Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday put up a strong defence against criticism that she stressed on glamour and star power while deciding the party`s list of Lok Sabha poll candidates, saying she wanted them to have a say in national politics.
After series of meetings and confabulations, Congress is all set to finalise its candidates for all 70 constituencies on Saturday when filing of nominations for the December 4 Assembly Election will begin.
BJP Monday night declared its second
list comprising 81 candidates for Uttar Pradesh, along with candidates for 48 seats of Uttarakhand and 20 seats of Punjab for the forthcoming Assembly elections in these states.
In an apparent bid to salvage its
image ahead of the next year`s UP Assembly polls, ruling BSP has decided not to field Higher Education Minister Rakesh Dhar Tripathi against whom allegations of corruption have been levelled.
Trinamool Congress Friday unilaterally announced its list of
228 candidates for the election to 294-member West Bengal
Assembly and set a Monday deadline for Congress to accept the
64 seats allotted to it.