Three face anti-party charges in Trinamul in North Dinajpur
District Trinamul leaders in North Dinajpur have decided to remove three zilla parishad members from their posts and evict them from the party for alleged anti-party activities during the recent Assembly elections.
The decision has been forwarded to the state leadership and the party’s district committee is now waiting for the former’s approval, Purnendu Dey, the leader of Trinamul’s legislative party at the zilla parishad, said on Wednesday.
Those against whom the decision has been taken are Bipasha Sinha, a zilla parishad member and “karmadhyaksha” (member in charge) of industrial infrastructure and power Bipasha Sinha, Puja Acharya, the karmadhyaksha of PWD and Shah Banu, who was in charge of women’s welfare in the rural body.
While Bipasha is the wife of Monodeb Sinha, the immediate past MLA of Trinamul Karandighi, Puja is the daughter of Amal Acharya, a former MLA of Itahar and former district Trinamul president.
“In the Assembly elections, we won in the seats from where these zilla parishad members had won at the 2018 panchayat polls. But afterwards, it was found that all three had worked against the party’s interest,” said Dey.
Once the approval comes through, other Trinamul members of the zilla parishad will initiate the process to remove them from their posts and the party will terminate their primary membership, he added.
Calls made to the three by this paper went unanswered.
In Alipurduar, nine BJP members of the NKS (Newlands-Kumargram-Sankosh) panchayat of Kumargram block and a zilla parishad member elected from the block left their homes to stay with John Barla, the BJP MP of Alipurduar, since Tuesday. “Local Trinamul leaders are offering cash and intimidating them, asking them to defect to Trinamul,” Barla alleged on Wednesday. Barla resides in Lakhipara tea estate near Banarhat of Jalpaiguri district.
Mridul Goswami, the district Trinamul president of Alipurduar, denied the charges. “BJP is losing ground across Alipurduar. The MP is raising baseless allegations to conceal this,” he said.
Additional reporting by our Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar correspondents