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Trinamul fresh faces in the Lok Sabha fray

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It is not known whether Subrata Mukherjee, who is one of the most experienced politicians in Bengal and a senior member of her cabinet, was being kicked up or honoured. He is being fielded from Bankura.

Meghdeep Bhattacharyya   |   Calcutta   |   Published 12.03.19, 08:36 PM

Cooch Behar: Paresh Adhikari

Reason: The former Forward Bloc leader who was a member of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee cabinet was rewarded for his defection. Trinamul was not pleased with sitting MP Partha Pratim Ray

Darjeeling: Amar Singh Rai

Reason: Mamata Banerjee picked a “bhumi putro (son of the soil)”, a popular Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader, to maximise chances of victory in the seat her party has never won

Raiganj: Kanaia Lal Agarwal

Reason: The Congress MLA from Islampur was rewarded for his defection. Trinamul had lost Raiganj to the CPM in 2014

Malda North: Mausam Noor

Reason: The Congress’s sitting MP was rewarded for her defection to Trinamul

Jangipur: Khalilur Rehman

Reason: The beedi baron with philanthropic activities to his credit is a newcomer with considerable clout in the area. Trinamul had lost the seat to the Congress in 2014

Behrampore: Apurba Sarkar

Reason: The Congress’s Kandi MLA was rewarded for his switch to Trinamul and fielded against his former mentor and sitting Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury. The Trinamul candidate in 2014, Indranil Sen, is now a minister of state in Mamata’s cabinet

Murshidabad: Abu Taher

Reason: The Congress’s Naoda MLA got the Lok Sabha ticket for his defection to Trinamul. Trinamul had lost the Murshidabad seat to the CPM in 2014

Krishnagar: Mahua Moitra

Reason: Trinamul’s Karimpur MLA has been fielded for her performance as one of the spokespersons for the party and her pro-privacy petitions in the Supreme Court. Sitting MP Tapas Paul has been ailing and embroiled in several cases and probes by central agencies

Ranaghat: Rupali Biswas

Reason: On humanitarian grounds. Her husband, Krishnaganj MLA Satyajit Biswas, was killed recently

Bolpur: Asit Mal

Reason: The Congress’s Hansan MLA was given the Lok Sabha ticket for his defection to Trinamul. Sitting MP Anupam Hazra was expelled from Trinamul and joined the BJP

Jhargram: Birbaha Soren

Reason: New tribal candidate picked to replace sitting MP Uma Soren, who volunteered out of the contest

Midnapore: Manas Bhuniya

Reason: The veteran Congress lawmaker from West Midnapore’s Sabang, who defected to Trinamul, was sent to the Rajya Sabha, where his performance has been satisfactory. Sitting MP Sandhya Roy opted out of the contest

Bankura: Subrata Mukherjee

Reason: It is not known whether Mamata’s former mentor Mukherjee, who is one of the most experienced politicians in Bengal and a senior member of her cabinet, was being kicked up or honoured. Sitting Bankura MP Moon Moon Sen relocated to Asansol

Bishnupur: Shyamal Santra

Reason: The minister of state was picked to replace sitting MP Saumitra Khan, who joined the BJP after being expelled by Trinamul

Basirhat: Nusrat Jahan

Reason: The party wanted to bring in a newcomer, preferably with crowd-pulling abilities associated with the entertainment industry, to put to rest the internal rivalry for candidature in the minority-dominated seat. The party will field sitting MP Idris Ali for the Uluberia East Assembly bypoll

Jadavpur: Mimi Chakraborty

Reason: A newcomer, preferably with crowd-pulling abilities associated with the entertainment industry, was brought in to put to rest Trinamul’s internal rivalry for candidature in the seat. Sitting MP Sugata Bose did not get permission for contest from Harvard University, where he teaches

Calcutta South: Mala Roy

Reason: The Calcutta Municipal Corporation chairperson was picked to replace sitting MP Subrata Bakshi, who opted out of the fray.

Relocated candidate

Asansol: Moon Moon Sen

Reason: The sitting MP of Bankura was fielded in Asansol because the 2014 Trinamul candidate, Dola Sen, is in the Rajya Sabha now. The party hopes an outsider with crowd-pulling abilities will put to rest the internal rivalry in Trinamul for candidature. In 2014, Trinamul had lost Asansol to the BJP’s Babul Supriyo — now a Union minister.

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