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No Trinamool nominee against Pranab's son

Murshidabad district Trinamool Congress on Saturday officially declared that it would not field a candidate against the President's son, Avijit Mukherjee, at Jangipur in the by poll scheduled to be held on October 10.

kolkata Updated: Sep 23, 2012 15:35 IST
HT Correspondent

Murshidabad district Trinamool Congress on Saturday officially declared that it would not field a candidate against the President's son, Avijit Mukherjee, at Jangipur in the by poll scheduled to be held on October 10.

The Jangipur Lok Sabha seat has been lying vacant for nearly 2 months after the resignation of Pranab Mukherjee to contest the presidential polls.

Speaking to HT, Trinamool district president Mohammad Ali said, "An alliance was made between Trinamoo land Congress in this state before the Lok Sabha election of 2009. Our party thinks that the alliance still exists. No one has declared that the alliance has been dissolved. So, out of political courtesy we didn't field a candidate against the President's son."

Asked why the Trinamool didn't field any candidate against the Congress candidate when his party has already removed their support from the UPA-II government, Ali said, "The entire sequence of events happened when the process of submission of nomination was on for the Jangipur by poll. Hence, it was not possible to field a candidate."

However, Ali said, "So far we haven't decided whether we will support Avijit or campaign in his favour. It will depend on the political scenario of the state in the coming days."

A senior leader of state Trinamool said on the condition of anonymity that the organisational strength of Trinamool in Murshidabad wasn't the same as that of Murshidabad Congress. If the Trinamool fielded a candidate, and he faced defeat, it would leave a bad impact in the panchayat election in Murshidabad next year .

On the other hand, the Trinamool has increased its strength in Birbhum district a lot. If the state assembly seat at Nalhati becomes vacant after Avijit's win in the Lok Sabha election, Trinamool will surely field candidate in the Nalhati seat to add one more MLA in the party. That's why the Trinamool opted out of fielding a candidate against Pranab's son, the leader said.

Behrampore MP Adhir Chowdhury, however, said there is no story of alliance between the Trinamool and Congress that the Trinamool didn't field any candidate against Avijit Mukherjee.