Nandigram: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shuvendu Adhikari will file his nomination papers from Nandigram today. The BJP will be confronted in this seat between Shuvendu Adhikari and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, one of the most prominent faces in West Bengal. Shuvendu’s nomination is expected to be of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Dharmendra Pradhan.
The presence of two Union Ministers at the rally to file the officer’s nomination underscores the importance attached by the BJP to the Nandigram seat from where Banerjee has already filed her nomination. The fight for Nandigram is a question of political existence for the officer, as he vowed to defeat Mamata Banerjee by a margin of 50,000 votes.
Officer told outsider to Mamta
He said, “I am the Bhoomiputra of Nandigram. He is an outsider here. I will defeat him and send him back to Kolkata.” He said that his nomination was announced by the BJP last Saturday. While Irani has been asked to organize a rally in Haldia.
The officer’s nomination is being filed in Nandigram amid a high-voltage drama over the alleged attack on Banerjee. On Thursday, Mamta told the hospital that she would campaign in two days and hold rallies in wheelchairs.
Elections for the 294 seats of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly will be held in eight phases starting from March 27. The battle of Nandigram will be in the second phase. The votes will be counted on May 2. While the BJP has already claimed that it will come to power with more than 200 seats. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has claimed that the BJP will not be able to cross the double digit mark.