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Mamata 'Attacked' in Nandigram: Times When Electioneering Has Seen Assaults, Accidents

Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee

On August 16, 1990 the then Youth Congress leader Mamata Banerjee was hit with a blunt weapon on the head by CPM cadres at Hazra. Bleeding profusely, she was admitted to the SSKM hospital where she received treatments for several days. Banerjee never lost an election, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha after the attack.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that she was injured in one of her legs after she was pushed during the election campaign in Nandigram. The incident happened in the evening when Banerjee was outside a temple in the Reyapara area.

“I was standing outside my car with the door open. I was going to a temple there to offer my prayers. Few people came around my car and pushed the door. The door hit my leg,” she said. The chief minister claimed that her leg got swollen because of the injury and she was feeling feverish. The TMC supremo claimed “conspiracy” as no local police personnel was present at the spot when the incident happened. She was later brought to SSKM hospital for treatment.

However, this is not the first time political leaders were reported to be injured during campaigning ahead of elections. With the election to the 294-member West Bengal assembly due in April-May, News18 lists out politicians getting injured during campaigns.

Mamata Banerjee Attacked by CPM Cadres in 1990

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