Wednesday, February 27, 2013
CPI-M Projects Youth Face against Tourism Minister in English Bazaar By-Poll
Malda, Jan 21: Left Front (LF) eventually declared the name of its candidate for the ensuing by-poll of 51, English Bazaar assembly constituency today. Koushik Mishra popularly known as ‘Saheb,’ a young face of the CPI-M district secretariat would take on the tourism minister Krishnendu Choudhury of Trinamul Congress whose candidature is not yet officially declared. BJP has also nominated Sanjib Mishra as its candidate.
There has been prolonged suspense among the LF workers and supporters regarding their candidate in English Bazaar. A number of names including the former English Bazaar MLA Samar Roy, councilor of English Bazaar Municipality Sutapa Ghosh, Ramprasad Ghosh and sabhapati of English Bazaar panchayet samity Akram Hossain were being strongly speculated by them.
However, Koushik Mishra was chosen by the party as the young contender who started his political career from in 1998 as an SFI worker and the very next year he was elected the SFI unit secretary of Malda College. In 2000 Mishra was elected the general secretary of the students’ union of Malda College and in 2001 he was elected the town local committee secretary of the SFI.
In 2002 he was elected the district secretary of the SFI and inducted in CPI-M district committee in Chachal district party conference in 2004. In 2006 he was elected as the district secretary of the CPI-M’s youth wing DYFI and in the same year in November he was inducted to the party’s district secretariat – the highest decision making body of the party in the district.
In 2011 he was elected the zonal secretary of English Bazaar and also reelected to district secretariat. Presently, he looks after the party organization in English Bazaar and Chanchal as well.
It has been learnt from sources that there was strong controversy regarding Mishra’s candidature within the party and the LF as well as many of the party leaders did not prefer him for his closeness to redoubtable CPI-M leader Sailen Sarkar who is often said to be Mr Mishra’s political patron.
A senior CPI-M leader and former MLA, on the condition of anonymity, anticipated that Mr Mishra would have to fight together against Mr Choudhury as well as intra-party and intra-LF feud.
Mishra, however, rubbished such anticipations saying, “We are united. There is no discontent. I’m not an individual but would fight the political battle of election as an obedient soldier of the party.” “People have seen the misrule of the Trinamul for 20 months and now it’s easier for them to compare between us and the Trinamul and to choose us to voice their protest,” he added.
On being asked if it’s too late already for them Mishra said, “LF is first to declare its candidate’s name. Trinamul or the Congress has not yet declared their candidates’ name officially so far.”
It may be mentioned that the Congress has not yet declared its candidate yet and discontent is being brewed among the Congress workers as they believe that it’s being too late for them to fight wholeheartedly without knowing the name of their candidate. Congress general secretary Mostaq Alam, however, said that they would soon declare their candidate’s name.