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Bengal: Mamata mulling fielding nephew Abhishek in Assembly elections

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is toying with the idea of fielding her nephew and MP Abhishek

kolkata Updated: Feb 05, 2016 17:21 IST
Arindam Sarkar
Arindam Sarkar
Hindustan Times
Kolkata,West Bengal,Bengal assembly elections
Mamata Banerjee at a party event with nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee.(HT file photo)

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is toying with the idea of fielding her nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee in the forthcoming 2016 Assembly elections this summer.

Trinamool Congress insiders said, Mamata is thinking of giving more responsibility to Abhishek. Should the Trinamool return to power, as is widely expected, Mamata could even have him inducted into her cabinet.

“Abhishek is definitely a good candidate. He has been doing good work as the MP of Diamond Harbour constituency. He is hard-working and is quite popular with the people. It won’t be surprising, if Abhishek gets a ticket to contest in the Assembly polls,” senior Trinamool leader Nirbed Roy said.

Abhishek was baptized into politics by Mamata in 2012 as president of YUVA — the party’s youth wing. In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he was fielded from Diamond Harbour constituency and won. In 2014, he was made the president of the All India Trinamool Youth Congress.

During this small phase, he has not only nurtured his constituency, but has also campaigned for the party in by-elections and municipal polls.

Apart from Abhishek, another MP who is set to get a ticket for the Assembly polls is Tamluk Lok Sabha parliamentarian and East Midnapore strongman Suvendu Adhikari.

The Nandigram hero has won the support of Mamata because of his role in consolidating the party in the district and undertaking development work in East Midnapore. “I want Suvendu as a minister in my cabinet. I want him to do more good work for the people,” Mamata told the people of the district in a public meeting.

Trinamool’s All India General Secretary and Kolkata South parliamentarian Subrata Bakshi is also in Mamata’s list of candidates who could be fielded this time in the Assembly polls. It is learnt that Mamata wants to use his services in the state and is likely to induct him in the new cabinet.

Former Congress MLA Debi Prasad Roy of Jalpaiguri, who crossed-over to the Trinamool Congress, is also in the running for a ticket from his home turf.

Similarly, Forward Bloc’s Udayan Guha, who has joined the Trinamool, is certain to get a ticket from Mamata to contest from his home seat Dinhata.

Expelled CPI(M) leader and MLA from Canning East Abdur Rezzak Mollah is already talking with Mamata. He is supposed to join the Trinamool and enter the fray from his Canning East seat on a Trinamool ticket.

Also pitching for a Trina mool ticket is the state secretary of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Siddiqullah Chowdhury. It is learnt that Siddiqullah is in talks with Mamata, but so far nothing fruitful has come out of it.

First Published: Feb 05, 2016 17:21 IST