CPI-M expels former Tripura assembly speaker

November 1st, 2008 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Agartala, Nov 1 (IANS) Former Tripura assembly speaker Jitendra Sarkar was Saturday expelled by the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) for “anti-party activities”.”Sarkar, who was the speaker of the Tripura assembly for 10 years from 1993, was expelled by the party as he was making baseless allegation against the CPI-M openly,” a party statement said.

“Sarkar made some unfounded allegations before the media against the party without informing the party,” it said.

Sarkar had Friday said the leadership of the CPI-M, which rules this state, was “autocratic” and “undemocratic”.

“There is no inner party democracy in the CPI-M. If anybody raises any issue, he would be harassed because the party has become very dictatorial in nature,” Sarkar had told reporters.

Sarkar, who was elected to the assembly five times since 1978 from the Teliamura constituency in west Tripura, along with a group of party workers, joined the newly formed Dalit Samajtantrik Dal, floated by another former MLA and erstwhile CPI-M leader Nakul Das.

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