Trinamul north MLA axed

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  • Published 14.04.11

Dinhata, April 13: The first Trinamul Congress MLA from north Bengal, who had opened the party’s account in the region in the 2006 Assembly elections, was publicly expelled by Mamata Banerjee today for “being no longer necessary”.

Her decision prompted a vitriolic reaction from the outgoing Dinhata MLA, Ashok Mondol, who said the Trinamul leader did not believe in democracy within the party and was not worthy of the slogan “Ma, Mati Manush”.

At an election rally organised in support of NCP’s Amiya Kumar Sarkar — the Dinhata seat has been left to the NCP — Mamata said about the sitting MLA: “We did not make Ashok Mondol a candidate in Dinhata for the greater interests of the party. There were reasons not to do so. I no longer need him, I am expelling him from our party, no one should vote for the Independent candidates, cast your vote only for the alliance candidates, Amiya is our candidate, vote for him.” Trinamul insiders said Mamata was peeved with Mondol for not being able to create a base in the area for her party.

“Moreover, after being denied a ticket, Mondol had been campaigning for Mohammad Fazle Haque, the dissident Congress leader and MLA from Sitai, who is fighting as an Independent from Dinhata this time,” said a local Trinamul leader.

Reacting to his expulsion, Mondol said: “I am not one of the servants that Mamata keeps in her Kalighat residence. How can you suddenly expel someone without issuing a showcause? Mamata criticises the CPM where the party rules and people don’t matter. The slogan of Ma, Mati Manush, does not suit coming from her mouth.”