As the assembly elections in West Bengal start on 27 March 2021, curiosity over the likely candidates to be fielded for state elections is growing. The wait is almost over as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the candidates for 291 constituencies for the upcoming elections in the state at 2 pm today.
Mamata has give tickets to 50 women candidates and 42 Muslim candidates. Tickets have also been given to 79 SC candidates and 17 ST candidates. Announcements for the remaining three constituencies will be done later. The TMC has dropped 23-24 sitting MLAs, she said during the press conference.
There is much speculation over whether Mamata could choose more women candidates along with younger and new faces with a clean record to fight the elections. The party is expected to field over 30 per cent of women candidates and this will likely be reflected in the candidates list.