TWO DAYS after 17 Congress councillors from Berhampore Municipality defected to the Trinamool Congress, allowing the ruling party to take control of the civic body, Islampur Municipality in North Dinajpore is set to face a similar fate.
Congress MLA and chairman of the municipality, Kanhaiyalal Agarwal, said at least nine of the 10 councillors in the 17-seat civic body will defect to Trinamool next month. Claiming that need for development was behind the move, he said: “We have told people that the area would be developed if we were voted to power. Now that we have been elected, we feel that developmental works would be better executed if we joined Trinamool,” he said.
In the last municipal elections, among the 17 seats, Congress won 10, while Trinamool and BJP bagged three each. One Independent candidate won the final seat, and later joined BJP.
State Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari, who is in-charge of the district, said: “People want to join TMC due to the development works undertaken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. People are writing to us wanting to join Trinamool.”
Meanwhile, at the local level, Congress and CPM are trying to implement a strategy to stop its members from defecting. Members of Raiganj and Hemtabad panchayat samities in the district have decided to bring a no-confidence motion.