Kolkata: The Congress high command is pondering over to withdraw the candidature of Abdul Mannan who filed his nomination on Tuesday from West Bengal for Rajya Sabha elections scheduled to be held on March 30.

Fearing party’s move, the West Bengal Congress Legislative Party leader Mohd Sohrab on Wednesday wrote a letter to the party high command saying that Mannan has bright chance to win the Rajya Sabha seat in comparison with Trinamool Congress candidate. Therefore, his candidature should not be withdrawn.

The West Bengal Congress Committee has apprised the party president Sonia Gandhi, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and state in-charge Shakil Ahmed in this regard. WBPCC chief Pradip Bhattacharjee is in Delhi to make a strategy for ensuring the victory of Mannan in the RS poll.

Ahmed said, “There is no question of withdrawing candidate from the fray. However, the party high command will take the final decision in this regard.”

Given the number of MLAs in the assembly, the TMC and the left front are in a position to get elected three and one candidate respectively unopposed for the Upper House. But with the Congress fielding its own candidate, voting will definitely be held for the fifth seat.

(JPN/Bureau)