In Photo: A CPI-M election rally at Bagdogra on Wednesday for Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad polls.
By A Newsman
Siliguri, 30 September: VOTING for the three-tier panchayat system is set to take place on 3 October for the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad.
Siliguri, which is part of Darjeeling district, is the only Mahakuma Parishad in West Bengal.
It was set up following the establishment of an autonomous body for the Nepali speaking people dominated hill areas of Darjeeling district in 1988, which robbed the possibility to have a Zila Parishad for the entire district as is the case with the other districts in Bengal.
Voting for the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad is held every five years. In the 2009 polls, the Left Front had come to power by winning a majority four Mahakuma Parishad seats out of the total seven (now following delimitation, the number of seats is nine). Congress had wrested three, while the Trinamool drew a blank.
But in 2013 the Congress members defected to Trinamool and so did Jyoti Tirkey of the CPI-M, who was the Saha Sabhadhipati of Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad then. Following this, Trinamool grabbed the power and ruled the Mahakuma Parishad till mid-2014 when its five year term got exhausted.
After this, the Mamata Banerjee government did not hold the elections and continued to run it by appointing a bureaucrat as administrator. At last, the elections to Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad are set to be held on 3 October and the voting hour is 7 am to 5 pm. The counting of votes will be on 7 October.
Below is ready reckoner of all that you need to know about the polls: