KOLKATA: Following a bitter battle in the first phase of West Bengal Assembly Elections, the battle for Nandigram Constituency has intensified as campaigning for the second phase of the assembly poll ends in Nandigram on March 30.
Trinamool Congress TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is holding an 8-kilometre 'padyatra' (roadshow) on a wheelchair from Khudiram More to Thakurchowk in Nandigram Block 2, followed by a public meeting in Jansabha Boyal II. Another one will take place at 2 pm then at 3:30 pm in the Amdabad High School Ground.
All eyes are on the Nandigram constituency which will be going to polls on April 1. CM Mamata Banerjee will be challenging her former aide Suvendu Adhikari who will be contesting from the same constituency on a BJP ticket. Both Banerjee and Adhikari have challenged each other to win the high-profile seat.
Adhikari has earlier challenged Banerjee that he will win from Nandigram with a mandate of 50,000 votes. He has been backed by top-notch BJP leaders from the country including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
Meanwhile, Amit Shah will conduct a massive roadshow in Nandigram on Tuesday to support Adhikari. Actor Mithun Chakraborty is also expected to conduct a roadshow in Nandigram ahead of polling.
The first phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal was held on Saturday. In Bengal, the 30 seats are spread across tribal-dominated Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, Purba Medinipur (Part 1) and Paschim Medinipur (Part 1) districts.
A war of words ensued between the TMC and the BJP after Amit Shah claimed that the saffron party will win 26 out of 30 seats in the first phase of the assembly elections. Countering the claims, Banerjee said that the people's mandate will be clear after the final results are announced.
In a veiled attack, Banerjee further questioned how such a claim could be made just a day after the elections were held.
"A leader today said that the BJP will win 26 of 30 seats, why did he not claim all 30, did he leave the rest for Congress and CPI(M)?" Banerjee was quoted.
Taking a jibe at Shah's prediction, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien also said in a tweet, "Mind games won't work, Mo-Sha" (a reference to Modi-Shah).
"Try your seat prediction stunts at the Gujarat Gymkhana. This is Bengal. #KhelaHobe," O'Brien posted on the microblogging site. He also shared a tweet mocking Amit Shah's track record of predicting elections in the past.
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