“The four TMC candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections on February 7 are Mithun Chakraborty, Jogen Chowdhury, KD Singh and Ahmed Hassan Imran,” TMC general secretary Mukul Roy said.
On KD Singh, who is a TMC MP from Jharkhand, Roy said Singh had another 18 months left but would resign and contest from Bengal. Referring to Ahmed Hassan Imran, he said Imran was the editor of Kalom daily and was popular among minorities. “The panel, after looking into these suggestions in a meeting this morning, presented the list to Mamata Banerjee who approved the names,” Roy said.
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Nomination for the Rajya Sabha candidates begin January 21. Of the 294 seats, 49 MLAs will need to support one nominated MP. TMC has 193, good enough to ensure three candidates and another 46 to back the fourth, Imran. Similarly, the Left, with 61 Assembly seats will have an extra 12 seats after securing one seat and Congress will have 38 seats. Sources in Trinamool are confident of Imran’s win.