Mamata Banerjee declares support for Congress candidate for Rajya Sabha

Cheryl Sanders
March 11, 2018

There was a request to me (for supporting Singhvi).

An "anti-BJP space" exists in the state and the commonality between the Congress and the Trinamul is that both the outfits are opposed to "communal politics of BJP", he said.

"We will support Singhvi for the fifth Rajya sabha seat from Bengal".

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

Urging all regional parties to join hands to defeat the BJP in the 2019 general elections, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday warned the saffron brigade that for them alarm bells have already started ringing.

On the Left Front proposing to field a candidate against Singhvi, he said, "It is their democratic right to do so.I will not comment on it".

The stress on a united fight was seen as an indication of a possible Congress-Trinamul tie-up ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls.

"The arithmetic, history and geography of this state shows the presence of an anti-BJP political space here", Singhvi said. But, Banerjee has made a decision to extend support to Congress itself and back Singhvi, This is surprising as Congress have been contesting Bengal polls as allies of the Left, which are the biggest political rivals for TMC.

"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". Telangana Rashtra Samithi supremo and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao also recently mooted the idea of a Third Front and has received support from various political leaders of the country, including Mamata and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi. "I have invited her to a meeting called by NCP Chief Sharad Pawar in Delhi on March 27-28 to chalk out a future plan of action with various parties".

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 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".

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