Highlights:

  • The vacancy in Rajya Sabha followed after the resignation of Arpita Ghosh in September
  • The party’s last nominee in Rajya Sabha was Sushmita Dev
  • TMC has declared that it will contest Goa and Tripura elections

Luizinho Faleiro, former Goa chief minister who joined TMC in September, will be the party’s nominee in the scheduled Rajya Sabha by-poll in West Bengal.

Meanwhile, the TMC which is the second-largest opposition party in the Parliament will have no problem in getting Faleiro elected in the Upper House as it has an absolute majority in the West Bengal Assembly. The vacancy in Rajya Sabha followed after the resignation of Arpita Ghosh in September. She resigned a few days before Faleiro joined Trinamool Congress Party.

A TMC leader voiced, “Former Goa CM Luizinho Faleiro to be elected next week to the Rajya Sabha by TMC. He will also be contesting the upcoming Goa Assembly election 2022.” Faleiro is seen to be a prized asset for the TMC which aims to contest the Goa assembly election in February 2020 as part of its plan to stretch beyond West Bengal to secure its position as a major player in national politics.

The party’s last nominee in Rajya Sabha was Sushmita Dev, another leader who exited from the Congress and joined Mamata Banerjee’s party. Faleiro’s entry into TMC vexed Congress, as two senior leaders from the party, voiced that Sonia Gandhi, who is the party’s president got irked at the way Congress leaders were lured by the TMC.

TMC has declared that it will contest Goa and Tripura elections. The party’s leaders asserted that in these two states, the people are upset with both Congress and BJP, therefore TMC looks forward to taking an opportunity to work the situation in their favor.

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