Cong fights to quell infighting in home turf

After striking a seat-sharing deal with the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal,the Congress in the state is now busy managing its home turf in Malda and Murshidabad districts where there have been signs of discord and disunity among the party workers and leaders over the distribution of party tickets.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: March 29, 2009 2:42 am

After striking a seat-sharing deal with the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal,the Congress in the state is now busy managing its home turf in Malda and Murshidabad districts where there have been signs of discord and disunity among the party workers and leaders over the distribution of party tickets.

Though the party was successful in resolving the differences between Congress stalwarts Adhir Ranjan Choudhury and Mannan Hossain in Murshidabad,discord in the Ghani Khan family persisted over Malda North seat.

AICC observer Bishnu Prasad today rushed to Behrampore after arriving from Delhi and met the Murshidabad district Congress president and sitting Behrampore MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhury. The AICC observer urged Choudhury to ask the party MP from Murshidabad Abdul Mannan Hossain to come down to Behrampore and the three held a closed-door meeting. Later,it was announced that both the sitting Congress MPs would work together,campaign for each other and ask the grassroots workers to fight the CPM.

“I had a meeting with both Adhir Choudhury and Mannan Hossain. They were some differences between them. However,we sat together and resolved them. Now,both of them will go for a joint campaign. Hossain will campaign with Choudhury in his constituency and vice-versa,” Prasad said after the meeting.

Both the sitting MPs — Choudhury and Hossain — have been fielded from their respective constituencies.

During the 2004 Lok Sabha elections,Hossain had won the Murshidabad seat only by 15,480 votes. This time around,the CPM has fielded its strongman in Murshidabad and West Bengal minister for animal husbandry,Anisur Rahman,against Hossain. The AICC has received inputs from some Congress leaders in Murshidabad district that Hossain might lose the seat this time not only because of the fact that the CPM has a very strong candidate,but also on account of infighting among Congress workers over Hossain’s nomination.

Choudhury had reportedly urged the AICC not to give a ticket to Hossain. He had also argued that Hossain’s chances of winning the elections were remote as the sitting MP did not work for his constituency in the past five years. The Congress had won all the three Lok Sabha seats in Murshidabad district — Jangipur,Behrampur and Murshidabad — in 2004.

Meanwhile,the contender for the Malda North Lok Sabha seat Abu Naser Khan Choudhury met senior Congress leaders in Delhi today to stake his claim for the seat by submitting documents proving his Indian nationality.

The AICC has already officially nominated his niece Mausam Benazir Noor,the sitting Congress MLA from Sujapur Assembly seat,for Malda North Lok Sabha seat.

According to Congress sources,Naser has not been able to get a positive response and is therefore planning to write a letter to WBPCC chief Pranab Mukherjee claming his candidature. Mausam Noor,meanwhile,continued her hectic campaign in the constituency.

“I have already launched my campaign. However,I will talk to my uncle (Naser) and I hope I will get full support from him,” Noor said.

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