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Plea to CM on Deb posts

Siliguri, May 28: A section of Trinamul Congress leaders in the Jalpaiguri district has sent a letter to chief minister with a request to consider the names of an MP and MLA from the district to head Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority and North Bengal State Transport Corporation.

Minister Gautam Deb is the chairman of both the SJDA and the NBSTC at present.

Sources revealed that the letter had been sent early this week by leaders who had joined Trinamul recently and might find berth in the district committee that would be shuffled soon.

“In the letter, they have proposed the name of Bijoy Chandra Burman, the Trinamul MP of Jalpaiguri, for the post of the SJDA chairman. Also, the name of Anantadeb Adhikari, the Trinamul MLA of Mainaguri, has been proposed as the chairman of NBSTC. The letter says since the formation of the SJDA, nobody from Jalpaiguri has become its chairman,” said a Trinamul leader.

Adhikari was the RSP MLA from Mainaguri in Jalpaiguri district. Ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in February this year, he switched to Trinamul. A by-poll was held in Mainaguri along with Lok Sabha elections and Adhikari won as a Trinamul candidate.

Trinamul sources have said a good number of leaders in important posts are disappointed with the move to reshuffle the district committee and bring in “new faces”.

“We are disheartened to see that the state leaders, instead of appreciating us for the good results in the polls, intend to remove some from their posts. Nowadays, only a couple of people who joined Trinamul last year or so are taking all decisions in the district,” said a Trinamul leader who didn’t want to be named.

“The letter says nobody from Jalpaiguri has been the chairman of the SJDA. Bijoy Chandra Burman is from Calcutta and they are proposing his name. Interestingly, Gautam Deb is the MLA of Dabgram-Fulbari in Jalpaiguri,” he added.

The leader said if Deb’s removal from the posts at the SJDA and the NBSTC had been sought because of over-burden of work, it would not have been an issue. “But the manner in which the late entrants, who are backed by a senior Trinamul leader, are trying to impose their decisions on district leaders in north Bengal is unacceptable,” said the leader.

Deb refused comment.