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No-trust bid at SMC

Siliguri, April 29: Trinamul councillors tried to table a no-confidence motion against mayor Gangotri Datta at a board meeting of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation today alleging that the Congress-run board under her had failed to provide civic services to people.

Trinamul members were not successful in placing the motion because the Left Front councillors did not comment on the issue saying a motion could not be “brought in such a manner”.

The board meeting began around 1pm in the presence of Datta, SMC chairman Arindam Mitra and councillors of the Congress, CPM and Trinamul.

Around 4.30pm, Trinamul’s Joydip Nandi said he wanted to table a no-confidence motion against Dutta. “The present Congress board headed by the mayor has miserably failed in providing even the basic civic services to the people. I don’t think the mayor and members of the Congress, who are running the civic body, should stay any longer and that is why I want to table a no-confidence motion,” Nandi said.

After he spoke, Nurul Islam, the leader of Opposition at the SMC and also a CPM councillor, said the motion couldn’t be placed in such a manner. “A no-confidence motion cannot be brought in a such manner. There is a specific process. We, the LF councillors, refrain from (supporting or opposing) the motion,” he said.

The no-trust motion could not be placed as the Left Front did not support it.

CPM councillor Dilip Singh said: “There is no doubt that the civic board could not meet the aspirations of Siliguri residents. We demand immediate dissolution of the board and early civic polls so that a new board can be formed. Everyday, residents across the civic area are facing inconvenience due to irregular basic services like drinking water supply and solid waste management.”

In today’s board meeting, the Left Front and Trinamul councillors did not support any proposal that the Congress placed regarding works at the SMC and the civic area.

In the 47-ward SMC, the Congress has 14 councillors, Trinamul 15 and the LF has 18 councillors.

“Unless the Congress gets support from the Left Front or Trinamul, it cannot take any decision, including passing the general budget,” said a source at the SMC.