TMC to back Congress candidate Abhishek Manu Singhvi in Rajya Sabha polls


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced support to Congress candidate Abhishek Singhvi for 5th seat after naming four party (AITC) candidates for forthcoming Rajya Sabha elections in the state.

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

Trinamul named four of its own candidates and then offered support to Singhvi.

Lawyer and politician Abhishek Singhvi is MP ( Rajya Sabha) in the Upper House representing Rajasthan.

Some media reports had previously suggested that CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury could file his nominations for the Upper House with Congress supporting him.

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Singhvi added that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) extended support to his candidature on the basis of its political stand, which was backed by time, event and issue-based decisions.

On March 23, five Rajya Sabha candidates would be elected from West Bengal.

The Left Front, on the other hand expressed its dissatisfaction on the Congress pitching its candidate. Mukul Roy, who joined the BJP from the Trinamul past year, has already resigned from the Rajya Sabha.

Though Singhvi does not appear to be a popular candidate, neither did PCC chief Adhir Chowdhury nor Congress Legislature Party leader Abdul Mannan voice any objection after they were informed of the party's choice by senior AICC leader, C P Joshi late last night. "Therefore, we have chose to support Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the Congress' Rajya Sabha candidate".