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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 15 September: CPI-M politburo has put its seal on the expulsion of Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee from the party as was recommended by the party’s Bengal state secretariat on 13 September.

With this, the 38-year-old first time MP has lost his primary membership of the CPI-M. This, however, does not make it mandatory for him to resign as an MP; he can continue to be in the Rajya Sabha as an unattached member.

CPI-M state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra issued a Press statement this afternoon announcing that the Banerjee has been expelled as per provision 19 (13) of the party constitution for “gross anti-party activities.”

In the one-page statement in Bengali, Mishra has said that the young MP was given “opportunity to defend him before a three-member party panel that was constituted to probe allegations of indiscipline” and the panel “pronounced him guilty after close scrutiny of all the related aspects.”

“Repeated efforts to rectify him went in vain and instead of trying to take corrective steps, he went tarnishing the image of the party,” Mishra has underscored.

Without naming ABP Ananda news channel, the statement has referred to the 11 September TV interview that Banerjee gave to the channel, as the final trigger for the party state secretariat to take the decision to expel him from the party.

The expelled CPI-M MP is yet to offer a reaction to the development, but has updated his 13 September pinned tweet to “Bengal has been and will be my priority. #JoyBangla #JaiHind.” The new addition is “#JaiHind.”

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