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RS nomination: Mollah says Ritabrata a burden for CPI(M)

‘Ritabrata will be a liability for the party. Given the tough conditions the party is facing, it was the need of the hour to send someone who is a fighter by nature, not a person like Ritabrata who comes from a club culture without any real contact with the masses,’ Mollah said.

CPI(M) candidate and SFI all India general secretary Banerjee had filed his nomination for the RS seat on Tuesday. Banerjee, a student leader was in the eye of a political controversy when he, along with other SFI leaders, was accused of heckling West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and state finance minister Amit Mitra in New Delhi while protesting against the death of student leader Sudipto Gupta in Kolkata in 2013.

Said Trinamool MP Sisir Adhikari on Banerjee’s nomination, ‘Morning shows the day. The CPI(M) has chosen a goon, no better as RS candidate. There are so many such cadres in each political party. That does not make him deserving of a Rajya Sabha seat’.

When inquired whether his outburst against the party leadership would land him in trouble, Mollah said, ‘I am not afraid of any action. Let them do whatever they want to do. I have said all these things within the party on several occasions, but nothing was done.’ Mollah, however said that he would not betray the party and would vote in favour of Ritabrata during the polls.
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