Left to field independent candidate from Bengal in Rajya Sabha

The election was six Rajya Sabha seats in West Bengal is scheduled for next month and ruling Trinamool is expected to win five seats.

Published: 26th July 2017 10:34 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2017 10:34 PM   |  A+A-

Members in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The CPI (M) central committee has decided to look for an independent candidate that will be acceptable to opposition parties in West Bengal for fielding in Rajya Sabha polls, said party general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

The decision was taken in party’s central committee meet after it denied a third Rajya Sabha term to Yechury.  

"The central committee is of the opinion that an acceptable, independent candidate of the opposition parties in West Bengal may be fielded, failing which the West Bengal Left Front Committee will consider contesting," said party in a statement.

The election was six Rajya Sabha seats in West Bengal is scheduled for next month and ruling Trinamool is expected to win five seats while the opposition is looking the contest the sixth seat.  

On party denying a third term, Yechury said it was done keeping in mind party norms and line that no alliance with the Congress.

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