Bengal MLAs sign ‘Gandhi Bonds’, pledging allegiance to party, leaders

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The Congress party has asked all its newly elected lawmakers in West Bengal to sign a bond of allegiance that will stop them from defecting to other parties, especially the Trinamool Congress.

All the recently elected 44 party MLAs were made to sign a bond at a closed-door meeting presided over by Bengal state party committee chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. The ‘Gandhi Bond’ as it is being called by the media in India was also an issue for derision and comedy on social platforms.

The new MLAs signed the written pact that they would remain loyal to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and would never make any negative comment or indulge in anti-party activities. The bonds are done on Rs 100 registered, official stamp papers.

The document reads: “I do swear my unqualified allegiance to Indian National Congress led by Hon’ble Congress President Smt. Sonia GandhiJi and Hon’ble Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi Ji.”

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However, some Congress insiders are suggesting that the ‘Gandhi Bond’ be made a pan-India requirement to prevent the party from bleeding of members.

The Congress central leadership was unaware of the decision and that the state unit was solely responsible for the act. Congress central leaders refused to comment on the development, even as West Bengal party chief defended the move, saying that there was nothing wrong in showing one’s allegiance to the party.

“It is more of a voluntary pledge by our partymen. It is not something which we have forced on our people,” Chowdhury explained. It was not, however, explained how the bond could be legally enforced.  -CINEWS

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