JORHAT, Feb 3 - The current Jorhat Municipal Board (JMB), which has been plagued by bitter infighting since the BJP wrested the Board from the Congress during the 2015 municipal polls, has been hit by another crisis with incumbent chairman Jayanta Borkakoty facing an open revolt from nine ward commissioners belonging to his own party (BJP).
To add salt to his wound is the support extended by seven Congress ward commissioners to the move. The BJP enjoys a majority in the JMB with 12 out of 19 ward commissioners belonging to the BJP.
The JMB, run by the BJP since April 1, 2015, has been marred by frequent feuds among the saffron party ward commissioners leading to replacement of the former chairman in September 2017 just after then chairperson Aruna Dutta quit the post on August 3, 2017, after she reportedly faced opposition from a section of her party’s ward commissioners.
The earlier JMB vice chairman Anup Ghosh Dastidar on November 24, 2017 resigned citing personal reasons after which Paban Bordoloi became the vice-chairman.
According to JMB sources, Dastidar too faced opposition in the form of inner-party wranglings.
A JMB source said that a few days back, seven BJP ward commissioners, including the incumbent JMB vice-chairman Paban Bordoloi, backed by the aforementioned seven Congress ward commissioners in a letter signed by them and submitted to the outgoing Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Narayan Konwar, stated that they were dissatisfied with the performance of Borkakoty and have passed a no-confidence motion against him in the board meeting held on January 25.
In the letter, they urged the Deputy Commissioner to take action as per provisions of the law that govern civic bodies of the State and remove Borkakoty from the post.
It may be mentioned here that Konwar, who was transferred by the Government, earlier this week relinquished charge and left for his new posting in Dispur as Commissioner in the Labour Department.
He had then informed this Correspondent that he (Konwar) had sought legal opinion on the matter and the next Deputy Commissioner who will be taking over will take a call on the issue
Meanwhile, Roshni A Korati, who was the Deputy Commissioner of Dhemaji, assumed charge as Jorhat Deputy Commissioner.
A district administration source stated that Korati is expected to take a decision on the matter during the next few days after she takes note of the issue.
It may be mentioned here that though the party had announced Borkakoty’s name to replace Dutta on August 31, 2017, Borkakoty could not take charge as nine out of 12 BJP ward commissioners had then refused to accept him as the chairman.
He therefore assumed charge on September 21, 2017 only after the party leadership intervened in the matter.