CPI(M) state secretariat expels Ritabrata Bandyopadhyay
Kolkata: The state secretariat of CPI(M) on Wednesday unanimously expelled Ritabrata Bandyopadhyay from the party for flouting discipline.
The state secretariat has informed the Central Committee about the decision. The Central Committee will meet in October to ratify the decision which was taken unanimously by the members present in Wednesday's meeting at party's state headquarters at Alimuddin Street. Earlier, Bandyopadhyay was dropped from the state committee. He was suspended from CPI(M) membership on June 2 pending investigation to the allegations of moral turpitude and anti-party activities.
In January 2016, Bandyopadhyay pleaded strongly that young leaders of the party had not been given due importance and some old leaders were trying to control the party and run it according to their own sweet will. Bandyopadhyay, a close aide of former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, had also spoken in favour of the alliance with Congress and just 48 hours before the Assembly election results were out in May 2016, in an interview to a vernacular channel, he said that Suryakanta Misra would be the next Chief Minister. However, the CPI(M) faced a poll debacle and Trinamool Congress got 211 out of 294 seats.
The party leadership raised questions in January when a photograph of Bandyopadhyay was published showing him wearing a costly wrist watch and carrying an equally costly pen. A party sympathiser raised the issue in social media and this sparked off a controversy. Angered over the issue, Bandyopadhyay got in touch with the HR of the company where the party sympathiser was working and asked the firm to take action against him. However, the CPI(M) leadership criticised him and party general secretary Sitaram Yehchury had issued a statement condemning his action.
Bandyopadhyay was the all India general secretary of the Students Federation of India (SFI). He became a Rajya Sabha member in 2014.