CONTAI: Trinamool Congress’ Contai MP Sisir Adhikari is likely to show up at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meeting in Contai on March 20.
Sisir said chief minister Mamata Banerjee shifted from her home turf Bhowanipore to Nandigram to “finish off” his son Suvendu’s political career after he dumped Trinamool for BJP.
Sisir, also Trinamool’s Purba Midnapore chairman, dropped broad hints on Wednesday that he was on his way out and might attend the PM’s rally.
“Who said I am in Trinamool? Do people say that? I and my family are being abused since December when my son Suvendu left Trinamool,” he said.
“I have got a new name — Mirjafar, betrayer,” he continued. “We don’t know what out-of-turn benefits we got. People of Midnapore know whether we are self-seeking or have made some sacrifice.”
“If you all give me a chance, I will go to the PM’s rally,” Sisir said on Wednesday while stepping out of his ‘Santikunj’ home here to get the second jab of Covid vaccine.
Later in the day, Suvendu announced from Chandipur, near Nandigram, that he would request his father to attend the PM’s rally.
The BJP leader further said he would take his father to Amit Shah’s rally if the Union home minister came to Nandigram before PM’s rally.
While Suvendu was leaving in a car after having lunch on Wednesday at a house in Bheturia village, under Nandigram block II, a group of women armed with broomsticks came in the vehicle’s way.
The Adhikari patriarch didn’t hide his angst against the Trinamool chief.
Answering a question on why Banerjee decided to contest from Nandigram, Sisir said: “She has jumped over to Nandigram. Her sole aim is to oust Suvendu, who has deserted Trinamool. She has come here following him (Suvendu).”
The Trinamool veteran also appeared baffled by Banerjee’s leg injury, suffered in Nandigram’s Birulia village. “She got an injury. Doctors plastered her leg and discharged her within days. She is now moving in a wheelchair,” Sisir said.
He had no comments on reopening of six cases related to the violence in Nandigram and Khejuri during the land stir in 2007.
Sisir left it to the CM to tackle the matter, following the high court order.
“She will take the call. She is the administrative head-cum-Nandigram candidate. I pray she oversees the cases,” he said.
The Contai MP felt “betrayed” because his demand for a deep sea port hadn’t materialised.
“Shipping minister Mansukh Mandaviya had promised me about the port. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari came here yesterday. He processed the file way back in 2019 and placed it in the Cabinet. People here want jobs. Youths from farmer families, betel growers, fisherfolk want jobs,” Sisir said.