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Chastened Pal,Roy in tow,Didi to rest: ‘Don’t cross Lakshman Rekha’

Mamata Banerjee finally broke her silence Monday saying she will not allow anyone to cross the “Lakshman Rekha” of discipline.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 1, 2013 3:52:23 am

Having kept mum over the rebellion within the ruling Trinamool Congress and the tough stance she adopted to quell it,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee finally broke her silence Monday saying she will not allow anyone to cross the “Lakshman Rekha” of discipline.

“The party is rough and tough on this (indiscipline). There is no question of compromising with anti-party activities,indiscipline or any attempt to form another party,” Mamata said at the TMC’s general council meeting held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.

Party MPs Tapas Pal and Satabdi Roy,who along with Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh,were served showcause notice,for anti-party activities,but were spared after they apologised to Mamata. were present at the meeting. Ghosh has been suspended from the party.

Stating the she keeps a tab “on every inch of space in the state and gets to know about any dissent fomenting anywhere”,Mamata said,“No one should cross the Lakshman Rekha in this regard.”

Her statement comes a day after Ghosh wrote letters to her,party general secretary Mukul Roy and minister for commerce and industries Partha Chatterjee, urging for revocation of the suspension order served on him and seeking a chance to register his views before the party.

Without naming Ghosh,whom she had herself nominated to contest the Rajya Sabha polls in 2012 or another dissident party MP Somen Mitra and his wife Sikha (who too has been suspended),Mamata asked TMC members to foil even minimum efforts to break party discipline.

“It does not matter if some people,at the end of their term as MPs and assured of handsome pension,are planning a revolt,” she said.

Ghosh,whose name cropped up for his alleged links in the Saradha ponzi scam,was suspended on September 28.

Party MPs Tapas Pal and Satabdi Roy,who had vented their ire at a programme where Ghosh made the alleged anti-party comments,were spared after they apologised. All the three MPs had been show caused.

Both Pal and Roy were present at today’s meeting.

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