Siliguri, Oct. 4: Left Front councillors of Siliguri Municipal Corporation today submitted to the secretary of the civic board a letter of no-confidence against chairman Nantu Paul.
“We protest the unprincipled and unconstitutional act of the chairman. He has switched to another party (Trinamul) and we no longer trust him,” said Nurul Islam, the leader of opposition at the SMC.
Paul, the councillor of ward 11, had shifted from the Congress to Trinamul a week ago.
“We have acted according to the West Bengal Municipal Corporation Act, 2006, and submitted a letter addressed to the commissioner, requesting his (Paul’s) removal,” Islam said.
According to Islam, the Act states that the commissioner has to convene a meeting of the civic board in a fortnight to discuss the no-confidence motion.
“After this, another meeting, where the motion for removal of the chairman would be placed for voting has to be called. The chairman cannot preside over these sessions,” Islam said.
“Whatever the Left Front is doing, has been anticipated. However, it was irresponsible on their part to walk out of the monthly board meeting on Saturday. Such acts are affecting development works and civic services ahead of the Durga Puja,” Deb said.
“We would urge all councillors to act responsibly and assist the civic body to function in a proper manner.”
The Congress had earlier demanded Paul’s removal from the post of the councillor.
“I have nothing to comment right now (about the letters),” Paul said.