Trinamool MP Somen Mitra defends MLA wife facing suspension for slamming party

Amid reports that the Trinamool Congress has suspended MLA Shikha Mitra for terming the Assembly bedlam shameful, her husband and party MP Somen Mitra on Thursday supported her and said that there was nothing anti-party in her statement.

Prior to leaving for Delhi on Thursday afternoon, Somen said, "If we receive a suspension notice, we will reply to it; all allegations will be answered. This is the second time that a section of TMC leaders has 'leaked' such a news to the media and claimed that she has been suspended. However, we haven't received any official letter. What happened inside the Assembly was not desirable. How can MLAs beat up each other inside the House?" Somen added: "No anti-party work has been done. The incident inside the Assembly was unfortunate. In an earlier instance, too, we brought a defamation notice because it was justified."

On Wednesday, Shikha had criticised the Assembly violence, and indirectly blaming TMC MLAs expressed her apprehension as a woman member to attend the House proceedings. Earlier, she had filed a defamation suit against Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee for allegedly stating in public that "Shikha was doing anti-party work".

Claiming that a group of TMC leaders was spreading rumours against her, on Thursday She also threatened to expose the party's wrong doings, and did not attend the Assembly's closing session.

Session ends, Mamata attends for 3 minutes

The week-long winter session of the Assembly concluded on Thursday with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attending it only for three minutes, and that too at the end of the session when Speaker Biman Banerjee wrapped it up by delivering vote of thanks. As the Speaker requested her to speak a few words, Mamata gave a one-minute speech. While the Left MLAs skipped the House, those from the Congress tried raising an adjournment motion on the law and order situation. With the Speaker denying them permission, Congress MLAs left the House, shouting slogans against the government. The Assembly passed a resolution on withdrawal of ban imposed by the Union Environment Ministry at Haldia industrial zone. The House was adjourned sine die. ENS

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