April 18: PCC president Adhir Chowdhury today criticised Mamata Banerjee for training guns at the Khan Chowdhurys of Malda and “dreaming to become the Prime Minister”.
At a public meeting in Malda’s Kaliachak today, Adhir said: “The chief minister has criticised (the late) A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury and his family. What is wrong if the family is zamindar? There are people who have become leaders today with the help of Barkatda (late Ghani Khan Chowdhury) and Kotwali (the Khan Chowdhury residence) and they are accusing him and his family today. Malda is synonymous with Barkat.”
Yesterday, Mamata, who was with the Congress earlier and known to have good relations with the late Ghani Khan Chowdhury, had lashed out at the family at a rally in Habibpur near Malda. “How long will you tolerate the zamindari of Kotwali? Not a single vote should go to them,” she had said.
Mamata had accused the two Congress MPs in Malda of ignoring the needs of the people. The MP of Malda North is Mausam Noor and her uncle Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury holds the Malda South seat.
“They have brought nothing from Delhi,” she had said.
Today, Adir said: “The chief minister has said the MPs from Malda could not speak in Parliament. If this is any parameter, around 85 per cent of Trinamul MPs do not speak in Parliament. She is dreaming of forming a federal front and becoming the Prime Minister. How can she dream when she needs 272 seats in Parliament to become the Prime Minister while there are only 42 seats in our state?”
The junior railway minister also attended public meetings at Habibpur, Gajole and Chanchal in Malda today.
In Balurghat today, South Dinajpur Trinamul alleged that Adhir’s announcement of a train between Howrah and Balurghat was a “gimmick”. “We knew that the announcement was an eye wash,” said Prabir Roy, Trinamul’s district general secretary, South Dinajpur.