Mamata Banerjee in the present day gained a white-knuckled struggle in Bengal‘s Nandigram, beating the BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari, her former proper hand man.
The Bengal Chief Minister trailed Suvendu Adhikari within the early rounds of counting, which dimmed her get together’s euphoria at a spectacular election victory in Bengal. But lastly, she scraped previous him and managed a 1,200-vote result in clinch a victory.
Nandigram is the city that catapulted Mamata Banerjee to energy for the primary time in 2011 and successful right here serves as a giant message to aides – primarily Mr Adhikari — who ditched her this time to cross over to the BJP.
In 2011, Suvendu Adhikari was by Ms Banerjee’s facet as she campaigned for farmers’ land rights. He grew to become an MLA within the constituency and for years, the Adhikari household had a agency grip over Nandigram. But on this election, he was weaponized by the BJP towards the Chief Minister, who was pitched as an “outsider” in Nandigram.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wins Nandigram constituency by 1200 votes, defeating BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari.
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— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2021
Suvendu Adhikari’s change to the BJP in December led to mass defections that left Ms Banerjee with out a lot of her loyal aides.
Stung by Mr Adhikari’s betrayal, Ms Banerjee determined to take the struggle straight to his stronghold to show a degree. She gave up her constituency Bhowanipore in Kolkata. In her speeches, she mentioned she selected to contest Nandigram “to salute the Nandigram movement” and promised she would by no means abandon the constituency.
It is whereas campaigning in Nandigram that the 66-year-old Chief Minister suffered a leg damage; she accused the BJP of a task within the incident, wherein her leg was allegedly crushed by her automobile door by the press of a big crowd. For the remainder of the marketing campaign, she was in a wheelchair, taking up the collective would possibly of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and a number of BJP leaders from exterior.
Suvendu Adhikari has vowed to give up politics if he did not defeat Mamata Banerjee by greater than 50,000 votes. Taunting his former mentor, Mr Adhikari has additionally requested her to be prepared with a letterhead that claims: “Former chief minister”.
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