Didi accepts BJPs challenge to fight only from Nandigram
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KOLKATA: Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday took up BJP’s problem, deciding to contest from solely Nandigram within the meeting polls. Mamata was one of many 291 candidates whose names had been introduced by the Trinamool on Friday; the get together left three seats — Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong — to its Hills allies.
Mamata’s choice to contest from solely Nandigram follows a number of BJP leaders difficult her over the previous few weeks to surrender her dwelling constituency, Bhowanipore, in south Kolkata, and battle from this East Midnapore semi-urban constituency. Nandigram — together with Singur in Hooghly — noticed mass agitations that helped Mamata defeat the Left Front in 2011 and are available to energy. Both locations maintain immense symbolism in up to date Bengal politics.

“I am going to contest from Nandigram only. I keep my promises,” Mamata stated whereas releasing the listing. “It will be a smiley election,” she added, refusing to name the battle “tough”. “Khela hobe, dekha hobe, jeta hobe (The match is on, we will meet, we will win),” Mamata stated, including: “Bengal will be governed by people who stay here and not by goons from outside.”
Veteran minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay will now be the Trinamool candidate in Bhowanipore. He shifts from one other south Kolkata constituency, Rashbehari, the place the get together has fielded long-time councillor Debashis Kumar.
There was confusion over the Tollygunge seat after she renominated minister Aroop Biswas however then added: “I too can contest from this seat.” But Trinamool leaders beside her laughed when she stated this and later added that they’d not learn an excessive amount of into the apart.

The Trinamool listing encompasses a main overhaul from the 2016 listing, having as many as 114 new names, fairly a couple of of them from the Tollywood movie business and former sportspersons. Twenty-eight MLAs, together with 5 ministers, have been dropped; this listing contains meeting deputy speaker Sonali Guha, minister Bachchu Hansda, former ministers Rabindranath Bhattacharya and Rabiranjan Chatterjee and senior MLAs Jotu Lahiri, Samir Chakrabarty, Smita Bakshi, Mala Saha, Amal Acharya and Braja Majumdar.
Some of the ministers could also be accommodated within the proposed legislative council (like finance minister Amit Mitra and technical training minister Purnendu Bose). But a overwhelming majority of MLAs have been dropped after contemplating elements like “loyalty and winnability”, Trinamool seniors stated.
The variety of Muslim candidates this time (35) is far lower than the 57 who received a ticket to battle in 2016. The get together additionally fielded 79 Scheduled Caste candidates — 11 of whom will contest normally class seats — and 17 from the Scheduled Tribes.
Fifty girls — 5 greater than 2016 — have made it to the listing, lots of them new faces. Many of them are from showbiz: Sayantika Banerjee, Koushani Mukherjee, Saayoni Ghosh, June Maliah, kirtan exponent Aditi Munshi and Birbaha Soren. But fairly a couple of males from Tollywood, too, are on the listing (director Raj Chakraborty and actors Kanchan Mullick and Soham Chakraborty). And former India cricketer Manoj Tiwary and former Mohun Bagan participant Bidesh Bose add the Maidan quotient.
Mamata, who stated “21” was all the time her “lucky number”, stated her authorities would proceed the “free ration scheme” plus the opposite ongoing initiatives like Swasthya Sathi, Duare Sarkar and free tablets for increased secondary college students if voted to workplace. Elaborating on the assist she is getting from opposition leaders, Mamata stated: “I received a call from Hemant Soren (Jharkhand CM). He has pledged his support to us. I want to thank Sharad Pawarji, Uddhav Thackerayji, Tejashwi and Akhilesh for supporting us. Tejaswi has not only met me but has promised to come (for campaigning). Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi CM) too is a friend. Their support gives us strength.”
Several Kolkata seats, in addition to Bhowanipore and Rashbehari, will see new Trinamool faces. Mamata fielded Ratna Chatterjee, Trinamool mayor-turned-rebel-turned BJP chief Sovan Chattarjee’s estranged spouse, from Behala East, a seat that Sovan has received twice for the Trinamool. “She (Ratna) will fight for women,” the CM stated.
Three senior Kolkata Municipal Corporation board-of-administrator members — Atin Ghosh, Debashis Kumar and Debabrata Majumdar — received tickets from Cossipore-Belgachhia, Rashbehari and Jadavpur, respectively. Vivek Gupta, a newspaper owner-editor, will contest from Jorasanko.
But the muscle to the battle might be supplied by lots of Mamata’s tried-and-tested lieutenants, who embody state ministers Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, Aroop Biswas, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Bratya Basu and Chandrima Bhattacharya.

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