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Family divided over Noor post

Malda, Dec. 17: Differences of opinion have cropped up in the Khan Choudhury family over the nomination of Mausam Noor as the Malda Congress chief.

While Mausam’s younger uncle Abu Naser said the decision would not augur well for the Congress before the Lok Sabha polls, elder uncle Abu Hasem welcomed the move.

Abu Naser, the younger brother of the late A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury, said today: “Mausam’s name was announced as the new Malda Congress president without any discussion with us. I am the party co-president in the district and I was kept in the dark. Changing the district president just before the Lok Sabha polls will not auger well for the party.”

The Sujapur MLA said he was “amazed” that Abu Hasem, whom Mausam replaced as the Malda Congress chief, “did not even inform me once about the change”. Abu Naser said he had “information” that Abu Hasem, who lives in the same house, had proposed Mausam’s name to the AICC.

Abu Hasem said he had “nothing to do” with the AICC’s decision. “The high command had asked for my suggestions and I had mentioned Mausam’s name. The AICC’s decision will strengthen our party in the district.”

Mausam dodged the question when asked about Abu Naser’s comments.

“I have not heard what my uncle has said. I had gone to him this morning to seek his blessings and he congratulated me,” she said.