Calcutta, Sept. 23: Trinamul today removed a mayor-in-council member of Calcutta Municipal Corporation who attended the Friday event where MPs Kunal Ghosh, Satabdi Roy and Tapas Pal made anti-party statements.
The move against Sanchita Mondal, member, mayor-in-council in charge of environment, comes a day after the leadership sent notices to the three Trinamul MPs asking them to reply within a week why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.
Mayor Sovan Chatterjee today confirmed Mondal’s removal as MMIC, adding Trinamul councillor Indira Banerjee would replace her.
Although Chatterjee refused to specify the reason, terming the decision “an internal matter”, Trinamul insiders said the move was prompted by Mondal’s participation in the Friday event.
Mondal declined comment on her removal. “I am on leave because of illness. I won’t comment,” she said.
According to a Trinamul vice-president, the decision to remove Mondal was taken at the chief minister’s behest. “Mamatadi agreed to Mondal’s removal,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the Trinamul leadership also cracked the whip on suspended MLA Sikha Mitra, who had organised the blood donation camp where the three MPs spoke.
The ruling party wrote to Speaker Biman Banerjee requesting him to allot a separate seat for Mitra in the House and not allow her to sit with other MLAs in the Treasury bench. “I will arrange a separate seat for Chowringhee MLA Sikha Mitra in the next session,” Banerjee said.
Kunal Ghosh today appeared before the Justice (Retd) Sushanta Chatterjee Commission, set up by the Mamata Banerjee government to probe the killing of 13 Youth Congress activists in a police firing on July 21, 1993.
Ghosh was asked to depose as a witness before the commission.