The Councillors including the chairman of the municipality have reached Kolkata on Thursday morning and have been put up in a hotel. They will meet senior Trinamool leaders on Thursday to fix the date and time of their joining the party.
Meanwhile, there is speculation in the political circles that the chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Manas Bhunia is leaving Congress. Though Bhunia refused to comment on the matter, it is believed that he is going to join Trinamool Congress on September 22. The speculation is not without basis.
CP Joshi, AICC member in charge of Bengal is coming to the city to meet him on September 29. When asked whether he is going to see Joshi, Bhunia said: “It is too late” adding: “I doubt till how long I will be able to remain in Congress.”
WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury and leader of Opposition Abdul Mannan have cornered Bhunia and are putting pressure on him to relinquish the post of PAC chairman which the former wanted to offer to CPI(M) MLA Sujan Chakraborty. The situation has taken such an ugly turn that some Congress leaders have written to AICC demanding removal of both Chowdhury and Mannan for tarnishing the image of the party.
Trinamool Congress has already taken over three municipalities in Murshidabad- Azimgunj- Jiagunj, Beldanga and Jangipur and the Zilla Paridhad.
Adhir’s last resort was Behrampore municipality which has been under his control for decades. The magic figure to get control over the civic body is 14 and with 15 councillors joining Trinamool, it will have no problem in moving a no confidence motion over the present board and then take over its control. Congress leadership has refused to comment on the matter.
The political scenario in Murshidabad began changing after the state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari was appointed by party’s supremo Mamata Banerjee to look after the district.
Trinamool bagged four seats in the Assembly election and within four months after the new government was formed in May, three civic bodies and the Zilla Parishad have come under the party.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress on Thursday also took control over Balagarh gram panchayat in
Burdwan. It was under Left Front’s control. Five CPI(M) members of the GP joined Trinamool.
In the 39 member GP, Trinamool has 22 members including five from CPI(M).