New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shuvendu Adhikari filed his nomination papers from Nandigram. BJP, one of the most prominent faces in West Bengal, is in the fray against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Union ministers Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan and Babul Supriyo were present with Shuvendu while filing his papers.
The presence of Union Ministers in the rally for filing the nomination of the officer underlines the importance attached by the BJP to the Nandigram seat from where Banerjee has already filed her nomination. The battle of Nandigram is a question of political existence for the officer. He has vowed to defeat Banerjee by a margin of 50,000 votes.
On March 6, the BJP fielded former TMC leader Shuvendu Adhikari from Nandigram against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The former minister in the Trinamool Congress government joined the BJP in December last year.
Earlier today, Shuvendu Adhikari offered prayers at a temple in Nandigram. His father, Shishir Adhikari, was the Minister of State for Rural Development during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s second term in the central government. Shishir’s son Shuvendu also won the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and again in 2014 with a TMC ticket. In 2016, he became a minister in the Mamta government.
On March 10, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee filed her nomination from Nandigram seat for the upcoming assembly elections in the state. On March 5, TMC released its list of candidates, Banerjee had said that she would contest from Nandigram. Banerjee has so far contested from Bhawanipur seat.
Assembly elections in West Bengal will begin in eight phases this time, starting on March 27. The term of the 16th Legislative Assembly of West Bengal will end on May 30 this year. A total of 7,34,07,832 voters will elect their representative for the 17th Assembly of West Bengal.