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Mamata backs Cong. nominee for RS seat

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi
| 11 March, 2018, 03:05

"Under the given circumstances all the regional parties should unite to put pressure on the BJP", she said. Replying to the question of whether his candidature would come in way of the understanding between the Congress and the Left Front which fielded former CPI (M) MLA Rabin Deb as a candidate against him, Mr Singhvi argued, "In democracy they have the right to take a decision".

"The arithmetic, history and geography of this state show the presence of an anti-BJP political space here", he said. 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.

Kolkata: With an eye on forming an alternative front before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel on Friday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.


"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. I thank the ruling party here and its chief Mamata Banerjee". Singhvi also thanked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for backing his candidature even as the state Congress leadership made it clear that they would continue to oppose Trinamool Congress despite its support for their nominee.

Singhvi said he was proud to be nominated from the land of Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Rammohan Roy and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. I will coordinate with all the anti-BJP parties, so that they can work together.

While announcing names of four candidates from her party who will contest Rajya Sabha polls from the state, the chief minister said senior Congress leaders Abhishek Singvi and Kapil Sibal had fought many court cases for her party.

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