On tied seat, Left-Cong tie a possibility

Aug 01 2013, 03:28 IST
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Supporters celebrate the victory of a TMC candidate in the panchayat elections at Kusumba in Birbhum, on Wednesday. PTI Supporters celebrate the victory of a TMC candidate in the panchayat elections at Kusumba in Birbhum, on Wednesday. PTI
SummaryIn Malda, Cong ready to shake hands with Left to form Zilla Parishad Board

Politics over the ‘hung’ Zilla Parishads (district councils) in Malda and North Dinajpur took an interesting turn Wednesday with the Congress deciding not to seek help from the TMC to stake claim for the formation of board in North Dinjpur — the domain of Deepa Dasmunsi of West Bengal Congress. This development will now allow the CPM to capture the board.

In Malda, Congress leadership headed by Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, party MP and Union Minister of state for family planning and health, decided to wait for some more time before taking the final decision. Interestingly, in Malda, the district Congress leadership feels neither the Trinamool nor the CPM are ‘untouchable’, but has kept the decision pending.

In North Dinajpur, the Zilla Parishad result offered no clear winners. In the 26-seat Zilla Parishad, CPM won 13 , Congress eight and Trinamool five. The TMC and Congress’s combined strength is 13, same as the Left. If votes of the MLAs and MPs are considered — normally done in case of a ‘tie’ — even then there is no clear winner.

Under such circumstances, the district Congress leadership has decided not to seek help of TMC, and rather allow CPM to form the board independently.

Mohit Sengupta, North Dinajpur district Congress president said: “We fought the polls separately, and both the Trinamool and the CPM were our opposition. We are happy to sit in the opposition.”

Meanwhile, in Malda, Congress leadership held a marathon meeting for around three hours, but failed to come at a decision. In the 88-seat Malda Zilla Parishad, both the CPM and Congress bagged 41 seats each, and Trinamool six.

Members of Ghani Khan Choudhury’s family — Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury, Congress MP, Malda (South), Mausam Noor ( Malda North MP) and Abu Naser Khan Chowdhury, MLA Sujapur - examined the situation but failed to reach a consensus.

In the meeting, a number of leaders referred to Ghani Khan Choudhury’s cordial relations with the Left to show they were not opposed to the idea of seeking help of CPM. “In politics no one is untouchable,” leaders reportedly said.

The Malda district Congress have decided to wait for a direction from the West Bengal Pradesh Congress.

“We have refereed our case to the state high command and are waiting for their direction,” said Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury.

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