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Locket Chatterjee, BJP's Most Visible Woman Candidate In Bengal

Locket Chatterjee is contesting the Bengal meeting polls from Chinsurah.

One of many 5 MPs roped into Bengal elections as a candidate, Locket Chatterjee in the present day is probably the most seen lady chief within the BJP’s Bengal staff. The actor-turned politician has been with the celebration since 2015, after a short affiliation with the Trinamool Congress.

The 47-year-old had stop the ruling celebration a 12 months earlier than 2016 state meeting election, saying she was feeling “suffocated”, particularly after the Saradha and the Roxe Valley Ponzi schemes, by which many leaders of the celebration have been allegedly concerned.

“I had joined the Trinamool to work however sure incidents and circumstances made me really feel suffocated. In my view, folks within the BJP are performing some constructive work and thus, I made a decision to hitch the celebration,” she had advised the media.

The BJP had given her a giant welcome, dubbing her “Didi-r Locket” to convey her closeness to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Ms Chatterjee, nonetheless, did not open her account within the first election contested on a BJP ticket. In 2016, she contested the meeting elections from Mayureshwar however misplaced to Abhijit Roy of Trinamool Congress.

In 2019, the BJP fielded her from Hooghly the place she beat sitting Congress MP Ratna De (Nag) by greater than 70,000 votes. Her marketing campaign was novel, with Locket Chatterjee using across the constituency on a scooter and a bicycle.  

After successful Hooghly — which incorporates the excessive profile Meeting seat of Singur — there was no trying again. Through the years, Ms Chatterjee has emerged as a vocal member, sparring together with her former colleagues of Trinamool over topics as various as “lower cash”, political violence within the state and sexist behaviour.   

Within the run-up to the election, she even took on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her warning to the BJP a couple of “wounded tigress” being extra harmful than a wholesome one.

“There are wounded tigresses in each Bengal house. They are going to reply on the EVM field,” Locket Chatterjee had retaliated.

Regardless of her becoming a member of the celebration far forward of most Trinamool leaders — two years forward of Mukul Roy — the BJP had stored her at arms’ size. The important thing publish of the chief of the celebration’s girls’s wing had gone one other actor — Rupa Ganguli, who had performed “Draupadi” within the vastly standard ’80s tv serial “Mahabharat”.

After serving as a member of the parliamentary committee   on Empowerment of Ladies, she was made the final secretary of the celebration’s girls’s wing in Bengal and ultimately, the final secretary of the state.

The Hooghly MP was roped in for Bengal elections together with 4 others, together with Union minister Babul Supriyo, as acceptable Bengali faces within the coming elections.

She has been fielded from Chinsurah which is a part of the Hooghly constituency that she represents in parliament. However information of her candidature was greeted with protests by the BJP as a result of it disadvantaged a regionally standard BJP employee, Subir Nag, of the ticket. Mr Nag has, nonetheless, hit the streets to marketing campaign with Locket Chatterjee.  

Earlier than becoming a member of politics, Locket Chatterjee was among the many key actors in Tollywood, working in round 30 movies. Considered one of her hits was known as ‘Fighter’. 

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