Because the nation watched on tv the final journey of former President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday, there was mourning in Bengal’s Jangipur that, in 2004, ended the Congress veteran’s anguish of by no means profitable a public election regardless of serving as cupboard minister because the Nineteen Seventies.
Mukherjee contested and received the Jangipur seat in Murshidabad district in 2004 and received it once more in 2009. Until 2004, he had been a member of the Rajya Sabha. “Maybe individuals don’t like me,” Mukherjee had jokingly stated throughout an interview.
After the 2004 victory, Mukherjee stated in his first speech at Jangipur that he was grateful to the individuals for lastly giving him a land to characterize. In accordance with the 2011 census, 66.27 % of the district’s inhabitants includes of Muslims.
Mohammad Sohrab, a former Congress MLA and now a senior TMC chief within the district, was Mukherjee’s election agent in 2004 and 2009.
“I had solid my vote for Pranab Babu in Rajya Sabha election, Lok Sabha election and even within the election for the President’s submit. I knew him for 50 years. He shall be missed perpetually,” stated Sohrab.
“In 2004, guaranteeing his victory was a Herculean job because the Communist Social gathering of India (Marxist), which had a powerful base, had received the seat twice earlier. Our job was a lot simpler in 2009,” added the previous lawmaker.
“Pranab Babu was a really spiritual individual and revered all religions. His go to to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters raised many questions right here,” he added.
Now the minister of state for labour within the TMC authorities, Jakir Hossain is one other one that performed a key function in Mukherjee’s Lok Sabha victories.
Hossain stated, “I met Pranab Da for the primary time just a few months earlier than the 2004 polls. He stated, ‘Jakir, I want your assist to win the seat.’ I assured him that victory can be ours.”
“I used all my affect on voters to make sure his victory in 2004. However in 2009, the developmental work he had carried out within the previous years made the polls a cakewalk for us,” stated the minister.
“It is just due to Pranab Da that I obtained the chance to step inside Rashtrapati Bhawan, an expertise I’ll always remember,” stated Hossain.
Now, the lawmaker from the Raghunathganj meeting constituency, Md Akhrujjaman was one of many lieutenants of Mukherjee through the ballot campaigns.
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“In 2004, Congress MLA Samar Mukherjee instructed me that Pranab Da would contest from Jangipur and requested me to search out out an acceptable home for him in Raghunathganj city. We chosen the home of Mukti Dhar, an area resident,” stated the TMC MLA.
“I used to be among the many key strategists through the marketing campaign. I requested Pranab Da to make sure deployment of Central safety forces at Geria and Sekendra, the place rigging was a part of polling again in these days. The Election Fee didn’t enable it. Nonetheless, it was in all probability due to Pranab Da’s picture that nobody dared to rig the polls in these locations,” stated Akhrujjaman.
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“I’ve numerous reminiscences. I’ll always remember that due to him I might fly in a helicopter and go to the Rashtrapati Bhawan,” added the lawmaker.
After Mukherjee gave up the seat in 2012 to turn out to be the President of India, his son, Abhijit Mukherjee, succeeded him because the Congress candidate. He retained the seat twice in a row until the ruling Trinamool Congress wrested Jangipur in 2019.