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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Trinamul Triggers Off By-Assembly Election in English Bazaar

MALDA, 26 DEC: When the Congress and the Left Front camps could not even declare the names of of their respective candidates for the ensuing English Bazaar by-assembly election likely to be held in January or early February, Trinamul Congress has already kicked off their campaign in favour of their candidate and minister in charge of tourism Krishnendu Choudhury.

It may be mentioned that English Bazaar assembly constituency was vacated after Mr Choudhury tendered his resignation as a Congress MLA on 19 November and joined the Trinamul. Subsequently , he was inducted to the state cabinet with the charge of the crucial tourism department.

Notably, another Congress MLA Humayun Kabir of Rezinagar in Murshidabad too acted likewise and there would be by-election either like Nalhati in Birbhum which was vacated by the resignation of Abhijit Mukherjee, son of the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.

It’s clear that Trinamul would nominate Krishnendu Choudhury again from English Bazaar on their ticket this time. Mr Choudhury has already started small group meetings in different areas of Malda town and rural areas of English Bazaar with an eye to being well ahead of his rival Congress and Left Front.

Yesterday he addressed a large gathering of Trinamul workers in Malda town hall in presence of the rural and urban areas of Trinamul Congress. In the meeting he strongly attacked the “dynastic politics in Malda Congress led by the descendants of late Ghani Khan Choudhury.” Interestingly Mr Choudhury has been concentrating attack more against his former party Congress than the Left Front.

Today the enthusiastic Trinamul supporters started wall campaign in favour of Mr Choudhury though there has been no official declaration by the ruling party yet.

“It’s known to all that Krishnendu da is going to contest on the Trinamul ticket. Hence why should we waste time? We have already started campaigning in his favour so that the margin of his win can exceed the last time’s margin,” said district Trinamul Chhatra Parishad president Prasenjit Das.


However, the Congress and the CPI-M who have not yet declared names of their candidates yet do not attach much importance to the early commencement of Trinamul’s campaign.

“Congress does not believe in any individual’s charisma. Whosoever be our candidate, we would retain English Bazaar. However, our candidate’s name would be declared soon,” said the Congress president of English Bazaar Narendranath Tiwary.

District Left Front Chairman Jiban Maitra said, “We are not concerned with other parties. Being a communist party our campaign is based on the people. We be with people round the year be there an election or not. Our party workers are in touch with people and we expect a positive result in English Bazaar.”

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