Star-studded Trinamool army

March 06, 2014 - 12:27:36 am
Kolkata: Combining the worlds of glamour, sports and politics, the Trinamool Congress yesterday announced a star-studded candidates list from West Bengal including the likes of Bengali megastar Dev, actor Moon Moon Sen and soccer icon Baichung Bhutia for the Lok Sabha polls.

Announcing the names at her residence, party chairperson Mamata Banerjee said: “It’s a great combination of people from various parts of the society.” The Trinamool is going it alone this year. 

Four winning candidates of 2009 were dropped, and 26 fresh faces including Banerjee’s nephew and Trinamool Yuva president Abhishek Bandopadhyay nominated. Bhutia, who retired from football in 2012, will contest the election from Darjeeling. Another former India soccer captain Prasun Banerjee, who won the Howrah seat in a bypoll last year, has been renominated from the same.

Besides Dev from Ghatal in West Midnapore district, Moon Moon, the daughter of legendary Bengali heroine Suchitra Sen and herself a film actress, will be in fray from Bankura. Bengali cine stars and incumbenet MPs Satabdi Roy and Tapas Pal will again contest from Birbhum and Krishnanagar respectively.

Sugata Bose, a grand nephew of great revolutionary Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and professor at Harvard University, has been named the party nominee from Jadavpur. Soumitra Roy, a lead singer of popular Bengali band Bhoomi, is being fielded from Malda North constituency in Malda district.

Theatre personality Arpita Ghosh has bagged the Trinamool ticket from Balurghat in South Dinajpur district, while veteran Bengali actress Sandhya Roy would battle in Midnapore. Eminent singer Indranil Sen would try his luck from Berhampore in Murshidabad district.