Statesman News Service
Kolkata,14 November
The Trinamul Congress’ “suspended” MLA and wife of rebel party MP Somen Mitra, Mrs Shikha Mitra, today questioned the state Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee’s direction to the party chief whip to allot her a seat in the Assembly away from the Treasury Bench.
Despite their rebellion and threats to quit the party, the Mitra couple still remain in the Trinamul Congress, although Mrs Mitra hinted during the day that Mr Mitra had made up his mind to quit the party soon.
Asked whether she was also going to implement her threat, Mrs Mitra said she had been elected to work for  the people of her constituency.
“That is my priority now rather than deciding on whether to quit the party or not,” she insisted.
Mrs Mitra had been "suspended" during the last winter session of the Assembly for indulging in “anti-party” activities.
She, however, maintained during the day that she was yet to receive any communication from the party on her “suspension”.
The action was taken in the wake of Mrs Mitra’s continuous tirade against the party leadership, the latest being her salvo at a blood donation camp in the city recently where three party MPs ~ Mr Kunal Ghosh, Ms Satabdi Roy and Mr Tapash Pal ~ also launched a scathing attack against the party leadership.
The Trinamul Congress’ disciplinary committee had served showcause notices to the three.
Later, Mr Pal and Ms Roy tendered unconditional apologies to the party chief, Ms Mamata Banerjee.
The Speaker asked the government chief whip, Mr Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, to change the seating arrangement of Mrs Mitra. Accordingly she would be allotted a seat beside the solitary member of the Suci, Mr Tarun Naskar.