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Mishra wants 3 Union berths

Om Prakash Mishra has requested three ministerial berths for state leaders.

OUR CORRESPONDENT  Kolkata | 23rd Sep 2012

Om Prakash Mishra

Om Prakash Mishra, the general secretary of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, has sent a letter to Sonia Gandhi requesting three ministerial berths for Congressmen from the state, including a Cabinet berth. Citing the withdrawal of a Cabinet minister and five Ministers of the State by the Trinamool Congress as a "wonderful opportunity for the revival" of the Congress in the state, Mishra wrote that "proportionate and adequate representation of Congress MPs from the state would be a morale booster and help generate political support for reform measures and other progressive and welfare agenda of the UPA government." Mishra lamented that out of the 42 Lok Sabha and 16 Rajya Sabha members from the state, only six belonged to the Congress. The letter highlighted that Pranab Mukherjee's election to the President's office was engaging the attention of the people for "proportionate and adequate representation from West Bengal".

After parting ways with the Trinamool Congress in the state, the Congress has emerged as the principal Opposition party with 42 MLAs. The Left has 39 MLAs. So CPM's Surjyakanta Mishra, the present Leader of the Opposition, lost his place to Md. Sohrab of the Congress.

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