After capturing Khejuri in a bloodless coup, the Trinamool Congress plans to gain absolute control over its panchayat system.
Most CPI-M leaders in the area have already fled. Those who’ve stayed back have begun to submit their resignations. The Trinamool is demanding early re-lections in those panchayat seats that have become vacant.
According to the district administration, more than 15 CPM panchayat members have put in their papers, creating a void in the three-tier panchayat system.
The Trinamool is waiting to take advantage of this.
“We will bring in a no confidence motion in Khejuri II panchayat samiti after July 7,” Shyamal Mishra, opposition leader of the samiti, said.
The samiti will complete a year on July 7. Rules state that no-confidence motions cannot be brought within this period.
In the samiti, the Tinamool has five members and the CPM 10. Two of those members have resigned while almost all of the eight remaining have fled.
The Trinamool wants to ensure the leaders don’t return before the no-confidence motion. That way, they will be able take over the panchayat.
There is a similar situation in Khejuri I block. Here, the Trinamool doesn’t have much of a presence with the CPM having won most of the seats uncontested. But that may all be about to change.
“Many (CPM members) have put in their resignations. Many others want to,” said one Trinamool leader. He admitted most of the resignations were under pressure.
Mishra, however, denied there was pressure from the Trinamool on the CPM. “We have been saying that those who won uncontested should resign and fresh elections be held.”
On Wednesday, Trinamool MP Subhendu Adhikari demanded that elections be held in the vacated seats.