BJP takes control of Bhatpara civic body, first in Bengal


After BJP breached fortress West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls winning 18 seats, the party on Tuesday took control of the Bhatpara municipality 33 km from Kolkata. The BJP has never run a civic body in the state and Bhatapara comes under the Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, where the BJP’s Arjun Singh defeated TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi.

Singh is a four-time TMC MLA from the Bhatpara assembly constituency. His nephew, Saurabh Singh was elected the new chairman of Bhatpara municipality after the BJP won 26 votes in a confidence motion in the 35-councillor body. Arjun Singh was also the chairman of this civic body since 2010.

“Arjun Singh is our leader. We will be guided by his advice. We will work for the people of Bhatpara sincerely,” said Saurabh on becoming the chairman.