West Bengal Congress has asked its winning MLAs to sign an undertaking pledging their loyalty to the party.
The decision for the undertaking taken on a Rs 100-stamp paper was taken in a meeting between legislators, district presidents, state party leaders and state Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury.
The first point in the two-page stamp paper states:
“I do swear my unqualified allegiance to Indian National Congress led by Hon’ble Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji and Hon’ble Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi Ji.”
The second point states that the member will not get involved in any anti-party activity including not making any negative comment against the party.
The third point ask MLAs to abide by the party guidelines framed by the chief whip in the floor of the assembly.
And, the fourth and the last point confirms that the first three statements are true to MLA’s knowledge.
When asked about it, Chowdhury told Indian Express, “It is not a bond which we have forced people (to sign) to take action against them if they fail to live up to the conditions. It is more of a voluntary pledge by party. There is nothing wrong in it. I believe this is a step in the right direction to stop the malpractice.”