|A TV grab of Samar Acharjee on the bed of cash
Agartala, Oct. 20: The CPM in Tripura today confirmed the expulsion of Bankumari local committee member Samar Acharjee from the party by publishing a news item on the front page of party organ, Daily Desher Katha.
The news item said the party’s Bankumari local committee member, Samar Acharjee, also known as Babul, has been expelled from the party for activities detrimental to standards of morality, image of the party as also for unethically earning money.
Defending CPM councillor from ward 33 of the Agartala Municipal Council (AMC) Samar Chakraborty — who is a member of the divisional committee and known to be close to Acharjee — the news item said a section of media was engaged in wilful vilification campaign against him.
“This vilification campaign is designed to sully the image of the party and the Sadar divisional committee strongly condemns this,” the news item said.
Acharjee — who in an interview with a cable news channel asserted that many other party leaders were also making a lot of money and he was not a hypocrite like them — has made himself incommunicado since yesterday afternoon.
In the interview Acharjee said he had honestly earned money by his construction business and gave the number of toilets he had constructed in different wards of the municipal council as part of his contract won by tender.
Official sources in the council, however, said as part of a central government scheme, the AMC and nagar panchayats were constructing toilets and Acharjee had grabbed work orders worth Rs 2.17 crore.
Highly placed sources in the CPM said on condition of anonymity that they were aware of a section of partymen indulging in corruption and initiating measures against them in a phased manner.
“There are supporters and lay workers who earn money by contract works and other businesses but when it comes to a regular member of the party or an office-bearer we take a serious view. No party member is authorised to take anything without obtaining prior approval from the party,” a senior leader of the party said.
He added that a rectification drive was on.
“In the immediate aftermath of Assembly elections in February this year we had suspended two members of the Kailasahar divisional committee of North Tripura for sabotaging the party’s prospects.Before that in 2011, we expelled the secretary of the Udaipur divisional committee and senior leader Vishnu Dutta for moral turpitude. So, our action against corrupt partymen is a continuing process. The party never tolerates such acts by our members,” said the leader.
He added many local, branch and divisional committees would be reorganised through conferences in the run-up to the state conference of the party.