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By A Newsman

Malda, 24 November: NOTWITHSTANDING the gradual decline of its political might in Bengal, CPI-M is showing no sign of compromise when it comes to intra-party discipline.

The party has now suspended four out of its six councillors at Malda’s English Bazaar Municipality for anti-party activities. In specific they have been suspended on charges of growing proximity with arch rival Trinamool. This apart, CPI-M has also suspended three primary members from the party on the same charges.

The four councillors, who have been suspended are ~ Subhadeep Sanyal councillor of ward 27, Paritosh Chowdhury, councillor of ward 3, Barnali Halder, councillor of ward 23, and Prasenjit Ghosh, councillor of ward 28.

The three other leaders been suspended are ~ Laxman Ghosh, Manoj Saha, and Pradip Gupta. Ghosh is the husband of councillor Sutapa Das of ward 24, who is still with the CPI-M.

CPI-M Malda district secretary Ambar Mitra said that the seven were served with show-cause notices a few days ago after an internal probe by the party found them that they were maintaining proximity with Trinamool. “Since they did not care to respond, all of them have now been suspended,” he said.

With this move, CPI-M’s strength in the Trinamool ruled 29 member English Bazaar Municipality has come down to only two.