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Bureaucrat-turned-politician Manish Gupta elected as RS member

India TV Politics Desk Kolkata 10 Mar 2017, 18:43:59 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

Trinamool Congress leader and former West Bengal Power minister Manish Gupta was today elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

He was elected to Upper House to fill up the vacancy created after the resignation of actor-turned-politician Mithun Chakraborty, who was also elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Trinamool Congress candidate. 

After declaring the retired bureaucrat as elected uncontested, Secretary to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly Jayanta Koley today handed over the certificate to Gupta.

His term as member in the Rajya Sabha would continue till April 2020.

His predecessor Mithun was elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 2014 and had resigned from the Upper House on December 26 last year citing health reasons.

The actor-turned-politician, whose alleged involvement in the Saradha chit fund scam made news in 2015, had attended the Upper House for only three days.

Trinamool Congress sources said Gupta's election to the Rajya Sabha would strengthen the party at the national level.