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Threat to quit Malda Congress

Malda, April 2: The Congress zilla parishad sabhadhipati, Ujjwal Chowdhury, has threatened to leave the party and join Trinamul once the panchayat poll dates are announced.

Like former Englishbazar Congress MLA Krishnendu Chowdhury, Ujjwal also blamed the Congress leadership for making the party virtually defunct. Krishnendu, who is also the chairman of Englishbazar municipality, quit the Congress in January and was voted back on a Trinamul ticket. He was made the state tourism minister by Mamata Banerjee.

Ujjwal today said that after A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury’s demise in 2006, the Malda Congress had lost direction. “Barkatda’s (Ghani Khan) passing away created a huge vacuum in the leadership. We now have a district president in Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury who is virtually inaccessible. He is away in Delhi or Calcutta. Our workers have no programmes and many are joining other parties,” Ujjwal said.

He added that leaders like Sabitri Mitra and Gautam Chakrabarty (former sabhadhipati) left the party soon after Ghani Khan’s death. Both joined Trinamul. “Let the dates of the panchayat elections be announced and you will see a massive exodus. I have no faith in the Congress leadership. The Congress voters have lost faith. Let the dates of the panchayat polls be announced, I will resign and join Trinamul,” Ujjwal said.

Abu Hasem said: “I have heard that our sabhadhipati wants to leaves the party. We will have to speak to him. The seat from where he had won is now reserved for OBC women and maybe that is why he wants to quit.”