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The same rules will apply to each and every case, says Bunia
Non-committal on top leaders Adhir Chowdhury, Deepa Dasmunsi
KOLKATA: West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) president Manas Bunia said here on Monday that the party shall continue to take action against those who have defied the party's seat-sharing arrangement with the Trinamool Congress and contest as Independents in the Assembly elections.
“There is no way politics of dissent will be allowed,” Dr. Bunia told journalists adding that the same rules that had applied to the party members suspended so far will equally apply to each and every case without exception.
However, Dr. Bunia was non-committal on the fate of senior leaders of the WBPCC Adhir Chowdhury and Deepa Dasmunsi, the MPs from Behrampore and Raigunj respectively, both of whom are openly campaigning for rebel candidates.
“Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Deepa Dasmunsi are very important Congress leaders and I have personally spoken to them. They have assured me that they are not doing any anti-party activities. But we are still receiving reports from the districts,” he said.
So far the party has suspended 17 rebel candidates that includes four Congressmen from Nadia district, who Dr. Bunia said were “automatically suspended.” However, Dr. Bunia said that he did not have the authority to decide on the suspension of sitting MLAs, Ram Pyare Ram and Abdul Khalek Mollah, who are also contesting as Independents, but said that he had sent the recommendation for action against them to the All India Congress Committee.
One being asked about the arrest of Subhrangshu Roy, a Trinamool Congress candidate from Bijpur in North 24 Parganas district and the son of Union Minister of State for Shipping Mukul Roy, Dr. Bunia chose to defend his alliance partner and instead passed the blame to the Left Front government.
Mr. Subhrangshu Roy was absconding after an arrest warrant had been issued in his name for assaulting officials of the Election Commission and he had turned up at an election rally of the Trinamool Congress in North 24 Parganas.
Ignoring the fact that Mr. Roy is a Trinamool Congress candidate for the Assembly elections, Dr. Bunia said, “How can it be possible for a party to track which absconding person is present at which election rally?” Dr Bunia pointed out that it was Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's failure to arrest an absconding person earlier.
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