Kiranmoy returns to SP, will remain a minister

West Bengal Minister for Fisheries Kiranmoy Nanda has been appointed general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, a post he held till 2000 when Amar Singh took over.  Nanda was given his new assignment in Delhi yesterday evening by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"My brother will remain a minister in the Left Front government and Mulayamji has told him he had no problem with that," Brahmamoy Nanda, Kiranmoy's younger brother and an MLA of the West Bengal Samajwadi Party (WBSP), of which Kiranmoy was the general secretary till yesterday, said.

With this, the WBSP, a Left Front constituent, has now merged with the SP.

Kiranmoy was SP general secretary between 1996 and 2000. He first became minister for fisheries, a portfolio he has been holding till now, in 1982, when he represented West Bengal Socialist Party. It merged with Samajwadi Party in 1996 and Kiranmoy became the party general secretary. But during the Kolkata municipal elections in 2000, Kiranmoy fell out with Mulayam after which he floated WBSP.

"He is most welcome to the party. We will now work hard," Shyamadhar Pandey, SP state unit general secretary, said.

The ruling CPM said it has no problem with the WBSP merging with the SP. "We are working with the SP on several issues. We have no problem if Nanda becomes SP general secretary. I believe with the SP becoming a part of the Left Front once again, we will become stronger," said Rabin Deb, a CPM state secretariat member.

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