Days after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), former Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Sisir Adhikari Wednesday said TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s injury claims and her allegations of being attacked and injured in Nandigram are “false”.
Speaking to India Today TV, Sisir Adhikari asked if there is any proof that shows Mamata Banerjee was attacked during her campaign trail.
“It [Mamata’s claims of being attacked] are false. Is there any proof? Ask her for the X-Ray report. Why did she travel 200km to a Kolkata hospital for treatment when there is a super-speciality hospital in Nandigram itself? There is a primary health centre (PHC) in Rayapada just 2km away,” Sisir Adhikari said.
On March 10, Mamata Banerjee filed her nomination papers in Nandigram. Later in the evening, she got injured while leading a campaign trail in Nandigram.
Speaking to reporters, Mamata Banerjee alleged she was “pushed” by four-five men and claimed that there was a “conspiracy” against her.
She was taken to Kolkata hospital, was admitted for two days and later discharged on a wheelchair.
“She roams in a wheelchair. She cannot sit still. She is tied to the wheelchair because she will jump,” Sisir Adhikari said.
Only Suvendu can defeat Mamata: Sisir Adhikari
Speaking about his son Suvendu Adhikari, Sisir Adhikari said he is the only one who can challenge Mamata Banerjee. He said Suvendu Adhikari is all set to defeat TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee in the Nandigram assembly seat.
“Suvendu is the only person who can challenge Mamata Banerjee. He will definitely win Nandigram. He also piloted the Nandigram movement,” he said.
Suvendu Adhikari was once among the seniormost TMC leaders and an important minister in the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government.
However, in December last year, he resigned from his post, quit the TMC and joined the BJP.
For the Bengal election, the BJP has fielded him against Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.
The other Adhikari buys time
While Suvendu Adhikari and his father have left the TMC and joined the BJP, his brother Dibyendu Adhikari is still a TMC MP.
He was expected to join the BJP during a recent rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, he was absent on the day of the rally.
Asked if Dibyendu will join the BJP soon, Sisir Adhikari said, “There is an election committee. He will speak to them. There are some formalities, following which he will take BJP’s membership.”
Meanwhile, speaking to India Today TV, Dibendyu Adhikari said it (him joining BJP) will “take some time”.
“The atmosphere is not right at this moment,” he said, adding that things will become clearer in the next one-two days.
The Adhikari family had been an integral part of the TMC and is known for its role in anti-land acquisition movement in Nandigram in 2007. The movement propelled the TMC to power in 2011, ousting the 34-year-old Left Front rule in West Bengal.
However, in recent times, the Adhikari family had been unhappy with the top TMC leadership for allegedly being “sidelined” within the party.
Suvendu Adhikari quite the party and joined BJP in November last year. His father did the same earlier this month.