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Trinamul seeks civic chairman’s resignation

Alipurduar, Feb. 27: The Trinamul Congress today said the Left Front-run board of Alipurduar Municipality had lost its majority and the chairman should resign immediately.

Trinamul also said the party could form the next board as it had the majority following the defection of three Congress councillors.

In the elections to the 20-member civic board last year, the Left bagged eight seats and six wards each went to the Congress and Trinamul. However, Trinamul’s tally shot up to nine with three of the Congress councillors joining the party in recent weeks.

Sourav Chakroborty, the state working president of the Trinamul Youth Congress, today said: “We have nine councillors now and we believe the other three Congress members will also join Trinamul soon. Since Trinamul has the maximum councillors and the Left lost its majority, chairman Aninda Bhowmik should resign. We can prove our majority. The board is inactive. To demand the chairman’s resignation and to protest the board’s improper functioning, Trinamul will organise a demonstration in front of the municipality office on March 8.”

Bhowmik of the CPM was elected the chairman on October 21 as the Left had the highest number and the six Congress councillors boycotted the meeting. A no-confidence motion can be brought against the board only after it completes six months on April 20.

There are rumours that Trinamul is trying to bring a few Left members to the party.

However, sources said the three Congress councillors were likely to extend support to the Left board.

Bhowmik rejected the call for his resignation and claimed that the Left board was delivering on its promises.

“There is no question of my resignation because I am the chairman as per the provisions of the Constitution. In the four months we have been in the board, a lot of good things could be started for the development of the town and the people have confidence in us. Even if a non-trust motion is moved against us, we are confident of winning it, if the councillors are not under pressure from Trinamul.”

The three remaining Congress councillors are Dipto Chatterjee, his wife and brother-in-law.

Chatterjee, who is also a former chairman, said none of them would leave the Congress.

“We will not leave the Congress. A few opportunist councillors from our party have joined Trinamul. If a no-trust motion is tabled, I will talk to the people of my ward and take a decision accordingly,” he said.