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Cong warns disgruntled partymen in Bengal

March 21, 2009 23:25 IST
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To stem resentment within the party against the alliance with Trinamool Congress, Congress on Friday warned partymen of disciplinary action, including suspension for six years, if they went against the tie-up finalised for Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal.

"There is no scope for divergent views once an alliance has been finalised," West Bengal Pradesh CongressC ommitte  president Pranab Mukherjee told a joint press conference with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee after one-to-one talks here to chalk out a joint campaign strategy.

Mukhkerjee said there was penal provision in the Congress constitution ranging from disciplinary action to suspension for six years for opposing an alliance once it was finalised. His comments came in the wake of divergent views against the alliance by Congress Raiganj candidate Deepa Dasmunshi, wife of P R Dasmunshi, besides state Congress leaders like Sankar Singh and Abdul Mannan who have openly opposed the tie-up and dubbed it as a 'surrender to Trinamool Congress'.

Banerjee and Mukherjee agreed to campaign jointly for the alliance it had forged to take on Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front in the elections.

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