Durgapur News Desk, 11 April 2017: The CPM on Monday launched an agitation demanding election to Durgapur Municipal Corporation on time and alleged that the state government has been trying to defer the poll to prevent a possible defeat of Trinamul Congress because of factional feud in the ruling party.
“The state government is trying to defer election to the Durgapur civic body as the ruling party here is not in a position to face the people. The state election commission did not put the name of Durgapur in the list of municipalities that are going to polls next month. We want election to the Durgapur Municipal Corporation in time,: said Pankaj Roy Sarkar, CPI(M) Durgapur East zonal committee secretary.
The term of the current elected members of the Durgapur Municipal Corporation ends on 29 June 2017.
According to sources, during his inspection in several Durgapur civic body ward in February this year, Burdwan district observer for Trinamul Congress and state minister Mr Aroop Biswas felt that the party had attracted a negative image because of some councilors indulging in infighting and corruption.
Mr. Biswas was extremely annoyed after local people and TMC ground level worker expressed their anger over infighting within the party and corruption.
A section of councilors who had a good hold in the area will not be able to contest this time because of ward reservations.
Trinamul had lost both the assembly seats of Durgapur in 2016 assembly poll to the alliance between Left Front and Congress, in spite of a landslide victory throughout the state. The defeat has also prompted a major leadership reshuffling in TMC within Durgapur industrial belt.
Whether the CPI(M) and Congress will form an alliance in the Durgapur Municipal Corporation is not clear, but observer that even if the alliance is not formed officially, possibilities are high for a seat sharing adjustment.