Bengal: Congress yet to decide on Rajya Sabha candidate, Sharmistha Mukherjee in shortlist
After TMC announced the names of the party’s Rajya Sabha candidates from West Bengal, the attention is on Congress as to who the party would nominate. Initially CPIM general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s name was one of the hot contenders but after he turned down the offer, the name of President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee is now doing the rounds. Sharmistha had contested the last Assembly election unsuccessfully from Greater Kailash seat in South Delhi.
While Congress has two more than the required 42 preference votes to elect a Rajya Sabha member, it would be cutting the ice too thin to depend upon the party’s preference votes especially at present when the party is going through a turbulent time.
Mamata’s meeting with AICC president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi on May 17 regarding presidential election and then later in a core committee meeting on May 19 asking party leadership to go soft on Congress have fuelled speculation about a new possible political equation in the state.
State Congress leadership led by chief Adhir Chowdhury had fiercely opposed any alliance with TMC in Bengal and had also written to Sonia Gandhi to keep the state leadership in confidence before …read more