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Trinamool expels Saumitra Khan, another MP for anti-party activities

IANS  |  Kolkata 

West Bengal's ruling Congress on Wednesday expelled two of its MPs for their alleged involvement in various controversies and anti-party activities, a said.

Among the two expelled leaders, Saumitra Khan, the from district's Bishnupur Lok Sabha constituency, joined the earlier in the day. The other leader represents district's Bolpur constituency.

"got involved in several controversies in the last one year. He did not have any connection with the party. We have repeatedly cautioned him and gave him a lot of time but things did not change. So he has been removed from the party," said Congress

"On the other hand, is involved in more heinous activities. He has made a number of controversial statements on the and done certain things which are not in line with party's culture. He has also been expelled," he said.

Khan, who was inducted into the saffron party in in the afternoon following his meeting with President Amit Shah, claimed he left the as there is no democracy in Bengal.

Taking a swipe at Chief Minister and her nephew and party Abhishek Banerjee, Khan said it is not possible that only a certain family from south Kolkata will reign in Bengal.

"There is no democracy in Bengal. I have repeatedly told the party that we should respect common people but that did not happen. Election is going on in the entire country, but not a single blast took place anywhere (outside Bengal). They (Trinamool) are snatching away people's voting rights and giving away the funds received from the cannot be run this way," he said.

"Who is to decide whether I would get the ticket in 2019 elections from the party? I am a people's People will decide if I am eligible or not. A single family from south Kolkata should not be allowed to rule Bengal," he added.

The other expelled Trinamool MP, Anupam Hazra, claimed that his name never featured in either the Saradha ponzy scam or the Narada sting operation, where a number of fellow party leaders were allegedly involved and questioned the party's definition of anti-party activities.

"I want to ask what is his definition of anti-party activity? I was neither involved in Saradha or Narada cases nor did I misuse the name of party supremo to take undue advantages or extort money from anywhere," Hazra said.

"The only objection against me was that I was very active on but I have deleted my account one year back because of the party's objection. So I want to know what he meant by anti-party activities," he added.

Referring to the removal of the two MPs from the party, Trinamool's virtual second-in-command said the party will have no problems in winning all 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal without them in 2019.

"It (their removal) is a party decision. It does not matter who the candidate would be. Whoever the party chooses, will have no problems in winning if Mamata Banerjee's blessings are with him. We are ready. Even if the election is held tomorrow, I can assure you that we will make it 42 out of 42 seats in 2019," he claimed.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 20:16 IST