The WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury has called an emergency meeting at Bidhan Bhavan on Saturday, July 9 to discuss what steps the party should take if Manas Bhuniya refuses to step
down from the post of the chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Leader of the Opposition, Abdul Mannan, who was not on speaking terms with Chowdhury till recently, wants stringent action against Bhuniya as the Speaker Biman Bandopadhyay refused to make Sujan Chakraborty of CPI(M) as PAC chairman on the ground that this post is always given to the main Opposition party.
Congress with 44 MLAs is the main Opposition party in West Bengal Assembly.Mannan developed problem with Bhuniya after the latter initially opposed the move to form alliance with Congress. He even met party chairperson Sonia Gandhi and expressed his displeasure.
Though Bhuniya is a veteran politician, he was not made the deputy leader of Opposition. He is not going to attend the meeting because of his prior appointment. Politicalanalysts said he might be suspended from the party “for carrying out anti-party activities.”
Meanwhile, Dilip Ghosh, MLA and BJP state secretary has supported Bhuniya.On Sunday, CPI(M) politburo members will meet the state committee members over the issue of having electoral alliance with Congress.
The party’s central committee had already issued a statement saying “The alliance was not in consonance with the decision of the central committee” and asked PB to rectify it.
Political analysts said the state committee members opposing the alliance would be active and would try to corner party’s state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra who is still supporting the alliance.
The pro-alliance leaders in had been vocal in favour of the tie up before the Central Committee (CC) meeting, but once the CC has condemned it, they will not be able to raise their voice before the PB members.
Once the state committee has “rectified” its move, it will be difficult for the pro alliance leaders to have floor coordination with Congress, even in Assembly.
“The PB and CC leaders have understood that what the tie up leaders are saying in the name people’s alliance is not true and the alliance will do more harm to the party in future,” a state committee leader said.