Abhishek Manu Singhvi: Grateful to TMC for support in Rajya Sabha polls

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At one point, the State Congress leadership was so upset with Mr. Singhvi representing the Mamata Banerjee government in the apex court that it had said that they would not invite him to any programme in the State.

Alleging that fear and intimidation were the order of the day under the Modi government, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi asserted that Congress and its allies will not let Prime Minister Narendra Modi get another term in office in 2019. I thanked her for extending her party's support, he said and further said he may call on her.

Mr Singhvi later said, "Whichever part or place you belong to, the arithmatic, history and geography of this state politically shows a huge anti-BJP commonality".

This also signals a fresh political alignment, as the Congress and the Left Front were in talks for fielding a joint non-political candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat.

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Announcing the names of Trinamool Congress candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, West Bengal Chief Minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday said her party would support Abhishek Manu Singhvi of the Congress from the state.

The stress on a united fight was seen as an indication of a possible Congress-Trinamul tie-up ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls. With TMC's backing, Singhvi's victory is confirmed. Stating that she was not for power, nor any chair, Mamata said, "I will be helping everyone". He also thanked state Congress leaders, including state party chief Adhir Chowdhury.

The leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, Abdul Mannan, said even in the last Rajya Sabha election, the Mamata Banerjee-led party had extended support to the Congress' Pradip Bhattacharya, "but that did not prevent us from opposing the TMC at the state-level".

He added, "I will certainly meet her to express my gratitude to her according to political courtsey but when and where that will be decided later".

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