FROM A CORRESPONDENT
AGARTALA, Sept 28: Tripura Pradesh Congress president Birajit Sinha has issued a notice to the veteran party leader and former Chief Minister Samir Ranjan Barman to explain why discipliry action will not be taken against him.
Barman is the father of the former leader of the opposition Sudip Roy Barman who led a revolt in Congress to protest against high commands decision to forge an alliance with CPI (M) in West Bengal and joined Trimool Congress with five MLA’s.
A discipliry action against Barman was being contemplated since he was figured on the dais during a public meeting at Stable Ground here on August 9 addressed by Trimool Congress boss and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee.
“Attending the meeting of another political party is a gross violation of the party discipline and action will be taken against him,” Sinha had said earlier but issue of the notice got delayed as Barman is an AICC member and issue of notice to him require high commands approval.
The show-cause notice also brought some other allegations against him including instigating party workers in Bishalghar assembly constituency from where he contested last time and got defeated to join Trimool Congress. He was also accused of instigating some people to ransack the party office in Bishalghar and to put up a sign board of TMC.
The notice also accused him of damaging the pictures of the father of the tion and tiol leaders like Indira Gandhi, Rajib Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.
The controversial Congress leader Samir Ranjan Barman played a vital role to pull down Congress government led by Sukhamoy Sengupta in 1977 and became a minister in two successive coalition governments which altogether lasted for eight months only and paved the way for the Left Front
governments ascending into power in 1998.
He became the home minister when the Congress-TUJS coalition government led by Sudhir Ranjian Majumder was formed in 1988 after defeating the Left Front. In 1992 he became the Chief Minister of the coalition government which lasted for one year only.