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BJP loyalist Swapan Dasgupta renominated to Rajya Sabha after losing Bengal election

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BJP loyalist Swapan Dasgupta has been renominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Union government. A notification in this regard has been issued by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Notably, Dasgupta had resigned from the Rajya Sabha in March hours after the Trinamool Congress objected to him contesting the West Bengal Assembly election on a BJP ticket. He was chosen by the saffron party as its candidate from the Tarakeshwar Assembly constituency. However, he lost the election the result of which was announced on May 2.

Official notification

A Union home ministry notification said, “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (1) of Article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to renominate Shri Swapan Dasgupta to the Council of States to fill the seat which has fallen vacant due to his resignation for his reminder term viz – 24-04-2022.”

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In a separate notification, the ministry said noted lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani has been nominated to Rajya Sabha to fill the seat that has fallen vacant due to the demise of Raghunath Mohapatra for the remainder of his (Mohapatra’s) term i.e till 13-07-2024.

TMC opposed Swapan Dasgupta

Trinamool Congress’ Lok Sabha MP from Krishnanagar, Mahua Moitra, had vehemently opposed Dasgupta contesting the West Bengal Assembly election as a BJP candidate.

She had tweeted, “Swapan Dasgupta is BJP candidate for WB polls. 10th Schedule of Constitution says nominated RS member to be disqualified if he joins any political party AFTER expiry of 6 months from oath. He was sworn in April 2016, remains unallied. Must be disqualified NOW for joining BJP.”

 

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