Congress will not take back rebels after polls: Ahmed

The claim by Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury that the four rebel candidates he is backing in the district would be taken back after the WB Assembly polls was refuted today by the party-in charge of the state Shakeel Ahmed.

Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 19:28 PM IST

Kolkata: The claim by Murshidabad
strongman and Congress MP Adhir Chowdhury that the four rebel candidates he is backing in the district would be taken back after the West Bengal Assembly elections was refuted Thursday by
the party-in charge of the state Shakeel Ahmed.

"They (rebels) will not be taken back after the
elections even if they win, though we will respect the verdict
of the people. It is not automatic that they can rejoin the
party after the elections," Ahmed, a Congress Working
Committee member, told reporters here.

Chowdhury, who shared the dais with Congress president
Sonia Gandhi yesterday at Salar in Bharatpur Assembly
constituency said at Bhagabangola in the district today "I
don?t care if my partymen contesting as Independents get
suspended. They stand as Independents till April 23 (the date of election in Murshidabad). Once the election is over, they will be taken back to the partyfold."

The Congress High Command has already expelled party
rebels who are contesting as Independents against the
Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance candidates.

Congress is strong in the district and has won all
three Lok Sabha seats including Berhampore and Jangipur
represented by Chowdhury and Union Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee respectively.

Ahmed said Congress observers were watching the activities of the rebels and also senior party leaders backing them. Action would be taken against them on the basis of their reports.
Pressed for a direct answer whether the party was
hesitant to take action against Chowdhury and another
Congress MP Deepa Dasmunshi who backed rebels in North
Dinajpur where polling was held in first phase on April 18,
Ahmed said "Party discipline is for all including MPs and MLAs
and WBPCC members.

"The party will take action after the elections
against all leaders supporting independents and working
against the interests of the Congress and the Trinamool
Congress candidates," he said.

PTI