Three councillors turn hostile,CPM loses Haldia to Trinamool

Mamata Banerjee’s only electoral defeat,after becoming CM,Friday converted into win after Left Front lost control of Haldia municipality.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 21, 2013 2:24 am

Mamata Banerjee’s only electoral defeat,after becoming CM,Friday converted into win after Left Front lost control of Haldia municipality.

The victory came after three councillors (two from CPM and another from CPI) joined Trinamool Congress by voting against the present board in a no-confidence motion brought by the TMC.

Considered a stronghold of the Left Front,the civic body has been,for the past few months,experiencing a string of issues with Leader of Opposition Suryakant Mishra accusing TMC cadres of “preventing members of Haldia Municipal Board from completing various projects”. Commenting on the switch,Seth said the “constant threat” from TMC made “some councillors surrender”.

“We have faced coordinated harassment and organised conspiracy since we took oath. We were framed in several false cases. Apart from criminal intimidation,we were also subjected to arrests. Several councillors lost their jobs and were forced to go into hiding,” said board chairman and CPM councillor,Tamalika Panda Seth.

But trouble for the chairman escalated in May when TMC councillor slapped a notice on her,demanding her removal. She challenged the notice in HC,but,in the hearing Thursday,the court refused to interfere .

After municipal polls in 2012,the board was formed with 26 councillors (15 belonging to Left Front and 11 belonging to TMC). Following the no-confidence motion,TMC now has the support of 14 members while the Left’s tally is reduced to 11. One CPM member remained absent from the meet.

Left Front chairman Bimal Bose said: “This is a terrible situation in the state. Our concilllors were being constantly harassed . They were forced to vote against the Left Front.”

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