Cong Waits for High Command Nod to Field RS Candidate
West Bengal Congress is waiting for the green signal from the party High Command in Delhi to field a candidate for the coming Rajya Sabha elections to five seats from the state, PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya today said.

"We have the intention to field a candidate, but it depends on the party High Command to decide," Bhattacharya told reporters here.

With Monday being the last date for filing nomination, he said, "If the High Command gives the go-ahead, we are prepared to complete the procedure within a day."

Asked if the decision of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which has three MLAs and a party-supported independent MLA, not to participate in the Rajya Sabha elections, would help Congress, Bhattacharya said, "I know the mathematics, but won't say anything more."

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday said that as the Trinamool Congress gave a seat to the Congress in the earlier election to the Upper House, the party was expected to support the Trinamool in this election.

Of the five seats, Trinamool Congress has fielded four candidates and CPI(M) one, for which the Left party has the requisite numbers.

If the Congress fields its candidate, there will be direct fight for votes between a Trinamool Congress candidate and that of its ally.

Asked about Trinamool Congress directive to Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi to resign, Bhattacharya only said "there should be courtesy."

An extended executive committee meeting of the WBPCC also appreciated the railway budget proposals that have irked the Trinamool Congress supremo.

Significantly, the PCC president said, "Whether the alliance will remain or not is not known, but the party will remain, so it should be strengthened with an eye on the coming panchayat election in the state."
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