As the alliance between the Congress and Trinamool Congress entered its last day on Friday, West Bengal irrigation minister Manas Bhunia of the Congress sought to extract as much mileage from the situation as he could.
Well aware that Congress ministers in the state government would be quitting the Mamata Banerjee government on Friday evening or Saturday, Bhunia rushed to his Sabang assembly constituency in West Midnapore district, 150 km from Kolkata, to lay as many as 15 foundations stones for projects he didn't find time for till Friday.
Fourteen of the projects are for building bridges.
Bhunia, however, claimed that he was in no hurry to lay the foundation stones and that the programme had been fixed much earlier.
"There is no hurry. The finance department has sanctioned all these projects and R35 crore has been allocated. It is just a coincidence that we are launching these projects at a time when the political scenario is in a critical stage," he said nonchalantly.
But sources in the Congress party said Bhunia's programme was organised at short notice.
Trinamool sources said only chief minister Mamata Banerjee has laid more foundation stones in a single day.