CPI may expel former MLA for backing ‘Gorkhaland’

The Statesman

SILIGURI, Sept. 24: The CPI state leadership is likely to expel the former Kalimpong MLA Mr Mohan Singh Rai for his pro- Gorkhaland stand. The decision is likely to come at the state secretariat meeting scheduled on 26 September. According to party sources, Mr Rai has already been suspended and served a show cause notice on the issue.

Mr Rai, a veteran CPI leader of the Hills, seems to have embarrassed the party leadership by continuously challenging the CPI’s anti-Gorkhaland stand.

He has even dared the party leadership to expel him for supporting what he calls the public demand in the Darjeeling Hills for a separate state. The CPI state secretary Mr Manju Kumar Majumder said today that the party secretariat would meet on 26 September to take stock of the situation in the Darjeeling Hills.

“We would discuss the whole gamut of the situation with special reference to Mr Mohan Singh Rai’s continuous defiance of the party line on the subject. We have already served him a show cause notice, though he is yet to reply,” the CPI leader said. Asked whether Mr Rai was likely to be expelled Mr Majumder evaded a direct reply, merely stating that the state leadership would decide at the appropriate time. Speaking on the matter the CPI Darjeeling district secretary Mr Ujjwal Chowdhury said: “We have already informed the state leadership about our stand on the matter. There is nothing more to say,” Mr Chowdhury said.

Meanwhile, Mr Mohan Sigh Rai denied having received any suspension or show cause notice from the state party leadership.

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