Kolkata: Senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan filed his nomination paper for biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal. Several senior leaders including West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president and Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Bhattacharya, WB Small Industry Minister Manas Bhuiyan, Gyan Singh Sohanpal and a number of party MLAs were present on the occasion.

The Congress needs mere seven votes to get its candidate elected to the Upper House but its main ally Trinamool Congress has refused to support the candidate belonging to grand old party.

The TMC’s decision to field four candidates for Rajya Sabha poll in the state has irked the Congress which has filed nomination in the last minute.
After getting nod from the high command, Abdul Mannan filed his nomination for the Upper House.

Interestingly the left front is not in a position to get elected more than its one candidate for the Upper House as they have mere 62 MLAs in the 294-member West Bengal assembly house.

The CPI (M) has fielded CITU general secretary Tapan Sen for the Rajya Sabha. The left needs 49 preferential votes to send its candidate to the Upper House. Consequently the front will have 12 votes in spare. The Congress has 42 MLAs and needs mere seven additional votes to ensure its candidate’s victory.

With Mannan throwing his hat in the Rajya Sabha poll, the election to the fifth seat has become tough.

(JPN/Bureau)