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Hare Krishna on the lips, TMC rebel hits Nandigram | India News

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NANDIGRAM: Trinamool rebel congressman Suvendu Adhikari had a new avatar when he revisited Nandigram on Monday to inaugurate ‘Ras Utsav’, just 20 days after his Nandigram Diwas rally here. With ‘hare Krishna‘on his lips, the rebel leader did not forget to mention that he was a “sevak” (servant) of the people and that he would continue to be so.
Suvendu skipped politics while speaking from the religious platform. But his short speech during the farewell to the ‘nagar kirtan’ had strong political overtones. He spoke of two avatars, Sri Krishna and Sri Rama, although ‘Ras Utsav’ is a celebration of Lord Krishna “meeting his disciples”.
Political observers were quick to read his religious proposals, calling them a desperate attempt by the Trinamool member to protect his BJP support base.
Monday’s program indicated that the rebel leader was trying to reach out to Hindu and Vaishnavite voters at a time when the leaders of the Nandigram Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) were not around him.
Suvendu, under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was the main sponsor of BUPC, a rainbow coalition of forces against the Left Front government in the Nandigram territorial turmoil that ultimately catapulted Mamata to power in 2011.
Locals said Suvendu was a regular during the festivals at Janaki Mandir in Nandigram, as well as visiting the pilgrimage centers of Ayodhya, Chitrakoot and Sitamarhi in the Ramayana circuit. Organizers said that ‘Dada’ gave his consent to come to ‘Ras Utsav’ for the first time in the last six years. Following the East Midnapore legacy of Hinduism and Vaishnavism, Suvendu offered tributes to Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, and Devi Durga.
On Monday, TMC’s Nandigram bloc chair Meghnad Pal and Nandigram panchayat samiti chairman Banashree Khanra were among the few politicians around Suvendu, indicating the divide between those loyal to ‘Dada’ and Trinamool. However, there was great enthusiasm among the young people, who pushed each other to get closer to their ‘Dada’.

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