Mamata Banerjee loves calling BJP as “outsiders” to West Bengal. Her former aide and now opponent Suvendu Adhikari has now returned the compliment by terming her as an “outsider” in Nandigram where the two are pitted against each other in the forthcoming assembly polls.
"Honourable chief minister will contest from Nandigram as per the candidate list, very good, it's welcomed. People of Nandigram raise your voice, 'we want the son of Midnapore, not outsiders.' We will see you on the battlefield. On 2nd May, you will lose and leave," Adhikari said on Friday, news agency ANI reported.
The BJP leader plays on the fact that he's the MLA from Nandigram and hence, a son of Midnapore. Nandigram falls under East Midnapore district.
Adhikari, 50, led the Trinamool Congress's struggle over farm land versus a chemical hub at Nandigram in 2007 and captured it from the Left. Nandigram, and then Singur, catapulted Ms Banerjee's party to power in West Bengal in 2011.
The Bengal election will take place over eight rounds and 33 days in a marathon schedule.