KOLKATA: The CPI-M Wednesday expelled veteran leader and former West Bengal minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah for “serious anti-party activities” and “belittling the party’s image in public”.

The decision to show the door to the senior legislator, who has won all nine assembly polls since 1972, was taken at a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) state secretariat meeting during the day.

Mollah, a CPI-M state committee member, Feb 23 launched “Social Justice Forum” – a pro-Dalit and minority outfit – which would contest the 2016 assembly polls. For long vocal against his own party leadership, particularly politburo member and former CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Mollah recently derided the ‘upper class hegemony’ in the party and accused the erstwhile Left Front of neglecting the welfare of Dalits.                                           –PTI

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