Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may nominate actor and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Jaya Bachchan as TMC’s Rajya Sabha candidate, according to a report in The Indian Express.
According to a media report a senior Trinamool Congress leader confirmed that Bachchan is the first choice for TMC govt. The formal announcement would be made after party chief Mamata Banerjee takes a final decision. The official announcement is likely to be made around March 18. And 58 MPs will retire from Rajya Sabha in April.
Ms. Bachchan is among one of them. Jaya and Amitabh are regulars at the Kolkata International Film Festival, at the 2017 edition of which Amitabh was the chief guest for the fourth year in a row. Jaya Bachchan’s Bengali roots and her continued popularity in the state makes her an ideal candidate. Her husband, Amitabh Bachchan, has often referred to himself as the son-in-law of Bengal, according to a TMC leader.
Among the four Trinamool Rajya Sabha MPs nearing the end of their terms are Saradha scam accused Kunal Ghosh, who has been suspended indefinitely by the party, and Mukul Roy, who quit his seat and the Trinamool in October last year to join the BJP. The other two retiring Trinamool MPs are Vivek Gupta, editor of the Hindi daily Sanmarg, and Urdu writer and journalist Md Nadimal Haque.