TMC to field 41% female candidates in LS polls


Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) will field 40.5 per cent female candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

“Trinamool Congress will field 40.5 per cent female candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This is a proud moment for us,” Banerjee said while briefing the media.

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee said, “This is a challenging election for Prime Minister Modi and we are seeing a number of strikes – and I mean political strikes, don’t misquote me – like demonetisation. I had opposed demonetisation from the beginning; people have suffered a lot because of it.”

Announcing the first list of candidates for upcoming general elections, Banerjee said, “Moon Moon Sen will be our candidate from Asansol, Satabdi Roy from Birbhum.”

Banerjee also announced that the TMC will be contesting from Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, and Andaman and Bihar seats.

Polling for the Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases starting April 11 and will conclude on May 19. The counting of votes will be on May 23.

West Bengal will have polling in all seven phases, beginning April 11 and concluding on May 19.