Adhikari, the competition in Nandigram can be a combat for his political survival as he had vowed to defeat Banerjee by over 50,000 votes within the seat or give up politics. Adhikari received the Nandigram seat within the 2016 meeting election, whereas one other TMC candidate emerged victorious from the constituency in 2011.
Elections in Bengal, poised to be a stiff contest between the TMC and the BJP, can be held in eight phases between March 27 and April 29. nangigram will go to polls within the second part. Votes can be counted on May 2.
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