Yesteryear Bollywood star and former Member of Parliament from Patna Sahib, Shatrughan Sinha is going to contest Asansol Lok Sabha by-election on TMC party’s ticket. The elections for Asansol seat are going to be held on the 12th of April. The seat fell vacant after Babul Supriyo vacated the seat while leaving Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) to join TMC soon after West Bengal state assembly elections.
TMC chairperson and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced this decision via a tweet earlier on Sunday.
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!(2/2)— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 13, 2022
She also announced that Babul Supriyo will be the given the ticket for Ballygunge assembly bypolls. Ballygunge seat fell vacant after the unfortunate demise of TMC MLA Subrata Mukherjee last year.
Bohiragoto campaign is over?
The selection of Shatrughan Sinha as the candidate from Asansol by Mamata Banerjee has raised quite a few eyebrows. During the hotly contested assembly elections in 2021, Mamata attacked BJP repeatedly as the party of outsiders, but now she is giving tickets to Bihari leaders in Bengal. Bohiragoto (outsiders) were blamed for everything by Mamata, from destroying Bengal’s culture to even covid spike.
The campaign was a success, as TMC successfully managed to defend its turf in the face of an aggressive BJP campaign. However, looks like Mamata Di has become a lot more tolerant of outsiders since then, as Bihari Shatrughan Sinha becomes their candidate from Asansol.
Shatrughan Sinha will look at this as an opportunity to resurrect his political career. Sinha left BJP in 2019 after being ignored for years by PM Narendra Modi, and joined Congress. However, with Congress political fortunes in the doldrums, the veteran actor has decided to jump once again, this time to TMC.