CPM cautions Ritabrata

23 Feb 2017

Taking a serious note of the raging controversy in the social media involving party MP Ritabrata Banerjee, the CPM today cautioned Banerjee and decided to come up with guidelines on the use of social media by party workers on issues relating to the party.

Addressing a press conference here, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the party would soon come up with guidelines on the use of social media both at the state level and national level on matters relating to the party. As per new rules, while party members can propagate decision taken by the party on social media, they should not make comments on issues that the party is yet to decide on. For some months now we have been discussing this in the central committee. Social media does not provide licence to any party member to violate party disciplinary principles or to violate the party s principles of democratic centralism. This is not allowed, Yechury said.

"Anyone has the right in the party to make complaint against anyone upto general secretary. Such complaint should be made within the party and all such complaints will be dealt with in a time-bound manner as per our constitution," he added.