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Mamata Banerjee won’t even contest from Nandigram, predicts BJP’s Mukul Roy

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kolkata: Taking a jibe at Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee’s hasty declaration of contesting upcoming State Assembly election from Nandigram, TMC-turned-BJP leader Mukul Roy asserted that from the fear of loosing in home turf Bhowanipore, TMC chief decided to fight from Nandigram, however, she will eventually not contest in Nandigram as well as people there are not behind her anymore.

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“She fears she might lose from her original constituency Bhowanipore. That’s why she is looking for a safe seat. However, she will eventually not contest in Nandigram. She would realise people there are not behind her anymore,” said BJP’s national vice-president Roy on Monday.

A similar narrative was floated by other opposition leaders as well, where Sujan Chakraborty and Dilip Ghosh also claimed that Banerjee was doubtful about winning chances from her home seat.

In a dramatic turn of events on Monday, Mamata Banerjee had announced to contest the upcoming assembly election from Nandigram, against her former close aide Suvendu Adhikari, who recently quit the TMC and joined the BJP.

Banerjee decision to choose Nandigram as her next battle ground against BJP, is looked upon as her one of her brave propositions as Adhikari is considered the face of the movement of BJP in Nandigram, some 130 km south-west of Kolkata.

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Meanwhile, boosting his popularity in the constituency, former TMC leader Adhikari said that he would quit politics if he fails to beat Banerjee by a margin of at least 50,000 votes.

“If I am fielded by my party from Nandigram, I will defeat her by a margin of at least 50,000 votes or I will quit politics,” he asserted.

However, it is unclear if Adhikari himself took the challenge of contesting against Banerjee, as he had earlier expressed his reluctance to take a ticket in the state polls, which are likely to be held in March.

“I don’t know from where I will be fielded, whether I will be fielded,” Adhikari, the ex-Nandigram MLA, had said.

In 2007, Nandigram saw a massive farmers’ protest against “forcible” land acquisition by the then Left Front government for creation of a special economic zone. The bloody protests had claimed 14 lives, where clashes between protesting farmers and the police took a violent turn. In the subsequent assembly election of 2011, Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress crafted the “Ma, Maati, Manush” campaign around that incident to protect farmers’ land from the proposed economic zone project in Nandiram and registered a landslide victory, thus, marking the end of the Left Front rule of 34 years.

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