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West Bengal minister Adhikari revolts against TMC, says ‘See you at the battlefield’

West Bengal’s transport minister Suvendu Adhikari on Tuesday hit out against his own party Trinamool Congress.
West Bengal transport minister Suvendu Adhikary on Tuesday fuelled speculation about his possible exit from the Trinamool Congress. Addressing supporters, many of whom wore shirts with his picture on them, the influential Trinamool Congress leader from East Midnapore launched a veiled attack on his own party’s leadership.
“See you in the battlefield, see you on a political stage, Suvendu Adhikary is not scared,” he said, at an event to commemorate the 13th anniversary of Nandigram Dibas.
Organized under the banner of Bhoomi Ucched Protirodh Committee (BUPC), there was no mention of the Trinamool Congress at the event. Adhikary too was mindful not to utter the name of his party supremo Mamata Banerjee even once.
“Finally they remembered Nandigram after 13 years! It is nice to see them visiting this place before elections. Hope they will come here even after the elections are over,” he said.
‘Nandigram Dibas’ is observed by TMC as a mark of respect for the people who were killed in police firing during protests against forcible land acquisition in March 2007.
“Political observers are all waiting to hear my next move but I shall talk about politics only from a political platform, not from this sacred stage,” Adhikary added, keeping suspense over his next move intact.
The TMC leadership was quick to hit back. Addressing an official TMC rally on the occasion, Bengal minister Firhad Hakim countered Adhikary.
“People of Nandigram fought hard against CPI(M) but today a far more dangerous party like BJP is trying to wrest control of Bengal. By harping on one’s own interest, some are helping them. Opposing CM Mamata Banerjee amounts to strengthening the hands of the BJP,” Hakim said.

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