With express procedures, New Democracy lawmaker Konstantinos Bogdanos was expelled from the parliamentary group of the ruling party on Tuesday evening after a anti-communist rant in the Parliament where he claimed among others that communists were a bigger threat to Greece than Turkey.
“On behalf of the government I want to emphasize that we are not here to return to the bad past of the country but to discuss the survival of the homeland and its future. I do not know who attended the event in Vitsi. My father was in Vitsi. I say today that any attempt to project in the modern life of the painful moments of the country for the benefit of partisanship is unacceptable. And the alliance with Kasidiaris [ Golden Dawn Nr 2, now in jail] is unacceptable. And over time, laying a wreath together withGolden Dawn is unacceptable. It is time to get serious at a time when the country is facing a national threat. And as long as I represent the government as a minister, such an effort will not be tolerated in this Chamber again, so that we can all come to an agreement. We are not evaluate the past here. “
Earlier, Bogdanos had stated, among others, that “anti-communism is a liberal choice that is our right. No one can force us to say with joy the Republic of North Macedonia. Why? Because it is our right to talk about the state of Skopje …”
Left-wing SYRIZA MP Sia Anagnostopoulou called on the participants “and the minister to condemn the post-war rhetoric against the KKE,” and referred to the controversial MP as “an extreme right-winger.”
“He seems to be upset that his fellow fascists were caught, and he found the place to throw anti-communist poison. We know each other, the place is full of the blood of communists “, commented the parliamentary representative of the KKE MP Thanasis Pafilis said “He seems to be upset that his fellow fascists were caught, and he found the place to throw anti-communist poison. We know each other, the place is full of the blood of communists.” He added that Bogdanos is the same as Golden DawnD.”
SYRIZA MP Thodoris Dritsas also intervened in the controversy, noting that “Bogdanos had attended a hate rally in Vitsi, along with royalists and representatives of Golden Dawn. Anyone can be for or against communism.”
“Such behavior cannot be tolerated”
Government sources told state-run news agency amna, after the MP’s expulsion from the party that they have warned that such behavior will not be tolerated in the future.
“For the Prime Minister, the issues of principle are non-negotiable. When we showed [to Bogdanos] yellow card last time we meant it. Unacceptable views, which are outside the value and ideological system of the ND and refer to times of division have no place in the modern European center-right. We are looking forward, others are the ones looking backwards “, the government sources said.
ND maintains majority
It is not known whether New Democracy will ask that the expelled MP returns his seat to the party and if Yes, whether he will indeed do it or rather keep it as Independent.
Nevertheless, New Democracy maintains its majority of -now – 157 seats in a Parliament of 300.
It is the first time in two years of governance that PM Mitsotakis expels an MP from the party.
PS What is striking in the whole issue is that the MP was apparently expelled following a demand by FM Nikos Dendias who slowly but gradually emerges as a leader with democratic approach within New Democracy.
We have said in the recent past that part of ND is not happy with the presence of government ministers and lawmakers with far-right background and it tries to regain its modern center-right profile.