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Updated March 24th, 2024 at 23:42 IST

BJP Fields Sandeshkhali Victim Rekha Patra Against Shahjahan Sheikh's Aide Haji Nurul Islam

The BJP has fielded Rekha Patra, one of the Sandeshkhali victims from the Basirhat Lok Sabha seat against Shahjahan Sheikh's aide former-MP Haji Nurul Islam.

Reported by: Abhishek Tiwari
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BJP Releases 5th List of Candidates For Lok Sabha Elections: The BJP has decided to field Rekha Patra, one of the victims in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali, from the Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency. Rekha Patra name featured in the 5th list of 111 candidates for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was released on Sunday. With this, the saffron party has tried to send a strong message on its commitment of women empowerment, amid the allegations of the atrocities on women in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali. Notably, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has fielded former-MP Haji Nurul Islam from the same constituency, who is claimed to be a close aide of suspended TMC leader and arrested accused Shahjahan Sheikh. 

Haji Nurul Islam was the Lok Sabha MP from the Basirhat constituency between 2009 to 2014 from the TMC party. At present TMC MP Nusrat Jahan represents the constituency in the Lok Sabha.

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BJP leader Amit Malviya hits out at Mamata Banerjee

After BJP announced Rekha Patra as the party’s candidate from the Basirhat constituency, in-charge of BJP's National Information and Technology Department and Co-incharge of West Bengal, Amit Malviya said let Mamata Banerjee wipe the tears of women like her, who are suffering in silence.

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Amit Malviya took to X, saying, “The BJP has fielded Rekha Patra from Basirhat in Bengal. She is one of the victims of Sandeshkhali, who suffered at the hands of Sheikh Shahjahan. Let Mamata Banerjee wipe the tears of women like her, who are suffering in silence, and are subject to her apathy, before she asks.”

Roping in one of the victims from the strife-hit Sandeshkhali in West Bengal, the BJP has surprised the oppositions especially the TMC. Rekha Patra, who protested against the TMC leaders’ atrocities in the past several months, has been given the ticket from Basirhat Lok Sabha constituency.

The Sandeshkhali uproar had become a national outcry for demonstrations against the ruling TMC’s local leadership, who were alleged of committing atrocities against the women of Sandeshkhali.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had kicked off his election campaign from three Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal namely Arambagh, Barasat and Krishnagar, which are at present represented by TMC MPs in the Lok Sabha. The PM vehemently had raised the Sandeshkhali issue while addressing rallies in these three venues. 

 

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Published March 24th, 2024 at 22:07 IST

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