TMC MLA says party leaders engaged in extortion, pulled up

The party leadership reprimanded Chatterjee for not informing them about misdeeds of the leaders before speaking to the media.

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published: November 5, 2014 12:45:35 am

Close on the heels of Trinamool Congress MP Sisir Adhikary, who was warned by the party for publicly stating that party leaders indulged in extortion from businessmen and contractors, TMC MLA from Purbasthali in Burdwan district Tapan Chatterjee faced the party’s wrath for making similar allegations against a section of party leaders.

“Some people have come to Trinamool Congress with the sole motive to destroy the party. They are occupying big posts… using party receipts for extortion…and saying they have given the money to party leaders like Mukul Roy, Partha Chatterjee, Subrata Mukherjee, Subrata Bakshi,’’ Chatterjee said at a party meeting on Monday.

The party leadership reprimanded Chatterjee for not informing them about misdeeds of the leaders before speaking to the media. “Some people are trying to become heroes by lowering the image of the party. We will not tolerate this,’’ TMC secretary-general and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said.

The MLA told The Indian Express that despite the party’s warning, he stood by his words. “I will not keep quiet because our party is now full of those black sheep, who raise money in the name of the top brass of the party. It is because of them that the party’s image is getting tarnished,’’ Chatterjee said.

Chatterjee also said he was going to send all his allegations in writing to the party office on Wednesday.

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