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BJP supporters greet Mamata Banerjee with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans in Nandigram

Scheduled to address rallies ahead of the West Bengal elections' second phase Tuesday, the TMC chief had strongly reacted to 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans in the past.

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Nandigram: TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, who is contesting the assembly elections from Nandigram, was greeted with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans by BJP supporters on Tuesday at Reyapara here, where she had been camping for the past two days.

The chief minister, moments before she was about to leave for her programme at Bhangabera in the constituency – set to go to polls on April 1 — was seen sitting calmly inside the vehicle, as police personnel deputed for her safety made sure that the saffron camp supporters got out of her way.

Banerjee, who is scheduled to address multiple rallies on the last day of the campaigning here, had strongly reacted to ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans in the past.

A senior BJP leader here said raising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan was not a crime, as people across the country revere the Hindu deity.

Local TMC members, however, claimed that the “BJP, sensing defeat, is resorting to cheap tactics” to inconvenience others.

The TMC chief, an MLA from Bhawanipore, this time decided to fight the elections from Nandigram, where her protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari has been fielded by the BJP.

The two had engaged in a bitter war of words over the past few days, with Adhikari accusing Banerjee of practising appeasement politics, and the TMC boss alleging that the saffron camp had been trying to polarise voters on religious lines.

Amit Shah’s Nandigram roadshow

In a show of might ahead of the second phase of West Bengal elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday held a massive roadshow in the high- profile Nandigram constituency.

Standing atop a lorry, decked up with flowers and BJP flags, Shah, with TMC turncoat and party candidate Suvendu Adhikari by his side, waved at enthusiastic crowds that gathered along the four-km stretch between Bethuria and Rayapara in the East Midnapore assembly segment.

Locals queued up on two sides of the road and watched the procession, which inched its way through the narrow streets amid chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’, ‘Narendra Modi Zindabad’ and ‘Amit Shah Zindabad’.

Many of them were seen shooting videos and clicking selfies at the roadshow.

All eyes are on battleground Nandigram, where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has locked horns with her protege-turned-rival Adhikari.

The campaigning in the constituency, which will go to polls on 1 April, is set to end at 5 pm.

Also read: BJP will win 26 of 30 Bengal seats that voted in 1st phase, says Amit Shah


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