Calcutta: West Bengal’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday decided not to challenge Rajya Sabha’s poll vote on October 4, a development that will pave the way for the candidate to be elected to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) without opposition .
Last week, the TMC appointed Sushmita Dev, who recently joined the party after stepping down from Congress, as its by-poll candidate.
The poll was made necessary after TMC leader Manas Bhunia stepped down from Rajya Sabha’s seat after his victory in the Sabang parliamentary election in the West Midnapore district.
“The BJP will not nominate any candidate for the Rajya Sabha poll due to West Bengal. The result is predetermined. Our goal is to make sure that unelected MCs are elected again. Jai Ma Kali, ”tweeted Suvendu Adhikari, leader of the opposition in the West Bengal assembly.
Adhikari, who defeated Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram in the April parliamentary elections, was referring to his candidacy for the Bhabanipur seat in Kolkata. Banerjee must earn the bypoll to become a member of the assembly in order to continue to preside.
Reacting to the BJP’s decision, TMC spokesman Kunal Ghosh said: “At least 24 BJP lawmakers oppose the leader of the opposition (in the state legislature). The party would get fewer votes than they calculated. Many would not even go to vote and give multiple excuses. That is why they do not nominate any candidate for the Rajya Sabha poll. As the days go by, the number of BJP lawmakers will go down and the number of TMC lawmakers will increase. Jai Ma Durga.
Also earlier, on August 9, the state’s BJP unit failed to field its candidate for a by-election for a seat in Rajya Sabha, paving the way for the unopposed election of TMC candidate Jawhar Sircar.
The TMC controls 11 of Rajya Sabha’s 16 seats, while Congress has two and CPI (M) one.
Last week, TMC leader Arpita Ghosh resigned from the upper house on instructions from the party’s high command. The seat is now vacant.