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West Bengal elections: Netaji's grandnephew Chandra Bose pitted against Mamata Banerjee by BJP
The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) announced on Wednesday that Chandra Kumar Bose, the grandnephew of Nataji Subhash Chnadra Bose, will be pitted against the ruling CM Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming state Assembly elections from the Bhawanipore constituency.

But the big question to ask is, is it a masterstroke or a political suicide? This question perhaps only time will answer.

Union Minster Smriti Irani at a press conference in Kolkata announced, "Chandra Kumar Bose will be BJP's candidate against Mamata Banerjee."

The BJP which had drawn a blank in the previous Assembly election in the state is trying to play the Netaji card by pitting Netaji's grandnephew against the TMC chief.

A confident Bose said that the people of the state were disappointed with ruling TMC and only BJP was capable of bringing about any changes.

After the announcement of his candidature while talking to the media in Delhi, Bose said, "For 34 years, there was CPI (M) government in West Bengal after which the state sought a change and voted for the Trinamool Congress. But if you ask the people of the state, they will say the change which occurred was not good the Trinamool acted like the previous government," Bose told the media in the national capital.

"But now, the time has come that good changes should be brought in the state. The BJP will bring the desired changes and help Bengal develop as there has been no development in the state... The law and order situation has collapsed, no investments are comings in the state and the factories have shut down," he added further.

However, Bose refused to disclose whether he would be the chief ministerial candidate of the BJP or not.

Looking at the past history of the Bhawanipore, which falls in the Kolkata Dakshin Lok Sabha constituency, it looks like a tough fight. Mamata Banerjee had won this seat in the last elections, defeating Nandini Mukhopadhyay of the CPI (M) by a margin of 54,213 votes.

On Friday the Election Commission had announced the dates of the West Bengal Assembly elections. In the six-phase voting, the first phase voting will take place from April 4 to 11, while the second and third phases will take place on April 17 and 21 respectively. The last three phases take place on April 25, April 30 and May 5. The final results will be declared on May 19. 

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