Yesterday, we had reported how five MLA s from Tripura unit of Trinamool Congress had defied the party line by supporting National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Now, the party high command has hit back at those legislators by asking its Tripura unit to sever all ties with five MLA s. Trinamool, is set to support Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the elections. The party cannot officially expel the five, as they are yet to resign as MLAs from the Tripura Assembly.
Sudip Roy Barman, Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl, Asish Saha, Biswabandhu Sen and Pranjit Singha Roy had won the Tripura elections on Congress tickets but defected to Trinamool in 2016 in protest against Congress’ electoral alliance with Left in the West Bengal polls.
‘Party chief Mamata Banerjee had said that we will support the Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the Presidential election. That is the decision of the party. However, these MLAs have taken their own decision. We are completely against their decision. Our party will not maintain any relation with these five leaders,’ Trinamool minister and secretary general Partha Chatterjee told mediapersons.