Bengal By-elections: Lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal vs Mamata Banerjee
New Delhi, Sept. 10: The BJP today said lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal would contest against Mamata Banerjee in the September 30 Bhabanipur bypolls, calling her “fearless” after many party leaders reportedly refused to take on the challenge.
Priyanka Tibrewal, a legal adviser to former Union Minister Babul Supriyo, had contested the Bengal election in April-May but had lost to her Trinamool Congress rival. Before that, she had lost the Kolkata Municipal Corporation election in 2015.
She did score a win in court recently. She was one of the petitioners in the case before the Calcutta High Court involving post-poll violence in Bengal against the state government.
“She (Mamata Banerjee) has already lost from Nandigram. Now she is fighting this election to save the chief minister’s chair. My task will be to reach out to the people of the constituency and inform them about the atrocities, torture and violence that her party unleashed on opposition workers after the assembly polls. I am confident that people of Bhabanipur will vote for me and defeat her,” Ms Tibrewal was quoted as telling news agency PTI.
She also pointed out that she was born in Bhabanipur, unlike Mamata Banerjee.
Mamata Banerjee, who took charge as Chief Minister for the third time after the Trinamool Congress’s mega victory in the state election, needs to win the Bhabanipur bypoll to retain the top post. The results will be out on October 3.
She had lost to her former aide-turned-BJP rival Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram.