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No letters on corporate issues,RSP warns Abani

The Revolutionary Socialist Party has finally put the brakes on Abani Roy’s penchant for indulging in corporate issues.

The Revolutionary Socialist Party has finally put the brakes on Abani Roy’s penchant for indulging in corporate issues. Embarrassed by the Rajya Sabha MP’s 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.

Roy’s 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 party’s business to poke into business deals and promptly sought an explanation from him.

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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 Roy’s subsequent resignation came up for discussion in the RSP’s 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 “I have withdrawn my resignation.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. Roy’s 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.