Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury claims Congress will retain Malda north seat despite Mausam Noor’s defection to Trinamool Congress

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
1 Feb 2019

Congress MP from Malda south and working president of state Congress Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury (Dalu) has claimed that defection of his niece Mausam Noor, MP from Malda north to Trinamool Congress would not affect the prospect of Congress retaining the Lok Sabha seat.
“Congress is a 134-year-old party. No individual’s inclusion or exclusion from the party hardly matters for the Congress,” Dalu said.
Criticizing Noor’s decision of joining Trinamool, Dalu said, “She owes her political elevation from an MLA to an MP to the Congress. She was offered responsible posts in party organization too. Once Noor was state youth Congress president and then nominated as district Congress president. Congress always honoured her. So, such a decision is heart-rending for our party,” Dalu said.
However, he asserted that Congress would retain Malda north parliamentary seat even if Mausam contested as Trinamool candidate.
“She is my niece. We share the same building. We have no rivalry over properties. But definitely our ideology and hers are different. Hence, we would not spare a single inch of land in this political battle. The state Congress has already projected my son Isha Khan Choudhury as party candidate in Malda north. Isha would be winning the seat,” Dalu said.
The veteran Congress leader also ruled out any possibility of a pre-poll tie-up with Trinamool in state. “The way Trinamool rigged the booths during rural polls disheartened thousands of the Congress workers. Now, Trinamool has already announced that the party would be contesting in all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. So, there is no scope for an alliance with Trinamool now,” Dalu said.
However, he remained mum when asked about the next president of district Congress in Malda. The key post of party organization of the Congress has been lying vacant since Noor’s departure on January 28.
“We are going to discuss the issue with workers and leaders of district Congress on February 2. Opinions of party’s well-wishers would be taken into consideration. The final recommendation made by district party would be sent to state Congress and the AICC for approval,” Dalu said.
Meanwhile, it has been learnt from sources in the district Congress that rat-race has been started among a few leaders of Malda Congress all of whom are now eyeing the post keenly.
Congress MLAs Mostaque Alam, Al Biruni Zulkarnine, Isha Khan Choudhury are major contenders for the post, according to  district Congress sources.
However, denying that the district Congress is now torn into camps, all the contenders separately claimed that they would abide by the decision of the majority of the Congress leaders and workers.
“Our prior objective now is to ensure victory of the Congress in both the seats,” Mostaque Alam said