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West Bengal: TMC chief Mamata Banerjee will file nomination today from Nandigram

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: March 10, 2021, 8:54 a.m.

Kolkata: There is fierce competition between West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and BJP leader Shuvendu Adhikari in Nandigram. 

Mamata Banerjee is going to file her nomination from here today, for which she has already camped in Nandigram. She is in discussion with the TMC strategists regarding the nomination. At the same time, BJP’s entire army is behind BJP candidate Shuvendu Adhikari. It is said that in the next few days, soon top BJP leaders could be seen here asking for votes for Shuvendu Adhikari.

After the nomination, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will address the gathering of activists and will return to Kolkata on March 11. Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011, riding political wave which started during the farmers’ agitation in Nandigram against forcible land acquisition by the then West Bengal government. 

Mamata Banerjee was also seen giving tea to people at a tea stall in Nandigram during her election campaign.

After addressing the public meeting, Mamata Banerjee worshiped at the Hari Temple. After this Mamata went to a Durga Temple. Mamata Banerjee will do her election campaign on foot, during which she is scheduled to walk for many kilometers in a day.

Questioned on Shuvendu Adhikari’s statement calling her an outsider, Mamata Banerjee said, “I was born and raised in the neighboring district of Birbhum.”

On the allegations of being anti-Hindu, Mamata Banerjee said, “I am a Brahmin and know more Hindu rituals than the saffron party.” 

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Mamata Banerjee also visited a dargah and offered flowers there. 

After Mamata’s nomination, on March 12, BJP candidate Shuvendu Adhikari will also fill the form. However, Mamata Banerjee is refraining from directly taking the name of Shuvendu Adhikari to send a message among the voters that the BJP leader stands nowhere in the battle for Nandigram, 

She is directly colliding with the PM Modi government at the Center. Mamata Banerjee may have avoided the name of Shuvendu Adhikari, but Shubhendu Adhikari is seen challenging her directly in every election campaign.

Even though the TMC government came to power in West Bengal in 2011, the Nandigram seat has been occupied by the party since 2009. 

The TMC won the by-election from Nandigram in 2009, when Feroza Biwi became the TMC MLA from here. After this, in 2011, TMC’s Firoza Biwi became the MLA for the second time. Right now we are discussing Feroza Biwi because Muslim voters could play a decisive role here.

There are 2 blocks in Nandigram Assembly constituency

1) Nandigram- Block 1

2) Nandigram- Block 2

According to the report, Block One has 35 percent Muslims while Block Two has 15 percent. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see whether Abbas Siddiqui, the peerzada of Furfura Sharif enters the election field from here or whether a walkover is given to Mamata Banerjee by him. All eyes are also on AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

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