The CPI(M) might seem to have an apparent edge in newly formed Malda North Lok Sabha seat where five of the seven assembly segments are held by them, but Mausam Benazir Noor of the Congress who carries the legacy of late party stalwart A B A Ghani Khan Chowdhury might change the equation.
Young Noor, a lawyer, is pitted against old warhorse and CPI-M minister Sailen Sarkar, who currently represents the Ratua assembly constituency and had unsuccessfully contested a number of times against Khan Chowdhury, whose name still evokes reverence in Malda.
The Congress currently holds two of the seven assembly segments in the predominantly rural constituency which has an electorate of 11 lakh.
Of the five assembly segments -- Harishchandrapur, Ratua and Kharba, rechristened as Chanchol, were earlier under the neighbouring Raigunj constituency represented by Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi and Gajol previously under the Balurghat Lok Sabha seat.
The three other assembly segments are Habibpur, Malatipur and Old Malda. At present, Malatipur, earlier known as Araidanga and Kharba were with Congress.