Cash-throwing TMC man suspended

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A day after Trinamool Congress leader Meer Taher Ali showered currency notes on girls dancing at the TMC's foundation day celebration, the South 24-Parganas Zila Parishad member was placed under suspension by the party on Wednesday.

A three-member committee, comprising TMC state president Subrata Buxi, general secretary Mukul Roy and secretary general Partha Chatterjee, will probe the incident where girls in skimpy clothes reportedly danced in front of hundreds of people.

According to Chatterjee, the TMC will not tolerate any activity that may dent its image and that of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Chatterjee said the party placed Ali under suspension soon after the matter was brought to the notice of top leadership.

"He will remain under suspension till the inquiry is complete. A three-member disciplinary committee will probe into the matter. The party does not approve such events," said Chatterjee.

Simultaneously, he slammed news channels that aired video clips showing Ali at the event. He said there's an attempt to show the party in a poor light by a section of news channels who are also trying to establish that the "Foundation ceremonies of Trinamool were observed in two lakh places and several thousands donated blood and attended health check up camps. Why have you picked only one event?" he asked the media.

Ali, according to party sources, organised an event on Tuesday night to celebrate TMC's foundation day and the venue was merely a few kilometres away from Bhangar police station. He had invited some other leaders as well. TMC supporters, including dozens of women, assembled at the venue. As the programme began at around 8 pm, girls wearing short skirts and a male singer started performing. Spectators saw Ali climbing on the stage and showering currency notes on the girls. He then picked up the microphone and asked the crowd if they were enjoying the show. "Some leaders left the venue. News channels showed video clip of Ali showering money on dancers. The incident shocked women particularly. My wife said the leader who showered money on dancing girls should be expelled without giving any opportunity to defend himself as he has not only tried to bring in vulgar political culture but also portrayed women as commodity," said a Trinamool minister.

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