Leaving no stone unturned to distance itself from its tainted MP Kunal Ghosh, the Trinamool Congress on Thursday moved the Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari’s office to allot Ghosh a seat away from the party’s other MPs in the Upper House.
While Ghosh is currently languishing in judicial custody, Trinamool leader Derek O’Brian led a party appeal citing Ghosh’s suspension from the party to request Ansari to shift him to some other seat. Ghosh has been suspended from the party following his arrest by the police over Sharada chit fund scam.
Sources in Rajya Sabha, however, said that there is no precedence of re-allotting a member’s seat on ground of suspension. “Expulsion from a party can result in a change of the seat but suspension means a member is still a part of his party,” said an official.
The CPI(M) quickly tried to catch fish in Trinamool’s troubled waters. Party leader Sitaram Yechury said that they will demand a detail information about the “arrest of a colleague in Rajya Sabha”. the party also plans to raise the issue in Parliament.