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Trinamul councillors dare Mukul

Bankura, June 24: Six Trinamul Congress councillors of Bankura municipality have decided against withdrawing the no-confidence motion they moved against the chairperson yesterday despite Mukul Roy’s threat that they would be expelled if they did not take it back.

The dissidents, led by vice-chairperson Aloka Sen Majumdar, alleged that chairperson Sampa Daripa was taking all major decisions “unilaterally”.

A senior Trinamul leader in Purulia said Roy, the railway minister and the party’s all-India general secretary, today asked the dissidents to “withdraw the no-confidence motion or face expulsion”. The six councillors have, however, refused to budge from their stand.

Calls to Roy’s cellphone went unanswered. Trinamul has 11 members on the 22-member board.

According to the West Bengal Municipal Act, the chairperson has to hold a meeting within 15 days of a no-confidence motion being moved. At the meeting, the councillors who support the motion will have to raise their hands. If the majority is in favour of the motion, the board will be dissolved and a fresh one will have to be formed.

With the four Left councillors expected to abstain from the vote, the six Trinamul councillors will have to get the support of four other members. Four of the five Congress councillors on the board have said they would back the motion. The six also hope to get the support of the two Independents on the board.

The remaining five Trinamul councillors have said they will not support the motion.

Rekha Das Rajak, one of the dissidents, said: “Daripa does not consult us before taking decisions on providing work under the 100-day job scheme. She also takes other such important decisions unilaterally. We are finding it difficult to work with her.”

Daripa denied the charges. “I have done nothing illegal. I am proud of my honesty. I am sure we will tide ourselves over the crisis, especially after Mukulda’s intervention.”