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Councillors point finger at chairman

Memari, June 7: Eleven of the 16 Trinamul councillors in Memari in Burdwan have accused the chairman of keeping them in the dark about a market project and requested the district magistrate to halt its construction.

“The chairman is functioning in an autocratic manner. None of us were informed about the project,” said Shamsul Haque Mirza, a councillor.

“The project was not placed before the board. Its approval was not taken. We have no information on the land required, the budget and the design.”

Trinamul sources said the initial site of the urban haat — a market complex whose foundation was laid by the chief minister in February — was in Ward 9 but was shifted to chairman Swapan Bishoyi’s ward “for reasons best known to the chairman”. Construction began a week ago.

Bishoyi refused comment when asked about the allegations against him. District magistrate Saumitra Mohan said he had received the complaint from the councillors. “I will look into it,” he said.

The councillors said they would write to Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy and municipal affairs minister Firhad Hakim.

In 2010, Trinamul wrested the Memari municipality from the Left, winning all the 16 seats. The Left had been in charge of the civic body for three decades.

However, in the Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamul candidate for Burdwan East trailed the BJP in the Memari Assembly segment by 2,500 votes. The disgruntled councillors blamed chairman Bishoyi for this.