Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: Mamata Banerjee to address rally in Nandigram today, will file nomination tomorrow

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Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Not campaigning in upcoming West Bengal polls: Farooq Abdullah

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Monday said he does not have time to campaign for the Trinamool Congress in the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections.

"I do not have time for campaigning," Abdullah told reporters when asked if he would join West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee during the campaigning for the upcoming state polls.

09:44 (IST)

TMC to release poll manifesto today 

After releasing the TMC manifesto on Tuesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will visit Nandigram and file her nomination from the high-stakes seat at Nandigram a day later.

After announcing the TMC candidate list on 5 March, this will be her first tour to Nandigram where she will cross swords with her former protege Suvendu Adhikari, who recently defected to the BJP. Sources said Adhikari will file his nomination from his stomping ground on 12 March.

09:37 (IST)

Stage set for high-stakes battle in West Bengal's Nandigram

Nandigram, the cradle of the anti-land acquisition movement that catapulted Mamata to power in 2011, will witness her once protege Suvendu Adhikari taking on her on 1 April, in the second of the eight phases of polling.

For 50-year-old Adhikari, the contest in Nandigram will be a fight for his political survival as he had vowed to defeat Mamata by over 50,000 votes in the seat or quit politics.

09:35 (IST)

Congress leader Sikha Mitra threatens to leave party

The opposition Congress in West Bengal was hit by dissidence as senior Congress leader Sikha Mitra, wife of former WBPCC president Somen Mitra, on Monday accused the state leadership of sidelining her and threatened to leave the party.

Mitra, a former MLA, accused West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of sidelining her and her son Rohan Mitra and didn't rule out joining the BJP in near future.

"The way the state Congress is being run is unacceptable. The state Congress leadership is compromising with the core ideology of the Congress. Both my son and I have been sidelined in the party. We don't have any future in the party," Mitra told reporters.

09:33 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee to address rally in Nandigram today

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to launch her political campaign from Nandigram on Friday, according to several media reports. She will file her nomination papers from the Assembly seat on 10 March, while her rival and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari will do the same two days later.

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will file her nomination papers from the Nandigram seat on 10 March, while her rival and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari will do the same two days later, as the stage is set for the Battle Royale in the constituency.

After the release of the party manifesto on Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress supremo would leave for Nandigram in the evening and file her nomination papers the next day, party sources said.

She would then attend a workers' meet and return to Kolkata on 11 March.

Adhikari, whose name was announced as the BJP candidate from the seat on Saturday, will file the nomination on 12 March.

"After filing nomination papers, he will address a rally there," BJP leader Kanishka Panda said.

Nandigram, the cradle of the anti-land acquisition movement that catapulted Mamata to power in 2011, will witness her once protege Suvendu Adhikari taking on her on 1 April, in the second of the eight phases of polling.

For 50-year-old Adhikari, the contest in Nandigram will be a fight for his political survival as he had vowed to defeat Mamata by over 50,000 votes in the seat or quit politics.

Adhikari won the Nandigram seat in the 2016 Assembly election, while another TMC candidate emerged victorious from
the constituency in 2011.

The former minister had quit the TMC and resigned from the Assembly last year to join the BJP after having differences with the state's ruling party.

On the other hand, Mamata will contest the Nandigram seat for the first time after relinquishing the Bhowanipore constituency in Kolkata, from where she had won twice. The TMC supremo has rented a house in Nandigram and will campaign from there.

Elections in Bengal, poised to be a stiff contest between the TMC and the BJP, will be held in eight phases between 27 March and 29 April. Votes will be counted on 2 May.



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