Weeks after the Lok Sabha election results when BJP won 18 out of the 44 Lok Sabha seats inm West Bengal , another good news came for the BJP from Bengal’s Bhatpara municipality.
West Bengal’s Bhatpara municipality on Tuesday came under the control of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This became the first civic body in the state to come under BJP.
Saurav Singh, a Councillor from ward 20, was elected chairman of the board . He won 26 votes out of the total 35 wards, marking the passing of control from the TMC to the BJP.
He is the nephew of Arjun Singh, BJP MP who has taken Barrackpore from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Located about 43 km to the north of Kolkata, Bhatapara municipality comes under Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency.
After getting elected as the chairman ,Saurabh Singh said “Arjun Singh is our leader. We will be guided by his advice” .
Arjun Singh was a four-time TMC legislator and also the chairman of the Bhatpara municipality since 2010 till April this year.
He switched from the TMC to the BJP .This is considered the most high profile migration from TMC before the elections and triggered an extremely bitter verbal and bloody fight on the roads of the area after the results.
On 28 May, 13 of 23 councillors from Halisahar Municipality and 14 of 24 councillors of Naihati Municipality joined the BJP in Delhi. With immediate effect , the state government appointed an administrator for the Naihati civic body.
“None of the councillors was elected as BJP representatives. But unfortunately some of them succumbed to money and muscle power,” said Jyoti Priya Mallick, food and supplies minister and TMC president of North 24 Parganas district.
Bhatpara municipality has been at the centre of a political arena from past few months.
Earlier On 8th April , Arjun Singh as chairman was defeated in a no-confidence motion at the municipality. Singh was defeated by 22-11 in a secret ballot by the Councillors at the civic body office.
Singh had claimed that his defeat was due to TMC workers and police threatening many Councillors, who were in his support, with dire consequences if they vote for Singh during no confidence motion.