Burdwan, Oct. 20: Residents of four villages in Burdwan’s Bhatar have complained to the block development officer (BDO) that the Trinamul pradhan and her deputy were not allowing the lone CPM member of the gram panchayat to participate in any development work.
“The lone CPM member, Jatin Murmu, elected from Samsad 19 (his own constituency), has been facing step-motherly attitude from the pradhan of the panchayat. As a result, nearly 4,000 residents are being deprived of development work and economic support through various government-sponsored projects,” alleged Ramdas Murmu, a marginal farmer in Chhatimdanga village.
Repeated attempts to get the version of the pradhan, Kamala Majhi, went in vain. Her husband Nikhil Majhi, the upapradhan, picked up the cellphone every time this correspondent rang and asked for Kamala.
According to Nikhil, Jatin was “not eligible” to participate in the work of the panchayat as he “could not produce his oath-taking certificate. So we cannot ask him to attend any meeting of the panchayat.”
Jatin, however, said: “I did not take oath on August 16 when all 16 Trinamul Congress members took the oath because I was the lone CPM member. I took the oath separately on August 29 and the joint BDO had told me that the certificate would reach the panchayat department shortly.”
Pralay Mondal, the BDO, said he had sent an email of Jatin’s oath-taking certificate to the panchayat department before the Pujas.