Expelled CPIM leader Rajya Sabha today said only time will tell whether he would join BJP or not, according to Republic TV report. Lashing out at party leaders, including former general secretary Prakash Karat and party MP Mohammed Salim, Banerjee said CPIM had committed a blunder by not making Jyoti Basu the Prime Minister and not renominating Sitaram Yechury for the Rajya Sabha membership. Slamming CPM’s policies, Banerjee said, “In this era where 54% of India’s population is (aged) 25 years, CPM has failed to address this population.” Banerjee, who had faced flak over alleged lavish lifestyle and reportedly spending a whopping Rs. 69.25 lakh on travel expenses in a year, said Apple Watch and Mont Blanc pen were two of the reasons he was sacked, the report says.
Underlining that he was critical of BJP and Trinamool, Banerjee said his priority is Bengal and he has a slogan ‘Hail Bengal’. He also emphasized that CPI(M) would break up in West Bengal as interests of the state were always neglected. Claiming that CPI(M) only focuses on Kerala, Banerjee said leaders, who could not even get 1000 votes, decide party’s policy in Bengal. Launching a scathing attack on Prakash Karat, he said the veteran leader hasn’t ever voted in the hammer and sickle symbol. He also termed Mohammed Salim as a conspirator against him.
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Banerjee, who was touted to be the next big thing for the Communist Party, has been surrounded by controversies one after another. Banerjee was suspended on June 2 by the Left party for three months over his lavish lifestyle. Before that on February 23, CPI-M had cautioned Banerjee over the raging controversy in the social media involving him. Banerjee gave an interview to Bengali channel ABP Ananda during which he lashed out at a few party leaders alleging they were jealous of him.