Mamata files nomination from Nandigram at Haldia SDO office

Mamata files nomination from Nandigram at Haldia SDO office

Biswabrata Goswami

HALDIA, 10 MARCH: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today filed her nomination for Nandigram assembly seat which has now been considered as a high-pitch battle between the candidates and parties as BJP has pitted chief minister’s once trusted lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari from this seat.

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Miss Banerjee was accompanied by Trinamul Congress state president Subrata Bakshi at the office of Subdivisional Officer (SDO), Haldia.

Before submitting her nomination, she held a road show about a kilometer to the SDO office where thousands of people took part in the event. In the road show, the Trinamul Congress workers carried posters and festoons with Trinamul’s new slogan “Bangla Nijer Mein kei Chai” (Bengal wants its own daughter).

Meanwhile, posters projecting Mamata Banerjee as an “outsider” surfaced at various palces in Nandigram. The posters saying ‘Nandigram-Medinipur wants the son of the soil and not outsiders” were put up in the assembly constituency.

Addressing a booth-level workers meeting on Tuesday, Miss Banerjee had said, “I have heard some people are calling me an outsider in Nandigram. I am amazed. I was born and brought up in the neighbouring Birbhum district, and the person who is calling me an outsider was also not born here. Today I have become an outsider, and those coming from Gujarat have become insiders in Bengal.”

She also said, “People who had sold their souls to outsiders from Gujrat are insulting the Nandigram movement by playing the communal card. Those doing that are insulting the sacred Nandigram movement which people of both communities fought together.”

Miss Banerjee said she had made up her mind to contest either from the Singur or Nandigram–the two cradles of the anti-land acquisition movement– that catapulted her to power in 2011.

She has shifted from her traditional Bhabanipur Assembly constituency to Nandigram soon after her close aide Suvendu defected to the BJP and invited a challenge to her to contest from Nandigram only.

Since yesterday, the chief minister visited several temples at least 13 across her assembly and mazar to get sense of the people’s feeling on her government.

As she entered the temple, women, who lined up next to the shrine, blew conch shells to greet her. At the mausoleum, too, she was extended a warm welcome.

Next, Miss Banerjee visited a roadside stall, where she prepared tea for the customers, much to the astonishment of the shop owner.

“I am here to serve all, no matter which section they belong to… People are with me, 100 per cent of them. On Shivratri (Thursday), I will be offering puja at a temple, which is close to my accommodation in Nandigram, interact with people there and then file my nomination,” she said.

According, Miss Banerjee today offered a puja to a local temple before leaving for filing her nomination.

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