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New Delhi: Subhas Chandra Bose’s grandnephew Chandra Bose to be BJP’s candidate against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal Assembly polls.
The announcement was made by Smriti Irani on Wednesday at press conference.
Chandra Kumar had formally joined the BJP on Jnuary 25 at a rally in Howrah district. At the event he said that it was the misrule of the TMC in Bengal that needed to be fought.
With Sugata Bose, another grand nephew of Netaji, already an MP of Mamata’s Trinamool Congress, the BJP is seeing an opportunity to cash in on the Bose name too.
Chandra Kumar will contest against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from the prestigious Bhawanipur seat in South Kolkata where WBPCC general secretary Om Prakash Mishra is also pitched in.
Mishra, a Jadavpur University professor, had unsuccessfully contested from Balurghat Lok Sabha seat on Congress ticket in 2014.
Bhawanipur is one of the five seats in the metropolis where the Congress will field its candidates as part of its seat adjustment with the Left Front.
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is seeking a re-election from Bhawanipur.
The six-phase Assembly elections in West Bengal are to be held in West Bengal from April 4-May 5. Counting of votes on May 19.