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West Bengal Polls: TMC Announces Candidate List; Mamata Banerjee to compete with Nandigram | India News

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NEW DELHI: TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced her decision to compete for Nandigram on Saturday.
“Today, we published a list of 291 candidates that includes 50 women, 42 Muslim candidates. In 3 seats in North Bengal, we are not running our candidates. I will compete from Nandigram,” said Mamata Banerjee.
The development comes after uncertainty over whether Mamata will leave her homeland, Bhowanipore, this time.
“From the Bhowanipore constituency, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay will participate in the next assembly elections,” the CM said.
Former TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari had previously volunteered to compete on a Nandigram BJP ticket against Mamata Banerjee.
His BJP colleague and former Bengal minister Rajib Banerjee spoke about the development after the Bengal election rally held at the Delhi home of party chairman JP Nadda on Thursday for more than five hours.
Bengal could now witness a real fight between Mamata Banerjee and Suvendu, her former lieutenant in the uproar against the 2007 Nandigram farmland acquisition.
In 2019, Trinamool got 1,30,659 votes from Nandigram, while BJP got 62,268 votes and left 9,353.
Despite having the numbers going for him, Banerjee will not only fight Suvendu, but the entire Adhikari family (although Father Sisir and Brother Dibyendu are still with Trinamool). Suvendu had announced the strategy to flip the Trinamool sidelines since a public meeting in Hooghly on January 21.
“They (Trinamool) are based on 62,000 votes (in Nandigram) but I have the support of 2.13 lakh of people singing ‘Jai Shri Ram’,” he had said, pointing directly to a polarization battle between BJP and Trinamool. Suvendu had also announced that he would also get votes from the other side.

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