WB Congress Gen Sec seeks three ministerial berths at Centre
Kolkata: With six Trinamool Congress ministers resigning from the UPA government on Friday, West Bengal Congress general secretary Omprakash Mishra today sought induction of three leaders from the state as Union ministers, including one of Cabinet rank.
In his letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Mishra said with resignation of six TMC ministers and elevation of Pranab Mukherjee as country's President, proportionate representation of Congress MPs in the council of ministers would be a morale booster and generate political support in the state.
"Out of 42 Lok Sabha and 16 Rajya Sabha members from the state, the Congress has only six members (five in Lok Sabha and one in Rajya Sabha). State's representation in the Union Council of Ministers has to be made from them now," he said.
West Bengal, being "third largest state" together with Andhra Pradesh in terms of political representation, deserved political and ministerial representation in a "proportionate way", Mishra said.
WBPCC President Pradip Bhattacharya, however, described it as Mishra's personal request.
"Its an absolutely personal appeal by Mishra to the Congress President and has nothing to do with the WBPCC. It's absolutely the prerogative of the party's supreme leadership about how many ministerial berth will be given to state," he said.