Keen to replace the incumbent TMC government of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Bharatiya Janata Party has announced its list of 148 candidates for the last four phases of assembly election in West Bengal, rewarding around 20 turncoats and fielding party heavyweights Mukul Roy and Rahul Sinha.
The party is facing protests and resignations as many of its aspiring old-timers did not find their names in the list of candidates.
Roy’ son Subranghshu, a sitting Trinamool Congress MLA, state BJP Mahila Morcha president Agnimitra Paul, film personalities Rudranil Ghosh, Srabanti Chattopadhyay and Parno Mitra were among those given tickets by the saffron party.
Roy, BJP national vice-president and former union minister is back in the electoral fray after a gap of two decades.
He will contest from Krishnanagar Uttar seat, which is dominated by the Matua community. He had unsuccessfully contested election on a TMC ticket in 2001.
The BJP, which has emerged as the main opposition in the state, has also fielded sports personalities and a scientist for the high stakes battle in the state.