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Mausam Malda Cong chief

Abu Hena and Mausam Noor

Calcutta, Dec. 16: The Congress today replaced party presidents in strongholds Malda and Murshidabad in keeping with its “one-man-one-post policy” months before the Lok Sabha polls when the organisation is reeling from a series of defections to Trinamul.

MP Mausam Noor has been named the Malda district president. She would replace her uncle and Union minister of state for health welfare Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury.

In Murshidabad, MLA Abu Hena was made the Congress’s district chief, replacing junior railway minister Adhir Chowdhury.

The Congress today also replaced party presidents in 18 of its 28 organisational districts.

Asked about the change in Malda and Murshidabad, state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya said from Delhi that he had been told by the party high command to relieve Adhir and Abu Hasem of organisational responsibilities.

“For the past three months, I have been receiving such requests. This is in keeping with the party’s one-man-one-post policy,” he said.

The state Congress chief said at a time the party has been witnessing defections by Congress workers and leaders to Trinamul almost daily, the change at the helm in the 18 organisational districts “might help us stop this trend”. “They (the new presidents) could be more acceptable to disgruntled party workers,” he added.

Mausam said tonight: “Since I have been assigned the job of overseeing the organisation in Malda, I will do my best.”

Lalgola MLA Hena, the son of former minister Abdus Sattar, sounded confident. “I will steer the organisation in my home district with advice from Adhir Chowdhury,” he said. Hena is known to be close to Adhir. The Congress today also bifurcated the organisation in four districts — Jalpaiguri, the two Parganas and West Midnapore — for better co-ordination.