Singhvi thanks Mamata for support

Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Congress nominee for Rajya Sabha elections from this state, Abhishek Manu Singhvi who has received support from Trinamul Congress, on Saturday ruled out possibility of an alliance between the two parties.

Kolkata: With an eye on forming an alternative front before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel on Friday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday.

"The arithmetic, history and geography of this state show the presence of an anti-BJP political space here", he said.

Mr. Singhvi said he did not sense "any opposition" when it came to the support of the Congress MLAs. "He fought many cases for us", she said after the party's extended core-committee meeting here.

The Left Front had yesterday announced the name of senior CPI (M) leader Rabin Deb as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls from the state. "But that did no affect our opposition to the ruling party at the state level", said Abdul Mannan, Congress legislative party leader. With enough legislators in the West Bengal's 294-member assembly, TMC will find it easy to secure Rajya Sabha seats for all these five candidates.

Congress part on Sunday released a list of 1o candidates for the ensuing Biennial Elections for the 58 Rajya Sabha seats scheduled to take place on March 23.

Stating that if BJP targets Bengal, her party would target the Red Fort in 2019, Banerjee said, "I will ask them (BJP) to manage Delhi first and then think about Bengal". Although I am originally from Rajasthan, I will always want, if forced to go out of Rajasthan, that I would contest from such a land which belongs to Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, Rammohan Roy, Subhas Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna. He thanked Trinamool Congress chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for extending support to his candidature and said both the parties had a huge "anti-BJP commonality".

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