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Naser upset over Mausam’s new post

- Cong leader says he was kept in the dark

Malda, Dec. 17: Mausam Noor’s appointment as the Congress chief of Malda district has upset uncle Abu Naser Khan Choudhury.

The brother of late A.B.A. Ghani Khan Choudhury and the Congress MLA from Sujapur today said the AICC decision would be harmful for the party.

“Mausam’s name as the new Malda Congress president was announced without any discussion with us. I am the co-president of the party 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. I am also amazed that my brother and former district president, Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, did not even inform me about the change,” Abu Naser said.

He added that the Congress had lost the ability to come to power on its own in the state. “I know that many people would get annoyed by my remarks, but the Congress can no longer do without the politics of alliance in Bengal. There has been erosion in our party’s rank and file in the district as members have left because of the apathy shown to them by the district leadership,” Abu Naser said today.

“We have been surviving, thanks to the charisma of our late Barkatda (A.B.A Ghani Khan Choudhury). Bartakda was always in favour of the politics of alliance.”

Abu Naser said when Ghani Khan was at the helm of affairs in the state (as the PCC president) and the district, he never went for dynasty politics.

“My late brother was always against it, and now, we are going against it. I have information that the former district president (Abu Hasem) had proposed Mausam’s name. This will not go down well with the rank and file of the district Congress. I am not speaking against the AICC or the Gandhi family. I am just saying that Mausam’s taking over as district president will not augur well for the party workers in the district,” he said.

The Sujapur MLA said Ghani Khan was not in favour of placing anyone from Kotwali at the helm in the district.

“Ever since Barkatda fell ill in 2005, our sister, the late Ruby Noor, was made the district president of the party followed by my brother (Abu Hasem) and then my niece (Mausam). The people of Malda still respect Barkatda and that is why we are surviving,” Abu Naser said today.

When her reaction to Abu Naser’s comments was sought, Mausam said: “I have not heard what my uncle has said. I had gone to him this morning to seek his blessings and he congratulated me.”

Sitting in the Malda party office, Mausam said: “The Congress is not doing too well in our state. The situation in Malda should not be compared with the other districts of Bengal. I will work with everyone. I also appeal to the party workers, who are idle or those who have left the Congress, to rejoin and work together.”

The former district president of the Congress, Abu Hasem, today said: “I have nothing to do with the AICC decision (of naming the new party chief of Malda). The high command had asked for my suggestions and I had mentioned Mausam’s name. The AICC decision will strengthen our party in the district,” he said.