Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Mamata backs Cong. nominee for RS seat

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the flagging off event for a fleet of new passenger buses and fire brigade vehicles in Howrah near on Tuesday West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Ebony Burgess | 11 March, 2018, 03:10

"He has fought for us in many legal battles". Mamata's decision comes at a time when CPM's legislative wing was discussing with the Congress legislature party the possibility of selecting a common candidate for this seat. She has called upon all regional parties to come together and defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections next year.

Alleging that fear and intimidation were the order of the day under the Modi government, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi asserted that Congress and its allies will not let Prime Minister Narendra Modi get another term in office in 2019. On the Left Front fielding a candidate against him, he said, "It is their democratic right".

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the Trinamul-supported Congress nominee from Bengal for this month's Rajya Sabha polls, on Saturday said "preventing division" of Opposition votes was the key to fighting the BJP. After an hour-long meeting with the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) members at the Assembly premises here, Singhvi told reporters he was proud to be the party nominee for the 23 March Rajya Sabha polls from the state whose nomination papers are scheduled to be filed on Monday. She said there had been a request made to her seeking support for Singhvi's bid and she has accepted it.

Mr Singhvi later said, "Whichever part or place you belong to, the arithmatic, history and geography of this state politically shows a huge anti-BJP commonality. I thank the ruling party here and its chief Mamata Banerjee".

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Singhvi also thanked all the senior Congress leaders in the state, including PCC chief Adhir Chowdhury, and hoped they would keep on supporting him.

Singhvi said he was proud to be nominated from the land of Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Rammohan Roy and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Announcing her support for Singhvi, Mamata at the party's core committee meeting on Friday said, "He is a good contender".

She also announced the names of four party candidates for Rajya Sabha seats.

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