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Four TMC MPs give party’s ongoing agitation a miss

KOLKATA(PTI): Even as the Trinamool Congress continues its agitation against the arrest of party leaders in the chit fund scam case, four MPs of the party, conspicuously, stayed away from the stir.

Four TMC MPs give party's ongoing agitation a miss
Actress turned TMC MP: Moon Moon Sen

Sources said actor-turned politician Moon Moon Sen, actor Dev, Professor Sugata Bose and yesteryear actor Sandhya Roy have given different excuses to chief minister and party supremo Mamata Banerjee for their absence in the agitation.

While Moon Moon Sen cited knee problem, Dev said he had professional compulsions as he was busy shooting. Though Sugata Bose did not given any explanation, he has time and again expressed his reservation on supporting “scam tainted politicians”. Sandhya Roy said she was too old to be part of the massive demonstration programme organised by the party.

However, according to people close to these MPs, they had decided that they would not be part of violent protests to support their partymen in corruption cases.

“I could not tell about others, but I could tell about professor Sugata Bose. He simply refused to take the side of scam tainted MPs. He told us categorically,” said a senior Trinamool Congress leader in Kolkata.

The other three, who said they could not be part of violent movement, were absent even in the silent agitations like the sit in dharna in front of the CBI office.

Sources said Mamata had asked his party leaders to respect the views of her MPs who did not come from the political background.

Trinamool Congress is carrying out protests march in Bhubneswar (where the case is being heard), West Bengal and Delhi simultaneously.