January 18, 2014
Mithun Chakraborty to be AITC candidate for Rajya Sabha elections
Rajya Sabha elections for 55 seats will be held in the month of February, out of which 5 seats are from Bengal. One of these seats will be given to Shri Mithun Chakraborty from All India Trinamool Congress. Shri Chakraborty is a well-known film personality. He has devoted his life to the cause of cultural and social activities with great success. He is an asset not only of West Bengal, but also of the entire country.
The election is scheduled on February 7, 2014. The last date of filing nomination is on January 28, 2014. The notification will be published on January 21. The term for 5 existing MPs ends on April 2, 2014.
Trinamool Congress has 186 MLAs in State Assembly. Besides, it has support of 6 other MLAs. The last few months have seen several MLAs from different opposition parties joining Trinamool Congress to become a part of the developmental surge by the Trinamool Government under Ms. Mamata Banerjee.
The West Bengal Assembly, which has 294 members, will allow Trinamool Congress to directly field three candidates who may win uncontested. For the fourth and the fifth seat, there will be vote through ballots. For the fourth seat, Trinamool Congress should get somewhat easy ride as it has the support of 192 MLAs, combining the outside supports, which is around 65.3% of total votes.