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CPI(M) Bengal unit recommends removal of MP Ritabrata Banerjee from state committee

The complaints against the Ritabrata Banerjee were related to his lifestyle.

kolkata Updated: Aug 08, 2017 18:46 IST
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Sumanta Ray Chaudhuri
Hindustan Times
Ritabrata Banerjee,CPI(M),Rajya Sabha
Though the Bengal state committee made the recommendation, the final decision will be taken by the central committee.(Facebook)

Upholding the report of three-member probe panel against him, the CPI(M) state committee on Tuesday recommended the expulsion of Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee from the Bengal committee. The decision that came after a stormy session of the committee in Kolkata will deliver a jolt to the career of the 38-year old MP who already made a mark as a promising Parliamentarian.

There were mainly two complaints against Banerjee. First, he had a lavish lifestyle that included use of expensive personal gadgets. Second, he was accused of ‘romantic liaisons’ not befitting a Marxist.

Read: CPM suspends Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee for lavish lifestyle

CPI(M) leaders could not recall when an MP was suspended last for affluent lifestyle.

RItabrata Banerjee on an election campaign with former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee before the 2016 assembly polls in Bengal. (Facebook)

“The final decision will be taken by the central committee. But he must get some punishment for his own rectification,” said party state secretary and politburo member Suryakanta Mishra. He, however, added that Banerjee is young and can rectify his mistakes.

Mishra also added that Banerjee will continue to be suspended from the party till the central committee takes a final decision. However, he will continue to perform as a Rajya Sabha MP according to the directions of the party.

Read: To have or have not: Mont Blanc pen, Apple watch land CPI(M) MP in soup

The committee led by politburo member Md Salim submitted its report on August 2. The other two members were central committee member, Madan Ghosh and state secretariat member, Mridul De.

Banerjee was placed under three-month suspension from the party on June 2.

“We don’t want extreme punishment (read expulsion from the party) for him,” added Mishra.

On Tuesday, the state committee members who defended Banerjee were state SFI president Madhuja Sen Roy, Nepaldeb Bhattacharya, Palash Das, former MP Tarit Topdar.

Banerjee has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since February 2014. He became SFI district president in 2003. In 2005, he was made vice president of the West Bengal wing of the SFI. Sometime in 2005, Banerjee decided to join politics full time.

Earlier the MP alleged in private circles that a section of the party leadership was conspiring against him since he became of member of the upper house of the Parliament.

It is not the first time that Banerjee waded into a controversy. Earlier this year, he posted a picture in a social networking site sporting an Apple watch and Mont Blanc Pen. After a Democratic Youth Federation of India (the youth wing of the party) member made a Facebook post of this picture questioning on how a communist leader can sport such expensive gadgets, Banerjee wrote a letter to the company where the DYFI member was employed and demanded disciplinary action against him.

Banerjee was then censored by the party leadership.

First Published: Aug 08, 2017 18:46 IST