Calcutta, Sept. 22: The clamour has increased in the Trinamul Congress to take disciplinary action against three MPs who spoke against the party in Calcutta on Friday.
Industries minister Partha Chatterjee, who is the convenor of the party’s disciplinary committee, today said Satabdi Roy, Tapas Pal and Kunal Ghosh would be asked to send their replies to the show-cause notices they were served within a week, explaining why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.
“We sent notices to Satabdi, Tapas and Kunal today asking them to reply within a week so that we can act fast against them,” Chatterjee said.
A Trinamul source said tonight that party MPs like Sultan Ahmed and Saugata Roy and minister Subrata Mukherjee were in favour of expediting disciplinary action against the trio.
“I want the leadership to act fast against the three MPs because this would help bolster the party’s image at a time people have voted for us in successive elections since the 2009 Lok Sabha polls,” Ahmed said tonight.
Contacted, Mukherjee said those who violate party discipline should be dealt with firmly. Chatterjee echoed him, saying the leadership would not allow any anti-party statements by any functionary.
Trinamul sources said Chatterjee’s intervention came following chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s insistence on expediting the disciplinary action against the three MPs. “Didi told the disciplinary committee of Partha, Mukul Roy and Subrata Bakshi to give not more than a week to the errant MPs to send their replies,” said a Trinamul leader close to the chief minister.
On Friday night, hours after the three MPs made the anti-party statements at a blood donation camp organised by Trinamul MLA Sikha Mitra, Mukul Roy had said show-cause notices would be served on them.
Ghosh had spoken about the Saradha scam at the programme on Friday and said he would not “remain silent” if he was made the “scapegoat”.
Today, he was summoned for the second consecutive day to the Bidhannagar police commissionerate in connection with a case on non-payment of salaries and provident fund dues to employees of Tara TV, which was owned by the Saradha Group.
“I have answered all the questions. Saradha is a serious issue. I will come whenever I am called,” Ghosh said.