Suvendu Adhikari, a member of the 15th Lok Sabha and the 16th Lok Sabha (2014-2016), as an All-India Trinamool Congress candidate, from Tamluk. Famous for his contribution towards the people of Nandigram under the umbrella of the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee, when reports of land acquisition for a chemical hub had triggered a movement. Suvendu defeated CPI(M)’s strongman Lakshman Seth by a margin of 1,72,958 votes.
He resigned from the primary membership of the All India Trinamool Congress and joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 19th December 2020. May contest against Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram. Mamata Didi is likely to file her nomination for the seat on March 11. Nandigram goes to poll in the second phase on April 1.
Dipanjan Ghosh, an IT professional from West Bengal said, “The slogan ‘daughter of Bengal’ has really moved people. Suvendu Adhikari was liked by people the most when he was in TMC, since he has joined BJP, he is going to lose elections. People fear communal violence here.”
Whereas BJP’s West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, “My party is going to win by all means; people of West Bengal are tired of Mamta’s inefficient government. He further stated that the BJP will sweep Bengal polls by 200 of the total 294 Assembly seats. He further continued, “We are ready for the contest in the West Bengal Assembly elections.”
Elections to 294-member West Bengal Assembly will begin on March 27. The eight-phase polling will conclude on April 29, results on May 2. Bengal is likely to see a triangular contest with TMC, Congress-Left alliance, and BJP in the fray.
Right now, the state of affairs in West Bengal is the most complicated. The CPI(M) and the Left Front have been rigorously working to recover lost ground. BJP also is in full form; they left no stone unturned. Hundreds of men and RSS cadres are already at the groundwork. IT cells are geared up with their agendas. The 2019 Lok Sabha election saw a polarisation between the TMC and BJP and the latter won 18 of the 42 seats polling 40.6 percent (of votes). The Left Front got squeezed out in this polarisation and got only 7.4 percent of the votes.
Surprisingly just like Maharashtra, there can be another combination that can decide the fortune of West Bengal, Left Front, Congress, and other non-BJP, non-TMC forces that can get together to strip the BJP of additional support. In this entire exercise of keeping BJP out of the game, Mamata Banerjee has a strong chance of coming to power again.