Kolkata: CPM Leader Ritabrata Banerjee sacked from state committee on Tuesday. Earlier, PM state committee meeting will decide the fate of its Rajya Sabha member Ritabrata Banerjee, accused of leading a “lavish lifestyle not in line with the party’s ideology” and allegedly leaking party affairs to the media. This follows a discussion on the issue on Monday, the first day of the the two-day meeting. The party is divided over whether to expel him or drop him from the state committee.
A three-member committee headed by CPM MP Mohammad Salim looked into the allegations, including that of leaking information to the media. Sources said the committee had prima facie found some evidence against Banerjee.
According to a senior party leader, state committee members were divided as many considered him a fine speaker in Parliament and that removing him at this crucial juncture might not be a good idea for the Opposition. Others, however, debated that the party’s image must be protected at any cost.
Meanwhile, the party’s Burdwan unit submitted a report in the state committee and criticised senior party leader Gautam Deb for speaking in public against the party’s decision not to nominate CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury for the Rajya Sabha election. Speaking to a Bengali television news channel, the senior party leader had openly criticised the party’s central leadership for not nominating Yechury for the Rajya Sabha election.