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After Mithun Chakraborty, TMC names three more for Rajya Sabha candidates
West Bengal Chief minister Mamta Banerjee has announced the names of four candidates who will contest for the next Rajya Sabha elections to be held on 7 February 2014. And the candidates are Mithun Chakraborty (actor), Jogen Chowdhury (painter), KD Singh (industrialist) and Ahmed Hassan (editor of a local newspaper).

TMC will contest four out of the five seats in the Rajya Sabha elections. While the name of Mithun Chakraborty was announced by 'didi' on Saturday, but she did not revel the names of three other candidates and on Sunday she has announced the other three names. But all the candidates selected by the party are from outside the political pool and this is raising a big question.

Why a party that promises to work for the grass-root level people in Bengal inducting the so called high profile but apparently non-administrators into the party. Party member Saugata Roy got rather upset when asked about it. “They will improve the party’s image”, he said.

But when pointed out that most celebrity turned politicians do not add much value as administrators, he got even more offensive. “You journalists, especially the online ones, should not be asking so many questions. It’s a party decision and our prerogative. It is not open to questioning”, said he.

Four MP's in the present Rajya Sabha, which will end by April 2014 are from CPM and left parties. But this time the CPM and allies have very little chances to win, as they have just won 62 of the total 294 seats in the state Assembly in 2011. The left parties have not announced their candidates yet and will be announcing it shortly.

This time Trinamool would be able to ensure victories of three of it's candidates, as the party has 184 seats, but the fourth candidate will fall short by four votes. But the congress has another option of supporting an independent candidate. The decision on this will be taken by the congress high command.

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