1 Cong, 5 TMC candidates elected unopposed to RS from state

Bikash's nomination cancelled
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Kolkata
31 Jul 2017

Five TMC candidates and a Congress candidate were elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed from West Bengal after CPM candidate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya's nomination was cancelled due to technical reasons.

The five TMC candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha are Manas Bhunia, TMC's chief national spokesperson Derek O'Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Dola Sen and Santa Chetri. Congress candidate Pradip Bhattacharya was also elected to the Upper House. Bhattacharya, Roy, O'Brien and Sen were renominated by their respective parties, while Bhunia and Chetri are first-timers. "Congratulations to the five @AITC official candidates elected today to Rajya Sabha and the sixth supported by us who had switched over to the TMC," chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet.

Mamata had on Friday extended her party's support to the Congress candidate. The nomination of CPM candidate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya was rejected on Monday after the returning officer declared it as invalid on the ground that an additional affidavit was submitted after the 3 pm deadline on the last date for filing of papers on July 28 for the August 8 polls to the six seats. The cancellation of Bhattacharya's nomination has kicked off a political debate between the TMC and CPM, with the latter alleging that it was the "handiwork" of the ruling party in the state.

"We feel TMC was rattled by his nomination and that is why a conspiracy was hatched to reject his nomination. We will seek legal advice on it," CPM LP leader Sujan Chakraborty said. Countering Chakraborty's claim, TMCLP leader Partha Chatterjee said, "There is no conspiracy. They are trying to malign the Election Commission. Actually they had a secret understanding with the BJP before nominating a person like Bhattacharya who has never been a part of the Rajya Sabha.