Bengal: Cong releases first list of 13 candidates

The Congress central election committee on Saturday introduced its first list of 13 candidates for the West Bengal Assembly elections.

Veteran chief Nepal Mahata will contest the polls to retain (*13*) in Purulia district for the fifth time. He has been elected from the constituency since 2001.

Sukhdev Bera has been fielded from Patharpratima and Indranil Raut from Kakdwip, each in South 24 Parganas district. In the constituencies of Moyna, Bhagabanpur and Egra in Purba Medinipur district, the candidates are Manik Bhowmik, Shiuli Maity and Manas Kumar Kar Mahapatra. The get together has fielded Samir Roy from Kharagpur Sadar and Chiranjib Bhowmik from Sabang, each in Paschim Medinipur district, whereas Uttam Banerjee will contest the Balarampur constituency in Purulia district.

Partha Pratim Banerjee may even contest from Purulia whereas Radharani Banerjee has been given the ticket from Bankura. Debu Chatterjee and Akshay Santra are the candidates from Bankura district’s Bishnupur and Kotulpur seats.

While the Left Front, one of the Congress’ alliance companions, introduced the names of 38 candidates for the first two phases on Friday, the opposite United Front member, the Indian Secular Front, has not but declared the names of its candidates.

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