BIG: Mamata Banerjee challenges Nandigram defeat by Suvendu Adhikari in Calcutta High Court

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In a dramatic development, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has moved the Calcutta High Court with an election petition challenging Suvendu Adhikari’s win from the Nandigram constituency in the just-concluded assembly polls.

The case is set to be heard by the bench of Justice Kaushik Chandra at 11 AM on Friday.

Banerjee had lost from Nandigram by a thin margin of 1,700 votes. However, she had later alleged that the election officer on the venue of the counting was threatened. Speaking to reporters immediately after her party won a landslide in the Bengal elections, Banerjee had said that she was shocked by the result of Nandigram particularly after the Election Commission had declared her a winner.

“They announced me the winner and after that they are saying something else. Some looting is going on. We will go to the court,” she had said.

The firebrand Trinamool leader had said that the Election Commission acted as the BJP’s spokesperson in Nandigram. “How can be the mandate in Nandigram be different from the rest of the people? How do you explain that?” Banerjee had asked in reference to a landslide win for her party across the state.

The Trinamool Congress chief had left her traditional Bhawanipore seat to contest against her former aide, Adhikari, from Nandigram. On the day of the counting on 2 May, initial reports had shown her leading by 1,200 votes against Adhikari, who was later declared a winner.

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