A senior leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Sovandeb Chatterjee, said the party will not take back leaders accused in corruption-related cases till they have been acquitted in court. A video of the party leader making the statement went viral on social media.
His remark comes amid the party being heavily criticised over West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee backing accused TMC leader Anubrata Mondal in a cattle smuggling case.
In the video, Sovandeb Chatterjee is seen addressing a gathering at Khardaha in North 24 Parganas. He said, “The party won't take any corruption-related accused leaders back till the court acquits them. Until those accused of corruption come clean from the court, they have no place in the Trinamool Party. No matter who he is.”
He further went on to state that it is wrong to mark the entire party as corrupt because of the actions of a few party leaders. "Not everyone takes bribes and not everyone is bad," said Chatterjee.
The TMC had sacked Partha Chatterjee, an accused in the SSC recruitment scam, from his post as general secretary of the party. He was also removed as the education minister in the West Bengal government.
However, the Trinamool Congress had stood behind another arrested leader, Anubrata Mondal, in the cattle smuggling case, terming his arrest to be politically motivated.