Nandigram (West Bengal): The second phase of voting for West Bengal Election 2021 ended on Thursday.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shuvendu Adhikari said he would be victorious from Nandigram and claimed that Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee has decided to contest from a minority-dominated constituency in Birbhum district during the final phase of the West Bengal Election 2021.
“Mamata Banerjee is losing her political ground in West Bengal. She is doing a lot of drama. I am aware that now she will announce her candidature from a minority-dominated seat in Birbhum district during the last phase of the West Bengal Election 2021,” he said.
Other BJP leaders have claimed that apart from Birbhum, Mamata Banerjee is also considering a constituency in Kolkata.
The TMC categorically rejected the BJP’s allegations and denied that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will contest from another constituency.
“There is no confusion, Mamata Banerjee is winning Nandigram. She is not contesting from any other seat. This is a dirty trick of the BJP. There is nothing to clarify, because she is winning Nandigram and Trinamool Congress (TMC) is winning West Bengal,” TMC leader Derek O’Brien said.
Addressing a rally at Uluberia in the Howrah district of West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there were rumors that Mamata Banerjee will announce her candidacy from another assembly constituency.
“Didi, is there any truth in this rumor that you are going to file nomination from another constituency? First you went there (Nandigram) and people rejected you. If you go elsewhere, the people of West Bengal are ready,” PM Modi said.
Responding to the PM’s allegations, the AITC tweeted, “Didi is winning Nandigram. The question of her fighting from another seat doesn’t arise. @narendramodi Ji, retract from your efforts to mislead people before they see your lies with the end of nomination in WB. Look for a safer seat in 2024, as you will be challenged in Varanasi.”
In West Bengal, 80.53 percent of votes were polled during the second phase of voting on Thursday.