KOLKATA: BJP Bengal President Dilip Ghosh said the new 14- member KMC board headed by the Mayor Firhad Hakim is " unconstitutional and violation of all norms and rules. "
Ghosh led a delegation to the Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday to protest reappointment of the Mayor Firhad Hakim as administrative head of Kolkata Municipal Corporation ( KMC).
The KMC completed its five years term on May 7. Election could not be held due to coronavirus crisis.
"Mamata Banerjee government is trying to control the power of KMC through backdoor. The Governor was kept in the dark, " Ghosh said adding Governor also protested against the setting up of the new board violating rules.
Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has called for the notification over setting up of a 14-member board of administrators to run the Kolkata Municipal Corporation, saying though the executive order was issued in the governor’s name, he was “neither aware” of any such development and “nor was he consulted” by the state government.
A writ petition has been filed in Calcutta High Court challenging the notification. KMC completed its five-year term on Thursday; the order was issued a day earlier.
Municipal affairs secretary Subrata Gupta was also removed on Wednesday.
"Order in my name — Am not aware. No consultation, no information” Dhankhar tweeted, calling on chief secretary Rajiva Sinha to send a copy of the notification to Raj Bhavan.
“The notification dated May 06 about KMC is yet to be made available. From every consideration this should have been sent to Raj Bhavan without delay. This notification is widely in circulation in the media.”