Vice-President poll: Trinamool Congress to abstain from voting

Kolkata, 22/7: In a major development, Trinamool Congress will abstain from voting in the vice-presidential election, party leader Abhishek Banerjee announced on Thursday.

Trinamool’s decision comes as a jolt to the opposition which had announced veteran Congress leader Margaret Alva as its candidate for vice-presidential election. TMC has objected to the manner in which Alva was selected.

“We disagree with the process of announcing the opposition candidate without keeping TMC in the loop. We were neither consulted nor was anything discussed with us. So we can’t support the opposition nominee,” Trinamool Congress national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee said.

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