A father-son duo, who had spearheaded Trinamool Congress' agitation against the CPI-M's land acquisition policy in Nandigram which fetched rich electoral dividends for the party, have become the trump cards for Mamata Banerjee in the coming Lok Sabha election.
Mamata put up Sisir Adhikary and his son Suvendu Adhikary as party candidates in important Contai and Tamluk constituencies in East Midnapore district keeping in mind her party's victory in the recently-held panchayat election and Assembly by-election there.
Aiming to turn the tables on the CPI-M on the back of Nandigram, Mamata predictably kicked off her election campaign from the place and promptly declared that Nandigram would be her main poll plank.
Aware that the rural support which has sustained the Left in power for more than three decades is crumbling, Mamata made no bones about her intention to exploit Nandigram to the hilt when she carried earth from the place in a pot to be taken across Bengal.
"No one will forget Nandigram and we will spread the Nandigram message across the length and breadh of the state," the duo said.
Two years ago they were instrumental in organising the first protest in Nandigram when the state government planned to acquire land for a chemical hub.