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Bengal Rajya Sabha election marked by defection from Left, Cong

Calcutta, Feb 7 (PTI): The Rajya Sabha polls for West Bengal, held on Friday for five seats, was marked by surprises and defections from opposition camp, putting the ruling Trinamul Congress in an advantageous position.

In the poll for five seats, TMC fielded candidates in four seats, the Left Front in one and Congress along with the Left nominated an Independent, A S Malihabadi.

Three Left members Sunil Mondal of Forward Bloc, Ananta Deb Adhikary and Dasarath Tirkey, both from Revolutionary Socialist Party, and Congress legislators Sushil Roy and Himani Biswas voted in favour of TMC's Ahmed Hasan.

The Congress member from Sujapur Abu Naser Khan Chowdhury, who had on Thursday vowed to vote in favour of TMC, however, did not do so on Friday.

Commenting on the developments, TMC General Secretary Mukul Roy said “There are known Left leaders who have now voted for us for ideological reasons. We thank them.”

Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah retorted, “It is better that such elements we had earlier inducted in the party, can now be identified.”

CPI(M) Politburo member and Leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra on Thursday said that three Left MLAs Sunil Mondal of Forward Bloc, Dasarath Tirkey and Atanu Deb Adhikari of RSP could not be contacted.        

”We have been trying to get in touch with them, but have failed to establish any contact,” Mishra had claimed.