Making it a triangular contest in West Bengal Assembly polls, Former Union Minister Deepa Dasmunsi will now fight Mamata Banerjee and BJP’s candidate and Netaji’s grandnephew Chandra Bose for the Bhawanipur seat in West Bengal Assembly elections.
Congress announced Dasmunsi’s name in the second list of 42 party candidates announced by the AICC on Friday.
AICC leaders have indicated that it would not contest more than 100 seats in the 294-member House thereby leaving the rest to the Left parties with which it has struck a strategic alliance.
Dasmunsi had lost the Lok Sabha polls narrowly from her husband Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi’s pocket borough of Raiganj by a narrow margin of 1600 votes to Mohd Salim of CPI-M.
In Lok Sabha polls, Mamata Banerjee had fielded Satya Ranjan Das Munshi, Deepas brother-in-law, against her as Trinamool Congress candidate.
In the last Assembly elections, Congress had contested 61 seats in alliance with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress which led to ouster of the CPI (M)-led Left Front after over 34 years in power.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been sharply critical of the strategic alliance between the Congress and the Left.
The six-phase Assembly elections in West Bengal will be held from April 4-May 5.