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Monday , October 1 , 2012
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Party writes to Paul on switch

Siliguri, Sept. 30: The Congress yesterday wrote to the chairperson of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation, Nantu Paul, asking him to clarify within three days if he was still with the party, the move the first step towards initiating action against him under the anti-defection law.

The letter was written by Darjeeling district Congress president Shankar Malakar.

“Although we learnt from different sources that he (Nantu Paul) had joined another party (Trinamul Congress), no official communication has reached us from his end so far. So, I have sent him a letter yesterday, asking him to clarify within three days whether he is with the Congress or not,” Malakar said today.

Sources said the Congress was planning to seek the disqualification of Paul as the councillor following his switch to Trinamul and writing to him was the first step in that direction.

“After being elected as a councillor on a Congress ticket and selected as the chairman of SMC, he joined Trinamul for his own interests. We want him to step down from both the posts or else, we will seek action against him under the anti-defection law,” said Congress councillor Sanjay Pathak.

The Left Front today said all its 17 councillors would boycott all SMC meetings chaired by Paul, saying he had no right to continue in the post after crossing over to another party.