Afaded hoarding hangs outside the house of Rabindranath Bhattacharya in Singur. It shows him with Becharam Manna, his aide who worked tirelessly to ensure Bhattacharya’s win in the constituency back in 2011. Bhattacharya and Manna were two of the prominent local faces of an agitation against land acquisition in Hooghly district’s Singur between 2006 and 2008.
A decade later, Manna is the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)’s candidate from the seat. His wife is a TMC nominee in neighbouring Haripal, which Manna won in 2011 and 2016.
On the other hand, Bhattacharya, or Mastermoshai (as he is popularly called), is seething in anger. After all, he won Singur four times in a row (from 2001 to 2016) on TMC ticket. The 88-year-old has now joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and will contest against Manna.
“I want revenge. How badly she has treated me! I can never forgive her,” Bhattacharya told News18, referring to chief minister Mamata Banerjee and rejecting the argument that he was denied ticket because of his age.
News Source : News 18