bu Hasem Khan Choudhury anointed Malda Congress head, faces fury for trying to get son’s candidature passed in party meeting

MALDA
2 Feb 2019

Congress MP from Malda south Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury (Dalu) has been chosen as the new district Congress head of Malda among dissents from within the party. Two Congress MLAs – Mostaque Alam and Bhupendranath Haldar (Arjun) have been appointed the working presidents of Malda Congress. However, discord was prevalent all along the meeting that was held today to declare the new district president.
Dalu first faced the animosity today soon after he proposed the name of his son Isha Khan Choudhury, a Congress MLA from Kaliachak as the party’s candidate in Malda north Lok Sabha seat. Junior Khan Choudhury’s name was first floated by state Congress chief Somen Mitra as the party candidate for the seat.
As senior Khan Choudhury tried to assess the mood of the district Congress leaders about prospective candidature of his son by repeating Mitra’s proposal, a few Congress MLAs from Malda and majority of block Congress presidents from Malda north directly opposed Dalu.
“Name of a Lok Sabha candidate cannot be announced in such district level meetings. It is the prerogative of all India Congress committee (AICC). Moreover, we are here to discuss about the new district Congress president and not to decide the candidate,” yelled a block Congress president.
He was reportedly joined in chorus by a few other party colleagues and a couple of MLAs present in the meeting.
Caught off guard, Dalu instantly dropped the issue and straight moved to appointment of new district Congress president.
Reading out ‘an instruction sent by state Congress president Mitra with the nod from AICC’ Dalu claimed that he was asked to head Malda Congress with help of Alam and Haldar.
The announcement again evoked dissent instantly as several other senior district Congress leaders were eyeing the key post. 
Although none of those miffed leaders publicly challenged Dalu, they questioned the decision privately arguing that Dalu being working president of state Congress and an MP should not have been offered another heavy responsibility.
A senior Congress MLA from Malda north also doubted the authenticity of the ‘instruction.’ “We the district leaders were only told about the instruction but not handed over the copies of it. We do not understand as to why such an order from party’s top brass was kept away from us,” he said.
Block presidents resented that they were not offered a chance to share their opinion.
Dalu, while speaking to The Echo of India, virtually conceded that discussion on candidature of his son had to be dropped as others ‘liked to discuss it later.’
“I am not sure if the committee is an ad hoc one. I simply know that state Congress under guidance from AICC appointed me as Malda district Congress president,” Dalu said.
He also said that Isha Khan Choudhury’s name as candidate was proposed by state Congress president. “Still some people may have some reservations. I would move around Malda north parliamentary constituency seeking opinions of Congress workers. If they want, Isha would contest for party,” Dalu sounded hopeful. (EOIPC)