Senior Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya was appointed president of West Bengal unit of the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) on Sunday. Bhattacharya has replaced Subrata Mukherjee,who had held the post for the last 23 years and had recently joined the Trinamool Congress. The announcement was made by national president of the Congress-backed trade union at its National Working Commitee meeting in Ranchi.
Since Subrata Mukherjee left the Congress to join Trinamool ahead of the civic elections in Bengal,there was increasing pressure to replace him from the INTUC post. Last time when Mukherjee had left the party,he continued to hold the post at INTUC.
Moreover,the appointment of the 64-year-old Bhattacharya is seen as a move to rehabilitate him since many leaders were unhappy with the elevation of Manas Bhuniya to the post of state Congress chief. I will discharge my responsibility with the best of my ability. The workers in West Bengal are essentially anti-Left,and in the present political situation this is an important responsibility, Bhattacharya told The Indian Express.
In the 1970s,Bhattacharya was the minister of state for labour in the Siddhartha Shankar Ray government.