Manas Bhunia, former West Bengal Congress President on Monday joined the ruling Trinamool Congress. Earlier last week, reports had suggested that Bhunia was disappointed with the Congress party leadership in West Bengal and likely to join the TMC this week. Bhunia had earlier called AICC general secretary C P Joshi as a “sleeping GS”.
Criticising Joshi, Bhunia had said that in his long political career he had never seen a sleeping general secretary like him. He had stressed on the fact that Congress was melting away in the state and expressed doubts over his stay with the party. When asked about his decision to quit the party, Bhunia had expressed the privilege he has had to have worked under Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. He also said that he respected Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi but blamed general secretary C P Joshi’s inaction for his consideration of leaving the party.
He had blamed the leadership of leadership of WBPCC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and CLP leader Abdul Mannan for the decimation of Congress in the state. Earlier, Manas Bhunia’s brother Bikash Bhunia had also left Congress and joined the Trinamool Congress party. Last week, he had hailed the leadership of Mamata Banerjee and said that everybody should thank her for returning the lands to the farmers in Singur. He then went on to call her the “Best Chief Minister in the country”. Bhunia problem with the Congress party started over the issue of accepting PAC chairman’s p[ost despite opposition from Chowdhury and Mannan. the state CLP had then gone on to ask for his suspension following which A K Anthony, heading the Central Disciplinary Action Committee of Congress asked Bhunia for an explanation for his actions.