One of many 5 MPs roped into Bengal elections as a candidate, Locket Chatterjee immediately is probably the most seen girl chief within the BJP’s Bengal group. The actor-turned politician has been with the get together since 2015, after a short affiliation with the Trinamool Congress.
The 47-year-old had stop the ruling get together a 12 months earlier than 2016 state meeting election, saying she was feeling “suffocated”, particularly after the Saradha and the Roxe Valley Ponzi schemes, wherein many leaders of the get together had been allegedly concerned.
“I had joined the Trinamool to work however sure incidents and circumstances made me really feel suffocated. For my part, individuals within the BJP are doing a little constructive work and thus, I made a decision to hitch the get together,” she had instructed 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, didn’t 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. Over time, Ms Chatterjee has emerged as a vocal member, sparring together with her former colleagues of Trinamool over topics as different as “minimize 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 few “wounded tigress” being extra harmful than a wholesome one.
“There are wounded tigresses in each Bengal house. They’ll reply on the EVM field,” Locket Chatterjee had retaliated.
Regardless of her becoming a member of the get together far forward of most Trinamool leaders — two years forward of Mukul Roy — the BJP had saved her at arms’ size. The important thing publish of the chief of the get together’s ladies’s wing had gone one other actor — Rupa Ganguli, who had performed “Draupadi” within the massively standard ’80s tv serial “Mahabharat”.
After serving as a member of the parliamentary committee on Empowerment of Girls, she was made the final secretary of the get together’s ladies’s wing in Bengal and finally, 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 news 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. One in every of her hits was known as ‘Fighter’.