What veteran communist leader Gautam Deb had claimed a few days ago, Siliguri demonstrated on Friday — CPM joined hands with the Congress to defeat the Trinamool Congress in the borough polls.
While electing Siliguri Municipal Corporation’s chairperson for Borough III, the CPM-led Left Front lent its support to Congress’ Sujoy Ghatak to defeat Trinamool Congress candidate Ranjan Sarkar.
Clusters of municipal wards are called boroughs. Each borough has its own committee of chairperson and councillors. Siliguri has five boroughs, which implement and monitor civic works in the city.
Even as Trinamool had swept most of the municipalities in the recent civic polls, Left had managed to win Siliguri Municipal Corporation. While out of the five boroughs, Left and Trinamool had won two each, Borough III was hung. In Borough III, both Left and Trinamool had four seats each while Congress had two.
While the Trinamool and Congress had pitched their candidates, the Left did not, giving rise to speculations of an alliance.
On Friday, as results were announced for Borough III, it was found that Ghatak had secured six votes against four of the Trinamool candidate.
When contacted, Siliguri Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya, however, claimed there was no alliance.
“Whenever there is an opportunity to defeat Trinamool, we will not leave any stone unturned. As long as Trinamool is in power, the state cannot progress. This is floor coordination similar to the Left parties’ support to the Congress at
Parliament against corruption,” Bhattacharya said.
Trinamool leader and North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb said this has exposed both CPM and Congress. “It is now in the open that these two parties have no principle. As our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said at the July 21 rally, these are jumbled up parties which will get into any unholy nexus,” he alleged.