Kolkata: Ruling CPI(M) in West Bengal on Thursday expelled Abu Ayesh Mondal, sitting MP from Katwa, from the party on charges of “anti-party activity”, party sources said.
The sources said the action was taken as Mondal openly criticised the party after he was dropped from the list of Left Front candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
A three-time MLA, Mondal was elected to the Lok Sabha from Katwa in Burdwan district in a byelection held in 2006 after sitting MP, Mehboob Zaidi, passed away.
The charges levelled against Mondal included maintaining secret links with an opposition party and launching a “slanderous campaign” against the CPI(M), they said.
Mondal, when contacted, said that he “felt betrayed” by the party as the leadership dropped him from the list of candidates without consulting him.
“Senior party leaders did not have the courtesy to inform me about the party decision. I came to know about it from the media,” he said.
“I joined the party during the crisis, after the rigged elections in 1972, when people were afraid to openly associate with the CPI(M). This is how they treated me,” the aggrieved MP said.