25/05/2016 5:40 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Congress MLAs In West Bengal Being Made To Sign 'Loyalty Affidavits'

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 28: Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Haryana Janhit Congress Kuldeep Bishnoi (not in the picture) and others leaders during the merger of Haryana Janhit congress party with Indian National Congress on April 28, 2016 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

KOLKATA -- In a novel method to prevent its newly-elected MLAs from defecting to the Trinamool Congress, as is widely speculated, Bengal Congress president Adhir Chowdhury recently proposed the 44 legislators sign affidavit declaring they would not leave the party.

In a meeting with the new Congress MLAs at the party office here, Chowdhury made the proposal, to which all agreed, senior leader Manas Bhuniya, who attended the meeting, said.

"In the meeting it was decided that all MLAs will have to sign a memorandum (written on stamp paper) stating that they will not leave the party. If they want to, they must resign from the post of MLA... And they will not talk against the party," Bhuniya said.


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