The Revolutionary Socialist Party has finally put the brakes on Abani Roys penchant for indulging in corporate issues. Embarrassed by the Rajya Sabha MPs habit of writing letters to the Prime Minister and senior ministers on corporate matters,the party has given a stern warning to him and imposed curbs on his activities.
It is learnt that the RSP has virtually prescribed a code of conduct for Roy,a second-time MP. He has been asked to stop writing letters on corporate issues and consult the general secretary or any other central secretariat member before asking questions or making interventions on corporate matters in Parliament.
Sources said the party leadership decided to let off Roy without any disciplinary action after he accepted that it was wrong on his part to dabble in purely corporate issues in reply to an explanation sought by the party from him for writing a letter to the PM asking him to stop the merger between Bharti Airtel and South African telecom firm MTN. The letter was written in the last week of June when the talks for the merger were on between the two telecom majors.
Roys letter to the Prime Minister opposing the merger on an argument that it would compromise national security with a plea to stop all government functionaries from using Airtel mobile services had annoyed the RSP leadership,which felt it was not the partys business to poke into business deals and promptly sought an explanation from him.
Facing flak from his colleagues,Roy then sent in his resignation to party general secretary T J Chandrachoodan,two days after he left for the US on a two-month-long vacation. The letter controversy and Roys subsequent resignation came up for discussion in the RSPs central committee that met in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
With the party deciding not to take any disciplinary action against him,Roy took back his resignation. I have withdrawn my resignation. Everything has been settled, Roy told The Indian Express from Thiruvananthapuram without elaborating. Roys term as Rajya Sabha MP ends in 2011.
While Chandrachoodan merely said the issue had been settled,a senior leader said that Roy had been given a warning and asked to stop writing letters on corporate affairs. The lone face of the RSP in Rajya Sabha,Roy is also the general secretary of the party’s trade union wing,UTUC.