Rebel Trinamool MP decides not to quit from party, Lok Sabha

Suman, however, struck a defiant note saying the party could expel him if it did not want him to continue.The Jadavpur MP told a press conference that he had decided not to resign as an MP or from the party "in deference to the wishes of writer Mahasweta Devi" whom he described as "like my guardian".

The rebel leader, who had announced on March 30 that he was quitting the party, made known his unhappiness over some of the Trinamool leaders targeting him.
"I will be happy if Trinamool Congress decides to expel me. Party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyya had publicly said that the party would be relieved if I sent in the resignation letter to the party. I am not resigning. If the party expels me, both Bandyopadhyya and myself would be relieved."

Both writer Mahasweta Devi and the singer-turned politician have been vocal against the government offensive against Maoists and have expressed sympathy for Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) at Lalgarh.
The MP had also angered the Trinamool leadership by alleging that there was corruption within the party. 

Suman, who had sent an SMS to Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on March 29 announcing his resignation, accused a section of the Trinamool leadership of being in a hurry to see him out of Parliament."I had sent SMSes to Trinamool Congress leaders. I have not given any formal letter of resignation. Now I have decided not to resign from the Lok Sabha or the party, respecting the sentiments of a large number of my supporters in my constituency as also Mahasweta Devi whom I treat as my guardian," Suman said.

An embarrassed Trinamool Congress had written to Speaker Meira Kumar seeking Suman's disqualification.He said, "Like other parties, there are also pockets of corruption in Trinamool Congress. I have tolerated it for long. How much longer will I tolerate?"

The singer, whose latest music album on the PCPA convenor Chhhatradhar Mahato and Lalgarh movement by Naxals had come as a major embarrassment for his party which had taken a stand against the Maoist violence, reiterated his support to the PCPA.

He said during dharna outside Parliament against CPI-M, he had urged the party leaders to include "terror" unleashed by the state administration in Lalgarh in the agenda for protest."But my request was turned down by Sudip Bandyopadhyya, the chief whip of the Trinamool parliamentary party."He said supporting PCPA should not be seen as supporting the Maoist. Terming as "tragic" the killing of a large number of CRPF jawans at Chhattigarsh, he, however, flayed "torture" of "innocent tribals" by security forces.

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