The Bharatiya Janata Party said on Wednesday it will field Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Bose against West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming assembly elections.
Chandra Bose joined the BJP on January 25 , two days after he attended a ceremony in Delhi where the government released 100 declassified files on Netaji.
“It is my privilege and honour to announce that in the forthcoming assembly election of West Bengal, Chandra Kumar Bose will be our candidate against Mamata Banerjee,” HRD minister Smriti Irani said.
The state is bracing for an action-packed election season, with Banerjee facing a tough task of confronting an incumbency factor in view of her stormy and eventful tenure.
“This is not my fight. This is the fight for development in West Bengal,” Chandra Bose said after the announcement. “The time has come to bring about change in West Bengal which will be brought by BJP,” he added.
The BJP is working hard to make inroads. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s delivering on his promise of declassification of files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been seen by many as an attempt by the BJP to reach out to electorates in the state.
Opinion polls have predicted that the Trinamool Congress is facing a tough task to retain power for another term.
Banerjee is contesting from Bhabanipur assembly constituency in Kolkata. She kicked-off the Trinamool Congress’ election campaign with a mammoth rally of women leaders and supporters on Tuesday.
The first round of the six-phase voting in the state will take place on April 4 and 11, while the second and third phases will be conducted on April 17 and 21.
The last three phases of elections will take place on April 25 and 30 April and May 5. The results will be declared on May 19.