TMC suspends rebel MLA Swapankanti Ghosh over anti-party activities

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2015 14:15 IST

Trinamool Congress suspended Suri MLA Swapankanti Ghosh on Wednesday afternoon after he staged a demonstration against the party at the assembly premises and refused to call it off even after requests from party leaders and ministers.

"The party has suspended Suri MLA Swapankanti Ghosh for anti-party activities. It appears he is instigated by other parties," said education minister Partha Chatterjee.

"Whatever I have done is to uphold the image of the party. I have always taken pride in the honest image of the chief minister. Whatever has happened in Suri municipality sullies her image," remarked Ghosh after the announcement of the suspension.

"I have waited for two years and a half protesting the developments in the municipality," he added.

Ghosh also told the media that the party should send him a written communication conveying the suspension.

Over the past few weeks Ghosh was agitating against the Suri municipality for alleged misuse of funds meant for a water supply project.

He wrote a few letters to the party leaders including the chief minister, and even signalled that he would not mind facing expulsion if his demands of a probe into the misuse is not satisfied.

After these letters allegedly failed to evince any resposnse from the party, Ghosh told the media that he had sought appointment with union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu.

"He sent a letter on the basis of which I have ordered a departmental inquiry. He knows I have started the inquiry. The chief minister passed on his letter he wrote to her. I have spoken to him over phone. But he began his agitation today without any intimation," said urban development minister Firhad Hakim.

"He had more platforms to approach for redressing his grievances. It is clear that he is being encouraged by other forces," said Hakim.

On Wednesday, Ghosh alleged that marshalls were sent by the speaker who detained his driver and took away the leaflets he was carrying. The leaflets were meant for circulation among MLAs and common people.

The letter Ghosh wrote to the chief minister was printed in the leaflet.

"There are a lot of complaints against Ghosh. Those will also be probed," alleged Hakim.

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