Suri (WB): Congress and CPI-M joined hands
in electing an independent candidate as a municipality
chairman in a West Bengal district with Trinamool Congress
accusing them of having a secret understanding.
In the election to the chairman`s post in Suri
municipality in Birbhum district, Independent councillor
Ujjwal Mukherjee defeated Trinamool Congress candidate
Pritikana Bhattacharya yesterday by four votes.
Trinamool Congress was the single largest party in the
municipality having won eight of the 18 seats.
Mukherjee secured 11 votes, while Bhattacharya got only
seven, though her party has eight councillors. The Congress
has six councillors, Left Front three and Mukherjee is the
"The Congress and CPI-M have formed an unholy alliance
here to prevent Trinamool Congress from coming to power,"
Birbhum district Trinamool Congress chairman and MLA Ashis
"It was clear that at least one councillor, if not more,
had defected to their camp. We have started our investigation
to identify who had voted for their nominee. We will take
action against those who had cross-voted," he said.
On the other hand, Birbhum district Congress president
Susobhan Banerjee denied the charge.
"We had issued a whip to support Trinamool nominees in
Suri, Bolpur and Rampurhat civic bodies in Birbhum district.
If someone ignored that whip, we will take action," he said.
He, however, alleged that councillors of other parties,
including the Trinamool Congress, too voted for the
Independent nominee in the Suri civic body.
Left Front councillor in the Suri Municipality Iasin
Akhtar said, "The Left Front`s decision to support an
Independent candidate was taken in the greater interest of the
people of Suri."