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Left set to lose Malbazar civic board

Dec. 11: The Left Front is all set to lose Malbazar municipality with Trinamul and Congress councillors together writing to the civic chairman to convene a meeting to table a no-confidence motion against the board.

The civic body has 15 wards. In the 2009 elections, the Left Front won eight seats, three wards went to Trinamul and the Congress bagged four. Ward 15 fell vacant after CPI councillor Barnali Pradhan resigned.

The seat went to Trinamul after the November 22 bypolls reducing the Left board to a minority. On November 25, two of the four Congress councillors, including a former civic chairperson, joined Trinamul, taking the party’s tally to six.

“It is just a matter of time that Trinamul gains control of the civic body as the Left Front is a minority now,” said Swapan Saha, a Trinamul councillor.

“Now that both the Congress councillors have supported the no-confidence motion, the Left no longer has majority. We have submitted a letter (to the civic chairman) with signatures of all eight councillors (six from Trinamul and two from the Congress) asking him to convene a meeting immediately where the no-confidence motion can be tabled,” he added.

The two Congress councillors said they had joined hands with Trinamul to move the no-confidence motion against the Left Front to expedite development in Malbazar.

“Since 2009, the Left Front board has failed to meet the aspirations of the people and could not carry out development works. Now that we have a Trinamul government in the state, we want the civic board to be run by Trinamul so that the development process can be expedited,” said Congress councillor Kundan Lohar.

“If everything goes according to plan, we are hopeful of forming our board by this month,” said a Trinamul leader from Jalpaiguri district.

Supratim Sarkar, Left Front chairman of the municipality, said: “We have received the letter and will convene the meeting where the no-confidence motion can be tabled. But we are not ready to accept the remarks that our board has not done any development work in town. Elections would be held next year and we will elaborate on the work we have done while campaigning.”