The Trinamool Congress candidate for the Burdwan-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency, Dr. Mumtaz Sanghamita Chowdhury, kick started her Lok Sabha poll campaign in Durgapur yesterday when she went door to door in Bhiringhee and Benachity areas of Durgapur town.
Accompanied by party’s district committee leaders, Dr. Chowdhury tried to seize the occasion of International Women’s Day yesterday (8 March) to connect with housewives and girls. She said: “Today is Women’s Day and I take the privilege to declare that I have always been with the women as I feel they are oppressed,” she said.
Dr. Chowdhury, who is making her political debut in the forthcoming elections, refuted the contention that she was an outsider to the seat, insisting that she hails from Burdwan town.
During the poll campaign in Durgapur, Dr. Chowdhury said: “I was born in the district town in a well-to-do family with a legacy of pro-people political struggle. My family was part of the Khilafat and Swadeshi movements during the Independence struggle. My father might have joined another party but he tried to address the problems of common men.”
Dr. Chowdhury is not only the daughter of Syed Mansur Habibullah, former Speaker of the state Assembly and a law minister in Jyoti Basu’s Cabinet but is also the wife of Nur-E-Alam Chowdhury, a former judge and a minster in the Trinamool cabinet.
Mumtaz, however, has her own identity. She is a renowned gynecologist. She retired from Kolkata Medical College (Eden hospital) in 2006. She, along with her husband, has set up a number of educational institutions. She now heads a private medical college in Delhi.
Handpicked by Mamata to contest from Burdwan-Durgapur, her work (mostly in Birbhum) had focused on bringing Muslim women to the fore.
During her poll campaign in Durgapur Dr. Chowdhury, however, had no definite solution when asked how she would tackle the issue of successive closure of industries in Durgapur, both public sector and private sector units.