The Congress party finally managed to put up its candidate for the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency. With this announcement, by state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury, Congress’s list of candidate for all the 42 seats in Bengal now gets completed.
Mr Pradip Agasty – an engineering college owner from Panagarh will be the Congress candidate for the Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat. Last week the party had declared an industrialist-turned-politician, Mr. Bipin Vohra as its candidate for the seat who later pulled out citing “personal” reasons.
Mr Pradip Agasty is a 1972 graduate engineer from former Regional Engineering College, Jamshedpur. Presently Mr. Agasthy runs two engineering colleges – one each in Panagarh and Mankar and hails from a traditional Congress family. Kanad Institute of Engineering & Management situated at Mankar and Aryabhatta Institute of Engineering &Management at Panagarh are the two colleges owned by Mr. Agasthy.
Son of a physician father Prasanta Agasty and teacher mother Priyamvada Agasty, Mr Pradip Agasty said: “My family, has since long been bearing the brunt of the CPI(M)’s atrocities and we have made sacrifices for the Congress.”
Speculation ran high after Mr Bipin Vohra quit as the party’s Lok Sabha candidate for the seat. A lawyer, Mr Azizul Haq, and a worker with state-owned power utility Mr Dibyendu Banerjee were in the rat race of becoming the Congress candidate for the Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha seat.
Mr Shakil Ahmed, the party’s top leader and in charge of Bengal had lobbied for Mr Banerjee, but according to insiders the PCC president, Mr Adhir Chowdhury, didn’t endorse this. Mr Chowdhury said today: “AICC has given a go ahead to Mr Agasty.”