Trinamool to support Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi in Rajya Sabha polls

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"We will support Singhvi in the fifth RS seat from Bengal". "But that did no affect our opposition to the ruling party at the state level", said Abdul Mannan, Congress legislative party leader. "He fought many cases for us", she said after the party's extended core-committee meeting here.

The Congress nominee for Rajya Sabha election talked to chief minister Mamata Banerjee during the day.

On the Left Front proposing to field a candidate against Mr Singhvi, he said, "It is their democratic right to do so and I will not comment on it".

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"The arithmetic, history and geography of this state shows the presence of an anti-BJP political space here", Singhvi said.

Alleging that the country was facing a "super emergency" under the BJP-led central government, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee today said she would try to unite all the anti-BJP forces to defeat the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. But, Banerjee has chose to extend support to Congress itself and back Singhvi, This is surprising as Congress have been contesting Bengal polls as allies of the Left, which are the biggest political rivals for TMC.

Singhvi said he would "definitely call on her to thank her".

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Singhvi also thanked all the senior Congress leaders in the state, including PCC chief Adhir Chowdhury, and hoped they would keep on supporting him. Although I am originally from Rajasthan, I will always want, if forced to go out of Rajasthan, that I would contest from such a land which belongs to Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, Rammohan Roy, Subhas Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna.

Ms Banerjee had yesterday announced that her party would support Mr Singhvi in the Rajya Sabha polls from the state.

On her dinner invitation to opposition leaders next week, she said: "We try to have regular meetings with like-minded parties to see if we can work together".

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The Trinamool Congress chief also met senior NCP leader Praful Patel to discuss the formation of a federal front.