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Bengal rural polls: BJP wins big In Suvendu Adhikari’s bastion Nandigram

Despite being way ahead of the opposition parties in most parts of West Bengal as per the counting trends for the panchayat polls on Tuesday, the ruling Trinamool Congress received a major jolt at Nandigram in East Midnapore district, which is considered a stronghold of Suvendu Adhikari, the leader of opposition in the state Assembly.

Adhikari is also the BJP MLA from Nandigram, where he defeated Chief Minister Mamata Banerje by a margin of 1,956 votes in the 2021 Assembly elections. Banerjee later entered the Assembly after getting elected from Bhabanipur in Kolkata in the bypoll.

In the panchayat polls, BJP’s performance has been significant in the village panchayat areas of Boyal-I, Boyal-II, Khodambari-I and Khodambari-II under Nandigram-II block. Of the total 61 gram panchayat seats there, BJP candidates have either won or are ahead in 37 seats, followed by Trinamool nominees at 23 and one Independent candidate.

In Boyal-I, BJP candidates have won or are ahead in eight out of the 13 seats, pushing Trinamool back with five seats. In Boyal-II, nine seats are in favour of BJP, while Trinamool has six and one went in favour of an Independent candidate.

In Khodambari-I, BJP won eight out of 15 seats, followed by Trinamool at seven. In Khodambari-II, 12 out of the 17 seats are in favour of BJP, followed by Trinamool at five.

Adhikari said that the results in Nandigram reflect the fact that people have rejected the Trinamool wherever they could resist the ruling party’s ‘hooligans’ and cast their votes.

“Had this picture in Nandigram been reflected in the entire state, Trinamool would have turned minorities in most districts. But our fight against the ruling party will continue,” Adhikari said.

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