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Ulysses in Didi govt
- Manas plans bridge spree

Calcutta, Sept. 20: Manas Bhunia has brought the zeal of Ulysses to his daily routine — a foundation-laying spree as “every minute” is crucial.

The state Congress minister for irrigation and micro, small and medium enterprises will lay the foundation of 12 bridges in West Midnapore tomorrow when Trinamul’s expected pullout from the UPA sets off a chain of events that could herald his party’s exit from the Mamata Banerjee government.

“Every minute has to be utilised and one should be prepared for any eventuality in life,” Bhunia said, much like Tennyson’s Ulysses, the Greek king whose wish for “work of noble note” drove him to “seek a newer world” before “death closes all”.

A Congress minister said Bhunia was keen to “leave his imprint” on the irrigation ministry “before he demits office”.

Bhunia’s comments sparked speculation that the high command would ask the six Congress ministers in the Mamata government to resign soon after Trinamul withdraws support to the UPA.

Asked about such a possibility, Bhunia said: “We are the state wing of a national party. We will do whatever our high command says. We joined the government after the high command asked us to. We did not participate in the cabinet meeting yesterday because the high command asked us not to. In the future too, we will act according to the instructions of the leadership in Delhi.”

The Congress leader, however, hastened to add that he did not want to “predict anything in politics”. “Let’s all wait and see what actually happens.”

Bhunia today submitted a report on the performance of his departments to the chief minister, chief secretary Samar Ghosh and Speaker Biman Banerjee.