West Bengal Assembly elections | Mamata Banerjee stable, doctors to conduct more tests

The health condition of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who sustained injuries in Nandigram on Wednesday evening, remained stable on Thursday.

Doctors have put a temporary plaster on her left ankle after necessary medical tests were conducted on her. A five-member medical board comprising senior doctors is monitoring the health condition of the Trinamool Congress chairperson.

Ms. Banerjee was admitted to state-run SSKM Hospital late on Wednesday after suffering injuries on her left leg while campaigning in Nandigram.

The Trinamool also postponed a press conference later in the day, in which the party was scheduled to release its manifesto for the 2021 Assembly poll.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the Trinamool leadership is likely to visit the office of the Chief Electoral Officer over alleged security lapses that resulted in the injury to the Chief Minister.

Ms. Banerjee on Wednesday called it a “conspiracy” of four to five people, who surrounded her car and “purposely pushed her”. State BJP president Dilip Ghosh demanded that there should be a through probe into the incident to find out what transpired.

Mr. Ghosh said that people of the State should be cautious about attempts to divert the Assembly polls from real issues.

Earlier in the day, the District Magistrate of Purba Medinipur and Superintendent of Police visited Birulia market in Nandigram, where the incident had occurred.

Protests had erupted in Nandigram, particularly in Birulia market, where the supporters of the BJP and the TMC came face to face and tried to push each other. Supporters of the parties raised slogans against each other.

In other parts of the State, the supporters of the Trinamool organised protests against the “attack “ on the Chief Minister. Supporters, in hundreds, scribbled “Get well soon” messages on posters outside SSKM Hospital.

Eyewitness accounts

Several people who claimed to have witnessed the incident on Wednesday said that Ms. Banerjee’s car hit a post erected on the road at Birulia market.

“The Chief Minister was standing on the footboard of her vehicle and waving at the people when the door of the car hit the post and she suffered injuries,” an eyewitness said.

Videos of the incident that have been aired by local television channels and are on social media show people around Ms. Banerjee vehicle trying to take photographs and videos and the Chief Minister standing on the footboard on the front seat of the car next to the driver of the vehicle.

By Ayush Kashyap

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