By A Newsmen
Kolkata, 2 June: CPI-M has suspended its Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee from the party over allegations relating to his lifestyle and conduct.
Banerjee has been suspended for three months until an internal probe panel constituted by the party submitted its report. The panel headed by Central committee member and Lok Sabha MP Md Salim, has in it state secretariat members Madan Ghosh and Mridul Dey.
The panel has been asked to probe the allegations against the 38-year old MP and furnish report by 2 August. The party will decide the next course of action based on the findings of the panel.
CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra today announced the decision at the party’s state secretariat meeting. The party has not divulged the specific charges that have been brought against the Rajya Sabha MP, who had been the all India general secretary of the SFI.
During this, three month suspension, Banerjee will not be able take part in any meeting or event organised by the party. However, he would be able to attend Rajya Sabha session and other related committees in his individual capacity as an MP.
Earlier on 23 February this year, CPI-M state committee had censored the young MP for complaining to the employer of a Bangalore based IT professional for criticising his ‘expensive’ lifestyle. CPI-M sources said that even after this, Banerjee did not mend his ways and the party was receiving regular complaints about his lavish lifestyle and questionable conduct of his private life.
Ritabrata Banerjee has not yet reacted to his suspension from the party, but has tweeted a photo of fluttering CPI-M flags. The accompanying text reads: “Thy colour is RED till d end.”