A day after the Nandigram firing on March 14, 2007, which claimed 14 lives and left many injured – Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee together with a giant variety of supporters stormed into the ‘liberated zone’ to stand beside the victims’ relations.
People at Nandigram in East Midnapore had been in opposition to the land acquisition technique of the Left Front authorities for a particular financial zone (SEZ).
Mamata’s convoy began from the Green Valley Resort, which is sort of 54 kilometres from the Nandigram police station. The place was chosen for Mamata’s keep contemplating the risky scenario in and across the area.
She reached Nandigram within the afternoon and whereas interacting with the victims on the Hospital, Mamata complained of suffocation and gentle chest ache. A person in his thirties – sporting a crisp white kurta – was noticeably wanting tense amongst many.
He instantly organized a particular ward on the Nandigram sub-divisional hospital the place Mamata was rushed and placed on oxygen help. The scene exterior the hospital was tense and the person within the white kurta was equally harassed.
“Please don’t raise slogans as Didi needs some rest. The world is watching Nandigram and our movement. Didi is fine. Let Didi come out of the hospital, we will march towards Sonachura, Bhangabera, Garchakraberia, Tekhali, Tengua, Khejuri and Gelimgham to show solidarity to our brother and sisters,” he stated.
Three days afterward March 17, 2007, after the Nandigram firing, there was main chaos on the Sonachura market when three Krishi Jami Bachao Committee (KJBC) leaders recognized as Gaur Hari Barik, Purna Pal and Buddhadeb Mirda, had been allegedly kidnapped by the CPI(M) cadres and taken in direction of Khejuri.
Again this man – who joined Mamata’s camp in 2000 after leaving Congress – swung into motion.
He requested his males to begin a large hunt to discover out the ‘kidnapped’ KJBC leaders. He knowledgeable the native police who later rescued all of the victims from an deserted home in Khejuri.
Be it each motion, political and public conferences, this man was seen standing beside Mamata Banerjee in her dangerous and good instances as her shadow.
Years have handed since then and the rise of this man in Midnapore has actually helped Mamata safe the ability of corridors in Bengal as Didi ended the 34-year rule of the Left Front authorities with a big mandate in 2011.
Needless to say, the person is none apart from Suvendu Adhikari.
His effort to strengthen TMC within the Rarh area didn’t go unnoticed and he obtained his due respect. From Member of Parliament, to state minister, to chairperson of cooperative banks – Mamata rewarded him for his battle in Nandigram.
Many believed that Suvendu earned it, however equally agreed that it was the TMC which gave him the platform to present his political acumen.
So what went mistaken after twenty years of his affiliation with the Trinamool Congress? What prompted him to distance himself from Mamata Banerjee? And why is the Bharatiya Janata Party leaving no stone unturned to rope him in?
Many within the celebration imagine – Suvendu who was in two minds – lastly determined to say goodbye to the TMC when a lot of the outdated guard, together with him, had been changed with new faces as in-charge of the districts on July 23, 2020.
That was the final nail within the coffin.
Since then, Suvendu was not proud of the ‘attitude’ of a few TMC leaders. On a number of events he had hinted that he would solely hear to Mamata Banerjee and nobody else, however then he began receiving instructions from others within the celebration.
Countering Suvendu’s declare, many within the celebration stated that he had distanced himself from the celebration since 2017.
It was on the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata throughout the TMC organisational meet on April 21, 2017, when Mamata Banerjee – throughout her speech in opposition to the Central Bureau of Investigation’s alleged highhandedness – abruptly requested, “Where is Suvendu?”
She seen that Suvendu was lacking when she requested her MPs and MLAs, chargesheeted within the Narada case, to arise on the dais. All of them instantly stood up, however Mamata discovered Suvendu (additionally named within the CBI chargesheet) lacking.
One of the celebration leaders instructed her that Suvendu was not properly and Mamata continued her speech with out pushing the matter additional. But his absence gave a robust sign that every little thing was not properly inside the celebration.
A couple of months later, in September 2017, Suvendu was examined by the Enforcement Directorate within the Narada case.
Recently, the scenario turned bitter, after Mamata sprung a shock by sending show-cause notices to practically 200 TMC staff and leaders simply from Nandigram, the realm which Suvendu is emotionally linked with.
Despite receiving complaints over an alleged ration rip-off from numerous elements, Mamata’s crackdown in Nandigram drew the eye of political observers in West Bengal.
Amid hypothesis over Suvendu’s scenario within the celebration, he as soon as once more put the Trinamool in an uncomfortable scenario after he gave a miss to a authorities programme in Jhargram on August 9, 2020, to mark the International Day of World’s Indigenous People.
