More Trouble for Mamata as Influential MLA Siddiqullah Chowdhury Refuses to Contest From Mongolkot Seat

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In recent hassle for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, sitting MLA from Mongolkot in East Burdwan district, Siddiqullah Chowdhury – one of many key faces behind the Nandigram anti-land acquisition motion – has determined not to contest from his personal constituency within the upcoming meeting polls.

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Expressing displeasure over the “indifferent behaviour”, “unorganised functioning of the district leadership” and “lack of courtesy”, Chowdhury mentioned, “I have informed everything about the poor leadership in the district to our party chief Mamata Banerjee. I felt that some party leaders in the district are not performing the way they should considering the crucial polls.”

Chowdhury mentioned he’s a “bhumiputra” of Burdwan and can’t be a mute spectator if the district lags behind on the trail of improvement due to poor management. “Therefore, I have decided not to contest from Mongolkot this time. I have already informed my party chief about my decision,” he mentioned.

In the 2016 meeting polls, Siddiqullah Chowdhury gained the Mongolkot seat by defeating his nearest rival, Sahajahan Chowdhury of the CPI (M), by a margin of almost 12,000 votes. Mamata had then made him a cupboard minister and he was given the portfolio of minister of state (impartial cost) in mass schooling, library and parliamentary affairs.

Chowdhury contested the 1984 Lok Sabha elections on behalf of the Congress and in 2014 he switched to the TMC and contested the 2014 parliamentary polls from the Basirhat seat.

Recently, a number of leaders from the Trinamool have left the occasion and lots of of them have joined the BJP forward of the state polls. Among the large names are former Mamata aide Suvendhu Adhikari, former West Bengal minister and cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, former TMC MP Sunil Mondal and former occasion MLAs Arindam Bhattacharya and Vaishali Dalmia.

Mamata Banerjee has accused the BJP of poaching her occasion’s leaders and claimed that regardless of all this, the Trinamool Congress will preserve energy in Bengal as the folks of the state are along with her.

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