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Rebel Trinamool MP decides not to quit party, Lok Sabha

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 17:25

Kolkata: In a volte face, rebel Trinamool
Congress MP Kabir Suman, whose sympathetic stance towards
Maoists and public outbursts had caused embarrassment to the
party, on Wednesday said he would not resign from the party or the
Lok Sabha.

Suman, however, struck a defiant note saying the party
could expel him if it did not want him to continue.

The Jadavpur MP told a press conference that he had
decided not to resign as an MP or from the party "in deference
to the wishes of writer Mahasweta Devi", whom he described as
"like my guardian".

The rebel leader, who had announced on March 30 that he
was quitting the party, made known his unhappiness over some
of the Trinamool leaders targeting him.

"I will be happy if Trinamool Congress decides to expel
me. Party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyya had publicly said that
the party would be relieved if I sent in the resignation
letter to the party. I am not resigning. If the party expels
me, both Bandyopadhyya and myself would be relieved."

Both writer Mahasweta Devi and the singer-turned
politician have been vocal against the government offensive
against Maoists and have expressed sympathy for Maoist-backed
People`s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) at

The MP had also angered the Trinamool leadership by
alleging that there was corruption within the party.


First Published: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 17:25
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