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Left loses Old Malda civic body

Malda, March 26: The Left today lost control of the Old Malda municipality after being defeated in a no-confidence motion moved by the Trinamul Congress.

Three CPM members in the 18-member civic board supported the no-confidence motion that alleged bias and corruption.

The Left, which had controlled the Old Malda municipality for two terms, had formed the board after the 2010 elections with 10 members on the 18-member board. The Congress had six members and the RSP two.

In November last year, all six Congress councillors defected to Trinamul. On February 27, the Trinamul councillors moved the no-confidence motion, which was supported by one of the two RSP councillors.

During today’s voting, three CPM councillors supported the motion. The three CPM councillors and the one from the RSP said they would join Trinamul.

“We have written to the municipal affairs department to remove the chairman and the vice-chairman and form a new board. It will be done in seven days,” said Bhibuti Ghosh, the Trinamul leader of the Opposition in the civic body.

Malda CPM secretary Amvar Mitra accused Trinamul of adopting “unfair” means to oust the Left from the Old Malda municipality.

Trinamul rubbished the allegations.