Chants, ‘gaddar’, outsider barbs smeared the excessive decibel combat by political heavyweights
After three months of a relentless, high-pitch marketing campaign by each West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate Suvendu Adhikari, who switched to the occasion months earlier than the election, a polarised Nandigram will cast its vote on April 1. During the marketing campaign, slogans veered round Nandigram with Ms. Banerjee rhyming it with “sangram” (wrestle) and Mr. Adhikari selecting “Jai Shri Ram”. Another pitch of the marketing campaign revolved across the TMC labelling Mr. Adhikari as a “gaddar” (traitor) and “Mir Jafar” and the BJP chief propping himself up as a “bhoomiputra” (son of the soil).
The marketing campaign started with Ms. Banerjee asserting in January that she would contest from Nandigram, which had seen a fierce anti-land acquisition motion in 2007-08 throughout the Left Front regime. The BJP fielded Mr. Adhikari, whose household has nurtured the Purba Medinipur constituency as a TMC member. “We have not seen such a big campaign ever,” mentioned a bunch of girls ready for Home Minister Amit Shah’s highway present on the final day of campaigning. Two of the ladies, sporting saris in BJP colors, one from the Left events and one other from TMC, had converted to the BJP in January after Mr. Adhikari joined the occasion. Echoing the sentiment amongst a piece of the individuals, Shibani Das mentioned, “Didi is spending days here at Nandigram now but she couldn’t spare hours for us earlier. It is not as if she has not done work as Chief Minister.”
A few kilometers away, at Ms. Banerjee’s rally, Rajkumar Jana spoke up for hundreds of others who listened to the TMC supremo’s phrases silently: “It is 100% Didi. Suvendu is a traitor.” Ms. Banerjee appeared to ring a bell with the individuals each time she referred to Mr. Adhikari as “gaddar”. She had launched her marketing campaign on a low key on March 9 when, amid non secular chants of “chandi path”, she promised to make Nandigram a mannequin constituency. The very subsequent day, as she made a spherical of the temples, competing with the BJP, she suffered a leg damage and needed to rush again to a Kolkata hospital.
Ms. Banerjee has been stationed at Nandigram from the final week of March, her leg nonetheless in a plaster, addressing not less than three public conferences a day and occasional roadshows from a wheelchair. The BJP, on its half, left no stone unturned by bringing in heavyweights for campaigning, together with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and new occasion member and actor Mithun Chakraborty. Nandigram additionally discovered point out within the Prime Minister’s rally at Kanthi in the identical district on March 24.
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As the marketing campaign advanced, the TMC discovered itself defending the “outsider” barb directed at Ms. Banerjee, who left her dwelling constituency Bhawanipore to contest from Nandigram. The TMC had known as the BJP a celebration of outsiders who have been making an attempt to impose themselves on the State. “I am the Chief Minister of the State. How dare you call me an outsider? Who are you? I am the bhoomikanya (daughter of the soil),” Ms. Banerjee, mentioned, referring to the truth that even Mr. Adhikari, a TMC MLA for the previous 5 years, was from Kanthi.
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In the battle of political titans, the Left has sprung a shock by fielding younger DYFI (Democratic Youth Federation of India) chief Minakshi Mukherjee who has been operating an earnest door-to-door marketing campaign elevating the difficulty of livelihood and jobs.
As essentially the most high-profile constituency goes to polls, it will be a litmus take a look at for the Election Commission of India (EC) as properly. The EC has deployed 22 firms of Central forces for an citizens of two.6 lakh. Administrative reshuffles continued until polling day with the EC transferring the Circle Inspector of Mahishadal and the Sub-Divisional Police Officer of Haldia, all in Purba Medinipur constituency. With each side buying and selling costs of voter manipulation and electoral malpractices, there are fears of violence in Nandigram.
A lot has modified in Nandigram for the reason that land stir in 2007 when 14 individuals have been killed in police firing. Nandigram then was an emblem of “sangram”. New concrete roads have been laid, new retailers have opened within the constituency 130 km from Kolkata, however the citizens is underneath loads of stress to decide on between the “bhoomikanya” and the “bhoomiputra”.
২৪X৭ নিউজ বেঙ্গল এ সবার আগে পড়ুন ব্রেকিং নিউজ। থাকছে দৈনিক টাটকা খবর, খবরের লাইভ আপডেট। সবচেয়ে ভরসাযোগ্য বাংলা এবং ইংলিশ খবর পড়ুন ২৪X৭ নিউজ বেঙ্গল এর ওয়েবসাইটে। নিয়মিত খবরে থাকতে লাইক করুন ফেসবুকে ও ফলো করুন টুইটারে।
‘রঙ’ ছাড়া সংবাদ খুঁজে পাওয়া কঠিন। কোন খবরটা ‘খাচ্ছে’? সেটাই কি শেষ কথা? নাকি আসল সত্যিটার নাম ‘সংবাদ’! ‘ব্রেকিং’ আর প্রাইম টাইমের পিছনে দৌড়তে গিয়ে দেওয়ালে পিঠ ঠেকেছে সত্যিকারের সাংবাদিকতার। অর্থ আর চোখ রাঙানিতে হাত বাঁধা সাংবাদিকদের। কিন্তু, গণতন্ত্রের চতুর্থ স্তম্ভে ‘রঙ’ লাগানোয় বিশ্বাসী নই আমরা। আর মৃত্যুশয্যা থেকে ফিরিয়ে আনতে পারেন আপনারাই। সোশ্যালের ওয়াল জুড়ে বিনামূল্যে পাওয়া খবরে ‘ফেক’ তকমা জুড়ে যাচ্ছে না তো? আসলে পৃথিবীতে কোনও কিছুই ‘ফ্রি’ নয়। তাই, আপনার দেওয়া একটি টাকাও অক্সিজেন জোগাতে পারে। স্বতন্ত্র সাংবাদিকতার স্বার্থে আপনার স্বল্প অনুদানও মূল্যবান। পাশে থাকুন।
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