Kolkata, May 13: Bengal’s second most influential politician, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and sitting MP Abhishek Banerjee will look to win for the second consecutive term as a Trinamool Congress (TMC) nominee from Diamond Harbour Parliamentary constituency in South 24 parganas district, which was once dubbed the red bastion.
The CPM kept the seat between 1967 and 2009, winning 12 consecutive terms.
Interestingly, it was the same constituency which helped veteran Jyotirmoy Basu as a member of the Communist Party of India win parliamentary elections from 1967 to 1984.
In 2009, Somendra Nath Mitra, the current Congress chief in Bengal, won it for the first time for the TMC. In 2014, Abhishek Banerjee was nominated from this seat after Mitra returned to the Congress.Abhishek won this seat in 2014 defeated CPI (M) Abdul Hasnat by over 71000 votes. BJP's Abhijit Das finished third with just over 2 lakh votes and the Congress's Mohammad Qamaruzzaman Qamar ended up fourth with 63000 votes.
Mr Banerjee is seeking re-election from this constituency. He is being challenged by BJP’s Nilanjan Roy, CPI (M)'s Faud Halim and Congress’s Soumya Aich Roy.Abhishek entered the Lok Sabha in 2014 when he was only 26 years old. He is called the "cub of the 16 Lok Sabha" as he is the youngest MP of the lower house. The TMC lawmaker is the nephew of party supremo Mamata Banerjee and seen as her heir apparent.
He is also the national president of All India Trinamool Youth Congress (AITYC), the youth wing of the Trinamool Congress.
After a master’s degree in business administration in 2009, Abhishek first turned to business with his companies Leaps & Bounds Infra Consultants Private Limited and Leaps and Bounds Pvt Ltd, being incorporated in May 2011 and April 2012.However, he resigned from the companies after becoming an MP in 2014 and his wife, Rujira, and parents Amit and Lata now look after the two companies, as well as the Leaps & Bounds Management Services LLP, which was incorporated in 2017.
A fluent speaker, Abhishek has imbibed her aunt’s aggression and confidence, but as he made his political debut when Mamata Banerjee was in power. He also lacks the baptism through the fire like his aunt, who survived decades of Left aggression in West Bengal.
During his election campaign, Abhishek said that the fight this time is neither against the CPI (M) nor the Congress; it is between Agnikanya Didi and the "communal" Modi.
“Decide whether you are with Mamata Banerjee or the communal BJP – your votes will determine this,” he said.Abhishek said, " BJP will be routed in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He warned the BJP not to play with fire. "
The AITYC president said that the saffron party only played divisive and communal politics.He has also been saying in every public meeting that Trinamool Congress will play a lead role in forming the new government at the Centre and Mamata Banerjee will be the next Prime Minister. (UNI)