Siliguri civic body facing economic blockade: Mayor

Kolkata, March 1 (IANS) Siliguri Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya on Wednesday accused West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress of laying a virtual economic blockade to control the CPI-M run civic body.

Bhattacharya, a former state minister, said the corporation was being denied its legitimate dues.

“They are not even releasing the money sanctioned by the Finance Commission,” the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader said at a media meet called by the Save Democracy Forum.

The CPI-M-led Left Front is running the Siliguri corporation board since 2015.

Bhattacharya said during the 34-year LF rule (1977-2011) the then opposition parties ran quite a number of civic bodies, including the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, at various times. “But they never faced any discrimination. The LF government never put any hurdle in their way,” he said.

–IANS

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