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TMC to assess performance of MPs before giving them tickets for LS polls

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will evaluate the performance of its MPs, both in and outside Parliament, before considering them for renomination for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, party sources said on Tuesday.

The TMC, which has 34 MPs, lost two of its lawmakers recently — Soumitra Khan of Bishnupur seat defected to the BJP and Anupam Hazra of Bolpur was expelled for anti-party activities.

“Just because a person is a sitting MP, would not ensure that he or she is entitled for a ticket or renomination. The performance of Lok Sabha MPs would be assessed both in the House and outside, especially in their respective constituencies,” a senior TMC leader told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

“How the person has fared as a public representative and if he/she has been able to take up the issues concerning the masses are very important,” the leader said.

It is even likely that some of the MPs would not make the cut as they have not fared well. However, a final call on ticket distribution would be taken by our party supremo Mamata Banerjee, he said.

When asked about the demand for tickets among aspirants, party leaders said it is normal as the TMC is the ruling party.

“You can’t satisfy everybody. Those who won’t get tickets would be accommodated in the party in some other way,” he said.

The party has recently announced that it will contest polls in 13 states apart from West Bengal.

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