Kolkata : Mamta Banerjee has announced candidates for 291 seats out of 294 for the upcoming assembly elections in West Bengal on Friday. The remaining three seats are from the hilly regions of North Bengal where the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) candidates will contest the elections. CM Mamta announced the candidates on Friday in a press conference. He said that 50 women candidates have been given tickets. Apart from this, tickets have also been distributed to candidates belonging to Dalit and Mahadalit castes in abundance.
Leaving his traditional seat, he will contest elections from Nandigram
Apart from this, Mamta also announced that she will contest from Nandigram leaving her traditional seat Bhawanipur. Mamta had announced to contest from Nandigram after Shubhendu Adhikari, a Trinamool MLA and former minister of Mamta’s cabinet, moved to the Bharatiya Janata Party from here. Referring to this, she said that she does not back down on what she promises, that is why she will contest from Nandigram. The current power minister Shobhandev Chatterjee has been given a ticket from Bhawanipur from where Mamta has been an MLA for two consecutive terms. On the other hand, Shubhendu Adhikari has challenged that if he cannot defeat Mamta Banerjee from Nandigram by more than 50,000 votes, he will leave politics.
However, during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP did better in Bhawanipur assembly center, after which political strategist Prashant Kishore suggested to Mamata to contest from the reserved seat. Nandigram is a minority-dominated region and Muslim voters in general have been the traditional voters of Mamata Banerjee.