Former Prasar Bharati CEO Jawahar Sarkar on Wednesday filed his nomination as a Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha candidate. The government filed its nomination papers at the office of the Assembly Secretariat in the presence of West Bengal Parliamentary Minister and TMC General Secretary Partha Chatterjee.
The Rajya Sabha seat fell vacant after TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi resigned from his post to join the BJP ahead of the state assembly elections held earlier this year. The Rajya Sabha by-polls are scheduled to be held on August 9, for which notification was issued on July 22. The TMC had said that it had chosen the government as “their invaluable contribution to public service will help us serve our country better”. Sarkar has spent nearly 42 years in public service and was also the former CEO of Prasar Bharati. He submitted his resignation in October 2016, four months before his scheduled retirement in February 2017. I have been a bureaucrat all my life. I am not a political person, but I will definitely work for the development of the people and will raise the issues of the people in Parliament,” he had said after the TMC’s announcement and described the Narendra Modi government as “intolerant, dictatorial”. The Rajya Sabha bypoll will be held if the opposition BJP puts up a candidate. Otherwise, the TMC candidate will be declared elected unopposed. The Congress and the Left had failed to win a single seat in the 2021 assembly elections. Only the Indian Secular Front had won one seat.