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Trinamul fields controversial physician to uproot stalwart
Kanchan Siddiqui
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Durgapur/Burdwan, 6 March
She had earlier created dispute over the existence of the CPI-M&’s district headquarters itself and now, she is out to challenge the sitting MP of her father&’s party.
Dr Mumtaz Sanghamitra Chowdhury, a physician by profession, is the daughter of Syed Mansur Habibullah, former Speaker of the state Assembly and a law minister in Jyoti Basu&’s Cabinet. Her husband, a notable former Justice, however, is a minister with the Trinamul Congress government. Now, her husband&’s party has assigned her to confront Mr Saidul Haq, CPI-M&’s sitting MP for Bardhhaman-Durgapur seat.
Dr Chowdhury, meanwhile, had filed a legal suit on 20 December 2007 against the veteran CPI-M district secretariat members alleging that the party had grabbed 29 cottahs of her ancestral property on Parkas Road in the town to help erecting its palatial district headquarters without informing her. She said: “I have challenged the very existence of their party office and now I have come to uproot their MP forever.”
The CPI-M&’s sitting MP, Mr Saidul Haq, former faculty member of a state sponsored college, however, said: “I am not sure what the legal decision would be in future on the land matter but she is just a political opponent to me and I shall maintain to counter her politically and not through any personal matter.”
He further said: “It would have been better had there been a political personality against me. It is surprising to see many getting debuted with a nomination paper in hand and my known political ‘enemies’ are not being honoured properly by their party itself.”
The Trinamul Congress’ candidature for all three seats in Burdwan (Bardhhaman-East, Bardhhaman-Durgapur and Asansol) district, meanwhile, has triggered off a debate as in none of the seats, the leaders from the district were offered entry.
Besides Dr Chowdhury, the state Inttuc chief, Ms Dola Sen, has been assigned to contest against CPI-M&’s sitting MP, Mr Bansogopal Chowdhury, in the Asansol seat. The debate intensified with the nomination of Mr Sunil Mondal, the MLA from the AIFB, who played a pivotal role by skipping participation in the last Rajya Sabha election which helped the Trinamul Congress in its cakewalk.
“Now the party has rewarded him by offering a candidature,” said a district Trinamul Congress leader on anonymity adding: “This rather has exposed that either Didi doesn’t trust her own party men or she wants to make fun of us in front of the people, against those we had unleashed struggle before 2011.”
Still, Mr Mondal, the ‘odd man’, seems to be a bit confident as the CPI-M has fielded Mr Iswar Chandra Das, a teacher by profession, and zonal committee&’s member in Katwa.
Mr Das is the member of Katwa-II Panchayat Samiti. Recently his name was found in serial No 3 of the charge-sheet in Katwa&’s Tuhin Samanta murder case. Samanta was a Congress leader and was killed in police firing at Chanduli village during the local school committee election.