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are found to be true, then further action will be taken and, if they are found to be baseless,his suspension will be withdrawn after three months,” he added.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