Congress may propose Meira Kumar to Rajya Sabha from West Bengal

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New Delhi, July 25, 2017: After choosing Meira Kumar as its Presidential candidate, now Congress is considering her name for Rajya Sabha election in West Bengal.

As per TOI, a proposal to pitch the former Lok Sabha speaker came up for discussion at a meeting called by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday to conclude the tricky issue of party nomination from the state.

The party is anxious on supporting CPM chief Sitaram Yechury for a third term in Rajya Sabha. However, his fate is uncertain as the Left outfit seems reluctant to provide its general secretary with a third innings.

The Congress determined that the CPM central committee may veto any proposal to retain Yechury in the upper house with the support of Congress.

However, if Yechury doesn’t participate in the election, it was proposed that Congress and CPM could find a common ground around a candidate of national stature they have jointly supported in the past.

A senior leader is learnt to have suggested that Congress take a leaf out of the President’s election and field Meira Kumar. Since Congress and Left joined hands over Kumar as recently as last week, the CPM was unlikely to have any reservations.

The proposal was made in the presence of AICC general secretary CP Joshi and Bengal leaders. The other names under consideration include Pradeep Bhattarcharya whose term ends in August. AICC is likely to take a decision after the CPM central committee meeting.

Wefornews Bureau

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