Trinamool to back Congress's Singhvi in RS polls


Kolkata, March 9 Announcing the names of Trinamool Congress candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her party would support Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress from the state.

"Our candidates are Nadimul Haque -- who is renominated, Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Santunu Sen.

"We will support Singhvi for the fifth Rajya sabha seat from Bengal. He fought many cases for us," she said after the party's extended core-committee meeting here.

Haque is a journalist and writer by profession while Sen is a consultant radiologist and Chakraborty an advocate.

Elections to the five Upper House seats from the state were necessitated as the terms of Kunal Ghosh, Bibek Gupta and Nadimul Haque of the party and Tapan Sen of the CPI-M would end on April 2.

Mukul Roy, who joined the BJP from the Trinamool last year, has already resigned from the Upper House.