BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata/New Delhi: Political strategist Prashant Kishor, who was expelled from the Janata Dal(United) in January, could be a Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate in the Rajya Sabha elections to be held in West Bengal next month. The poll is scheduled on March 26.
A source said that barring one, Mamata Banerjee’s party is looking for new faces since it wants more active members in the Upper House of Parliament. The four TMC seats, which will fall vacant, are currently held by Manish Gupta, Jogen Chowdhury, Ahmed Hassan Imran, and K.D. Singh.
“Given the demands of the national politics at present, more active politicians and Rajya Sabha MPs are needed. Therefore, the youth should get a chance. Prashant Kishor has opened a front against the BJP. It will help TMC to speak out at the national level. Those who can get a chance on the other seats include Dinesh Trivedi and Mausam Noor,” the source said.
As per the number of MLAs in the West Bengal Assembly, the TMC will win four seats to the Rajya Sabha, whereas a candidate with either the support of CPI(M)-Congress or the TMC-Congress combine will sail through to win the fifth one.
This fifth seat is currently held by Ritabrata Banerjee, elected as a CPI(M) nominee in 2014 but since expelled from the party in 2017.