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PAC chairman post row reaches Sonia's doorstep

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Sonia Gandhi is so indispensable for Congress leaders that they could not even solve a minor issue without her intervention. The West Bengal Congress leaders visited Delhi on Wednesday as senior leader Manas Bhuiyan refused to give up the post of chairman of the public accounts committee in the West Bengal assembly. The meeting, which was chaired the by Congress general secretary in charge of West Bengal, C.P. Joshi, was, however, inconclusive as the delegation and Joshi decided that only the party president could sort it out.

The state Congress had decided to give the post to a senior leader from the Left. Despite this, Bhuiyan had disregarded the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) decision. A showcause notice was issued by PCC chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to Bhuiyan, following which he knocked on Sonia Gandhi's door.

At the meeting with Joshi, Bhuiyan was asked why he was adamant in holding the portfolio. Bhuiyan responded, "My name was shortlisted earlier by the PCC chief. And I was unfairly served a showcause notice." Joshi said being chief of the party in Bengal, Chowdhury had every right to serve showcause notice if there was any aberration. Chowdhury said, "That [shortlisting Bhuiyan] was the initial decision. But later we changed our mind and decided to give it to CPI(M) in order to hold the alliance in Bengal."

Bhuiyan remained firm and reminded everyone that he had been an obedient soldier of the Congress for years, but the party had disregarded him from time to time. Joshi asked why he was not accepting the decision of the state Congress if he was an obedient soldier. Bhuiyan replied, "I am answerable to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi only."

Apart from Chowdhury, leader of opposition Abdul Mannan also attended the meeting.

When Bhuiyan took Sonia’s name, Chowdhury calmed down and suggested that the decision of Congress president be accepted as solution. Bhuiyan then walked out of the meeting.

Bhuiyan, on Thursday, said, "Yes. I am still continuing as chairman of the public accounts committee. I am waiting for the decision of Dr C.P. Joshi and then Soniaji.”

Chowdhury, meanwhile, made it clear that he had no problems with Bhuiyan continuing as the chairman if Sonia Gandhi wishes so. "Why should I have any problem? If Soniaji agrees, let him remain as PAC chief," Chowdhury said.

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