BJP fields lawyer against Mamata; one who got Calcutta HC to order CBI probe on violence

10th September 2021

10th September 2021

Priyanka Tibrewal

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made a smart choice in fielding lawyer Priyanka Tibrewal for the upcoming by-elections in Bhabanipur against chief minister Mamata Banerjee in a by-poll scheduled for September 30, necessitated after Trinamool Congress MLA Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay resigned from his seat so that his leader could contest from the “safe” seat. 

Mamata is also required to get elected to the assembly to remain chief minister after she lost her Nandigram seat against BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari. 

Priyanka is one of the petitioners in the petitions filed in the Bengal post-poll violence cases which led to the Calcutta High Court ordering CBI and SIT probe in the cases. Her petition also had led the High Court to order for a second autopsy of BJP leader Abhijit Sarkar who was killed in the post-poll violence on May 2. 

Talking to India Today, Tibrewal said: “I have defeated the chief minister in the high court in the first fight…Mamata Banerjee is a two-time MLA from Bhabanipur but I was born here. I believe Mamata Banerjee doesn’t want the votes of outsiders or Hindi-speaking people. Certainly she will get a befitting reply.”

By fielding Tibrewal, BJP is playing on Trinamool Congress’ own slogan of “Bangla nijer meyekei chay (Bengal wants its own daughter). 

Priyanka Tibrewal joined the BJP in the year 2014. She is an advocate by profession, a practicing lawyer at the Calcutta High Court and Supreme Court. She was once a legal counsel for singer and BJP leader Babul Supriyo. In the year 2020, she was made the vice-president of the West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the party. 

She had contested the 2021 assembly elections from the Entally constituency, but had lost to TMC candidate Swarna Kamal Saha by a margin of 58,257 votes. Before that Priyanka Tibrewal had contested Kolkata municipal elections in 2015, but she was defeated by TMC candidate in that poll also.


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