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Adhir challenge

Rejinagar, Dec. 2: Junior railway minister Adhir Chowdhury today said the Congress would win the by-election in Rejinagar, in what is being seen as a “challenge” to Humayun Kabir, the former MLA of the area who defected to Trinamul last month.

The bypoll to the Murshidabad seat was necessitated after Kabir resigned as MLA from the constituency and joined Trinamul to become the minister of state for animal resource development.

“It is my challenge that the Congress will win in Rejinagar. The Congress was in the first position in Rejinagar and it will remain so. The leftovers of the Congress are switching over to Trinamul. Trinamul is thinking they have got a camel but in reality they have got a cat,” Chowdhury said.

Many Congress leaders said Chowdhury’s comments were in response to Kabir’s who had on November 24 claimed that the Congress would be pushed to the third position after Trinamul and Left Front in the bypoll.

The minister also labelled Kabir a “betrayer”.

Kabir said: “If I am a betrayer, I would not have first resigned from my post as MLA and then joined Trinamul.”