Dr. Mumtaz Sanghamita Chowdhury, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate for the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency may be making her political debut in this election, but politics is in her blood. A doctor by profession, Dr. Chowdhury retired as the Head of the department of Gynecology of Kolkata Medical College.
Dr Mumtaz is the daughter of Syed Mansur Habibullah, former Speaker of the state Assembly and a law minister in Jyoti Basu’s Cabinet. She is also the wife of West Bengal Animal Husbandry Minister, Nure Alam Chowdhury, a former Calcutta High Court Judge.
Nomination of Dr. Mumtaz Sanghamita Chowdhury as the party’s candidate for the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha has however angered many party workers. Apart from questioning her contribution to the party, many TMC loyalists of the district feels that she has been nominated just because she happens to be a minister’s wife.
Born on 16 January 1946 to a family with a long legacy of association with communist movement in India, Dr. Mumtaz did her basic schooling from Bardhaman. She however moved to Kolkata later on and after completing her study joined the Kolkata Medical College (Eden hospital). She retired in 2006 as the HOD of the Gynecology department from the same medical college.
Apart from heading a private medical college in Delhi, Dr. Mumtaz along with her husband has also set up a number of educational institutions.
Dr. Mumtaz Sanghamita Chowdhury is the only “Crorepati” candidate in the entire district of Bardhaman, which has three Lok Sabha seats. According to the affidavit she filed in her nomination, Dr. Mumtaz owns cash and gold worth Rs 1.06 crore and five acres of farmland worth Rs 30 lakh in Bardhaman and Kalna areas. Besides, she also owns residential buildings and accommodations in Dilkhusa Street, Dargah Road in Kolkata and Sriniketan sector in New Delhi.
Dr. Mumtaz also inherited two residential properties in Parcas Road and Mohammed Yasin Road in Bardhaman municipal town.
According to a report published in “The Telegraph” on 29 March 2014, a section of Trinamool leaders and workers in Burdwan has refused to campaign and write graffiti for Dr. Mumtaz Sanghamita, whose father had been one of the most prominent Left Front leaders.
Chowdhury’s nomination incensed a Trinamool councillor so much that he went all the way to Delhi to file nomination as an Independent from the Northwest seat in the capital.
“The party has fielded an elderly lady who belongs to a Left family. She lives in Calcutta and has no link with the politics in Burdwan-Durgapur,” Saktiranjan Mandal, the Trinamool Councilor said. He however withdrew his nomination after a minister intervened.
Sk. Saidul Haque, the CPI(M) candidate from this constituency while speaking about his rival Dr. Mumtaz Sanghamita has always addressed her as someone like her elder sister. Even Dr. Chowdhury has never resorted to any kind of personal attack on the CPI(M) candidate.
Now it’s to be seen who succeeds in wooing the voters on 30 April when the voters of Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha casts their franchisee.