Trinamool to back Congress's Singhvi in RS polls

Trinamool to back Congress's Singhvi in RS polls

"We will support Singhvi in the fifth RS seat from Bengal". Only time will tell whether the two parties who are presently the ruling and principal Opposition outfits in the state will come together for an alliance, he felt.

To another query about bitterly-opposed parties coming together to take on the BJP which is seen as a colossus and unbeatable singly by anyone, she said "it is a hard task".

The Congress nominee for Rajya Sabha election talked to chief minister Mamata Banerjee during the day.

The Left Front, on the other hand expressed its dissatisfaction on the Congress pitching its candidate.

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On Friday, Left Front too announced CPI (M) state secretariat member, Rabin Deb as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee announced yesterday that her party will support Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi's candidature for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections from West Bengal.

"She (Mamata) has spoken in public about her unhappiness with the Congress snub to Trinamul for the Tripura polls, but still she has supported the Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls from Bengal".

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".

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At the regional level, Mamata's support for Singhvi is certain to drive a wedge between the state units of the Congress and the CPM.

Stating that if BJP targets Bengal, her party would target the Red Fort in 2019, Banerjee said, "I will ask them (BJP) to manage Delhi first and then think about Bengal".

Both Chowdhury and Mannan had stayed away from Singhvi's programmes in the state before state Assembly elections in 2016 as the Congress leader had been the counsel of several accused persons in Narada case. "I am proud to be nominated from the land of Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Raja Rammohan Roy and Netaji Subhas", said Singhvi. "We are supporting him because he has worked with us for the greater interest of the State", Ms. Banerjee said.

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