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Will write to Sonia Gandhi to save Congress from Adhir Chowdhury, says Abdul Mannan

A Former Congress leader himself, Abdul Mannan blames Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury for the situation of the party in the state and demanded his removal.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
August 28, 2016 12:47:23 am
West Bengal, Manas Bhuni, Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal Congress,   Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury, Latest news, India news, West Bengal news PAC chairman Manas Bhunia in Kolkata on Saturday. Partha Paul

A day after the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in West Bengal proposed his suspension and expulsion, senior party leader and Public Accounts Committee chairman Manas Bhunia said he would write to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to save the party’s existence in the state.

“Congress is standing at a crucial juncture in the state. Never before has it been in such a situation where so many leaders, MLAs, and elected representatives are leaving the party,” Bhunia said.

Blaming state Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury and Leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan for the party’s situation in Bengal, he demanded the removal of both the senior leaders.

“Who are they to say that I have been boycotted? How dare they call me a ‘kunki haathi’ (wild elephant)? Abdul Mannan has no right to say whether I can be the chairman of the PAC or not. He is not the owner of the Assembly. Also, the kind of language that Adhir had used yesterday shows his criminal mindset. His behavoiur is that of a hooligan, a goonda,” Bhunia said.

“I have given 46 years of my life to Congress. Adhir is not aware of Congress’ culture and history. Under his leadership, our party’s culture and philosophy has disappeared and the party is melting like an ice cream. It is because of their (Chowdhury and Mannan) arrogant attitude and Leftisation of the party that Congress workers are feeling disillusioned, and are leaving. Both of them have to take responsibility and step down. They should be removed immediately, otherwise the party will not survive in the state,” Bhunia said.

Miffed over his defiant stance against the party’s state leadership, Congress MLAs had on Friday decided to appeal to the AICC for the suspension of Bhunia. Chowdhury had accused Bhunia of working on the behalf of Trinamool Congress with “an intention to destroy the Congress in West Bengal”, and said the party would not tolerate such indiscipline. “It has been noticed that he (Bhunia) has taken a ‘supari’ by the TMC to launch an attack on the state Congress from within the party. As the state Congress president, I too have recommended it (his removal),’’ Chowdhury had said.

The party’s decision followed soon after Bhunia’s brother and Congress district president Bikash Bhunia switched over to the Trinamool Congress on Thursday.

Bhunia had earlier been showcaused by the Congress for refusing to step down from the post of PAC chairman, despite repeated requests by party leaders. Thirty-nine party MLAs had jointly appealed to him to resign from the post. The Congress wanted to give the PAC chairmanship to the CPM, with which it had jointly contested the West Bengal Assembly elections earlier this year.

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Bhunia even proposed replacements for the two senior Congress leaders.

“I think Congress MP Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury should be made the president of state Congress, and deputy leader of the party in the state Assembly Nepal Mahato should be made the leader of the Opposition.”

Noting that the CPM-Congress alliance was “a grand mistake”, Bhunia said, “Adhir joining hands with the CPM is a grand mistake. Now Adhir is making the Bengal Congress a ‘sakha sangathan’ (branch) of Alimuddin Street (the location of CPM headquarters).”

He added that he was yet to get the expulsion and suspension letter from the party state leadership. “Where is the letter? I am still waiting for it,’’ he said.

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