CPM suspends Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee for 3 months after complaints over ‘lavish lifestyle’

According to reports, the 38-year-old parliamentarian uses hi-tech and expensive gadgets that do not go with the tenets of the party.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 7:43 pm
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Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday suspended Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee from the party for three months after complaints over his 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 was quoted as saying by PTI on condition of anonymity. A three-member inquiry commission has also been set up to probe into the allegations against the 38-year-old parliamentarian. According to reports, the 38-year-old parliamentarian uses hi-tech and expensive gadgets that do not go with the tenets of the party.

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are found to be true, then further action will be taken and, if they are found to be baseless,his suspension will be withdrawn after three months,” he added.

This was not the first time that the CPI (M) leader has found himself in troubled waters. In February, a party member had raised objections against him over his use of costly gadgets like Apple watch and Mont Blanc pen. Using his position as an MP, Banerjee had reportedly written to the employer of the party member complaining against him. Subsequently, the party state committee had publicly criticized his behaviour and cautioned him.

With PTI inputs

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    Ajaypal Sidhu
    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm
    How can they do this to an MP when the feku PM wears suits worth Rs 10 lacs each?
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      Chandu Shah
      Jun 3, 2017 at 12:10 am
      However Modi is not a communist
      1. A
        Jun 3, 2017 at 1:47 am
        People like you are merchant of fake news. Either you are a mischievous and cunnning troublemaker or a gullible !!!! There were no 10 lacs suit!
        1. T
          Jun 3, 2017 at 4:45 am
          It was modis PA. Who made it public with proud
      2. C
        Jun 2, 2017 at 10:17 pm
        At least the MP is honest. He could have argued that the Mont Blanc pen is made by Chinese workers and he is helping the workers indirectly. I still do not understand how the birthplace of communism, Karl Max, Germany did not adopt communism.
        1. ಮನೋಜ್
          Jun 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm
          I'm impressed. But suspension is a low hanging fruit when compared to reviving part to old glory.
          1. R
            Jun 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm
            stupid communists should worry if such lifestyle is because of honest earning or not. If he is using his own money to have such high tech gadgets then it is no ones business (I think commies also at same breath support beef eating saying it is freedom to choose what to eat! hypocrites) .They should act or even file an FIR if the said things are due to ill gotten wealth. Just a drama of simple living like Momota begum (Sharada /narada loot fame) or kejirwal (wear torn shirt and use tax payers money to give Rs 24 lack/appearance in dozens of crores for personal legal troubles) makes no sense as those expenses are all ill-gotten ones! This nautinki of symbolism should stop and focus on honesty and probity, lacking in almost all politicians especiall of 'pseudo-secular' kind. Another example is rustic living of secular dar Lallu and his ill gotten thousands of crores!
            1. T
              Jun 3, 2017 at 4:46 am
              Double standard goon u are .atleast be honest to urself
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              Subin Das
              Jun 2, 2017 at 9:04 pm
              At last Communists have woken up and acted like true communists. People of for that matter leaders do not matter, what matters is party discipline and your true behaviour. Your ways and means to be with people of the country. "Simple living and high thinking was and still is the key word for becoming true communist. Let Ritabrata clear himself such allegations and return to party fold as a young Turk. Hope sudden access to power have not gone to his head?
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                Pradeep Bhattacharya
                Jun 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm
                Any other party in India has no guts to take such action...
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                  ramesh ahuja
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 8:31 pm
                  The most disgraceful party in India.
                  1. S
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 9:18 pm
                    Small correction.. Communist Parties are the most disgraceful Parties in the World based on the History. They are Dictatorial, Brutal, Ruthless and extremely shortsighted like stanis . Citizens never get anything unless they agree to and follow the brutal Leaders Command , which most of the time is for fulfil the whim and Fancy of some leader. Once Communism comes to Power , no one can express view against the Govt. more than once in his / her lifetime as they will be sent permanently out of this World.
                    1. T
                      Jun 3, 2017 at 4:47 am
                      RSS is competing with them to replace these qualities .unlike communist they need onmy few years to replace them
                  2. H
                    Jun 2, 2017 at 8:07 pm
                    CPM is a party of criminals and terrorist, this person may be exception. Hence he is sent out.
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