Suvendu Adhikari, protege-turned-rival of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, made headlines in November last year when he resigned as state transport minister and later joined BJP. The former TMC heavyweight now faces party supremo Banerjee in the high octane battle at Nandigram in Purbo Medinipur district of West Bengal. Polling in the constituency is slated for April 1.
Nandigram is considered as a strong bastion of rebel TMC leader Adhikari, where during 2007-11 he was Mamata’s general on the ground in the fight against “forcible” land acquisition by the then Left Front government for setting up a Special Economic Zone. Suvendu was a key man behind Banerjee’s agitation which helped her end the 34-year Left Front rule in Bengal. Over the years, Mamata also gave due respect to him and his family members for their dedication towards the party. Adhikari is the son of veteran political leader and three-time MP Sishir Adhikari.
His effort to strengthen TMC in the ‘Rarh’ region didn’t go unnoticed. From Member of Parliament, to state minister, to chairperson of co-operative banks – Mamata rewarded him for his struggle in Nandigram.
News Source : News 18