Mamata's Trinamool suspends partymen over dance row

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 02, 2013 14:34 hrs

Kolkata: Ruling Trinamool Congress Wednesday suspended party leaders and workers after they were seen showering money at dancing girls at an event to celebrate the Mamata Banerjee-led party's foundation day ceremony.

The decision came following severe criticism from political parties, the women's commission and intellectuals, after the partymen -- including zila parishad member Meer Taheer Ali -- were caught on camera showering money on skimpily-dressed women dancers who were hired for the event in South 24-Parganas' Bhangore Tuesday evening.

Party MP Derek O'Brien, who condemned the incident on Wednesday morning and assured that action would be taken within 48 hours, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the accused men have been suspended from the party.

O'Brien did not rule out expulsion of the suspended cadres from the party.

Earlier, the "erotic dance" controversy left Banerjee's Trinamool Congress embarrassed after the opposition CPI-M, the Congress and the National Commission for Women took a dig at the party leadership.

National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma dubbed the incident as "shameful".

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