Home Minister Amit Shah and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (Image credit: India.com)

Mamata, Amit Shah fight ‘street battle’ in Nandigram as second phase of campaigning ends

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Union home minister Amit Shah sweated out in the streets of Nandigram on the final day of electioneering on March 30. They both displayed their strength through road-shows.  

Thirty seats of West Bengal and 39 in Assam will go to polls in the second phase on April 1.

However, the battle royal would be fought in Nandigram between the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and her former aide and now a BJP leader Suvendhu Adhikari. Shah, Bollywood personality Mithun Chakravarty and other saffron party bigwigs extensively campaigned for Suvendhu on the final day.

Waging a lonely war against the massive BJP muscle-flexing is none else but Mamata, who appeared fully confident of victory. On the other hand, Shah claimed that the BJP would win over 200 seats in West Bengal.

Political analysts are of the view that the end of election of Nandigram in the second phase itself will give Mamata, who is single-handedly taking on the BJP juggernaut, enough time to campaign for the next six phases in which 234 more constituencies would go to poll.

Unlike Suvendhu, who has to concentrate only on his constituency, Mamata is the star campaigner of the Trinamool Congress for the whole of West Bengal.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed two election meetings in Haflong in Dima Hasao district and Bokajan in Karbi Anglong district and interacted with women of Silchar in Assam on the final day of campaigning.

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