West Bengal's ruling party Trinamool Congress has nominated Sushmita Dev, former Congress leader, to Rajya Sabha. as she had been campaigning in Assam and Tripura with the objective of expanding party’s cadre and influence in the northeast.
By-polls for six vacant Rajya Sabha seats across five states will take place on October 4.
“We are extremely pleased to nominate @SushmitaDevAITC to the Upper House of the Parliament. @MamataOfficial’s vision to empower women and ensure their maximum participation in politics shall help our society to achieve much more!" the party tweeted.
Dev, who party workers said was in disbelief when the nomination was announced, said “What are you saying? I am overwhelmed. I am extremely grateful to Mamata di and Abhishek (Banerjee). I don’t know whether I deserve it or not, but I will do my best to take party’s vision forward. It’s great to see that she wants more women in Parliament."
It has just been a month since Dev left Congress and joined TMC. She had earlier said she would undertake any responsibility given to her by the ruling party's supremo Mamata Banerjee.
Also, TMC is more vocal about women’s representation in Parliament which is where Dev experience would come in handy in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.