Trinamool to back Congress's Singhvi in RS polls

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Birbhum Trinamul leader Anubrata Mondal said on Saturday that Mamata had offered him a Rajya Sabha seat but he declined and told her that he would "quit" the party if the nomination was thrust on him.

A few days back, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee had said that her party would support Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections from the state. We want everybody to come together to fight against the BJP.

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At a time the state unit of the CPM has been drawing up strategies for the party congress in Hyderabad next month to adopt a pro-Congress position, Mamata's move has sent calculations awry at Alimuddin Street, the Left party's Bengal headquarters. With enough legislators in the West Bengal's 294-member assembly, TMC will find it easy to secure Rajya Sabha seats for all these five candidates. Victory for four candidates of ruling Trinamool candidates is assured.

The Trinamool Congress chief also met senior NCP leader Praful Patel to discuss the formation of a federal front. After the announcement, the Left Front nominated senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Rabin Deb.

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Announcing the names of four TMC candidates for the polls at the party's extended core committee meeting in Kolkata, she said, "Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal (also of the Congress) have fought many court cases for us".

Justifying Deb's nomination, Left Front chairman Biman Bose issued a statement saying they were surprised to hear that the Congress has unanimously chose to field its own candidate at a time when Congress and Left Front were in dialogue over a consensus candidate. While Sen, 45, is a doctor, Chakravarty and Biswas, 45, are lawyers. Mukul Roy, who switched over to the BJP from the Trinamool Congress resigned from the House previous year.

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