Updated: March 14, 2021 6:48:33 pm
Four days after suffering injuries at Nandigram, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was Sunday back on the campaign trail, participating in a Kolkata rally on a wheelchair. “Nihoto bagher theke ahoto bagh onek beshi bhoyonkor (a wounded tiger is far more dangerous than a murdered tiger),” Banerjee said, asserting she would “never bow down to a conspiracy.”
With her leg in a cast, Banerjee came out from her home at Kalighat and went to Gandhi Statue at Mayo Road crossing of Kolkata, from where TMC announced a rally on Nandigram Martyr Day. On this day at Nandigram in 2007, 14 people were killed in police firing during the anti-land acquisition movement.
In the upcoming Assembly elections, Banerjee is fighting from Nandigram, against her once close aide and cabinet Minister Suvendu Adhikari, who recently joined the BJP.
At the rally on Sunday, Banerjee said, “I am hurt and unwell, but my goal remains the same. My body is full of bruises. Doctors suggested I take rest for 15 days, but I will continue to roam around Bengal on a wheelchair. If I take rest, who will reach out to the people of Bengal?” she said.
Earlier in the morning she tweeted, “On this day, in 2007, innocent villagers were killed in firing at #Nandigram. Many bodies could not be found. It was a dark chapter in the history of the state. Heartfelt tribute to all those who lost their lives.”
She further wrote, “In memory of those who lost their lives in #Nandigram, we observe March 14 as #KrishakDibas every year and give away the #KrishakRatna awards. Farmers are our pride and our government is working for their all-round development.”
She also wrote, “As a mark of respect and encouraged by my brothers and sisters of Nandigram, I am contesting #BengalElection2021 as #AITCofficial candidate from this historic place. It is my great honour to be here and work along with members of Shaheed families against anti-Bengal forces.”
She said in the rally that, “I will travel all across Bengal with my broken leg. We will play. We will play with this broken leg. A conspiracy surrounds Bengal and we should defeat them.”
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