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Siliguri: At the Naxalbari gram panchayat off Siliguri, Trinamool has allegedly compelled two elected panchayat members of the CPI-M to change sides by abducting them. One more CPI-M member has joined the Trinamool camp although she wasn’t abducted.

This happens at a time when in other parts of Bengal Trinamool is accused of compelling the opposition party candidates back out from the coming Panchayat polls by resorting to violence.

The Panchayat election in Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad, of which Naxalbari gram panchayat is a part, is still over two years away. Naxalbari gram panchayat has 26 seats. In the 2015 election, Left Front had won in 15 seats, Trinamool in 10, and BJP could manage only one seat.

Going by the law, a no-confidence motion can now be moved against the present elected Panchayat board as it is set to complete the mandatory two and a half year in office. But since Trinamool had only 10 members, it could not move the no-confidence motion.

Amidst this, two elected Panchayat members of the CPI-M went missing from their residences yesterday. They resurfaced at a Trinamool event today and joined the ruling party “out of their own volition.” Along with them, another CPI-M Panchayat member joined the Trinamool.

Trinamool leader and state tourism minister Gautam Deb personally handed out Trinamool flags to them. The development has changed the equation: Trinamool now has 13 members, Left Front 12, and BJP one.

“Since we are now in the majority, we will move a no-confidence motion on 7 May and after this, Naxalbari gram panchayat will be ruled by the Trinamool,” Deb said denying that the CPI-M members were abducted.

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