Releasing the list, the West Bengal leader assailed the Centre over a host of issues including the Rafale deal, farm distress and shrinking employment opportunities.
Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said the outgoing TMC lawmakers whose names do not figure in the list will be drafted for party work.
She said 41 per cent of the nominees in the list are women.
The TMC, she said, will also contest some seats in Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar and the Andamans.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday announced that the party was fielding as many as 17 women candidates in the coming general elections, taking their representation to about 41%.
“Everyone is talking about 33% reservation for women, this time about 41% of our candidates are women,” Ms. Banerjee said announcing the party’s candidates for the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal. “It is a proud moment for all of us,” she told journalists. In 2014, the TMC had nominated 35% women candidates.
The TMC also replaced candidates for 18 Lok Sabha constituencies. While 17 of them are new faces, actor Sreemati Dev Verma, popularly known as Moon Moon Sen, was moved from Bankura in south Bengal to Asansol, a seat won by the BJP’s Babul Supriyo in 2014.
Detailing the party’s reasoning for the inclusion and omission of candidates, Ms. Banerjee described the coming Lok Sabha elections as the “most challenging” and vowed to remove the BJP from power at the Centre.
“19 May, 2019, will be the end of Modi’s rule. A person who has instilled a sense of fear among the people must go. This is our challenge,” she said.
Here is the list:
LokSabha Elections 2019-TMC Releases a List of 42 Candidates Contesting
|S. No.||State||Constituency||Name of Candidate|
|1||West Bengal||Cooch Behar||Paresh Chandra Adhikary|
|2||West Bengal||Alipurduars||Dasrath Tirkey|
|3||West Bengal||Jalpaiguri||Bijoy Chandra Barman|
|4||West Bengal||Darjeeling||Amar Singh Rai|
|5||West Bengal||Raiganj||Kanaia Lal Agarwal|
|6||West Bengal||Balurghat||Arpita Ghosh|
|7||West Bengal||Maldaha Uttar||Mausam Noor|
|8||West Bengal||Maldaha Dakshin||Dr Moazzem Hossain|
|9||West Bengal||Jangipur||Khalilur Rehman|
|10||West Bengal||Baharampur||Apurba Sarkar|
|11||West Bengal||Murshidabad||Abu Taher Khan|
|12||West Bengal||Krishnanagar||Mahua Motira|
|13||West Bengal||Ranaghat||Rupali Biswas|
|14||West Bengal||Bangaon||Mamata Bala Thakur|
|15||West Bengal||Barrackpur||Dinesh Trivedi|
|16||West Bengal||Dum Dum||Sougata Roy|
|17||West Bengal||Barasat||Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar|
|18||West Bengal||Basirhat||Nusrat Jahan|
|19||West Bengal||Jaynagar||Pratima Mondal|
|20||West Bengal||Mathurapur||Choudhary Mohan Jatua|
|21||West Bengal||Diamond Harbour||Abhishek Banerjee|
|22||West Bengal||Jadavpur||Mimi Chakraborty|
|23||West Bengal||Kolkata Dakshin||Mala Roy|
|24||West Bengal||Kolkata Uttar||Sudip Bandyopadhyay|
|25||West Bengal||Howrah||Prasun Banerjee|
|26||West Bengal||Uluberia||Sajda Ahmed|
|27||West Bengal||Sreerampur||Kalyan Banerjee|
|28||West Bengal||Hooghly||Dr Ratna De Nag|
|29||West Bengal||Arambag||Aparupa Poddar|
|30||West Bengal||Tamluk||Dibyendu Adhikari|
|31||West Bengal||Kanthi||Sisir Adhikari|
|32||West Bengal||Ghatal||Deepak Adhikari|
|33||West Bengal||Jhagram||Beerbaha Soren|
|34||West Bengal||Medinipur||Dr Manas Bhunia|
|35||West Bengal||Purulia||Dr Mriganka Mahato|
|36||West Bengal||Bankura||Subrata Mukherjee|
|37||West Bengal||Bishnupur||Shyamal Santra|
|38||West Bengal||Bardhaman Purba||Sunil Kumar Mondal|
|39||West Bengal||Bardhaman Durgapur||Mamtaz Sanghamita|
|40||West Bengal||Asansol||Sreemati Dev Varma (Moon Moon Sen)|
|41||West Bengal||Bolpur||Asit Kumar Mal|
|42||West Bengal||Birbhum||Satabdi Roy|