Kolkata: Nandigram – the epicentre of the battle for Bengal – is voting today, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee fighting with her protege-turned-arch rival Suvendu Adhikari.
Thirty constituencies in Bengal and 39 in Assam are voting today.
Nandigram is in East Medinipur district, the backyard of Adhikaris – is the most prominent political family in the area.
Under Mamata Banerjee’s directions, Suvendu Adhikari had anchored a popular uprising against a chemical hub in 2007 that had a domino effect and toppled the Left Front after their 34-year-rule in the state.
Suvendu Adhikari joined the BJP in December.
Upset with Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s rapid rise in the party, he had donned the role of an aggressive right-winger, running a deeply polarising campaign.