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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CM May Skip PM’s Programme in Malda

MALDA, 11 MARCH: Though invited by the Khan Choudhury family, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may skip the foundation stone lying ceremony of the Ghani Khan Choudhury technical university on 16 March in which the Prime Minister is expected to be present. It is being construed as a political move of the CM to avoid facing the PM in Malda, claimed to be as a Congress citadel before the panchayet election.

Chairman of the governing body of Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology (GKCIET) and late Ghani’s brother Abu Nasar Khan Choudhury (Lebu), indirectly conceded that the CM Mamata Banerjee’s response to his invitation on 16 March programme was cold and not very positive.

“I personally went to the Writers’ Building to invite her. But she said that she would probably be busy with numerous preoccupations,” Lebu said. “The CM, however, did not turn down the invitation as being said by some circles,” he added.

He informed that he went to invite the Governor MK Narayanan and was hopeful of his arrival in the programme on 16 March.

Lebu sounded somewhat diplomatic when he was asked if he would personally invite the two cabinet minister of the Trinamul Congress from Malda Sabitri  Mitra and Krishnendu Choudhury. “All would be invited as the programme has nothing to do with politics and it’s entirely a programme concerned with the development of the district as well as the North-East India,” he said. It may be mentioned that both Mrs Mitra and Mr Choudhury, two former Ghani confidantes, are now the bitter critics of Ghani’s successors.

Lebu informed that the PM would be invited to enter the Kotowali house, residence of the Khan Choudhurys where he might offer flowers to the mazaar (tomb) of Ghani. He might have some tea or snacks with us.

It has been learnt from police sources that senior officials of the Special Protection Group (SPG), responsible for the PM’s security, would hold another round of inspection of the site where the PM is supposed to lay the foundation stone of the technical university.

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