If you are here for money get lost, Mamata tells Councillors
“Those who have come to make money will be thrown out. Concentrate on votes and not notes (currency notes), “she said. She was addressing a workshop for the Councillors at Nazrul Mancha on Friday afternoon.
She said the party would not spare the Councillors engaged with syndicates. Rebuffing the Councillors from Bidhannagar she said the whole of West Bengal know that syndicate Raj was going on at Bidhannagar.
Attacking the Councillors she said: “Why is garbage not cleaned regularly in Bidhannagar. You forget to provide civic amenities to the people but never forget about the syndicates.” She expressed anger when she heard that Sabyasachi Dutta, Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation did not turn up for the meeting. The state Urban development minister told her that Dutta could not come as he was busy with Safe Life Save Drive programme.
She asked the leaders to prepare a list of Councillors who did not turn up in Friday’s meeting.
Without naming Anindya Chatterjee, a Councillor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation who is in jail now she said: “One of our Councillor is in jail and I really feel ashamed.” Banerjee maintained that two Councillors of South Dum Dum municipality had asked for Rs 30 lakh from residents to do some work in the municipality.
The Councillors will be kept out of building plan, mutation, water connection of issuing of trade license, she said. Trinamool Congress supremo reiterated that the party would not allow highhandedness of the Councillors.
“Go and behave properly with people. Our duty is to serve them and not exploit them,” she remarked. Banerjee made it very clear once again that she was not satisfied with the result of Assembly elections and the party was in the process of identifying those who had betrayed the party during election.
Pulling up Apurba Mukherjee, Mayor of Durgapur Municipal Corporation she said: “Did you try
to find out why we lost seats in Durgapur. How many of your Councillors have come to attend today’s (Friday) meeting,” she asked.
Trinamool Congress lost two seats in Durgapur though the meetings addressed by the Chief Minister had experienced heavy turnouts. She advised the Councillors to work for the people and earn their faith and confidence.
“It is only through work that you can earn respect of people. Do not do anything that tarnishes the image of the party,” she said.