West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee confirmed she will contest the high-profile Nandigram seat, the site of a much-talked-about anti-displacement movement that played a crucial role behind the fall of the 34-year-old Left Front regime.
With the latest developments, the district is all set to become the most high-profile contest in the West Bengal Assembly elections scheduled to start later this month. She also said she would not contest her traditional seat in south Kolkata’s Bhabanipur, which will go to “my friend and colleague Sovandeb Chattopadhyay”. “When I make a promise, I keep it,” she said of her December decision to fight from Nandigram.
Meanwhile, according to a senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader the party's central parliamentary board cleared the name of Suvendu Adhikari, the former Trinamool Congress (TMC) heavyweight who joined the saffron party in late 2020, as the party's Nandigram candidate. Adhikari is the outgoing MLA from Nandigram. "On Thursday, Adhikary told the party's central leaders that he wanted to contest from Nandigram itself," said Rajib Banerjee, another former TMC minister who joined a BJP soon after Adhikary.
"The board, during its meeting later in the night, approved the list," a senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity. The party is likely to announce the list in a couple of days.