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CPI(M) MP Ritabrata Banerjee suspended for three months

CPI(M) MP Ritabrata Banerjee suspended for three months
CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee was on Friday suspended from the party for three months over his "lavish lifestyle".

"His (Ritabrata) lifestyle is unlike that of a communist. We have received a lot of complaints. He has been suspended for three months," a senior CPI(M) leader said speaking on condition of anonymity.

A three-member commission comprising Mohammad Selim, Madan Ghosh and Mohammad Amin has been set up to probe into the allegations against Bandopadhyay. It will submit a report on August 2.

It was learnt that for quite some time many party leaders including women comrades had lodged complaints to Biman Bose and Surya Kanta Misra against Bandopadhyay alleging "misbehaviour and arrogance." The matter came up for discussion at the state committee meeting on Friday and most of the leaders suggested that he should be suspended for three months and a commission should be set up to probe into the allegations.

The panel will submit its report to the CPI(M) state committee within the next three months, a senior leader said.

"If the allegations are found to be true, then further action will be taken and, if they are found to be baseless, his suspension will be withdrawn after three months," he added.

CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra declined to comment on the development.

"I will not disclose internal matters of our party.

Only in the case of public censure of a party leader or expulsion from the party, we come out with a statement," Mishra told reporters.

Banerjee was not available for comment.

This is not the first time that Banerjee has landed himself in trouble. In February, a party member had questioned the use of costly gadgets like Apple watch and Mont Blanc pen by him. Banerjee, using his position as an MP, had reportedly written to the employer of the party member complaining against him.

The CPI(M) state committee had then publicly criticised Banerjee's behaviour and cautioned him.
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