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Mayor wins council trust

Purnea mayor Kaniz Raza on Monday defeated the no-confidence motion as only two ward councillors supported it while 15 others voted against.

Of 46 ward councillors, only 26 were present on Monday and the rest were absent for different reasons.

Sarita Rai, the councillor from ward No. 22, and her eight staunch supporters walked out of the House. As per the quorum, only 19 councillors’ presence was needed to move the no-confidence motion. The municipal commissioner conducted voting after the presence 26 councillors.

Rai and others, who were in support of the motion, alleged that mayor Raza has made the civic body a breeding ground of corruption.

“As per the municipal law, the mayor is expected to conduct a meeting in each month but Raza conducts a meeting once in five-six months. Purchase of things at civic body should have been done after giving open tenders but they are purchased without any bidding because the mayor wants a huge amount of commission,” Rai said.

Mayor Raza said: “Whatever the charges of corruption had been levelled against me were baseless. Those councillors who did not appear at the floor of the House were indirectly supporting me. I only want development of the town, so do the councillors.”

Municipal commissioner Sudhir Chaudhary said: “Rai and 28 others had moved the no-confidence motion a week ago. Only 26 councillors turned up for voting, of which Rai and eight others walked out of the house. Fifteen voted opposing the motion while two voted supporting the motion. Rest nine walked out of the House without voting.”