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Being a President's son has its challenges and disadvantages, says Abhijit Mukherjee

Jangipur (West Bengal): Being son of a president always puts added pressure on him to perform as a public representative and carrying on the work started by his father is the biggest challenge ahead, Congress

PTI PTI Updated on: April 18, 2014 9:56 IST
Abhijit said that his biggest challenge would be to continue the development work started by his father in the constituency.

"The question is to continue the development work started by my father. There should not be any comparison with my father. The question is I have to continue the development work," he said.

Trashing the findings of some opinion polls, Abhijit said, "Some opinion polls have already stated that I will lose. Let those political pundits come and contest the polls. I am not a born politician. I left my secure corporate life to join politics. I took up the challenge and snatched victory in the Nalhati assembly seat after four decades."

On the slender margin of his victory in the Jangipur parliamentary bypoll in 2012, he claimed that nearly 1.5 lakh voters who worked outside the state, were not present.

"Nearly 1.5 lakh voters were out of my constituency during 2012 by-election. About 70 per cent of them are Congress voters. This time they will vote, so you will get to see the difference."

Asked whether Trinamool Congress fielding a candidate would make a difference, Mukherjee said, "Yes it will make a difference. But whether the difference will be in my favour or against me, it is difficult for me to say. Had it been the case that all the TMC votes were polled in my favour then the difference would have been noted in the last panchayat polls."

To a question he rejected the possibility of post poll alliance by his party with Trinamool Congress.

"I don't think so. There can't be any alliance. During the 2011 assembly poll in the state, I was the biggest supporter of the alliance because our main aim was to dislodge the Left. But after the 2011 polls the TMC started treating us at par with CPI(M), which is not acceptable," he added.

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