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Cry to remove civic chief

Siliguri, Dec. 26: The Darjeeling Congress has decided to send a letter to Gautam Deb urging the district Trinamul chief to remove Nantu Paul as chairman of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation after he defected to the ruling party.

“Our district president Shankar Malakar will send a letter to north Bengal development minister Gautam Deb reminding him that it was decided during the alliance that the chairman’s post should be with the Congress. So, a Congress councillor should replace Paul after his defection to Trinamul,” said Jeevan Majumdar, the Darjeeling district general secretary of Congress.

Majumdar added: “He is not a Congress councillor but represents Trinamul. This is violation of the decision we had taken during the alliance. We want Trinamul to remove Paul as chairman.”

In July last year, Trinamul and the Congress had jointly formed the civic board and had apparently decided that the posts of mayor, chairman and three members of mayor in council would go to the Congress while Trinamul will have the deputy mayor and the remaining four members of mayor in council.

In the Siliguri Municipal Corporation, there are 14 Congress councillors and Trinamul has 15.

Since September 10, Congress councillors, except the three MMICs, have been skipping board meetings demanding Paul’s removal.

District Trinamul leaders refused comment. “Unless we receive a formal letter from the Congress, we prefer not to make any comments,” said Krishna Pal, the Darjeeling district secretary general of Trinamul.