Kolkata: The Congress central leadership
today summoned six disgruntled party leaders of Bengal who
held a dharna before the WBPCC headquarters here questioning
the nomination of Manas Bhunia as PCC chief.
"We have been summoned to Delhi by the party`s central
leadership for a discussion. We are demanding democracy within
the party and protesting the manner in which Manas Bhunia was
appointed state party chief," Pradip Ghosh, a former District
Congress Committee (DCC) president in Kolkata told PTI over
phone from Delhi.
Ghosh was accompanied by former DCC president of Nadia
Shankar Singh, Debi Ghoshal of North-24 Parganas, Manik
Bhowmik of East Midnapur, Biplab Das of South-24 Parganas and
Shankar Malakar of Darjeeling.
All were known critics of Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee
and were removed from their posts in a major reshuffle by the
party ahead of next year`s Assembly elections.
The leaders and their supporters had held a dharna
outside the WBPCC headquarters yesterday demanding that the
state party chief be either elected through secret ballot
or nominated through consensus.
Some of these leaders had also gone on fast before the
May 30 civic elections in West Bengal demanding an alliance
"on honourable terms" with the Trinamool Congress.
Bhunia, on his part, said "the demonstration amounts to
an insult not only to me but also to the organisation and
AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, who urged party workers
to work together ahead of Assembly elections in the state."