TMC starts dharna for Asok resignation

Trinamul councillors at the Siliguri Municipal Corporation started a two-day sit-in demonstration against the Left Front board on Tuesday, alleging corruption and demanding immediate resignation of mayor Asok Bhattacharya.

By OUR CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 19.09.18
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Trinamul councillors and supporters hold a dharna near the mayor's chamber on Tuesday. (Passang Yolmo)

Siliguri: Trinamul councillors at the Siliguri Municipal Corporation started a two-day sit-in demonstration against the Left Front board on Tuesday, alleging corruption and demanding immediate resignation of mayor Asok Bhattacharya.

Led by Ranjan Sarkar, the leader of opposition at the SMC, councillors, along with 100-odd Trinamul supporters, reached the civic body on Tuesday morning.

They shouted slogans and a section squatted in the corridor in front of the mayor's chamber, demanding his resignation.

"The Left board has indulged in corruption. A housing scheme, meant for the poor, was not implemented in a proper manner and there are anomalies in the list of beneficiaries. Further, there are reports of malpractices in installation of LED lights across the town," said Krishna Pal, a senior Trinamul councillor.

The protesters alleged that since 2015, when Bhattacharya had become the mayor, basic civic services had been in a shambles. According to them, right from conservancy (collection and disposal of waste) services and drinking water to roads and drainage, everything is in a bad shape.

"It is disappointing that no initiative has been taken by the mayor or the board to improve services. Instead, the mayor and his party colleagues are indulging in a political blame game and often raising baseless allegations against the government," Pal added.

The Trinamul councillors also raised the issue of encroachment on the Mahananda banks and illegal sale of plots.

As the demonstration continued throughout the day, the mayor stayed away from his office.

Asked about the protest, Bhattacharya mentioned his engagements with regard to a programme taken up under the BPMO (Bengal Platform for Mass Organisations).

"The allegations raised by the opposition are baseless. They are simply indulging in politics and trying to affect regular activities at the SMC," said the mayor.