Nandigram among 30 West Bengal constituencies voting today

A total of 69 Assembly constituencies, spread across West Bengal and Assam, visited polls today morning.

Of the seats up for grabs within the second phase, the constituency which has gained maximum attention is Nandigram, from where Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is fighting. She is up against her former trusted lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari, who had jumped to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In this article
During campaigning, BJP spoke about ‘poriborton’
Both the parties are fighting tooth and nail for Nandigram
Nearly 22 companies of CAPF deployed to Nandigram
Today, Adhikari slammed Banerjee’s ‘appeasement’ politics
Here are a couple of visuals from Bengal
Four sitting ministers testing their fate today in Assam
Spot visuals: Coronavirus-linked guidelines are being followed in Assam

Campaigning

During campaigning, BJP spoke about ‘poriborton’

In Bengal, the second phase of polls marks the top of high-decibel campaigning, where both the BJP and ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) hurled accusations at each other . While BJP weaved its campaign around ‘poriborton’ (change), TMC made it a battle between insiders and outsiders.

On the Judgment Day of campaigning for the second phase, Banerjee said “outsiders plotted against her.”

Nandigram


Both the parties are fighting tooth and nail for Nandigram
For both the key players, the battle for Nandigram may be a prestige fight. It was the agitation against land acquisition in 2007 that made Banerjee a formidable force in Bengal politics. Eventually, in 2011, she ended the 34-year-long Left rule. But she is now facing tough competition from Adhikari. Since Adhikari may be a local face, her insider v/s outsider narrative might not have found many takers.PreparationsNearly 22 companies of CAPF deployed to Nandigram

Considering the high-stakes battle and the history of violence during polls in Bengal, the Election Commission has deployed 22 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to Nandigram.The constituency has 2,57,999 registered voters.Reportedly, the top polling body is being sent regular reports about the law and order situation.

A total of 30 Assembly constituencies in Bengal went to polls. StatementToday, Adhikari slammed Banerjee’s ‘appeasement’ politic

In his appeal to voters today, Adhikari took a dig at Banerjee.”I appeal to people to come out in large numbers to cast their vote as the whole country is looking at Nandigram. People are waiting to see if development or politics of appeasement will win here,” he said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also asked eligible people to vote in record numbers.

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