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Tuesday , November 13 , 2012
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Didi colours on Krishnendu turf
Blue & white choice of Congress MLA

Malda, Nov. 12: He is yet to be inducted into Mamata Banerjee’s party, but Krishnendu Chowdhury already has his Trinamul colours in place.

The Congress MLA from Malda, who is also the Englishbazar municipality chairman, has started getting water tanks, road dividers and flyovers painted in either a combination of blue and white or just blue — the colours the Trinamul government seems to prefer.

Krishnendu has repeatedly said that the Trinamul leadership had promised him a ministry berth if he switches to the ruling party.

He has also made it clear in statements over the past month that he is keen to switch to Trinamul but has not yet resigned from the Congress.

Today, asked about the colour scheme he has chosen for road dividers, flyovers and a water tank, Krishnendu said: “All buildings and structures belonging to the municipality are being painted blue and white. I quite like the colours.”

A water tank on Benoy Sarkar Road has been painted blue and white. The civic body has also started painting an NH34 flyover and a road divider on Malda’s Station Road the same blue colour that the government has used to paint road dividers in Calcutta.

Krishnendu today said he would resign from the Congress and as an MLA. “I will submit my resignation to the Speaker next week. I will resign from the Congress, either on November 20 or 21. I have taken the decision. I will send my resignation to Sonia Gandhi and the PCC,” he said.

The MLA added that he would not step down as the civic chief. “Industries minister Partha Chatterjee has already said that I will be given important posts in the party and the government. I could be made a minister. But I do not know the portfolio,” he said.

According to Krishnendu, he would have no problems in running the Englishbazar municipality and a department simultaneously.

“I have been a regular at the Assembly and also discharged my duties at the municipality. There will be no problem in running the civic body and a department. If I am made a minister, I will have regular meetings with the district administration on Malda’s development,” he said.

Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, who is the Malda Congress president, said: “We had tried to convince him (Krishnendu) to stay but if someone wants to leave after being tempted with a ministership post, I have nothing to say. If he leaves, we will not lose anything. About the civic body, I will have to speak to our councillors regarding that.”