Kolkata: Even before the honeymoon period between the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Congress could end, bickering between the two political allies has emerged on the surface. Three Congress ministers including Cottage and Irrigation Minister Dr Manas Bhunia in the state cabinet have expressed their desire to quit the Mamata government.

Though the central leadership of Congress is yet to give nod to the move, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has advised the three Congress ministers to work in coordination with the TMC and render their services with sincerity.

After ending the 34-year-rule of the Left Front in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inducted seven Congress legislators in the state cabinet. However, soon after taking over the charge, few Congress ministers have decided to quit the ministry. In addition to Bhunia, Manoj Chakravorty and Abbu Hena too have come up with a similar desire. Bhunia has already apprised the central leadership of his plans.

According to the sources, Congress leaders are annoyed over the fact that they do not enjoy the freedom to make a decision on their level. It is believed that the TMC ministers in the state cabinet seek the consent of the Chief Minister before taking any decision, whereas the Congress ministers are not willing to follow the footsteps of their counterparts. As a result, three Congress ministers want to quit the cabinet.

(JPN/ Bureau)