A year ahead of Assembly polls in the state,the Congress has changed its leadership in West Bengal,with senior party leader and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee making way for Manas Ranjan Bhunia as the new president of the state unit.
Mukherjee resigned from the position on Sunday citing heavy responsibilities within the government. Party general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said following Mukherjees decision,party president Sonia Gandhi appointed Bhunia as the new chief of the West Bengal PCC.
A close associate of Mukherjee,Bhunia is currently the leader of the Congress
Legislature Party in the West Bengal Assembly. His appointment has come into force with immediate effect.
The Congress had earlier this month also made a change in the leadership of PCC in Bihar,which is going to polls later this year.
Mukherjee,who was appointed as WBPCC chief in 2001,has been for quite some time impressing upon the leadership to have a full-time president in view of the Assembly polls.
The announcement by Sonia Gandhi comes a day after Mukherjee held long parleys over dinner with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.
The name of Pradip Bhattacharya,another close associate of Mukherjee who is also the working president of West Bengal Congress,was also doing rounds,but the high command chose Bhunia for the post.
The Congress,which contested the recent local body elections separately,had fared poorly.