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Roy faces challenge from his disciples

SILCHAR, Aug 14: The stage is all set for a full-blown battle between Excise Minister Gautam Roy and his one-time political disciple and now his rival Siddeque Ahmed, who represents south Karimganj constituency in the State Assembly as an Associate Member of Congress.
Sources said relations between Roy and Ahmed reportedly started to sour over the misappropriation of fund belonging to Border Area Development, a ministry headed by the former. Party insiders hinted that Siddeque Ahmed, a man with controversial and a shabby past, was fuelled by two youth ministers of Gogoi’s Cabinet, who reportedly designed to field someone in Karimganj who could thwart the all-encompassing power of Roy in the district.
The battle between the mentor and his disciple has already begun, sources said. Ahmed had addressed a number of rallies in which he promised that he would free Karimganj from the clutches of Roy. He even branded Roy as an anti Muslim leader. In reply to this, followers of Roy in Karimganj and Hailakandi bounced back with a series of rallies alleging that Ahmed was spreading communal venom to settle his personal score with Roy.
Sources said Siddeque Ahmed was reportedly associated with a racket operating in the Indo-Bangla border. Ahmed, an ace footballer, was first picked up by former State Minister Muktadir Choudhury and Ahmed soon became his trusted lieutenant. Their relation broke when Siddeque fielded himself as a candidate in 2001 Assembly election against his mentor Choudhury.
Being backed by Roy, who wanted to clip the wings of Muktadir, a close associate of former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev, defeated his mentor. And that was the beginning of the rise of Siddeque as well as the beginning of closeness between Roy and Ahmed.
Roy raised Siddeque as an alternative to Choudhury. Siddeque again defeated Muktadir in the 2006 election as an independent candidate and Roy made him an associate member of the ruling party.
But, certain issues rocked their relation and Siddeque is now a foe and Muktadir a friend to Gautam Roy. Ahmed knew that he would not get assistance from Roy in the 2011 election and hence started to project himself as a saviour of the Muslims. On the other hand, Muktadir Choudhury, in order to get ticket for the next election, forgot his enmity with Roy and was seen delivering praising Roy’s leadership recently. (Source - Sentinel)

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