Saturday, November 17, 2012
Krishnendu to Quit as Congress MLA on 20 November, May be Inducted to State Cabinet on 21st
Malda, 16 November, 2012: English Bazaar Congress MLA and English Bazaar Municipality chairman Krishnendu Choudhury said he would submit his resignation from the Congress on 20 November to join the Trinamul Congress. He may be inducted into the state cabinet with a crucial berth during a probable reshuffling of the cabinet on 21 November, as learnt from Trinamul sources.
This may be mentioned that redoubtable leader Choudhury revolted against the Union health minister of state (MoS) AH Khan Choudhury (Dalu) and alleged that he was deliberately being ignored by the district Congress president Dalu who allegedly ignored Choudhury’s relentless struggle against the CPI-M.
Choudhury today convened a meeting of the Congress leaders and supporters of EBM area where he explained why quitting the Congress was obligatory for him. “While I got no support from Dalu and his associates in district Congress in developing Malda, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee didn’t hesitate even the least to extend all sorts of cooperation to my developmental projects,” Choudhury said.
He informed that he would tender resignation from the Congress as well as the membership of assembly as a Congress candidate.
State industry minister Partha Chatterjee and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim have already hinted that Choudhury would be allotted crucial responsibility both in the administrations and the Trinamul Congress after he joins the Trinamul. It’s being speculated that he would be given an important berth in the state cabinet so that with his developmental projects he can perish the Congress bastion in Malda.
Choudhury, once a close aide of Mamata Banerjee, was the district Trinamul Congress president till 2006. Then at the behest of late Ghani Khan he joined the Congress and was elected an MLA from English Bazaar in 2006. He retained the constituency in 2011 also winning by the highest margin among all Congress candidates in the district.
But since 2011 his relation with Khan Choudhury turned sour and he was seen as a shadow companion of the Chief Minister during her visit to Malda in August this year. It was clear that his joining the Trinamul was only a matter of time.
Khan Choudhury, after his prolonged silence on Mr Choudhury’s move, today said, “It’s an instance of opportunist politics. He was made the MLA, EBM chairman and the state Congress secretary by the Congress and hence his allegation of neglecting him doesn't stand.” “He is quitting the Congress only to have the ministerial berth, I suppose,” Khan Choudhury said.
He hinted that in the by-election in English Bazaar after Choudhury’s resignation as the Congress MLA, Simon Hayat Khan Choudhry, son of late Ghani Khan might be fielded as the Congress candidate against Choudhury to give him a blow.