Prime Minister Narendra Modi Rally south of Kanthi The West Bengal Assembly polls on Wednesday were not only an election but also a show of strength for the Odhikar tribe.
Kanthi, this seat is the turf of the officials, who have put weight behind the Bharatiya Janata Party in the ongoing electoral process and have given a big push to the upcoming Trinamool Congress.
It was the philosophy of the voters as CC and Suvendu Adhikari Prime Minister Narendra Modi also sent a clear message to supporters across the Assembly constituency that they were all supporting the BJP.
While on stage, the Prime Minister slapped Suvendu on the back at least twice while shaking hands with Sisir.
According to leaders, another member of the dynasty, Soumendhu Adhikari, who joined the BJP, was behind.
Divyendu Adhikari, a TMC MP from Tamluk Lok Sabha constituency, was relieved in his absence.
Former minister in Mamata’s cabinet, Suvendu Adhikari, resigned a few months ago to join the BJP and is contesting against the chief minister in the prestigious Nandigram assembly constituency.
The CC owner shared the stage with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on March 21, when he ended his speech with a slogan ‘Jayshree Ram’, which has become synonymous with the BJP, and pleaded for support.
Sisir Adhikari, a Member of Parliament from Kanthi constituency, has been representing the constituency since 2009. He is a three-time Member of Parliament. In 2001, Kanthi became the MLA for CC South.
Addressing a public meeting from the platform, BJP candidate Joy went to chant Shri Ram and asked the people to defeat ‘Begum’ Mamata.
Tamluk MP Divyendu Adhikari was absent when Sisir and Suvendu shared the stage or joined the BJP. He is adamant about joining the team.
Speaking to ANI, Divyendu confirmed that he did not attend the rally.
Divyendu Adhikari, his brother Suvendu vacated the seat from 2009 to 201 before winning the Tamluk Lok Sabha. He was a MLA till last year.
Adhikari has dominated East Midnapore for decades. As Sisri Adhikari, the father of the Adhikari tribe, said, “My ancestors were imprisoned in the fight for the independence of this country.”
In addition to influencing their regional influence in East Midnapore, the Odhikar dynasty is said to have organizational control over 20 to 30 seats in the suspended districts of West Midnapore, Jhargram and Bankura. Almost all the constituencies in these districts are going to vote in the first and second rounds.
Elections for the 294-member state assembly will begin in eight phases from April 26 to April 29, with the final round of voting set to begin. The counting of votes will be held on May 2.
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