Malda Congress stalwart is hopeful CM will bring investment from Europe, triggers speculations

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
18 Sep 2018

Speculations about Malda's legendary Congress leader Ghani Khan Choudhury’s relations trying to get close to TMC became ripe again as Congress MP and former union minister of state Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury (Dalu) expressed hope that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Europe tour to fetch investment to the state would be fruitful.
While commenting on the prospects of CM’s tour to Germany and Italy Chaudhury also blamed former state government run by Left Front for spoiling industry-friendly environment in the state.
“Mamata Banerjee has been trying to change the image of the state. If her Europe trip results in investments into heavy industry sector, the state would be benefit. Employment crisis would be largely solved,” Chaudhury said.
He alleged that the militant movements by Left Front backed trade unions left a negative impact on the industrialists. “The movements by Left affiliate trade unions were responsible for closures of so many industries and factories in the state,” Chaudhury, popularly called Dalu said.
He said he was happy that Mamata's efforts to invite industrialists would be gradually restoring the industry-friendly image of the state.
“She has been trying to bring investments to the state. Let us hope that she would succeed in her pursuit. Her Europe tour is very important. We all believe that she would be able to successfully hold a positive image for the state so that the heavy industry giants feel like investing in West Bengal,” Dalu said.
However, positive remarks of the Congress MP about the Trinamool supremo have triggered speculations that the Kotowali residents are keen on building a congenial relationship with the state’s ruling party realizing that Congress has been fast losing its hold in one of its citadels.
In last rural polls Congress not only lost Malda zilla parishad that they won for three consecutive terms but also ended as number three leaving the second position for the BJP.
“Congress MPs from Malda know that they cannot retain their seats without support of Trinamool. Hence, they are trying to maintain a proximity with Trinamool supremo,” said a political expert.