Updated: March 13, 2021 3:40:38 am
Describing himself as the “bhoomiputra [son of the soil]” of Nandigram, Adhikari accused Banerjee of betraying the trust of people and labelled her an “outsider”.
“I would request you not to waste your votes for outsiders. They have betrayed the trust of the people of Nandigram after coming to power. I am a son of the soil. I will never betray your trust. The TMC has become a private limited company. Apart from the aunt and nephew [Mamata Banerjee and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee], all others are lamp posts,” Adhikari said.
The former state minister recently became a voter in Nandigram, shifting from his hometown Kanthi in Purba Medinipur district.
“If we are voted to power, we would ensure all the duped investors of Chit Fund scam get back their money. The properties seized by ED and CBI would be auctioned to return money to the duped investors. The Chit Fund scam happened because of the TMC government, their leaders looted public money,” he said.
Left-led Grand Alliance has fielded youth leader Minakshi Mukherjee from the seat.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Smriti Irani, who campaigned for Adhikari on Friday, accused Banerjee of taking the credit for central schemes.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working hard for the welfare of people but Didi is busy taking credit for several central schemes. She is changing names of the central schemes and claiming them to be their programmes,” she said.
Taking a dig at the TMC’s election slogan “Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chaye [Bengal wants its own daughter]”, the Union minister said, “I don’t know whether the people will vote for such a daughter who unleashes violence on an 80-year-old mother? The people of Bengal are waiting for ‘asol paribartan [real change]’.” Irani’s Cabinet colleague Dharmendra Pradhan also participated in a rally when Adhikari went to file his nomination.
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