Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday released a list of 291 candidates for the West Bengal elections. On Friday, Mamta Banerjee considers herself auspicious. Even during the last assembly election, Mamata had released this list on Friday itself.
There are 100 such faces in TMC’s list, who are being given a chance for the first time. TMC is the first party in Bengal to announce its candidates for the election. These include 50 women and 42 Muslim candidates.
The party will not contest elections on 3 seats of Darjeeling. These seats are left to party colleagues. Mamta said that she will contest from Nandigram seat herself. Nandigram was close to Mamata and is now considered a stronghold of Shubhendu Adhikari, who is part of the BJP.
Former cricketer Manoj Tiwari, who recently joined the party, will contest from Howrah’s Shibpur. Shobhan Dev Chattopadhyay will be contesting from Bhawanipur seat. Mamta had won the election from Bhawanipur seat last time. Amit Mitra, who was the finance minister in the Mamta government, will not contest. The tickets of 24 sitting MLAs have been cut.
Mamta thanked Tejashwi Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal, Hemant Soren and Shiv Sena for supporting TMC. She told that she will go to Nandigram on 9 March. Will file nomination in Haldia on 10 March.
100 candidates under 50 years old
The last meeting of the Trinamool Election Committee was attended by 12 top leaders and CM Mamata Banerjee. According to experts, the TMC list has many shocking names. This time new faces have been given a chance and many seats have been reshuffled. Mamta Banerjee says that Trinamool Congress is not going to compromise with anyone on the issue of corruption.
According to sources, importance is being given to the image and corruption-free face at the grassroots level. The list also has many star candidates. At least 100 candidates are below 50 years of age. Of these, 30 are under 40 years of age. Leaders over the age of 80 have not been given tickets. SC candidates have been given tickets for 79 seats and ST candidates for 17 seats.
8 phase election in Bengal
In West Bengal, voting will be held in 8 phases. Voting for 294-seat assembly 27 March (30 seats), 1 April (30 seats), 6 April (31 seats), 10 April (44 seats), 17 April (45 seats), 22 April (43 seats), 26 April (36 seats), is to be held on 29 April (35 seats). Counting will be done on 2 May.
Asked candidates to do public relations
Mamta Banerjee has been ruling Bengal for the last 10 years, but this is the first time she is facing a tough challenge from a party. According to sources, he has asked all the candidates to insist on increasing public relations to improve the performance of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He told the people that trust me, only TMC can take Bengal to new heights.
AIADMK declared 6 candidates in Tamil Nadu
The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Friday released the first list for the assembly elections. It has the names of 6 candidates. Chief Minister K Palanisamy will contest from Edappadi and deputy seam Bodinayakanur of his home district Salem. Elections are to be held on April 6 for the seats for which the names have been announced.
Seats split between BJP and allies in Assam
In Assam too, there has been a split of seats between the BJP and its allies. Assam BJP president Ranjit Kumar Das said on Friday, ‘Yesterday we discussed the 86-seat sharing between the BJP, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the UUPL. There is no talk on AGP seats yet, they have to decide their candidates. The final number of seats will be declared by the AGP Chief and our National President.
Complete list of TMC candidates
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