He was supposed to be current on the official occasion together with state schooling minister and Trinamool secretary normal Partha Chatterjee, however as a substitute he attended one other personal occasion at close by Sido Kanhu Hall at Sialgeria Maidan in the identical district.
Since 2017, Suvendu’s absence from essential celebration conferences created anxiousness within the celebration as many felt that such a gesture might go in opposition to them forward of the essential meeting polls in Bengal in 2021.
And, they had been proper.
Twenty years of Suvendu’s affiliation with Didi got here to an finish on November 27, 2020, when he resigned from Mamata’s cupboard.
The eighteen days following his resignation had been adopted with heaps of praises from BJP leaders about his political clout in Bengal and a name from BJP nationwide secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya to convey birthday needs to him on December 15 and centrally authorised Z-category safety clear the air over his future political scenario in Bengal.
It is probably going that he’ll share the dais with Amit Shah in Midnapore on December 19 the place the union dwelling minister will maintain a public rally.
But why regardless of Suvendu’s perceived poor efficiency as district in-charge in Purulia, Jhargram, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Bankura and Bishnupur within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is the BJP so eager to have Suvendu on its facet?
The reply is Mamata got here to energy using the waves of anti-land acquisition actions in Nandigram and Singur and the BJP desires to hit it onerous the place it’ll harm probably the most – with a robust anti-incumbency message.
Not solely that – it’ll additionally ship a robust message to the plenty to marvel and speculate why persons are leaving the TMC and gravitating in direction of the BJP.
The floor scenario means that, like many state chief ministers, Mamata additionally adopted a number of reforms to guarantee good governance and punished these indulging in malpractices.
But drawing extra TMC leaders, other than Suvendu, a few months forward of the polls is the BJP’s well-scripted plan to propagate the concept the Trinamool is a sinking ship and the voters solely have one choice, to vote for the saffron celebration.
“They can win the 2021 assembly polls only by creating a rift in the TMC camp in Bengal. The same thing happened during the Lok Sabha polls when they poached some of our strong leaders and got away with 18 seats. Here, it is not a question of Suvendu’s strengths, weaknesses and failures during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. It is about the BJP’s ploy to break the TMC from top to bottom. Otherwise it will be an impossible task for them to win the polls. They don’t even have public faces to contest from all the 294 assembly seats in Bengal. The BJP has done this dirty politics in other states and now it is doing it in Bengal,” a senior TMC MLA stated.
A fast have a look at Suvendu’s efficiency within the 2019 Lok Sabha revealed that the TMC misplaced 9 Lok Sabha seats out of the 13 within the area the place he is called a mass chief and believed to have important clout among the many folks in Purulia, Jhargram, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, West Midnapore, Bankura and Bishnupur.
There is one Lok Sabha and 9 meeting seats in Purulia, whereas in Murshidabad there are three Lok Sabha and 19 meeting seats. In Malda, there are two Lok Sabha and 12 meeting seats and in East Midnapore there are two Lok Sabha and 15 meeting seats.
In Bankura and in Bishnupur (mixed) there are two Lok Sabha and 12 meeting seats, whereas in West Midnapore, there are two Lok Sabha and 15 meeting seats. In Jhargram, there’s one Lok Sabha and 4 meeting seats.
In complete, there are 13 Lok Sabha seats and 86 meeting seats in Purulia, Murshidabad, Malda, West Midnapore, Jhargram, East Midnapore, Bankura and Bishnupur the place Suvendu Adhikari is believed to be a superb taskmaster in sales space administration.
However, going by the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, besides 4 seats – that are Kanthi (gained by Suvendu’s father Sishir Adhikari on a TMC ticket, however BJP gained a 33.54 per cent vote share whereas Sishir misplaced a 3.82 per cent vote share), Tamluk (gained by Suvendu’s brother Dibyendu on a TMC ticket, however BJP gained a 30.54 per cent vote share whereas Dibyendu misplaced a 3.52 per cent vote share), Jangipur (gained by TMC’s Khalilur Rahman who defeated BJP’s Mafuja Khatun), and Murshidabad (gained by TMC’s Abu Taher Khan) – the remaining had been misplaced by the ruling TMC.
So the BJP by itself managed to win a important seven out of 13 seats (two seats together with Berhampur and Malda South went to the Congress) and made deep inroads into these districts that are supposedly Suvendu Adhikari’s bastion.
Now all eyes will probably be on Amit Shah’s Bengal go to on December 18 and his public rally and roadshow in Midnapore and Bolpur on December 19 and 20 respectively.
There is theory that other than Suvendu, many different TMC leaders might be part of the BJP within the presence of Shah, giving extra jolts to the Trinamool.