After Malda and Jalpaiguri, the Trinamool Congress Thursday claimed it “was a matter of time” before it took over the Left Front-controlled Siliguri municipal corporation too. A Forward Bloc councillor, Durga Singh, joined TMC earlier in the day, raising its tally to 18 in the 47-member House.
Left Front had secured 23 seats and formed the board with the help of an Independent councillor. Among others, Congress has four and BJP two councillors in the municipal corporation.
Singh was formally inducted into the party by state PWD Minister Aroop Biswas. “The dedication of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is praiseworthy. She has worked towards the development of the state. I want to be part of her movement,” Singh said.
Biswas said more councillors from other parties would soon join the TMC. “They have been inspired by the CM’s work. Those who don’t want the development here would remain with (Siliguri Mayor) Ashok Bhattacharya,” he said.
While the party is still a long way from forming the board, party MP Abhishek Banerjee said, “It was only a matter of time before TMC took charge of the municipal corporation.”
Contacted, Bhattacharya said he would not let TMC succeed in its intentions. “TMC’s plan to destabilise Siliguri Municipal Corporation board will not be successful. I challenge them to bring no-confidence motion. There are TMC councillors who would vote for us,” Bhattacharya said.