What seemed like a cakewalk for the President’s son, Abhijit Mukherjee, is turning into a nail-biting photofinish. The victory of Abhijit, Congress candidate in the byelection for West Bengal’s Jangipur Lok Sabha seat—vacated by Pranab Mukherjee—was a foregone conclusion until the outbreak of hostilities between the Congress and Trinamool Congress. Sources told Outlook that Mamata Banerjee had promised Abhijit—a Congress MLA from Nalhati in West Bengal—a walk-over in Jangipur even as late as on September 15 at Raj Bhavan during the presidential visit. Now, after storming out of the Congress-led UPA, there is every possibility of Mamata pulling out all the stops to humiliate the Congress in a high-profile constituency.
Adhir Chowdhury, the influential Behrampur Congress MP who masterminded Pranab’s victory in 2004 and 2009, told Outlook that the breakdown in Trinamool-Congress relations is bound to impact Abhijit’s poll prospects. “To avoid annoying the president, Mamata might not declare war in Jangipur by fielding a Trinamool candidate. But if I know the Trinamool, it will throw its entire weight behind the CPI(M) candidate, Muzaffar Hussain. Mark my word—Muzaffar will be Mamata’s Trojan horse. But we are on our guard,” Adhir says. Besides the Congress, the CPI(M), BJP, Welfare Party of India and Social Democratic Party of India—known as simi by proxy—are in the fray in the Murshidabad district constituency where 69 per cent of voters are Muslim.
Besides Mamata’s irritation, Abhijit has to also contend with the seething anger in Jangipur over the failure of the Congress government in Assam to save Bengali-speaking Muslims from armed Bodo extremists. While the TMC and the CPI(M) are determined to fan the anger for electoral gain, Abhijit is scouting for Muslim leaders to campaign for him. On his radar is Badruddin Ajmal—the AUDF MP from Assam the TMC desperately courted for an alliance. Ajmal ignored the Trinamool’s overtures as he didn’t want to upset the Gandhis. Can Ajmal bail Abhijit out in the October 10 byelection?
Apropos Back to the Greenroom, Abhijit Mukherjee, the president’s son, is like other dynasts. He gets a ticket only because he is Pranab’s son.
The political parties having interest in democratic fairness should/must contest and ensure that none wins seats uncontested because someone is son of the President of India. To go by a consideration that Abhijit Mukerjee deserves a cakewalk is negation of democratic spirit. In fact, it would mean surrender to caste superiority of the Brahman occupying the highest office of the nation. Would it happen s had he been a son of a person from lower social underprivileged person, even though he was the President?
This are matter of social perspective and inborn slave-like mentality. Caste is anti-democratic and anti-inclusiveness. Surrender nothing merely because the office is being contested by a Brahman, who is son of President.
I oppose the attitude. Mamata Banerjee enjoys showering favours to Brahmans. See all she has thus far done, naming road, railway stations, fill up vacancies in official and non-official positions which does not require official protocoll to observe. Those positions have been packed by Brahmans. Manu would have loved to live to see such turn of event in West Bengal in third millenium.
AK Biswas >> The political parties having interest in democratic fairness should/must contest and ensure that none wins seats uncontested because someone is son of the President of India.
Congress party is a dead entity in West Bengal and Pranab made it to the top post of India not because of his caste or his appeal in West Bengal, but because of his services rendered to the Delhi Dynasty.
Given this and also the fact that the constituency is dominated by Muslims it is likely that Mr President's son loses the contest. And that is truly in right spirit of democracy. It would be good if BJP offers a tough fight too and ensures that Mr President's son loses the deposit as well. That should be a fitting message for a political party that has been a participant in the economic destruction of West Bengal in last 50 years.
Abhijit Mukherjee - he is like Rahul Baba and other dynasts : getting party ticket because of family connection.
All opposition parties (especially BJP) should put up the best candidate possible L let us not have another Dimple Yadav walkover again where the seat gets gifted down to wife/son.
If tomorrow there is Cabinet reshuffle, I'll not be at all surprised if Abhijit Mukherjee is offered a berth in the cabinet, pending election results, assuming that he will have a cakewalk in Jangipur, Murshidabad.
Let the country spinelessly surrender to the caste system and the palace intrigue. We are ashamed. Democracy is disgraced and violated in caste interest.
Strange the vocal bragade is silent.
All the Brahmans will rally behind him at the eleventh hour and vote for Abhijit as we saw in the case of his father. The shadow box is just to camouflage and confuse others.
Don't take it seriously. This design must be foiled by raising anti-brahminical forces. Democracy is at peril. Mere 3% people in West Bengal cannot rule and enjoy ounce of benefit everywhere.
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