Show cause to TMC MPs, `internal matter`, says party

Last Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 18:28

Kolkata: With the Trinamool Congress to issue show cause notices for anti-party activity to three MPs, Kunal Ghosh, Satabdi Roy and Tapas Pal, the TMC on Saturday dubbed it as an `internal matter`.

"Ours is a democratic party and we believe in democratic functioning. The decision has been taken. The disciplinary committee has taken the decision. It is our internal matter," TMC General Secretary Mukul Roy reporters here.

"I won`t speak further. I told you whatever I am supposed to tell you," Roy said at Trinamool Congress Bhavan.

Roy was asked about the party`s stand on the sharing of dais by three TMC MPs with rebel party MLA Shikha Mitra at a blood donation camp yesterday, where a section of the party leadership was attacked.

Shikha Mitra had been suspended for openly criticising Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee`s style of functioning and other matters.

Kunal Ghosh, the party`s Rajya Sabha member, and whose name figured in the Saradha chitfund scam, yesterday alleged that a section of the party leadership was trying to ignore those who had made sacrifices for the growth of the party.

Satabdi Roy, a Bengali film actress-turned-politician and TMC Lok Sabha member from Birbhum district, had praised Shikha Mitra, saying she had the courage to speak the truth.

Tapas Pal, also an actor, had echoed Satabdi Roy.

The Trinamool general secretary said that the chief minister`s aggressive development initiatives had earned the TMC full confidence of the people which was reflected in the party securing absolute majority in 13 of the 17 districts in the last panchayat elections.

"Ours is a government of Ma, Mati, Manush (Mother, Land and People) and we have full confidence in the leadership of Mamata Banerjee," he said.

Roy had said yesterday that the show cause to the MPs would be issued `in a day or two`.

Meanwhile, Kunal Ghosh was today quizzed by police in connection with the multi-crore Saradha scam.

Though he did not link the summons from the Bidhannagar police commissionerate, which is probing the chit fund muddle, with his attack on the party leadership, Ghosh said a "conspiracy" has been hatched against him by those involved in the scandal.

"A conspiracy has been hatched against me by those who are involved in the scam. But who all are behind the conspiracy I can`t say. I am ready to face any probe. I have full confidence in the police, the detective department and Mamata Banerjee," Ghosh told media persons after a four-hour grilling.

This is the second time that Ghosh has been questioned in relation to the scam. He was earlier summoned to the commissionerate on April 29, days after the biggest financial scandal in West Bengal broke out.


First Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 18:28
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