The BJP has decided to field Chandra Bose, grandnephew of Subhas Chandra Bose, against Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls.
“Chandra Kumar Bose ji will be the candidate against CM Mamata Banerjee,” said HRD Minister Smriti Irani in a press conference.
BJP is trying hard to make its presence felt in the state where it had drawn a blank in the Assembly polls and the party believes that a high-pitched battle against the TMC chief could be of help.
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Bose said the change for which people had voted TMC to power in 2011 had not come and only BJP was capable of bringing it.
Talking to reporters after the party’s decision, Bose said: “The time has come to bring about change in West Bengal which will be brought by BJP.”
“This is not my fight. This is the fight for development in West Bengal,” added Bose, who joined the BJP in January this year.
Magmata Banerjee is contesting from Bhabanipur constituency in Kolkata.
Elections in West Bengal, which has 294 seats, will be held in six phases, on April 4 and 11 (under Phase-I), 17, 21, 25, 30 and May 5. The two-stage first phase in West Bengal covers Left-Wing Extremism-affected areas.