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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to Join Rajya Sabha from Biplab Deb's Seat, West Bengal to Get Its Only Cabinet Minister!

 

"Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to Join Rajya Sabha from Biplab Deb's Seat, West Bengal to Get Its Only Cabinet Minister"

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has long been a heavyweight in Bengal politics. His political journey began during Rajiv Gandhi's tenure as Prime Minister when he joined the Indian National Congress. In 1996, Chowdhury was elected to the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from the Nabagram constituency. Just three years later, in 1999, he contested the Berhampore Lok Sabha seat and won by a margin of 95,391 votes. Following his success in the Lok Sabha elections, he was appointed Congress President for Murshidabad district. From that point until 2024, Adhir continued to win consecutively from the same constituency. However, this year marked a significant setback as the "Tiger of Berhampore" was defeated by Yusuf Pathan from another state.

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On October 28, 2012, during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's tenure, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was inducted into the Union Cabinet as Minister of State for Railways. In this role, he worked effectively with railway board members to enhance safety, discipline, and passenger amenities. On February 10, 2014, he became the President of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee. His next significant achievement came in June 2019 when, amidst the Modi wave that swept across the country, the Congress High Command elected him as the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha. After Rahul Gandhi declined the role, Chowdhury was entrusted with this critical responsibility. On July 26, 2019, he was appointed Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, one of the seventeen Lok Sabha committees.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to Join Rajya Sabha from Biplab Deb's Seat, West Bengal to Get Its Only Cabinet Minister!

"Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to Join Rajya Sabha from Biplab Deb's Seat, West Bengal to Get Its Only Cabinet Minister"

Despite his recent electoral defeat, it is unlikely that Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will retire from politics. During the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, disregarding the High Command's directive, the Pradesh Congress did not join the INDIA alliance in the state. Instead, Adhir formed an alliance with the Left to contest against the Trinamool Congress. Adhir and CPI(M) state secretary Mohammed Salim contested from two promising seats. Their initial optimism turned into at least a five-year wait. During the campaign, when Mamata Banerjee announced that the Trinamool would support the INDIA alliance but blamed Adhir for the lack of a coalition in the state, the Congress High Command issued a direct ultimatum to Adhir: follow the party line or leave. At that time, West Bengal BJP President Sukanta Majumdar extended an offer to Adhir, suggesting he leave the "house of Vibhishan" (Congress) for the "house of Ram" (BJP).

Although Adhir was defeated, the BJP has left its doors open for him. Sukanta Majumdar expressed regret over Adhir's loss, addressing him respectfully as "Adhir Da."

Chowdhury is unlikely to remain away from parliamentary politics for long. Under Suvendu Adhikari's leadership, the BJP is struggling in the state, and apart from Dilip Ghosh, there are few leaders capable of directly confronting the Trinamool. Consequently, the political landscape remains unpredictable.

A significant rumor circulating from BJP sources suggests that Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury may be sent to Parliament from Tripura, taking one of the 10 Rajya Sabha seats held by recently victorious candidates, including Biplab Deb's seat from Tripura. If this occurs, Chowdhury might be given the status of a full minister, enabling him to work on a national level, particularly in West Bengal. Whether he can perform a Herculean task for the BJP in the 2026 West Bengal elections remains to be seen, but the potential is certainly there.

While these developments are speculative, the narrative underscores the ongoing dynamic and shifting alliances within Indian politics, with Chowdhury's next move keenly anticipated.

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