DIBRUGARH, April 12 - Following a hurriedly organised meeting of the Dibrugarh Municipal Board (DMB), the BJP leaders on Wednesday declared that the incumbent chairman Soma Chakravorty survived a no-confidence motion by a support of 14 members.
The meeting was attended by nine BJP Ward Commissioners, two of the Congress and three ex officio members � MP Rameswar Teli, MLA Prasanta Phukan and MLA Rituparna Baruah. The district president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indra Gogoi who was available at the meeting venue later told newsmen that the chairman was required to prove majority within 20 days after some of the Ward Commissioners had sought the intervention of the High Court in relation to the no-confidence motion moved by them against the chairman.
�The opposing members who actually moved the no-confidence motion did not attend the meeting. Accordingly, the meeting was held with 14 members; nine BJP members, two Congress members and three ex-officio members and all the members voted in favour of the chairman Soma Chakravorty. This resolution will be submitted before the High Court,� informed MLA Rituparna Baruah.
Meanwhile, the seven BJP Ward Commissioners who had moved the no-confidence motion and did not turn up for the meeting described Wednesday�s meeting illegal and said the DMB chairman violated Section 43 (2) of the Assam Municipal Act, 1956. �As per rules, the meeting had to be called within 20 days and by giving at least three-day prior notice but they were invited only on April 8,� informed Rachana Jain, one of the BJP Ward Commissioners and further said that they would further challenge the resolution of the meeting in the High Court.