Malda, Oct. 17: Englishbazar Congress MLA and local municipality chairman Krishnendu Chowdhury today said he was “disgusted” with the district leadership of the party and expressed his desire to leave the organisation.
Although Chowdhury did not specifically say what he wanted to do in the future, he gave enough indications that he would soon switch allegiance to the Trinamul Congress.
“If I leave the Congress, the announcement will be made by the party’s district president and if I join the Trinamul Congress, chief minister Mamata Banerjee will make it public. I am fed up with the manner in which the Congress is being run in Malda,” said the two-time MLA from Englishbazar.
Chowdhury, who met Mamata in Calcutta yesterday, said he was surprised with the attitude of top party leadership in Malda.
“The leadership does not stand by our (local) leaders and workers when they are in trouble. The Englishbazar police slapped a case of theft against me. I had informed the district Congress president, Abu Hashem Khan Chowdhury, about being implicated in a false case but he never responded. We also gheraoed the police station as a mark of protest but he (Abu Hashem) didn’t showed up,” Chowdhury said.
He added that the Trinamul leadership was more concerned about the welfare of the MLAs.
“I had mentioned the false case to industries minister Partha Chatterjee in the Assembly. He immediately called up the chief minister. It was October 10. Soon I got a call from the chief minister’s office stating that Mamata Banerjee wanted to meet me. I went to Writers’ Buildings yesterday and Mamata Banerjee gave me a patient hearing, although she is from another party. She told me that she was looking into the matter. Our district president did not even show an iota of concern,” Chowdhury said.
Krishnendu blamed Abu Hashem for sidelining the Congress MLAs in the district.
“There has been no meeting with the MLAs about the development of the district since the 2011 Assembly elections. The Congress has eight MLAs from Malda and yet none of them were given the posts of the chairman of the Assembly standing committees. Who will look after all this? The district president should be acting responsibly,” he said.
“The party is run whimsically by the district president. The NH34 and NH81 are in bad shape. The district president, who is also a Lok Sabha member, has no interest in taking up the matter with the authorities in Delhi. I am disgusted with being in a party run by inefficient people,” said the Englishbazar MLA.
He added that if he moved to the Trinamul Congress, he would do so openly. “I will not do anything secretly.”
Abu Hashem refused comment. “What he has alleged is his personal view and I have nothing to say about that.”