Mausam Benazir Noor in a file photo.
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Malda/Kolkata: As next year’s Lok Sabha election draws closer, political leaders are throwing up surprises with new permutations and combinations. The lot in Bengal too are not lagging behind in the game!

North Malda Congress MP, Mausam Benazir Noor, today sprang a surprise by calling for an alliance with the Trinamool in a public meeting. Noor gave the call during the birth anniversary celebration of her late legendary uncle, ABA Ghani Khan Choudhury.

“In all over India, an anti-BJP grand alliance is being shaped up. In Bengal too, in order to stop BJP, we want an alliance with Trinamool,” Noor, who also happens to be the Malda district Congress president, said.

Significantly, the suggestion comes just the state Congress president Somen Mitra has reciprocated to CPI-M state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra’s signal for an electoral understanding. Mitra has said that he will take up the alliance proposal with CPI-M with the Congress high command.

Upbeat by Noor’s public gesture, Trinamool has lost no time in scoring a point. Trinamool secretary general, Partha Chatterjee, has gone a step further and has invited Noor to join Trinamool instead.

“Mausom has got it right. Mamata Banerjee is the only face against communalism but the state Congress president is exploring the possibility of an alliance with the CPM. Unless Congress pays heed to Noor’s suggestion, we urge her to join the Trinamool,” Chatterjee has told newsmen in Kolkata.

Even if Noor does not jump into the offer, she has surely triggered a dispute in Congress vis-à-vis an alliance with CPI-M for the Lok Sabha polls in Bengal.