|Abu Naser Khan Choudhury (Lebu)|
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
AN Khan Choudhury Diminishes Possibility of Joining Trinamul
Malda, November 6, 2012: Refuting all recent speculations of his joining the Trinamul Congress brother of legendary Congress leader late Ghani Khan and former minister of state Dr AN Khan Choudhury (Lebu) said that with regard to his family’s tradition he would continue serving the Congress as an MLA.
This may be mentioned that following his closed door discussion with the social welfare and women development minister and district Trinamul president Sabitri Mitra at Kotowali on 3 November, it was being majorly hypothesized that Khan Choudhury might join Trinamul like his niece Shehnaz Quadery, the vice chairperson of state women’s commission.
But after the possibility was published in media, Khan Choudhury yesterday said to some scribes that their family had been dedicated to the Congress since the regime of late Ghani Khan Choudhury. “It was Barkat Da (Ghani Khan) who turned Malda into a Congress bastion. With the flag of Congress in hand he served the people of Malda and the state relentlessly and people recognize Barkat Da till now for his service,” he said.
“Our family traditionally belongs to the Congress and we have two Congress MPs including a Union minister and two Congress MLAs in our family. Hence, despite my cordial relation with the Chief Minister I don’t intend to quit the Congress to join the Trinamul. My discussion with Mitra was merely a formal and courteous one,” he added.
However, political observers believe that Khan Choudhury, chairman of Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Englineering and Technology (GKCIET), wouldn’t take the risk of joining the Trinamul now as it would irk the Central Congress leadership.
Notably, 100 acre land has already been purchased for the proposed Ghani Khan Choudhury Technical University and the Union government has already sanctioned Rs 450 crore for the project. The tentative cost of the project is Rs 552 crore.
Political experts opined that considering that the Congress led Union government may stop releasing the due grant for setting up university centering GKCIET, he has denounced the plan of joining the Trinamul.