Adhikari will be filing his nomination papers from Nandigram on March 12; Smriti Irani likely to accompany him
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned a mega nomination filing for Suvendu Adhikari, who has been pitted against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from Nandigram. Union Minister Smriti Irani is also expected to accompany Adhikari at the time of filing the nomination papers.
According to the sources, Adhikari is expected to file his nomination paper on March 12, while Banerjee will be filing her nomination on Wednesday, March 10.
Adhikari’s candidature was announced by the BJP on Saturday. In what makes the Nandigram battle a fight for his political survival, Adhikari has vowed to defeat Banerjee by a difference of 50,000 votes or quit politics.
“After filing nomination papers, he will address a rally there,” BJP leader Kanishka Panda said.
Nandigram, which is significant for the anti-land-acquisition movement that catapulted Mamata Banerjee to power in 2011, will witness a closely-watched contest between her and Adhikari, the 50-year-old ex-TMC leader. Undoubtedly one of the most important contests in the West Bengal polls, the voting for Nandigram will take place on April 1, the second phase of elections.
In 2016, Adhikari has won the Nandigram seat. Banerjee, on the other hand, will contest from Nandigram for the first time and has relinquished the Bhowanipur seat from where she won twice. She has rented a house in Nandigram and will be campaigning from there.