Haldia: In a setback to CPI-M, majority of councillors of Haldia Municipality in east Midnapore district on Friday supported Trinamool Congress sponsored no-confidence motion against Haldia Municipality chairperson Tamalika Panda Seth of CPI-M.
Fifteen councillors voted in favour of the no-confidence motion. The 26-member board of the municipality had 15 CPI-M councillors and 11 Trinamool Congress councillors.
Trinmaool Congress councillors had moved the no-confidence motion against Seth two months back alleging lack of municipal services like shortage in supply of drinking water and bad roads.
Tamalika Panda Seth, the wife of former CPI-M MP and Haldia strongman Lakshman Seth, was re-elected as chairperson of the municipality of the port-based industrial town two years ago.
Yesterday, the Calcutta High Court while hearing a petition by Seth and other CPI-M councillors praying for the quashing of the no-confidence notice, refused to interefere in the matter.
The High Court directed the district administration to make adequate security arrangements for the meeting.