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The discovery of Bengal

Calcutta, Feb. 21: Newly appointed state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury will meet 27 district unit chiefs on Tuesday to “familiarise” himself with the organisation and create a pan-Bengal image by shaking off the tag of being a leader from Murshidabad.

“I need to interact with district chiefs to get a first-hand knowledge of the party’s organisational strength in Bengal,” the junior railway minister said.

The meeting will be held at state Congress headquarters Bidhan Bhavan.

On Monday, Chowdhury will visit Hooghly to lead a silent march to protest the murder of a Youth Congress leader by suspected Trinamul activists earlier this month.

Chowdhury said he would visit all the districts. “We need to stand by those who are being subjected to Trinamul atrocities. We have to ensure that our leaders and workers don’t defect to Trinamul,” he added.

Behrampore MP Chowdhury said the state Congress planned to “revamp the organisation” on the basis of the feedback given by the district chiefs at Tuesday’s meeting.

Congress sources said as state party president, Chowdhury had to shed the image of a “Murshidabad-centric leader”. He had been the district unit chief for two decades.

Chowdhury, however, said he would fall back on his “Murshidabad model” while working to strengthen the Congress in Bengal. “District presidents will have to visit every nook and corner of the areas they oversee and reach out to people. Only this can help us regain our position,” he said.

Chowdhury frequently tours his home district, often visiting remote areas.