Cong to vote against Paul

Siliguri, Feb. 12: The Congress has decided to express no-confidence in Siliguri Municipal Corporation chairman Nantu Paul at a meeting scheduled to be held on February 14.

"We held a meeting with all our 14 councillors, including the mayor and the members mayor-in-council, here this evening. Elaborate discussions were held and it was mentioned that our party had submitted letters to the SMC commissioner demanding Paul's removal from the chairman's post and termination of his councillorship," said Jiban Majumdar, the general secretary of the Darjeeling district Congress.

"All Congress councillors will attend the meeting and express no-confidence in Paul," he added.

Paul had deserted the Congress and joined Trinamul in September last year.

Congress councillor Swapan Chanda said: "When the alliance was forged with Trinamul (in July 2011), it was decided that the allies would have five posts each. We had the chairman, the mayor and three MMICs at the SMC. But as Paul switched sides, we were left with four councillors. We have demanded Paul's removal from the chairman's post and wanted our district leadership to ask Trinamul to let us depute some other Congress councillor to that post."

The Left, which demanded that a no-confidence motion against Paul be tabled at the SMC, had sought the high court's intervention on the issue and the court had asked the civic body to convene a meeting.

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