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Monday, October 29, 2012

Mamata's Tit for Congress Tat: TMC to Occupy Cong Run EB Municipality

Malda, October, 29, 2012: Within 24 hours after Malda north Congress MP AH Khan Choudhury (Dalu) was sworn in as a minister of state (MOS) in Union government, Congress is going to lose English Bazaar Municipality (EBM) as in a tactical move Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in all likelihood, is going to induct English Bazaar Congress MLA and EBM chairman Krishnendu Choudhury in the state cabinet along with Amal Acharya, district Trinamul president of North Dinajpur.

Choudhury said that he would leave for Kolkata tonight and meet senior TMC leaders including the CM Banerjee.

Inclusion of Dalu, Deepa Dasmunshi and Adhir Chowdhury in the Union ministry as MOS yesterday is being regarded as Congress’s move to strengthen anti-Trinamul stance in the state particularly in North and Central Bengal.

To thwart the Congress-strategy Banerjee is also going to hit them by including redoubtable Congress MLA Choudhury to her cabinet. Acharya would be inducted too to counter Dasmunshi in North Dinajpur, sources informed.
Mamata Banerjee ready to avenge Congress attack

It has also been learnt from sources that Mamata Banerjee would accommodate some more senior Congress MP and MLAs from Central and North Bengal which may be bolt from the blues for the Congress. Names of Congress MP Mannan Hossain, an old confidante of Banerjee and MLA Debprasad Roy are also in target of the Trinamool leadership the source informed.

For long Malda and North Dinajpur remained the forts of the Congress. As legendary Congress leaders like late Ghani Khan and former Union minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi maintained cordial relation with Miss Banerjee, the latter didn’t concentrate much on strengthening Trinamul organization in Malda and North Dinajpur.

But as late Ghani’s brother Dalu and Das Mushi’s wife Deepa Dasmunshi unlike their brother and husband spared no means to embarrass Mamata Banerjee personally, she is now going to reiterate the Congress attack in Malda and North Dinajpur.
Krishnendu Chodhury
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As a part of that strategy Choudhury and Acharya are going to get berths in state cabinet.

Interestingly, with Choudhury’s quitting the Congress, Trinamul is going to grip the EBM with absolute majority as with Choudhury as much as eight Congress councilors out of 10 would join the TMC, informed a councilor elected twice on Congress ticket.

Presently, there are 10 Congress, six TMC and eight Left Front councilors in EBM. If Choudhury even with only seven other councilors join the Trinamul, Congress would lose the EBM, their only municipality in Malda.

Ashish Kundu, a Congress councilor, who is in anti-Dalu camp in Congress, said, “Choudhury would continue as EBM chairman even if he joins the Trinamul.” When asked if he too would follow him to Trinamul, Kundu significantly said, “I would decide after discussing with my voters but all possibilities are open”

Choudhury also said that there would be ‘no change’ and he would continue as the chairman.

A senior district Congress leader also said, “I’m not yet sure of benefit of Dalu Babu’s ministry, but the first major loss we are going to face is to lose EBM.”

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