TMC stings Asok Bhattacharya over China trip
Siliguri mayor Asok Bhattacharya’s ongoing China trip has provided Opposition Trinamul fresh ammunition to attack the Left-held board of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation.
Ranjan Sarkar, a Trinamul councillor and also the leader of the Opposition in the SMC, lashed out at Bhattacharya, saying the mayor’s decision to leave town when it was battling dengue was an irresponsible act.
“Around 700 people have been affected by dengue so far. I, along with tourism minister Gautam Deb and other councillors, are regularly visiting the affected people. It is unfortunate that the mayor is on a week-long visit to China,” Sarkar said.
Bhattacharya left for China on Wednesday.
Shankar Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council (health), however, said the number of people affected by dengue was much less this year than previous years.
“There is one dengue patient in the district hospital at present and all preventive measures have been taken by the SMC to stop the spread of the disease,” Ghosh said.