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Saturday, October 13, 2012

State Congress Prez Keeps Mum on English Bazaar Cong MLA's Absence in Party Meetings

Malda, October 11, 2012: State Congress leadership is visibly embarrassed about party’s state secretary and English Bazaar MLA cum local civic body’s chairman Krishnendu Choudhury’s conspicuous absence from PCC’s programmes in Malda and surrounding districts over AIIMS issue.

Choudhury’s absence in public meeting on AIIMS issue convened by district Congress committee (DCC) and attended by PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya, MP Deepa Dasmunshi and other senior leaders at Chanchal on 9 October triggered speculations regarding his leaving the Congress for the Trinamul Congress.

English Bazaar MLA also skipped today’s meeting at Panishala in North Dinajpur which was attended by majority of senior state Congress leaders. He was not even seen inIn both the meetings Congress leaders including Bhattacharya sharply attacked Trinamul led state government and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in tune with other leaders for her ‘stubbornness’ in shifting AIIMS-style hospital from Raiganj in North Dinajpur to Kalyani in Nadia.
Pradip Bhattacharya

When asked about Choudhury’s repeated absence in state Congress’s programmes, PCC chief Bhattacharya, visibly embarrassed, said, “Mr Choudhury can better say about this.” Soon, however, he said, “It’s our internal matter and I don’t prefer to speak to media on this issue.”

DCC president and MP AH Khan Choudhury (Dalu) too showed a cold stature regarding Choudhury though a Congress leader Rabiul Islam, very close to Khan Choudhury, said, “It’s not true that Choudhury was not invited properly. Like all other Congress MLAs he too was invited verbally and Daluda himself implored him to join the 9 October’s meeting. It’s a wonder that he skipped.”

He explained that MLAs AN Khan Choudhury and Samar Mukherjee couldn’t turn up for their respective programmes approved by the party.

Another senior Congress leader and former civic body chairman Narendranath Tiwary too expressed discontent at Choudhury’s absence. “We don’t know why he is not turning up but it indeed gives a negative message to the party workers,” Mr Tiwary said.

Regarding the speculations of Choudhury’s joining Trinamul DCC leader Asit Bose significantly said, “Everything is open to everyone.”

Krishnendu Choudhury
Notably, political circles are revolving round the strong hypothesis that Choudhury’s joining Trinamul is merely a matter of time.

Choudhury, however, said, “I was elected an MLA as a Congress-Trinamul alliance candidate. Hence, it’s beyond my taste to attack anyone personally let alone Mamatadi. I equally respect late Ghani Khan and Mamata Banerjee and can’t attack them at any cost.”

“I also want AIIMS in Raiganj but instead of bitter attack on the CM, we feel it’s better to find an amicable settlement,” he said alleging that he was kept in dark when Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad recently came to Murshidabad. “If invited, we could explain how the problem could be solved,” he added indicating that DCC president and his associates had been neglecting him continuously.

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