TMC on Friday expelled MLA Baishali Dalmiya, its Bally MLA and daughter of former ICC chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, to send out what senior party functionaries said was a “strong message” to a growing band of dissidents.
Dalmiya’s expulsion, which coincided with minister Rajib Banerjee’s resignation from the government, wasn’t preceded by the usual show-cause notice. In a two-line statement, the party said: “Disciplinary committee of Trinamool meets. Baishali Dalmiya has been expelled from the party.”
Dalmiya had lashed out against TMC consultant Prashant Kishor’s I-PAC. Like Rajib Banerjee, she too made a “courtesy call” to Raj Bhavan on Friday. In her first reaction to the expulsion, Dalmiya said: “The action only proves what I said earlier — that the rot has set in.”