Mamata Banerjee Faces Ex-Aide Suvendu Adhikari As BJP Rival In Nandigram

Mamata Banerjee Faces Ex-Aide Suvendu Adhikari As BJP Rival In Nandigram

Suvendu Adhikari was the Trinamool MLA from Nandigram before joining the BJP.

Suvendu Adhikari, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's one-time right hand man who crossed over to the BJP in December, will take on the Trinamool Congress in a do-or-die contest in the state elections that begin later this month, his party announced on Saturday.

Releasing the first list of candidates for the Bengal polls, the BJP pitted its most important acquisition against the two-time Chief Minister as part of its all-out campaign to wrest one of the few states where it has historically had little traction until recently.

The announcement came a day after Ms Banerjee said will contest from Mr Adhikari's constituency and vacate her existing seat of Bhowanipore in Kolkata in what was seen as a bold statement and acceptance of the challenge flung at her by her former aide.

"I will contest from Nandigram as I stick to my words. From Bhowanipore constituency, Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay will be contesting in the upcoming Assembly elections," said the Bengal Chief Minister, announcing candidates for the election starting March 27.

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