KOLKATA: The CPM’s Kolkata district committee on Saturday suspended for six months former state party secretary Anil Biswas’s daughter Ajanta Biswas, whose four-part article appeared in Trinamool Congress mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’.
Most members of the district committee stuck to the CPM area committee’s recommendations for college and university teachers under the Kolkata unit that proposed a six-month suspension for Ajanta, a Rabindra Bharati University associate professor. They ignored a CPM district secretariat proposal to bring down the suspension to three months.
Biswas faced the fiercest criticism from her own ilk — college and university teachers such as Keshab Bhattacharya. Some CPM leaders like Koninika Ghosh argued for the three-month suspension despite her strong criticism on the “content of the article” and its publication in a Trinamool daily.
A section of leaders wondered how the CPM Kolkata committee could take the disciplinary step when the party’s central committee had announced the schedule of conferences leading to the party congress. They argued that the CPM constitution didn’t allow disciplinary action against a party member once the schedule was announced. However, a senior Kolkata leader pointed out that the cut-off date for keeping all things on hold was August 25 and the action was taken within that deadline.
Ajanta, in her four-part article, wrote about prominent women participants in Bengal politics, including Basanti Devi, Sarojini Naidu, Suniti Devi and Mamata Banerjee. She wrote at length about Banerjee’s political career and termed the movement in Singur as “gana bikhobh (mass movement)”, raising eyebrows. CPM leaders held that the views expressed were not in sync with the party line.
The CPM area committee served her a show-cause notice. In her reply, Ajanta reasoned that the series provided a historical perspective of women leaders.