West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee kicked off the Trinamool Congress’s campaign for the assembly elections on Monday, announcing that she will contest the polls from Nandigram thus daring the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Suvendu Adhikari who won the seat in 2016 as a TMC candidate, while also retroceding to the land movement that catapulted her to power.
Addressing a rally in Nandigram, Banerjee said she is not worried about those jumping to other parties as when TMC was formed none of them were there, in a reference to the party leaders, including Adhikari, who have joined the BJP.
Banerjee said these leaders left the party to protect the money “they have looted” in the last few years.
“I have always started my campaign for the assembly polls from Nandigram. It is a lucky place for me. So this time, I feel that I should contest the assembly polls from here. I would request our state party president Subrata Bakshi to approve my name from this seat,” Banerjee said.