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No-trust motion in Alipurduar

Alipurduar, May 28: The Trinamul Congress today wrote to the chairman of the Left Front-run Alipurduar municipality to convene a meeting in 10 days to take up a no-trust motion against the civic board.

In the 20-member board, the Left has eight councillors, while Trinamul and the Congress have nine and three members, respectively. When elections were held six months back, six Congress candidates had won, but three of them joined Trinamul later, increasing the latter’s tally to nine.

Trinamul leader Sourav Chakroborty said he was hopeful that the party would form the next board with the support of 12 councillors. “We sent a letter to chairman Aninda Bhowmik today, asking him to call a meeting in 10 days to take up the no-trust motion. We have the support of 12 councillors and will form the next board,” he said over the phone from Calcutta.

Trinamul needs the support of 11 councillors to form the board. Sources said Trinamul had decided to move the no-trust motion after getting positive feedback from two Left councillors.

The three Congress councillors said they would never join Trinamul and didn’t rule out the possibility of supporting the Left during the no-trust motion. Goutam Talukdar, the vice-chairman, said: “We (Left councillors) will sit together to chalk out the next course of action. We will also get in touch with three Congress members.”

Sources said all 11 councillors (eight from Left and three of the Congress) would join the BJP to prevent Trinamul from grabbing the board.