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Trinamool Congress nominates Sushmita Dev to Rajya Sabha

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Kolkata, Sep 04: The Trinamool Congress on Tuesday nominated Sushmita Dev, who recently joined the party after quitting the Congress, to the upper house of Parliament.

Sushmita Dev

"We are extremely pleased to nominate @SushmitaDevAITC to the Upper House of the Parliament. @MamataOfficial''s vision to empower women and ensure their maximum participation in politics shall help our society to achieve much more!" the party tweeted.

"I am overwhelmed. I Thank my leader @MamataOfficial from the bottom of my heart," elated Sushmita responded.

"Her conviction to see more women in parliament is exemplary. I will do my very best," Dev added.

"I am grateful to my leader Mamata di for giving me the opportunity to file my nomination and contest Rajya Sabha election. This once again proves Trinamool Congress' vision and conviction of more women representation in Parliament," Sushmita Dev told reporters.

"This is a strong message to Northeast. By giving someone from Northeast an RS seat where West Bengal MLAs will be voting, means she has serious plans for Northeast. I am a Bengali from Assam... I assure that I will not let her down," she added.

A former MP from Assam's Silchar, Sushmita has been tasked with the job of looking after the party's functioning in Assam and Tripura.

Dev, who was one of the national spokespersons of the grand-old party and its women''s wing chief, switched over to the Mamata Banerjee-led camp last month.

Currently, Sushmita holds the position of president of All India Mahila Congress.

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