India, March 6 -- Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday sent out a strong signal of her confidence ahead of the eight-phase West Bengal assembly elections that begin on March 27 by announcing candidates for 291 of the 294 assembly seats on offer, dropping many incumbents, including ministers, and deciding to contest only from Nandigram, a constituency once represented by her protege-turned-bete-noire Suvendhu Adhikari, who recently defected to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP said it will announce its candidate list after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses his first election rally in Kolkata on Sunday.

Banerjee left three seats in the Darjeeling hills for the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) whose two faction...