In what could spell fresh trouble for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, sitting MLA from Mongolkot in East Burdwan district, Siddiqullah Chowdhury, one of the key faces behind the Nandigram anti-land acquisition movement, has decided not to contest from his own constituency in the upcoming assembly polls.
A News18 report said Chowdhury has expressed displeasure over the “indifferent behaviour”, “unorganised functioning of the district leadership” and “lack of courtesy”.
Quoting Chowdhury, the report said, he has informed about the poor leadership at the district level to Mamata Banerjee as well. Chowdhury reportedly said he is a “bhumiputra” of Burdwan and cannot be a mute spectator if the district lags behind on the path of development due to poor leadership.
In the 2016 assembly polls, Siddiqullah Chowdhury won the Mongolkot seat by a margin of nearly 12,000 votes. Mamata then made him a cabinet minister.