Dalu ridicules Mamata’s comments on Ghani Khan
Union Minister of State and Malda South Congress candidate AH Khan Choudhury (Dalu) today reacted sharply to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banarjee’s allegation on his party using the Ghani Khan legacy to woo voters.
“My brother Ghani Khan Choudhury was a redoubtable Congress leader who never quit the party despite deprivations within or the lucrative proposals he received from rivals. Hence, we are always entitled to boast of such a personality,” said Dalu.
While addressing a party workers’ meeting in Malda on Wednesday, Banerjee had accused the Congress of using Ghani Khan’s influence only during election time and forgetting him at other times. She also said the Congress had backstabbed the TMC by fielding independent candidates in the 2011 elections from Malda, North Dinajpur and Murshidabad despite being allies.
Rebuffing the allegation, Dalu said, “The Trinamool supremo tends to forget the past. Her cabinet member and Malda TMC president Sabitri Mitra, who is now acting like ‘Queen Victoria,’ even implored and fell on my feet to help her campaign for the Manikchak seat in the last assembly poll. We did our best to support TMC candidates but they eventually showed us their ingratitude.”
Meanwhile, Sabitri Mitra responded to Dalu’s comments and said, “Ghani Khan Choudhury was a rigorous supporter of Mamata Banerjee because she fought alongside him to realise his dream of dumping the CPM into the Bay of Bengal. On the contrary, Dalu and his party leaders took help from the Left Front in forming the Malda zilla parishad. Hence, he has no right to exploit Ghani Khan's legacy.”
She added, “I am honoured that Khan Choudhury called me Queen Victoria. It is indeed an appreciation. I touched his feet in 2011 as he is a senior leader, but we cannot forget the Congress' betrayal in defeating our candidate Goutam Chakraborty in Malatipur.”
Mitra further claimed that Dalu is sure to taste defeat in Malda south this time as he has proved to be a “non-performing MP of seven years”. (EOIC)