West Bengal elections: Nandigram turns new epicentre as BJP fields Suvendu Adhikari against Mamata Banerjee

by Jeremy

West Bengal Election 2021: Nandigram is set for one of the keenly contested political battles with Mamata Banerjee taking on her former aide and now BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari.

West Bengal Election 2021

West Bengal elections: Putting an end to all speculation, the Bharatiya Janata Party today announced that it would field Suvendu Adhikari against his former mentor and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections. Adhikari, who joined the saffron party late last year, challenged the Trinamool Congress supremo to face him in Nandigram, which falls under the Purba Medinipur district. Earlier, a fortress of Congress and then Left, the region sent a TMC representative to the assembly since 2009. A day earlier, Mamata had announced that she would be contesting from Nandigram and not her traditional seat of Bhowanipore.

The region came into the limelight following a decision of the then ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) to build a special economic zone (SEZ) in the area. The move led to protest by villagers in which 14 unarmed villagers were killed in 2009. This resulted in the Nandigram movement led by TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. The constituency became the epicenter of the anti-land acquisition movements alongside Singur against the Left government. It ignited a popular upsurge that saw Mamata Banerjee rising to the post of CM of the state, ending the 34-year rule by Left parties.

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