Jitendra Tiwari of Trinamool, MLA of Asansol and former mayor of the city, accused the state government of not allowing the Asansol Municipal Corporation to obtain central funds due to politics and avoiding meeting with Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim in Calcutta Tuesday night. He told the leadership that he will only speak with Prime Minister and the head of the Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee and no one else.
As Banerjee is on tour in North Bengal, the party informed Tiwari that the CM could meet him on December 18, a TMC leader with knowledge of the development said.
This happened on a day when former government minister and party heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari fueled speculation that he might join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during Union Interior Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state. bound to the polls later this week.
Speculation also began in Asansol, where two TMC councilors, known to be close to Tiwari, wrote social media posts praising Adhikari.
In a letter to Hakim on Sunday, Tiwari said the state government did not allow the Asansol Municipal Corporation to receive funds in the amount of Rs 2,000 from the Center under the smart city project for political reasons. Although marked confidential, the letter was leaked.
Tiwari claimed to have written to Hakim on the same subject at least five times in the past, but Sunday’s letter was leaked from someone on purpose. “I will only discuss these issues with the prime minister,” he said.
The Asansol MLA has also informed the department of higher education that it wants to step down from the governing body of two local colleges.
This caused TMC a serious embarrassment as the BJP won two seats adjacent to Lok Sabha in the West Burdwan district in 2019.
The developments have sparked speculation that Tiwari, who is the chairman of the TMC district unit, could leave the party in the run-up to the crucial assembly elections expected in about five months.
“… I am very saddened to say that our city was chosen by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, as part of the Smart City Mission project that, if it were allowed by you, our city could have received funds amounting to Rs 2000 crore being very crucial to the development of the city, ”Tiwari wrote in a letter to Hakim on Sunday.
“… for political reasons we have not been allowed to benefit from it by the state government,” Tiwari wrote.
Union state minister Babul Supriyo is the parliamentarian of Asansol while the adjacent Bardhaman-Durgapur headquarters is represented by another Union state minister, SS Ahluwalia.
The region has a sizeable non-Bengali and Muslim-speaking population. Asansol is the second largest city in South Bengal. It is located in the largest industrial and mining belt in the state.