Siliguri, Sept. 18: The Trinamul Congress today said its Siliguri Municipal Corporation councillors would write to the state government saying the board meeting on Monday had violated the West Bengal Municipal Corporation Act.
“We will send a letter to the joint secretary of the state municipal affairs department, narrating how the meeting was conducted and how the mayor and her deputy, who is also the acting chairperson, passed a few resolutions at the session with the support of the Left Front,” said Krishna Pal, a senior councillor of Trinamul and the secretary-general of the party’s Darjeeling district committee.
Pal said the decision to write to the department had been conveyed to Trinamul general secretary Mukul Roy who was here yesterday.
When asked if the Trinamul councillors would urge the municipal affairs department to declare the Monday meeting “illegal”, Pal evaded a direct reply.
“I will inform the official about how the meeting was held and how the chairperson conducted it flouting the WBMC Act. I cannot comment on the steps that the joint secretary might take.”
When the monthly board meeting of the SMC for August had been convened on August 31 by the then chairman Nantu Paul, it was boycotted by the councillors of the Congress and the Left Front who wanted his ouster.
Paul then adjourned the meeting to September 10 and within a few days, he resigned from the post.
However, deputy mayor Sabita Devi Agarwal, who is the chairperson following Paul’s resignation, cancelled the meeting for September 10 and convened another one on Monday.
The Trinamul councillors wrote to the joint secretary of the municipal affairs department taking exception to Agarwal’s decision.
In a letter to the commissioner of the SMC, the joint secretary said there was no provision in the Municipal Corporation Act for cancelling an adjourned meeting.
Krishna Pal today reiterated that Trinamul had no intention of hampering civic services in Siliguri.
Mayor Gangotri Datta said: “Ahead of Durga Puja, it is imperative that such meetings are held to discuss ways to improve our civic services. But it is unfortunate that instead of extending co-operation to the board, Trinamul is hindering the normal civic services.”