Congress MLA and Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Manas Bhunia on Monday said that he would ask West Bengal Assembly Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay whether the leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan could impose restrictions on Bhunia’s movement in the Assembly.
Speaking to newsmen after the Assembly session, Bhunia alleged that Mannan was “intervening in my work unnecessarily,” and said, “The Speaker is the all powerful man in the House and I will ask him whether any MLA can affect my work in the Assembly.”
Bhunia said if he had the power he would have conferred Padma award to Mannan and West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Adhir Chowdhury for degrading the prestige of Congress before the eyes of people of the state and party’s rank and file. “These two leaders have lowered the prestige of the party and people of the state are watching them,” he said adding, “In my 46 years of involvement in politics, this is a new experience when two party leaders are pulling up a leader to settle their scores.”
Bhunia said he had met veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who had assured him of every possible help. He said the All India Congress Committee member did not know what was going on in the state and how these two leaders had collaborated against the interest of the party.
Bhunia said never in the history of the Assembly, Congress MLAs had staged a walk out when one of their colleagues was made the chairman of PAC by the Speaker (on July.4) “It is most unfortunate and the party high command should take action against them for lowering party’s prestige.”