Bengal CPM recommends rebel Ritabrata's ouster

I am bleeding from within, but somebody had to bell the cat, says the MP
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
Kolkata
13 Sep 2017

In order to save the party from the continuous onslaught from rebel MP Ritabrata Bandopadhyay, the state secretariat of CPM’s West Bengal unit today recommended his expulsion from the organisation to the Central Committee of the party.

Earlier in June Bandopadhyay, a Rajya Sabha member, was suspended from the party for three months and removed from the state committee allegedly for leading a “lavish lifestyle”. The decision was taken by a party commission headed by Md Selim. Surya Kanta Mishra, party state secretary confirmed the expulsion. ``Today in its meeting the state secretariat has recommended his expulsion from the party and  the central committee will now take a final call on the issue,'' Mishra said at Lalbazar where he led a party rally.
In all likelihood the Central committee will ratify the decision.

Bandopadhyay, in an interview with a television channel on September 12 accused party leaders of conspiring against him. While he poured vitriol on leaders like former party secretary Prakash Karat and his wife and Politburo member Brinda Karat, alleging they always stood in the way of rise of any leader from Bengal, he also attacked Politburo member and MP Mohammad Selim saying he got a room in the Politburo because he was a minority leader. Bandopadhyay, who sported a Mont Blanc pen and a Apple Smartwatch, was ciriticised by many in the party. He was also accused of leaking party information to outsiders. The MP said he had not yet been informed about the party's decision. ``I am bleeding from within, the umbilical chord I had with the party for the last 21 years had been snapped. My fight is not against the party but a section of the leaders. Someone had to bell the cat and I had to pay the price,'' the MP who was present at the meeting where his expulsion was pronounced, said.