By-polls: TMC fields Shatrughan from Asansol, Babul Supriyo from Ballygunge

Two former high profiler BJP star candidates, film star Shatrughan Sinha (former BJP MP from Patna Sahib) and star singer-cum-MP-cum union minister in the Modi government, Babul Supriyo, filed their nominations for a Lok Sabha by-poll and an assembly seat for Trinamool Congress (TMC).

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Two former high profiler BJP star candidates, film star Shatrughan Sinha (former BJP MP from Patna Sahib) and star singer-cum-MP-cum union minister in the Modi government, Babul Supriyo, filed their nominations for a Lok Sabha by-poll and an assembly seat for Trinamool Congress (TMC).

Supriyo was an incumbent MP from Asansol for BJP. He was made to give up his seat during the last assembly polls and pitted against the popular TMC leader Arup Biswas from the Tollygunge assembly constituency. Supriyo lost badly. Later, Supriyo defected to the TMC. Sinha, an ardent BJP critic, joined the TMC recently.

The nominations were filed on Monday (March 21), for the bypolls to be held on April 12.

Sinha has been fielded for by-election to the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency, while Supriyo has been nominated for the Ballygunge assembly seat. The Ballygunge assembly seat’s incumbent TMC leader and minister Subrata Mukherjee’s death in November 2021, necessitated this by-poll.

BJP had hit out at Sinha, labelling him as an outsider. Sinha countered by wondering what the saffron party makes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi contesting from Varanasi. “If for national figures like the PM, contesting the Lok Sabha polls from anywhere is accepted, then the same holds true for me as well,” he had said.

Votes will be counted on April 16.