Mamata confident of TMC winning WB bypolls, sees no BJP threat

7 Apr

KOLKATA: Political sparring by the BJP does not intimidate Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The BJP may be busy getting a bevy of heavy-weights to wrest the Contai (South) assembly seat, but that has not shaken a confident Mamata who did not bother to campaign for her party candidate Chandrima Bhattacharjee although she visited the adjoining West Midnapore district a few days back.

So over-confident is she of her party winning the seat that she has deployed her Haldia strongman and Bengal transport minister Suvendu Adhikari to campaign for her former health minister who will contest the byelection to be held on April 9. “We expect to win the seat by a margin of more than 1 lakh this time.

Didi (Mamata Banerjee) is our supreme leader and she does not have to waste her valuable time to campaign for a small by-elections,” Adhikari said.

Interestingly, Trinamool’s Dibyendu Adhikari had won the seat in last year’s assembly polls by a margin of 33,890 votes. But it is a different story in the BJP camp.

Enthused by their victory in UP, Bengal BJP leaders, backed by their counterparts in Delhi, have taken all possible moves to wrest the Contai seat from Trinamool Congress in an effort to send a signal to electorate before next year’s panchayat polls that Trinamool is fast losing popularity.

A few days back, BJP had announced that 36 central leaders, including ministers under leadership of Union home minister Rajnath Singh, would be campaigning in Bengal from Thursday till April 14.