Bengal Congress MLAs sign undertaking: I swear allegiance to Sonia ji, Rahul ji

State Congress chief said the undertaking is not forced.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Updated: May 25, 2016 6:37 pm
congress mla, congress mla kolkata, congress mla undertaking, rahul gandhi, sonia gandhi, congress kolkata, bengal elections, bengal elections 2016, bengal elections results The decision to make MLAs sign the paper was unanimously agreed upon at a meeting between legislators, district presidents, state party leaders and Chowdhury.

In the wake of the Congress-Left alliance losing the West Bengal polls, state Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury Tuesday made winning MLAs from his party sign an undertaking “swearing unqualified allegiance” to the party led by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

The undertaking, made on a Rs 100-stamp paper, also seeks to ensure that the MLAs will not “get involved in any anti-party activity”.

The decision to make MLAs sign the paper was unanimously agreed upon at a meeting between legislators, district presidents, state party leaders and Chowdhury.

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When asked why, Chowdhury said: “It is not a bond which we have forced people (to sign) to take action against them if they fail to live up to the conditions. It is more of a voluntary pledge by partymen as a gesture of their allegiance. As far as voicing their concerns, there is and will always be ample scope for it within the party because there can always be disagreements. Just that they should not tom-tom it.”

 

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The first of four points in the two-page stamp paper states: “I do swear my unqualified allegiance to Indian National Congress led by Hon’ble Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji and Hon’ble Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi Ji.”

The second states: “I, as a member of the legislative assembly, will not get involved in any anti-party activity. Even if I do not agree with any party policy and/or party decision, I will not make any negative comment thereon and/or I shall not take any negative action to the detriment of the party. In such a scenario, I shall resign from my post of MLA before making such comment and/or taking such action.”

The third point refers to MLAs “abiding by the party guidelines” and following “guidelines framed by the CLP leader and the chief whip in the floor of the assembly”, while the fourth confirms that the first three statements are “true to my knowledge”.

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“There is nothing wrong in it. There have been instances earlier of MLAs, after going to the assembly with the help of our party symbol, defecting to other parties under enticement or coercion. I believe this is a step in the right direction to stop the malpractice. If the MLA decides to switch sides on the basis of a disagreement on an issue, he or she should step down from the post of the MLA as well,” said senior Congress MLA Abdul Mannan, who won from Champdani constituency in Hooghly district.

But privately, some MLAs expressed the fear that such a move could dilute the “democratic nature of the party”. “The Congress has been known for its democratic nature, where one can voice his or her grievances freely. I hope this is not affected since the state president has not elaborated on it,” said an MLA, who did not wish to be named.

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    Haren
    May 25, 2016 at 11:32 am
    Only explanation is congress is short of money to keep them in party so this is legal paper to bind them.lt;br/gt;Pathetic.
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      Selva
      May 25, 2016 at 6:44 am
      clearly reflects the mindset of this Mafia Family rule!! Joker Raul Ghandy alongwith his Mom is taking rallies for democracy on one hand and stifling the same within the party - good for Khangrees Mukth Bharat
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        Dinesh
        May 25, 2016 at 3:25 am
        Instead of writing such hit jobs to mislead india this paid media should focus onlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS BJPs JUNGLE RAJ EXPOSEDlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All key economic indicators are downlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dal is 3 times the price it was under MMSlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Riots in haryana -ruled by rss bjplt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Riots in Gujarat - ruled by rss bjplt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Punjab faces severe drug epidemic - ruled by rss bjp lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;60 people killed in RSS BJP s MP to cover up vyapam scamlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS BJP MP Vijay mallya ran away with 9000 crores lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi's KG Basin scam cost us 20,000 crores lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Students all over country are attacked with fake videos and framed - FTII, JNU, JU, Pune, Hyderabad lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Attacks on minorities by ruling party friends are on the rise - murders, lynching, hate speeches are the norm (too many to name)lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi has HUMILIATED India and our martyrs by inviting Pak Isi to investigate their own terror on Indian soil in Pathankot.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi INSULTED India by bowing to china on the uighur dissident visa issue.
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          Dinesh
          May 25, 2016 at 3:23 am
          What a misleading headline and hit job with obvious malicious intentions.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;For those who cared to read the picture, it clearly sayslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"I pledge allegiance to Congress party led by Sonia hi..."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;and not lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"I pledge allegiance to Sonia hi. ."lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The arTicle and headline conveniently drops mentioning it to mislead readers.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Ever since RSS BJP have vone to power slander and smear campaigns against those they fear have increased.
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            IML sood
            May 25, 2016 at 1:54 am
            See the downfall, so steep,these Cong. slaves giving in writing that they would ever be slave without asking or raising their eyes before Mataji and her Pappu.Doubt arises perhaps Cong. B party Kujli must have such secret undertaking from his 66 elected slave Aaptard which may come out some day as traits of these two parties are similar.
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            Kanu Patel
            May 25, 2016 at 1:11 am
            Congress is worried for an eminent split coming in near future. Present party leadership wants to make sure that elected MLA do not join hand with the split group. There are all chances that Mamataji will wel come the split group to form an unified trinmool congress under her leadership to form an alternate of BJP.
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              MyTake
              May 25, 2016 at 1:26 am
              Now PM Modi has totally cornered them! Forcing the m a f i a want to get the last drop of juice out of their chamchas!
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                MyTake
                May 25, 2016 at 1:24 am
                Warning sign for the monkeys, this is how much the leadership trusts you!
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