Durgapur News Desk, 27 August 2017: Nine days after capturing all the 43 wards of the Durgapur Municipal Corporation, it was only on Friday (25/08/2017) that the Urban Development department of the state government informed that the oath taking ceremony of the newly constituted Durgapur civic body will take place on 6 September 2017 (Wednesday).
On August 13, elections to seven municipalities including Durgapur Corporation took place in West Bengal. There were 146 wards in total. TMC won four of them without contest. Out of the rest 142, TMC won 138 wards. In Durgapur, it was 43-0 in favour of TMC.
In Durgapur, a traditional strong base of the Left, TMC won all the wards. In many wards of Haldia, Durgapur, Nalhati and Coopers’ Camp, TMC received over 90 per cent votes. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself has expressed ‘joy’, claiming that the opposition has failed to get ‘even 1 per cent votes’.
The media, particularly in Bengal, has restrained themselves from either reporting the events on the election day or analysing such a record-breaking victory which surpassed everything the state has seen so far. Some have just written between the lines, ‘TMC has captured/wrested victory’ seats.
However, even after such a so-called resounding victory, there has been no such expression of joy even among TMC supporters. And only after nine days, there has been talk of new board assuming charge.
The oath-taking ceremony will be held at the Sishu Kanhu Indoor Stadium on 6 September from 3 pm. The event will be presided over by the former Deputy Mayor of Durgapur, Mr. Amitava Banerjee as the former mayor has been denied ticket in this year’s civic election.
Amitava Banerjee, who has wrested ward no: 5 of the Durgapur municipal corporation is one of the front runners for the Mayor post. The new councilors will be sworn in by the Bardhaman (West) district magistrate, Mr. Sri Shashank Sethi.
Though the sworn-in date has been announced, but name of the mayor has not yet been declared. Wife of former mayor Mrs. Anindita Mukherjee, is believed to be the dark horse. If elected, she will be the first women mayor of Durgapur municipal corporation.