As and when West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced to contest election from Nandigram, a veteran TMC leader Shubhendu Adhikari left the party and joined BJP. He said in a statement said that if he doesn’t beat Banerjee in Nandigram he’ll retire from politics. Shubhendu Adhikari has always been seen as a dominating figure in the Nandigram region and has been fighting elections from the region for a long time.
Earlier, Adhikari kept the people in suspense and said that he’ll tell them about his decision in his rally. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, announced on Monday that she will contest the upcoming assembly elections from there. Banerjee chose Nandigram which clearly represents Banerjee’s resolve of going one on one with the BJP. However, BJP is still trying hard to overthrow the TMC that has been ruling the state for a decade.
At a rally in Kolkata, Banerjee said that she has no worries in regard to people who are going to other parties because when the Trinamool Congress was formed, none of them were with her. Banerjee said, “I have always started a campaign for the assembly elections from Nandigram. This is my lucky place. This time, I felt that I should contest the assembly elections from here. I request State Party President Subrata Bakshi to approve my name from this seat. ” Bakshi who was present on the stage instantly accepted the party supremo’s request.
It is said that Nandigram was home to large-scale protests against forcible land acquisition by the then Left Front government for the creation of Special Economic Zone(SEZs). Mamta Banerjee and her party benefited from the prevailing protest and taking advantage of the political quarrels, TMC managed to come to power by ending 34 years of Left Front rule.
Adhikari is believed to be the face of the agitation in Nandigram, which is located about 130 km south-west of Kolkata. After joining the BJP, Adhikari has often accused Banerjee of forgetting the people of the region who helped the party in establishing power in the state.