West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today announced that former Union minister Shatrughan Sinha will be party’s candidate for the Lok Sabha by-elections from Asansol while former Union Minister Babul Supriyo will contest the assembly election bypoll from the Ballygunge seat.
“Happy to announce on behalf of the All India Trinamool Congress that Shatrughan Sinha, former Union Minister and famed actor, will be our candidate in Loksabha by-election from Asansol. Sri Babul Supriyo, former union minister and noted singer, will be our candidate in Vidhansabha by-election from Ballygunge. Jai Hind, Jai Bangla, Jai Ma- Mati- Manush!” said Mamata Banerjee.
The Asansol Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after Supriyo, a two-time BJP MP, quit the saffron party last year and joined the TMC. The Ballygunge assembly seat fell vacant following the demise of state minister Subrata Mukherjee.