On February 1, the high court directed Paul to go in for a fresh vote of confidence following a no-trust moved against him by the Left Front. The court also directed Paul to serve a removal meeting notice by February 4.Since Paul joined the Trinamool, Congress had been demanding his removal even from the post of councillor under the anti-defection law. The Left planned to bring a no confidence motion against Paul. However, the notices were gathering dust till the high court ordered Paul to call a removal meeting.
In a secret ballot under the acting chairmanship of Dilip Singh, 16 Left Front and 13 Congress councillors voted in favour of removal. One Congress councillor was absent and Dilip Singh (the acting chairman of the CPM) did not vote. All Trinamool councillors voted for him.
Speaking to the media, North Bengal development minister who is also a councillor said,“Thursday’s development has again proved that Congress and CPI(M) have a nexus.”
However,Deb avoided a question whether the Trinamool would now withdraw from the civic board. “We will take a decision after talking with the party’s state committee.”
Congres sand Trinamool have been running the civic board since June 2011. Congress got the posts of mayor and chairman and three MMICs.Trina mool got deputy mayor and four MMICs. After Paul joined the Trinamool, the post of chairman went to the party.