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Saturday , October 13 , 2012
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Cong in a fix on SMC meeting

Siliguri, Oct. 12: The Congress was undecided till this evening whether it should attend or boycott tomorrow’s meeting of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation to be presided over by chairman Nantu Paul who had switched to the Trinamul Congress.

The last meeting on September 29 was boycotted by Congress and Left councillors as it was convened by Paul. Tomorrow’s session has been called as the meeting on September 29 was adjourned.

“We are in a fix. The board is led by the Congress and the mayor and three MMICs are from the party. The meeting is important, as several decisions related to arrangements for Durga Puja need to be taken tomorrow. On the other hand, while walking out on September 29, we had asserted that we wouldn’t attend any meeting if it is chaired by Nantu Paul,” said a Congress councillor.

The Congress believes if the party abstains from the meeting, Trinamul will get another opportunity to accuse the civic board of failing to meet the people’s aspirations.

Sources hinted that the party might take a middle path tomorrow.

“The mayor and the MMICs might be sent to attend the meeting while the remaining 10 of us will stay away. By taking a middle path, we can stop Trinamul from criticising us and simultaneously register our protests against Paul,” said a councillor.

The Left made it clear that it would not attend tomorrow’s board meeting. “The Left councillors had not even put their signatures for the September 29 meeting and do not consider it to be held. If no meeting is held, how can there be an adjournment and another meeting?. We won’t take part in the board meeting tomorrow,” said Nurul Islam, the leader of the Opposition