Mamata vs Amit Shah in Bengal LIVE Updates: Only Some Distance Between Rallies, Head-to-Head Battle to Play Out Today; Minister Hurt in Bomb Attack Stable

Meanwhile, Banerjee and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who is also the local party MP, is slated to address a party workers meeting at Pailan in South 24 Parganas on Thursday. “It will be a politically important day tomorrow. Both Shah and Didi will address rallies in the same district,” a senior South 24 Parganas TMC leader said.

After having a limited presence in politically polarised Bengal for decades, BJP has emerged as the main rival of the ruling Trinamool Congress after winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2019 general elections, only four less than the TMC tally of 22. With the BJP’s strength increasing in the state in the last few years, its leaders are upbeat that the party will be able to end Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s 10-year rule in the state polls.

Election to the 294-member state Assembly is expected in April-May this year.


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