New Delhi | Jagran Politics Desk: In yet another setback for Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress ahead of the assembly polls in West Bengal, Siddiqullah Chowdhury - the sitting MLA from Mongolkot in East Burdwan district - has announced that he will not contest from his own constituency. 

Chowdhury, while announcing that he will not be contesting from his home constituency, expressed his discontent about the party leadership at the district-level and said that he has informed about the same to the party chief. 

"I have informed everything about the poor leadership in the district to our party chief Mamata Banerjee. I felt that some party leaders in the district are not performing the way they should considering the crucial polls," he was quoted as saying.

As head of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind, Chowdhury is one of the most influential minority leaders of the state and has been a voracious critic of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and pan-India NRC.

In the 2016 assembly polls, Siddiqullah Chowdhury won the Mongolkot seat by defeating his nearest rival, Sahajahan Chowdhury of the CPI (M), by a margin of nearly 12,000 votes. Mamata had then made him a cabinet minister and he was given the portfolio of minister of state (independent charge) in mass education, library and parliamentary affairs.

Recently, several leaders from the Trinamool have left the party and many of them have joined the BJP ahead of the state polls. Among the big names are former Mamata aide Suvendhu Adhikari, former West Bengal minister and cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, former TMC MP Sunil Mondal and former party MLAs Arindam Bhattacharya and Vaishali Dalmia.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta