Kolkata: Political parties in West Bengal have started hectic lobbying for the biennial elections for five seats to the Rajya Sabha.

Both the Congress and the Trinamool Congress seem to have locked horns over the fifth seat.

The Congress needs mere seven votes to send its candidate to the Upper House. But its ally, TMC refused to vote for the Congress candidate.

State Congress leaders were irked over the issue as the four TMC candidates filed nomination papers on Saturday for the Upper House.

Congress candidate Shubhra Ghose decided to file nomination for the fifth seat.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “The TMC MLAs voted for the Congress candidate in the RS elections last time. It was decided that next time the Congress would support the TMC candidate for the Upper House polls.”

As per the previous agreement, the TMC candidates filed their nominations, added Banerjee.
Speculation was rife that the Congress may support former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. Later Left Front Chairman Viman Bose denied any such report. Bose said, “Chatterjee will not reach Rajya Sabha on support of the Congress.”

Congress leader and West Bengal in charge of the Congress, Shakil Ahmed said, “Decision will be taken soon whether the party will field its candidate for the fifth seat or not.”