Kabir Suman firm on quitting Trinamool, hits out at party



Kolkata: Noting that being in Trinamool Congress is "like living without dignity", MP Kabir Suman on Tuesday remained firm on his decision to quit the party.

Suman, whose sympathetic stand towards Maoists and outbursts against alleged in-house corruption embarrassed the party, had sent an SMS to Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee last night announcing his resignation from the party as well as the decision to quit from the Lok Sabha.

Addressing a press conference today, he said, "I will send my views to the party in writing today."

The press conference at his home at Baishnabghata in south Kolkata was cut short after Trinamool Congress workers barged in and urged him not to leave the party.

As chaos prevailed, the singer-turned-politician said, "I am a people's representative and I will decide how and where I will spend my MPLAD fund to meet the basic necessities of the people, like road improvement and water."

Singling out Mamata Banerjee's loyalist and party councillor Sobhan Chatterjee for interfering in his work, he alleged, "remaining in the Trinamool Congress is like living without dignity ... I have been elected by the people to serve the people and not to serve the party. I am a slave to the people and not to the party."

PTI