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Bengal minister says Congress will be wiped out from Murshidabad

The minister’s comments are a direct challenge for Bengal Congress president and party MP from Berhampore in Murshidabad district, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to keep his flock intact.

kolkata Updated: Jun 10, 2018 15:16 IST
Sreyasi Pal
Sreyasi Pal
Hindustan Times, Berhampore
Suvendu Adhikari,Congress,Trinamool Congress
TMC minister Suvendu Adhikari stated that Congress MLAs are waiting to defect to the ruling Trinamool Congress.(PTI File Photo)

By the time Ramzan ends in less than a week, the Congress will be completely wiped out from its erstwhile stronghold of Murshidabad district in West Bengal with ten of its MLAs waiting to jump ship, the state’s transport minister Suvendu Adhikari announced Saturday evening.

Adhikari was unambiguous in stating that Congress MLAs are waiting to defect to the ruling Trinamool Congress. The Congress won 14 of the 22 assembly seats in Murshidabad district in the 2016 elections. But the numbers have now come down to 10 after four of its MLAs joined the TMC.

“The existence of the Congress will come to an end after the end of Ramzan month. I am now moving with the list of the Congress MLAs who are eagerly waiting to join the TMC. It is now only matter of time. The CPI (M) party has already turned into a signboard in West Bengal,” Adhikari said while addressing a rally on Saturday evening.

His comments are a direct challenge for Bengal Congress president and party MP from Berhampore in Murshidabad district, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to keep his flock intact. Currently out of the three Lok Sabha constituencies in Murshidabad, two are with Congress and one is with CPI (M).

The minister addressed four rallies in the district on Saturday at Shamserganj, Raghunathganj, Nabagram and Raghunathganj that reflected the Trinamool’s keenness to capture the erstwhile stronghold of Congress.

According to Adhikari, in the 2011 Bengal assembly elections Trinamool got only 11% vote in Murshidabad and only one MLA. But, he added, in 2016 assembly elections Trinamool got 32% vote in the same district and four MLAs.

The number of Trinamool MLAs in the district rose to eight with four Congress MLAs joining them. “This year in the panchayat elections, Trinamool had absolutely majority in the district,” he said.

Congress MLAs and the party’s rural body representatives from the district have understood that Adhir Chowdhury ‘misguided’ them over development issues and retained them in the party.

“They are watching the development of Murshidabad is taking place under the initiative of chief minister, Mamata Banerjee. So, everyone is now contacting us with the request to join Trinamool and I am sure that the Congress will be wiped out after the Ramzan month,” Adhikari said.

First Published: Jun 10, 2018 15:16 IST