While the Congress leadership is yet to decide on whether to give Lok Sabha tickets to all its six MPs from the state or not, Jangipur MP Abhijeet Mukherjee today announced that he will indeed contest from his constituency.
“I can say for myself that I will contest from Jangipur and I have started work (campaigning) in right earnest,” said Abhijeet, who won in October 2012 from Jangipur constituency, made vacant after his father Pranab Mukherjee became the President.
Abhijeet is not perturbed by the fact that the 2012 win came with a very slender margin (2,536 votes).
“I know it was a slender margin and I will have to work hard to make it big. But I will do that,’’ he said. The MP also said that despite people being “aware” of what happens around them, “we will have to put in more effort into projecting the good work done by the UPA government”.
Indications, meanwhile, are ripe that the Congress may give tickets to all the six MPs in the state – three of whom are union ministers.
“The election dates have not yet been declared. And it is the All India Congress Committee (AICC) that will decide on the candidates from all states. But we have come to know that all the sitting MPs will be given tickets,” a senior Congress leader told The Indian Express.
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The six Congress MPs in West Bengal are: Adhir Ranjan Choudhury (Baharampur), Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury (Malda South), Mausam Benazir (Malda North), Abhijeet Mukherjee (Jangipur), Deepa Dasmunshi, (Roygunj) and Abdul Mannan Hussain, (Murshidabad).
The state Congress has already made it clear to the party high command that it should avoid an alliance with the Trinamool Congress at all cost. “The alliance with the party in 2011 proved to be a disaster and so the party should shun all such alliances this time,” a WBPCC note to the AICC said.