BJP's Locket Chatterjee Returns Trinamool Sarcasm, Grazes Mamata Banerjee

The Trinamool took a dig at Locket Chatterjee for not campaigning for the BJP for the party's by-election contender against Mamata Banerjee.

BJP's Locket Chatterjee Returns Trinamool Sarcasm, Grazes Mamata Banerjee

Locket Chatterjee said Mamata Banerjee was set to lose the by-election.

Kolkata:

The Trinamool Congress's backhanded thank-you note for the BJP's Locket Chatterjee earned the party an equally sardonic reply from the MP on Monday as the fight for Mamata Banerjee's closely watched by-election contest heated up.

The Trinamool launched the offensive with the party's spokesperson Kunal Ghosh taking the first shot at Ms Chatterjee:

Locket Chatterjee returned the dig with one of her own:

Speaking to news agency ANI, she also rubbished the suggestion that she was deliberately staying away from the campaign.

"I'm focusing on Uttarakhand as BJP's election in-charge. There are star campaigners like Dilip Ghosh and Suvendu Adhikari for Bhabanipur by-polls. This election is doubtful for Mamata Banerjee. This is why this fake news is surfacing" she said.

Mr Ghosh, 53, decided he could not let her have the last word in the matter:

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be up against BJP's greenhorn Priyanka Tibrewal, a 41-year-old lawyer at the Calcutta High Court, in by-polls for the Bhabanipur constituency on Thursday.

Ms 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 by-poll as an MLA to retain the top post. The results will be out on October 3.

She had lost to her former aide-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram even though the Trinamool managed to improve its previous tally by two seats to 213 out of 294.

The Bhabanipur poll is seen as extremely critical for the BJP, which is heavily invested in defeating Mamata Banerjee after it failed to oust her in the state polls.