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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1590

TMC suspends leaders, activists involved in erotic dance

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 03 January, (

A controversy has broken out after skimpily-dressed dancing girls performed at a Trinamool Congress foundation day function at Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district with TMC leader Mir Tahir Ali allegedly showering money on them.

Police stopped the function after midnight last night.

The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday condemned and suspended the leaders and activists who were caught on camera heckling and throwing money at hired women dancers at one of its founding day celebrations.

TMC leader and spokesman Derek O'Brien said that a disciplinary committee may even consider sacking the persons involved from the party.

"One of the celebration events obviously went wrong. We condemn what happened. We need to find out who these people are, whether TMC workers or others. What happened last night was condemnable," O'Brien said.

"The TMC does not approve such events. We will get to the bottom of this. We will take appropriate action. There is absolutely zero tolerance on such matters. We have sent a team on the ground to find out," he added.

He also said there was no need for West Bengal Chief Minister and party president Mamata Banerjee to offer an apology for some of its party workers taking part in function in which women dancers were hired to perform an alleged erotic dance.

District-level TMC leaders and activists were caught on television throwing money on the hired women dancers during the function on Tuesday, leaving the party leadership embarassed.

The function was organised by Trinamool Congress district level leaders in Bhangore, near Kolkata. Trinamool zila parishad member Meer Taheer Ali is widely believed to have arranged the women dancers for the celebrations that took place right opposite the local police station.

- Asian Tribune -

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