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Ahead of the assembly polls, Mamata Banerjee will be taking the final call on selecting the candidates. The senior TMC leader said that the decision was taken at a meeting of a 12-member election committee that authorized Banerjee to take the final step regarding selecting candidates. Earlier, a statement was released mentioning that several MLAs are likely to drop several sitting MLAs.

The statement further added that TMC is planning to nominate more youths, women, and leaders with clean image and acceptability in their area. Further, a senior leader from the party noted that the elderly MLAs with age above 75 are likely to be dropped from the candidate list. Earlier the election commission said that the vote across the state will be held in eight phases. The results will be supposedly announced on May 2 when all 294 assembly constituencies’ votes will be counted.

The new candidates will consist of nearly 30 percent of the 294 constituencies, including those of the 19 MLAs who have switched over to BJP. The rejection will also be based on their performance in the last five years, their image in the area and acceptability will be the main parameters.

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