Kolkata, July 29: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a five-time Congress MP from Berhampore constituency in West Bengal, who recently apologized after his “RashtrapatniThe remark went on to create uproar, earning an image of being a maverick politician since he entered the West Bengal Assembly in 1996.
However, such controversial comments from Chatterjee – the chairman of the West Bengal Unit of Congress, are nothing new. In 2019, which addressed the vote of thanks on the presidential address, he made a controversial statement while drawing a comparison between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the late former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, as he said, ” Kaha Maa Ganga, Kaha Gandi Naali”.
In fact, his entry into the Bengal Assembly also marked the start of his spat with the current West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was then associated with the Congress.
In fact, Chowdhury contested elections on behalf of Congress in Nabagram assembly constituency in Murshidabad district in 1996 behind bars as he was imprisoned in connection with the murder of a CPI-M leader . However, despite this, he won by a margin of 20,000 votes.
This marked the start of the tiff with Mamata Banerjee, who vehemently opposed Chowdhury’s entry into the Assembly. She even went so far as to tie a noose with her shawl and wrap it around her neck in public to protest Chowdhury’s entry.
However, since then, Chowdhury has become known as a “tough man” and of “intransigent character” in Congress against the (then) strong network of ruling CPI-M organizations throughout West Bengal in the late 1990s and under his leadership, the Congress began converting the Murshidabad district into a solid base for the party.
In 1999, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury broke into the Lok Sabha by being elected as a Congress candidate from Berhampore Lok Sabha constituency in Murshidabad district. Since then he has not had to look back and held the Congress flag high from this Lok Sabha constituency until the last Lok Sabha poll in 2019 when he won with over 80,000 votes.
In 2005, Chowdhury had to spend about a month on a double murder charge, but was quickly released on bail.
This case is still pending. According to the affidavit he filed with the Election Commission of India ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he has seven criminal cases pending against him, including one murder.
However, his personal popularity with a Robin Hood image made him the blue-eyed boy of the central leadership of Congress, especially former Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi.
In October 2012, he was appointed Minister of State for Railways in the United Progress Alliance (UPA-II) government led by Manmohan Singh and finally in February 2014, he was appointed President of the Congress of state in West Bengal, president as he still is. holding.
Although he established himself as a seasoned politician through his strangulation against the CPI-M led Left Front in West Bengal at its peak, Chowdhury has begun to prove that his real political rival is Mamata Banerjee and the Congress of Trinamool, not CPI-M.
In the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, Chowdhury on behalf of the Congress and the then CPI-M Secretary of State and Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, Suryakanta Mishra, were the two main architects of the seat sharing agreement.
The 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections were historic in a sense that brought traditionally arch-rival political rivals Congress and the Left Front to come together and confront the powerful ruling Trinamool Congress. However, this joint effort did not bear fruit and the Trinamool Congress returned to power with Mamata Banerjee as Chief Minister for the second time.
However, despite this failure, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has strongly expressed the continuation of the Congress alliance with the Left Front and the two political forces have also contested the West Bengal Assembly elections of 2021 with the two forces finding themselves with zeros in terms of number.