As the country completes the third phase of elections on April 23 and the political parties gear up to campaign for the rest of the phases, the Congress has announced a list of their star campaigners to campaign in the sixth phase of elections in West Bengal.
The list released by the party on Tuesday names the Congress' top brass including UPA chief Sonia Gandhi, party president Rahul Gandhi, UP East General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi, Salman Khurshid, Jairam Ramesh and others.
Among other Congress leaders the list includes Jyotiraditya Scindia, Raj Babbar, Hardik Patel, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Captain Amarinder Singh, Sachin Pilot, Somanth Mitra, Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor, Sushmita Dev, Kamal Nath, Ashok Gehlot.
The party has also included Navjot Singh Sidhu who violated the model code of conduct while campaigning in Bihar's Katihar, appealing to Muslim voters, as a result of which he was banned from campaigning for 72 hours. Newly inducted party member actor-turned politician Urmila Matondkar is also present in the list of star campaigners.
Here's the full list:
The sixth phase elections in West Bengal will be held in eight constituencies, namely Tamluk, Kanthi, Ghatal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur. The state has witnessed violence during the elections in the second and the third phase. In the third phase elections that was held on April 23, a Congress worker has been killed in Murshidabad district and in the second phase the Raiganj district witnessed violent clashes allegedly between Trinamool workers and BJP workers.
Earlier, the BJP in West Bengal had requested the EC to take cognisance of campaigning by the TMC using two Bangladeshi actors, who were later sent back as per orders.
West Bengal polls on all seven phases and election results will be declared on May 23.