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HC calls for fresh trust vote at Bongaon in 12 days

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday instructed the North 24-Parganas district administration to conduct trust vote at Bongaon municipality within 12 days.

The High Court has reportedly asked the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to hold the trust vote at her office within the stipulated time amidst adequate security arrangements.

The district police superintendent has been asked to provide security to the councillors from Bongaon municipality who will turn up at the DM's office during the trust vote.

Trinamool Congress had claimed in July that they had established control over Bongaon Municipality by defeating BJP in the no-confidence motion. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders in the district claimed that the BJP councillors did not turn up in time.

They also alleged that BJP had tried to create trouble over the trust vote that took place last month. During the previous trust vote, unprecedented police arrangements were made in front of the municipality.

On the other hand, BJP leaders claimed that they had 11 councillors in the municipality out of 22 in total. Both the rival parties claimed their control over the municipality board following the trust vote.

BJP later moved to the Calcutta High Court in this regard. It has ordered a fresh trust vote within 12 days and the district administration will ensure that it happens without any trouble.

Bongaon municipality in North 24-Parganas district has been in a legal tangle for some time following dispute over a confidence vote, as both the parties claimed majority.

State Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick had earlier accused the saffron party of engineering the defections. It may be mentioned here that after the Lok Sabha elections, BJP allegedly continued its march to engineer defections from Trinamool Congress in various municipalities across the state.

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