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Why Mamata Contesting Bengal Polls from Nandigram is Biggest Test of Suvendu’s Political Career

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s tactical announcement to contest from Nandigram in East Midnapore within the upcoming meeting polls is definitely going to make former Trinamool Congress heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari’s activity to show his mettle earlier than the central Bharatiya Janata Occasion management tougher.

Political consultants say that Suvendu, who’s already battling the luggage of his previous duties and their final result through the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as a TMC chief, is certainly going to face extraordinarily tough political climate following Mamata’s transfer.

Addressing an enormous public rally at Tekhali in Nandigram on Monday, the CM mentioned, “Nandigram is near my coronary heart. I can overlook my title however I can not overlook Nandigram. Contemplating the emotional attachment I’ve with the folks of Nandigram, immediately I’m asserting that I want to contest the upcoming polls from Nandigram. I want to request my state president Subrata Bakshi to contemplate my title because the candidate from Nandigram within the 2021 state polls. Nandigram is fortunate for me. I can’t neglect the Bhowanipore seat additionally. I’ll attempt to contest from Bhowanipore too.”

Whereas the BJP is upbeat at Suvendu Adhikari quitting the Mamata Banerjee authorities and her Trinamool Congress occasion, his efficiency as incharge of Purulia, Jhargram, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Bankura and Bishnupur within the 2019 parliamentary polls was not so nice.

The TMC misplaced 9 Lok Sabha seats out of the 13 in these areas the place Suvendu is named a mass chief and is believed to have vital clout among the many folks.

The bottom state of affairs means that the BJP by itself managed to win a major seven out of the 13 seats (two seats, Berhampur and Malda South, went to the Congress) and made deep inroads into these districts that are supposedly Suvendu’s bastion.

Purulia has one Lok Sabha and 9 meeting seats, whereas in Murshidabad there are three Lok Sabha and 19 meeting seats. In Malda, there are two Lok Sabha and 12 meeting seats and in East Midnapore there are two Lok Sabha and 15 meeting seats.

In Bankura and Bishnupur mixed there are two Lok Sabha and 12 meeting seats, whereas in West Midnapore there are two Lok Sabha and 15 meeting seats. In Jhargram, there’s one Lok Sabha and 4 meeting seats.

In all, there are 13 Lok Sabha seats and 86 meeting seats in these components the place Suvendu Adhikari is believed to be a superb taskmaster in sales space administration.

Nevertheless, within the 2019 parliamentary polls, besides 4 seats – Kanthi (gained by Suvendu’s father Sishir Adhikari on a TMC ticket, however BJP gained a 33.54 per cent vote share whereas Sishir misplaced a 3.82 per cent vote share), Tamluk (gained by Suvendu’s brother Dibyendu on a TMC ticket, however BJP gained a 30.54 per cent vote share whereas Dibyendu misplaced a 3.52 per cent vote share), Jangipur (gained by TMC’s Khalilur Rahman who defeated BJP’s Mafuja Khatun), and Murshidabad (gained by TMC’s Abu Taher Khan) – the remainder had been misplaced by the ruling Trinamool.

Now with Mamata’s announcement to contest from Nandigram, it gained’t be any simple activity for Suvendu to make sure all of the 35 meeting seats in West Midnapore and East Midnapore are bagged by the BJP.

Nandigram is the epicentre of the TMC’s politics and Mamata’s strategic transfer is definitely going to have an effect on all of the 35 seats.

There are 16 meeting seats in East Midnapore, and 19 in West Midnapore.

Within the 2016 meeting polls, the TMC gained 13 seats in East Midnapore, together with Nandigram which was bagged by Suvendu Adhikari, whereas three seats – Tamluk gained by CPI’s Ashok Kumar Dinda and Panskura Purba and Haldia seats gained by CPI(M)’s Sheikh Ibrahim Ali and Tapasi Mondal respectively– went to the Left Entrance.

In West Midnapore, the TMC gained 17 seats, whereas one seat went to the BJP as Dilip Ghosh netted Kharagpur Sadar, and the Sabang seat was bagged by the Congress’s Manas Bhunia who later joined the Trinamool.

Contemplating the TMC’s sweep within the 2016 meeting polls in West and East Midnapore and Mamata’s choice now to contest from Nandigram, the ‘Adhikari household’ faces a large problem on its dwelling turf from ‘Didi’, as Mamata is popularly recognized.

Already, there’s rancour between the previous BJP leaders and the TMC defectors in Bengal, and below such circumstances it is going to be a close to do-or-die battle for Suvendu to safe his political profession.

Just lately, the organisational restructuring of the BJPs central unit sparked discontent as leaders like Rahul Sinha, who was dropped as nationwide secretary to make means for an additional Trinamool turncoat, Anupam Hazra, expressed displeasure over occasion nationwide president JP Nadda’s choice.

Additionally, BJP nationwide vice chairman and former Mamata aide Mukul Roy’s variations with some influential leaders of the saffron occasion in Bengal together with Dilip Ghosh is an open secret.

There has additionally been bitterness between TMC turncoat Saumitra Khan and Dilip Ghosh over deciding on youth leaders. Just lately, BJP leaders Sayantan Basu and Agnimitra Paul had been issued show-cause notices for talking in opposition to insurgent TMC chief Jitendra Tiwari who give up the occasion, together with Suvendu, within the hope that he too can be absorbed into the saffron occasion. Nevertheless, his plans went awry and he had to return to Trinamool.

Dilip Ghosh and central minister Babul Supriyo too engaged in an unsightly social media spat in July 2018 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi got here to Bengal to deal with a public rally in Midnapore.

Beneath such circumstances, regardless of the state BJP’s declare that every one is properly inside the occasion, it is going to be a frightening activity for Suvendu Adhikari to meet the expectations of high occasion leaders who backed him much more than they did different longtime BJP leaders.

One other problem which Suvendu goes to face, after becoming a member of the BJP, is profitable the Muslim vote share which is almost 10 to 11 per cent in each West and East Midnapore.

For a number of months final 12 months, earlier than leaving Trinamool, Suvendu had been seen addressing rallies with out utilizing the TMC image and flag. In all of the rallies, a sea of individuals chanting “Aamra Dadar Anugami (we’re elder brother’s followers)” was seen marching behind him.

Twenty years of his affiliation with Mamata got here to an finish on November 27, 2020, when he resigned from her cupboard.

Suvendu was a key man behind Mamata Banerjee’s land agitation in Nandigram in East Midnapore in 2007 which helped her finish the 34-year Left Entrance rule in Bengal. Through the years, Mamata additionally gave due respect to him and his members of the family for his or her dedication in direction of the occasion.

His effort to strengthen TMC within the ‘Rarh’ area didn’t go unnoticed. From Member of Parliament, to state minister, to chairperson of co-operative banks – Mamata rewarded him for his battle in Nandigram.

However why, regardless of Suvendu’s poor efficiency as district in-charge in Purulia, Jhargram, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Bankura and Bishnupur within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, was the BJP so eager to have Suvendu in its kitty?

The reply is Mamata got here to energy driving the wave of the anti-land acquisition actions in Nandigram and Singur, and the rival occasion desires to hit the TMC arduous the place it should harm essentially the most – with a robust anti-incumbency message.

However, for now, analysts say the BJP seems to be on the again foot with Mamata’s choice to contest from Nandigram.

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