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Left Front announces 37 candidates in Bengal

The Left Front has released its first phase list of candidates for the Bengal Assembly elections. The list of 37 seats contested by the Left Front candidates for the 60 seats in the first two phases has been announced. The CPI (M) will contest 28 seats. The CPI will contest in five seats and the Forward Bloc and the RSP in two seats each. The candidates of the Congress and ISF parties in the Front-backed United Front will be announced later. The Congress will contest 12 seats and the ISF five seats. The list was released by Left Front chairman Biman Basu, Congress leader Pradeep Bhattacharya and ISF leader Simal Souran.

Former ministers Sushant Ghosh and Debalina Hembrata and former DYFI national general secretary Tapan Sinha top the list. The ruling Trinamool Congress on Friday also released its list of candidates for 291 constituencies. The list, which excludes 28 sitting MLAs, including six ministers, was released by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself. Three seats in Darjeeling have been vacated by the Gorkha parties. Mamata Banerjee, who has won both the elections, has left Bhavanipur in Kolkata and is seeking re-election from Nandigram this time. Mamata’s confidante Sukhendu Adhikari, a Nandigram MLA, had joined the BJP. Mamata Banerjee announces candidate in Nandigram

Finance Minister Ashok Mitra, Labor Minister Poornendubasu and Rajak Mollah are among the prominent ministers who have been dropped. The list includes 50 women, including film-serial-athletes, businessmen and former top executives. Mamata Banerjee has not kept her promise of 30 per cent seats for women. Denied seats, including Mamata’s confidante Sonali Guha, have raised the riot flag.

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