Suvendu Adhikari said Thursday that he made the right decision to join the BJP and that the move has the approval of the people. Adhikari, who led a gigantic roadshow in her homeland, Kanthi, also announced that she will be heading to a rally in Nandigram on January 8, a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to hold a similar program.
“The tour has shown that I have made the right decision and have the approval of the people,” he said.
The tour took almost three hours to cover the 5 km distance from the Mecheda ring road to the central bus stop, where he addressed a public meeting. It started around 2:30 p.m. and ended at 5:30 p.m. when thousands of people drowned the roads of this small town in the Purba Medinipur district.
“You (Mamata Banerjee) are welcome to come to Nandigram on January 7 and I will respond to what you will say there the next day,” Adhikari said, addressing his first rally at his home base as BJP leader.
Adhikari claimed that Banerjee had never gone to Nandigram on January 7, March 14 or November 10, the days that mark the turning points in the 2007 Nandigram movement against the then Left Front government.
The former TMC leader is considered the backbone of the movement in Nandigram that played a crucial role in Mamata Banerjee’s coming to power in the state in 2011, defeating the Left Front.
Adhikari questioned why TMC leaders were concerned and sent so many of their leaders each week to Purba Medinipur if they really think their departure doesn’t matter.
Criticizing Minister of State Firhad Hakim, who addressed a rally in the area on Wednesday, Adhikari said that he had failed to handle the situation in Kolkata as mayor after Cyclone Amphan and that the Army and disaster management teams from Odisha were to be called in to restore normalcy.
Claiming that it was a fight between a boy from the village and four or five people from southern Calcutta, he said, “Of the 60 departments of the state government, 40 are in the hands of these few people.”
Adhikari said that having been at the forefront of the Nandigram movement and having confronted the Maoists and their leader Kishenji in Jangalmahal, he is not concerned about these people.
He said that Saugata Roy, who accused him of defecting from the TMC, ran for Congress against Mamata Banerjee in the southern Kolkata constituency in the 1998 Lok Sabha elections, which the supreme TMC fought in alliance with the BJP led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Adhikari said he had been a savior of the TMC by fighting Left Front leaders Kiranmoy Nanda and Lakshman Seth in the Lok Sabha assembly and elections, when no one in the TMC was willing to stand up to them in the 1990s and early 1990s. from the 2000s.
He stated that together with the BJP state president Dilip Ghosh he will ensure that the BJP wins all 35 seats in the Purba and Paschim Medinipur districts.
“Dilip Ghosh and I from Gopiballavpur in Paschim Medinipur have joined the sandy soil of the coast of the Bay of Bengal and the red soil of Jangalmahal and we will sleep only after the lotus blooms,” he said.
Maintaining that his family played a crucial role in the TMC’s victories from the seats in Purba Medinipur, Adhikari said that Mamata Banerjee’s party will take second place in the 2021 assembly elections in the state, while pole position la will take the BJP.
Suvendu’s father, Sisir Adhikari, is a member of the Kanthi TMC Parliament, while his brother Dibyendu is a member of neighboring Tamluk’s party.
Another brother, Soumendu, is the president of the Kanthi Township held by the TMC.
Accusing TMC’s leadership of a stepmother attitude towards Kanthi, he said: “While Diamond Harbor gets two universities and two medical schools, Kanthi got nothing.”
The Diamond Harbor Lok Sabha seat is held by Abhishek Banerjee, nephew of the head of TMC.