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Yechury, Brinda Karat file papers

Tuesday 5 July 2005

Special Correspondent

All six candidates from West Bengal likely to be elected unopposed

KOLKATA: Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau members Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat and Chittabrata Majumdar filed their nomination papers for elections to the Rajya Sabha here on Monday.

Abani Roy of the Revolutionary Socialist Party also filed his papers. Both Mr. Majumdar and Mr. Roy are contesting for the second successive term.

Arjun Sengupta, Independent candidate supported by the Left Front and the Congress, also filed his papers.Trinamool Congress nominee Swapan Sadhan Bose had done so earlier.

All the six are expected to be elected as there are no other candidates in the fray from West Bengal. Monday was the last day for the filing of nominations and they can be withdrawn till July 7.

Talking to reporters, Mr. Yechury said "the current political reality is such that no Central Government can run without the support of the Left parties. The CPI (M) wanted to utilise this situation so that the cause of the common people could be served."

"Today we have a Left Front Government in West Bengal. In the future we could have one at the Centre," he said.

Mrs. Karat said that she would take up the cause of women and the poor after entering Parliament. She would also focus on the Imrana issue.

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