Kolkata, Mar 28 IBNS | 8 months ago

After being shown door to exit the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), leader Lakshman Seth has said former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee should have been expelled from the party.

"The state party leaders made me a scapegoat for what happened in Nandigram. Buddadeb Bhattacharjee should have been expelled form the party for his public apology for the Netai incident. This same person had resigned from the state cabinet, saying he did not want to stay in a cabinet of thieves," Seth told The Telegraph newspaper.

"There were party leaders like Jyoti Basu who were generous and he (Bhattacharjee) was later made chief minister. But the party never showed any generosity to me. Many believe that I was the architect of Haldia but a section of state leaders was jealous of me and hatched a conspiracy that forced me to take the decision of leaving the party," he told the newspaper.

The CPI-M on Thursday expelled Seth after he was accused of anti-party activities.

Seth, however, said he himself left the party.

"I left the Party on my own. There is no question of expelling me. I had informed the party in a letter on February 17 that I would not renew my membership. Yesterday, when two district (East Midnapore) party leaders came to me for renewal of my membership, I turned them down. This means I am not interested in remaining in the party. A decision to expel me after this is meaningless," he said.

The CPI-M decided to expel Seth after he praised Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee for her courage.

"I did not praise Mamata Banerjee. I only highlighted some of her achievements. Jungle Mahal has become trouble-free and peace has returned to the hills. I have also said her police sent people like me to jail by slapping false charges on us," Seth said.

The CPI-M on Thursday released a statement where they accused Seth of getting involved in serous anti-party activity.

"The state committee has taken the initiative to discipline and better the party organisation in East Midnapore district. In this scenario, Lakshman Seth, a member of the district committee and district secretariat, has got involved in serious anti-party activity and tried to tarnish the image of the party publicly. According to the decision of the state secretariat, he has been expelled from the party under the clause 19/13 of the party constitution," the party's statement read.

The CPI-M on Feb 26 expelled former MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah from the party.

(Posted on 28-03-2014)

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