New Delhi: Political strategist Prashant Kishor, who was last month expelled from the JD(U), is likely to be West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls to be held in West Bengal on March 26, reports have emerged. Also Read - FIR Lodged Against Prashant Kishor For Plagiarism in His 'Baat Bihar Ki' Campaign
The possible development comes after it was claimed recently that the West Bengal government will provide Z-plus security cover to Kishor, who signed an ‘agreement’ with the TMC to work with it for the 2021 state Assembly polls after the party could win just 23 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state, with the BJP bagging 18 and the Congress winning the remaining one seat. Also Read - Eye on Bihar: AAP is Ready to Welcome Prashant Kishor if he Wants to Join
According to reports, Kishor’s name is being considered as a candidate as the party is looking for a fresh set of faces for three out of four TMC-held seats which are all set to fall vacant. Manish Gupta, Jogen Chowdhury, Ahmed Hassan Imran and KD Singh are the four TMC MPs in the upper house whose term there is set to expire. Also Read - 'Gandhi And Godse Can't go Together', Says Prashant Kishor; Claims Rift With Nitish 'Ideological'
The party, state reports, is looking for new faces as it wants active members in the ‘House of Elders.’
As per the number of MLAs in the state Assembly, while the TMC will win four seats, the fifth seat would be won by a candidate who either has the support of CPI(M)-Congress or the TMC-Congress combine.
Ritabrata Banerjee, who was elected as a CPI(M) nominee in 2014 but was expelled from the party three years later, currently holds the fifth seat as an Independent.