President-elect Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit Mukherjee is keen on contesting from his father’s Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district.

 The Congress MLA from Nalhati in Birbhum district has approached district Congress president and MP from neighbouring Behrampore Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on the matter.

 “I said he is welcome to contest the seat, which was represented by his father over the last eight years. But it is the party’s high command that will have the final say,” Mr. Chowdhury told The Hindu over telephone from New Delhi on Tuesday.

 If Abhijit contested the seat, it would be an “added advantage” to the Congress as people there were familiar with the development activities taken up by his father. “We will not have to come out to campaign too extensively if he contests.”

 Abhijit would win the seat even without the support of the Trinamool Congress and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mr. Chowdhury said.

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