Kolkata: Senior Congress leader Abdul
Mannan is likely to be the candidate of the party for the
ensuing Rajya Sabha election from West Bengal and a final
announcement by the party High Command is expected shortly,
WBPCC President Pradip Bhattacharya said on Sunday.
``Abdul Mannan is likely to be our party`s candidate
for Rajya Sabha poll from the state and I am expecting the
final announcement from the high Command shortly``,
Bhattacharya earlier said that Congress was waiting
for the green signal from the party High Command in Delhi to
field a candidate for the March-30 Rajya Sabha elections to
five seats from the state.
He said that the PCC had the intention to field a
candidate, pending decision by the high Command.
Asked that tomorrow is the last date for filing
nomination, he said that the party was prepared to complete
the procedure within a day.
Of the five seats from the state, Trinamool Congress
has already 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.