From Manoj Tiwary To June Maliah, A Look At Trinamool's Star Candidates
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday released the list of Trinamool Congress candidates for the upcoming assembly polls for 291 seats, with emphasis on youths, minority, women, backward communities, and several movie and sports stars. "This time we have stressed on more youths and women candidates. Around 23-24 sitting MLAs have been dropped and there are names of about 50 women, 42 Muslims, 79 Schedule Caste and 17 Scheduled candidates in the list," Ms Banerjee said.
Here is a look at the star candidates that the Trinamool Congress announced for the Bengal elections:
Cricketer Manoj Tiwary, who joined the Trinamool Congress last month, will contest these elections from Shibpur. He represents Bengal in domestic cricket and has played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League.
Actor-director Raj Chakraborty, 46, will be contesting the elections from Barrackpore in Kolkata. Mr Chakraborty was a prominent name in the Bengali television industry before going on to direct movies like 'Challenge' and 'Parineeta'.