Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Nandigram in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari, voted shortly after voting began today morning. By bike, the heavyweight of the BJP went to the primary school of Nandanayak Bar around 7:30 am to vote.
He said people were going to vote in the hope of the development of the state and not for appeasement policies.
“The vote is underway, the situation is under control. People hope for development and vote against appeasement,” Adhikari said on his way to a polling station in Nandigram.
Hitting the West Bengal CM, he said he was convinced Mamata Banerjee, who is contesting the elections against him from the Nandigram headquarters, will lose the ballot box.
“I have a very old relationship with the locals. I have a personal relationship with almost everyone in Nandigram. Quite confident that I will win the elections,” Adhikari said.
“Whole villages came to vote for the BJP,” he added.
“ The youth are against Mamata Banerjee ”
He added that young people are against it because they have been left to fend for themselves in terms of employment. “Farmers are also unhappy with her. She siphoned off the money for Cyclone Amphan. No one in Bengal is happy with her.”
He added that if he continued to win the high-stakes Nandigram seat, it would be BJP’s victory and not just his own.
Adhikari said he cycled to the voting booth because the road was too narrow for a car.
“I will urge people to get out early and vote. There have been reports of problems in some offices, but these have now been resolved. Voting is proceeding peacefully,” he said.
He said he would try to visit all the kiosks in the riding.
In addition, the head of the BJP claimed that the TMC did not delegate agents to all the booths.
“This shows that Mamata Banerjee will not be able to win the election,” he said.
Adhikari first exercised his right to vote in Nandigram after becoming a constituency voter before the elections.
Alluding to Prashant Kishore – a poll strategist for Trinamool’s Congress in the current election – Suvendu said his image had also hurt Mamata’s prospects of victory.
He hopes that the turnout will be around 80 to 58% in the second phase of the elections.
The BJP chief added that it would be interesting to see if people would vote for development or for a policy of appeasement.
Voting in a total of 30 assembly constituencies in the South 24 Parganas, Bankura, Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur districts takes place in the second phase of the eight assembly elections in West Bengal. Of the 171 candidates running, 152 are men and the rest are women.