Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 4 August
Bypassing the state leadership, Mr Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, the Union minister of state for health, is scheduled to go to the Capital tomorrow to meet AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi and discuss the formation of the Malda Zilla Parishad. Though  Mr Khan Choudhury  is in the city today he did not go the PCC office and meet the state leaders.
Confident of forming  the zilla parishad, Mr Khan Choudhury said that it  will require four more seats to do so. “I have an open mind and it hardly matters whether the members come from the Trinamul Congress or the CPI-M,” he said.
PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya  will be in the Capital tomorrow. Both the leaders will brief Mr Gandhi  on rural poll results.
Meanwhile, PCC chief and and AICC general secretary Shakil Ahmed Khan held a meeting with all the Congress district presidents and observers of south Bengal to asses the party’s poor performance in the rural polls. Most district  presidents had complained of a paucity of funds which did not reach them on time and complained of violence unleashed by ruling party.
“The TMC and in places the CPI-M  threatened our supporters and they did not dare to vote for us. In many places they voted for the TMC or CPI-M and defeated the party candidate,” he said.
Earlier, the PCC chief had written to Mr Gandhi  about some of the district presidents responsible for poor poll results.  Most district  presidents had complained of a paucity of funds and of violence unleashed by the ruling party.