Cong’s Malda MLA accuses Ghani Khan family of treating him as ‘slave’

Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury all set to join Trinamool again.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 28, 2012 1:36:52 am

Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury all set to join Trinamool again

Even as the Central Congress leadership is preparing to reinforce its base in Malda,party MLA from Ingrejbazaar constituency in Malda,Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury has decided to join the Trinamool Congress,after accusing district Congress leaders of attempting to use him as their “slave”.

This comes at a time when six years after the death of ABA Ghani Khan Choudhury,Malda’s famed Kotwali House is likely to get another Union minister. His brother Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury on Friday indicated that he had received the much-anticipated call asking him to be present at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Sunday.

Chowdhury,a known party hopper,may be rewarded with a ministerial berth by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,according to Trinamool sources. At least six ministerial berths are empty after the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) leaders quit the Trinamool-led government in Bengal.

Chowdhury will meet Banerjee on Tuesday before making a formal announcement of snapping ties with the Congress. Though Trinamool leaders have denied comments on Chowdhury’s decision,sources said the Congress leader will be welcomed in the party. Congress,on the other hand,refused to give much importance to Chowdhury’s allegation. Chowdhury told The Sunday Express: “The Ghani Khan Chowdhury family wants me to act like a slave. When there is any occasion in the family,they invite me through a servant. The Ghani Khan family has absolute control over the party and no one can question them. I have been insulted several times for raising objection to the way the party is run. My grievances were never addressed. I complained to the party against a leader who received money from unemployed youths promising them jobs. Instead of taking action against him,the party cornered me. I cannot take the pain any more.”

Chowdhury,who is also the chairman of Englishbazar Municipality,further said he was always cornered in the party because the Chief Minister likes him. “I incurred the wrath of the party because Banerjee,during her Malda visit,spoke to me. The Congress leaders do not do anything other than criticising Banerjee.”

He claimed that the Trinamool chief herself called him on Friday and asked him to meet her. When asked if he was quiting Congress,Chowdhury said: “I will first speak to Banerjee and then I will make a public announcement about my future planning.”

This is not the first time Chowdhury is leaving Congress. He quit Congress in 2001 and joined Trinamool. In 2006,he came back to Congress again. “He has developed a habit of changing sides. So we are not giving any importance to him. Let him first tender the resignation,” senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan said.

“He always wants to remain in touch with the power,” Mannan added.

Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chatterjee said the party has nothing to comment yet. “Chowdhury has to submit his resignation first,” Chatterjee added.

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