Kolkata: Congress on Friday named famed painter Samir Aich as its candidate from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal.
Aich, who was in the forefront of the civil society protests over the Nandigram and Singur anti-farmland acquisition movements during the rule of the left Front, continued to support the Trianmool Congress in television debates after it came to power.
However, he faced Banerjee's wrath after he staged a public protest over a rape case, and is now one of her fiercest critics.
The possibility of Aich's nomination from Jadavpur was being discussed over the last few days, and he has already started meeting people in the constituency.
Days back, he had met expelled Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah, who wields clout in a part of the constituency, and secured his blessings.