West Bengal Assembly Election: Congress releases list of candidates for 43 seats

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday announced names of its candidates for 43 seats for West Bengal assembly poll and indicated it would contest around 90 of total 294 constituencies as part of its "strategic alliance" with the CPI(M)-led Left Front.

Former state Congress chief Manash Bhuniya is the party's candidate from Sabang in West Midnapore, while state CLP leader Md Sohrab has been nominated from Jangipur in Murshidabad.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Most of the sitting MLAs have been renominated except for former AICC Secretary DP Roy, who had protested against the alliance with the Left parties.

Biswaranjan Sarkar has been brought in as the new candidate from Alipurduar which was being represented by Roy in the outgoing Assembly. Roy had informed party chief Sonia Gandhi that he would not contest the poll.

A senior AICC leader, who declined to be identified, said that the party would contest a "minimum of 90" seats while talks in state party circles is that Congress would put up candidates in a total of 93 seats.

In the last Assembly polls, Congress had contested 61 seats in alliance with Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress which led to ouster of the CPI(M)-led Left Front after over 33 years in power.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been sharply critical of the strategic alliance between the Congress and the Left.

PTI


Updated Date: Mar 15, 2016 22:53 PM

Also Watch

Watch: Firstpost test rides the new Thunderbird 500X in Goa and walks you through the Royal Enfield Garage Cafe
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Varun Dhawan on Shoojit Sircar's October, 5-star reviews and working with Anushka Sharma in Sui Dhaaga
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 Ambedkar Jayanti: Re-visiting Babasaheb's ideals exposes fake Dalit politics of Rahul Gandhi and Congress
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See