Kolkata: Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee has filed nomination papers from Nandigram, which has become the scene of a high voltage battle in the election arena of West Bengal.
During the West Bengal Election 2021 in the Nandigram seat, Mamata Banerjee will contest against Suvendu Adhikari, who had recently left the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to join the BJP.
Mamata Banerjee filed her nomination from this seat at the SDO office in Haldia at around 1:40 pm. In the West Bengal Election 2021, Mamata Banerjee is going to contest from Nandigram seat this time leaving her traditional constituency of Bhawanipur in Kolkata.
Mamata Banerjee had led the much-talked-about Nandigram movement in the year 2007-08. This movement played an important role in ending the 34-year-long leftist rule from West Bengal in 2011.
Political strongman Suvendu Adhikari was an MLA from the Nandigram seat. But he had resigned from the post of MLA after leaving the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Now there is a very interesting contest between Mamata Banerjee and Suvendu Adhikari for this seat.
It is worth mentioning that Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee reached Nandigram on Tuesday, a day before the filing of nomination papers. In Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee addressed more than 10,000 Trinamool Congress (TMC) booth workers on Tuesday.
“Some people are saying that I am an outsider. I, being a Bengali, am an outsider and you people who are from Delhi are not outsiders?” West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee said during this rally.
Addressing the people of Nandigram in particular, Mamata Banerjee said, “If you do not want me to enroll for the elections here, I will not. But if you consider me your daughter, then I will proceed to file my nomination.”
Mamata Banerjee also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said, “for some people, I am an outsider, but for them, people coming from Gujarat are insiders.”
“The communal card players are insulting the Nandigram movement. Divisive politics will not work in Nandigram. I can forget everything, but not Nandigram,” Mamata Banerjee added.
Mamata Banerjee gave this statement in response to the statement of her rival Suvendu Adhikari in the Nandigram seat. BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari had called Mamata Banerjee an outsider to Nandigram. Suvendu Adhikari was a minister in the Mamata Banerjee government and has recently left the TMC to join the BJP.
Significantly, Suvendu Adhikari said during PM Modi’s rally at Brigade Grounds in Kolkata on Sunday, “I am a local boy from Nandigram. I am a voter there. Mamata Banerjee is an outsider. I will defeat Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.”
At Brigade Ground, BJP leader Shuvendu Adhikari had challenged Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mamata Banerjee and asserted that he will defeat the West Bengal chief minister at the Nandigram constituency in the upcoming assembly elections.
“I am a local boy of Nandigram, I am a voter there. Mamata Banerjee is an outsider there. I will defeat Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram,” Suvendu Adhikari said during PM Modi’s rally at the Brigade Ground in Kolkata.
“I urge you all to have faith in me. I will defeat the honourable West Bengal CM on the soil of Nandigram. She will only look at the whole show on television,” he added.
“Mamata Banerjee will go to Nandigram from Kolkata to contest the elections and I am the son of the soil of Nandigram. I will beat Mamata Banerjee by 50 thousand votes and send her back to Kolkata.”
Accusing the TMC, Congress and Left Front of indulging in communal politics, Suvendu Adhikari had claimed that Hindus will have to leave West Bengal if Mamata Banerjee returns to power.
“Bengali Hindus will have to leave West Bengal like Kashmiri Pandits had to leave the Kashmir Valley if the TMC retains power,” Suvendu Adhikari said.
“West Bengal will become like Kashmir if TMC returns to power. TMC, CPI (M) and Congress are depending on extremist leaders from the minority community in order to garner votes,” he added.
“Mamata Banerjee is not the daughter of West Bengal. She is the aunt of Rohingyas and illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.”