Kolkata: The CPI(M)-led Left Front announced the name of senior party leader Rabin Deb as its candidate for the ensuing Rajya Sabha elections from West Bengal.
CPI(M) politburo member and Left Front Chairman Biman Bose in a statement said it was nominating Deb for the fifth RS seat from the state.
The announcement came hours after West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee said her party would support Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress in the RS polls.
Deb was one of the chief spokespersons for the alliance with the Congress in 2016 Assembly elections but the result proved disastrous. The CPI(M) got only 26 seats and the Left Front got 32 lowest in the past four decades while the Congress got 44 seats.
After 2016, the CPI(M) started losing ground further and Deb also lost his grip on the party. The last chance of his rehabilitation also went in vain due to the adamant attitude of the Politburo and Central Committee.