The CITU acting-general secretary and former State Labour Minister Md Amin, 78, will replace former CITU general secretary and CPI(M) central committee member Chittabrata Majumdar in the Rajya Sabha this month.
CPI(M) central committee member Md Amin’s candidacy for the Rajya Sabha would be formally announced by the CPI(M) after the State secretariat meeting this week. This will be Md Amin’s second-term as Rajya Sabha MP.
The Rajya Sabha seat from West Bengal fell vacant after Md Amin’s predecessor Chittabrata Majumdar died in February after protracted illness.
It has been decided that the CITU general council would formalize the appointment of Md Amin as the next general secretary of the CITU in its meeting between May 27 and May 30. Under Chittabrata, Md Amin was the vice-president of the CITU.
A former minister in the Left Front government, Md Amin is respected for his deftness in handling the labour portfolio in the sixth Left Front government. Amin also held the transport portfolio in the first Left Front government.
Also, in the present CPI(M) State secretariat, Md Amin is only next to former West Bengal CM and politburo member Jyoti Basu in seniority.
Though, at present it is the CPI(M) MP from the North-East Lok Sabha seat Md Salim who is nurturing the Urdu-speaking Muslim vote-bank of the party, till 2001, it was the MLA from Garden Reach Md Amin who virtually controlled this vote-bank for the party.
For getting elected to the Rajya Sabha, Md Amin would require 48 first preference votes in the 294-seat West Bengal Legislative Assembly. The Left Front has 235 seats, out of which the CPI(M) has 174 seats. Both the Trinamool Congress (30 MLAs) and the Congress (21 MLAs) stand no chance against the CPI(M) candidate.
The Rajya Sabha election in the State would be held on May 24. The date was announced by the Election Commission on Monday. The CPI(M) candidate will file his nomination on May 7 and the last day for withdrawing nomination is May 17.
One of the senior-most CPI(M) leaders of the State, as State Labour Minister Md Amin in his last assignment in the State Cabinet had acted as deputy to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
“It would be very difficult to fill the void of Chittabrata Majumdar both in the trade union politics and in the Rajya Sabha, but if Md Amin is nominated he would be a worthy successor to Chittabrata,” said a CPI(M) State secretariat member.
An articulate and a thinking leader, who has penned many articles, Md Amin is a veteran trade union leader, who has seen the growth of Bengal politics in close proximity to politburo members Saroj Mukherjee and Jyoti Basu, is a strong proponent of the CPI(M)’s policy to push industrial growth in the State.
In the last Bengal Rajya Sabha election in 2006, the CPI(M) elected politburo members Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat to the Upper House of the Parliament.