5 Trinamool MLAs in Tripura suspended for anti-Meira Kumar stand
The MLAs said their opposition to Kumar was because of ruling CPI(M)’s support to her, and urged Mamata Banerjee to reconsider her decision.india Updated: Jul 03, 2017 21:21 IST
Five of six Trinamool Congress MLAs of Tripura, who were seen to be getting close to BJP, were suspended from the party for defying its chief Mamata Banerjee’s support Meira Kumar in the presidential elections.
Trinamool Congress general secretary, Partha Chatterjee made the announcement in Kolkata, but since the state unit had not received a letter, they were in the dark about who was left out.
Even Mukul Roy, TMC Tripura in-charge, has been replaced by TMC MLA Sabyasachi Datta, a party source claimed.
The state unit had decided not to back Meira Kumar citing ruling CPI(M)’s support for her.
“CPM is our main rival here (in Tripura). So, naturally, we cannot support a candidate it supports,” TMC MLA Sudip Roy Barman told reporters at the party headquarters here.
He went on to add that Mamata Banerjee, who believes in anti-Left policy but supported Meira Kumar, never consulted the Tripura unit on matter.
“We would appeal to her to re-consider her decision,” he said, adding that the suspension was “undemocratic”.
The Agartala MLA said they did not get any letter on this and so they didn’t know “who was excluded from the suspension list”.
“We are six MLAs and it is heard that only five have been suspended. We don’t know who was excluded from the suspension list,” he said.
Barman did not say anything about whom they will vote for in the July 17 presidential election. However, he said they would decide their stand in a meeting on July 5.
Last month, Assam minister and North East Democratic Alliance convener, Himanta Biswa Sarma, had during his visit to Agartala, appealed all TMC and Congress MLAs to vote for the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
He hinted at the possibility of BJP forging an alliance with anti-Left regional political parties of indigenous communities.
BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav too had appealed to Barman to support Kovind recently.
Barman was also silent on the six TMC MLAs joining the BJP, which had given nine MLAs of TMC and Congress a deadline of May 31 to join the party without any pre-condition. But none of them had made any move.
The Congress had 10 MLAs in the assembly but six of them rebelled and joined TMC on June 7 last year. Another Congress MLA quit and joined CPI(M).
First Published: Jul 03, 2017 21:18 IST