SMB crisis likely to be solved

SILCHAR, Aug 28: At last, the Silchar Municipal Board crisis is heading for a solution. The one-month-long drama now reached its climax as the key figures were busy in lobbying in the corridor of Rajiv Bhavan, Guwahati and at the drawing room of two ministers from Barak Valley. Sources said, APCC had almost decided to form the Board with Susmita Dev as the Chairperson and the post of Vice Chairman would be left to the rebel camp. APCC general secretary as well as the observer for the SMB episode, Chandan Sarkar had reportedly told both the factions that he would announce the decision in a press meet in Silchar in the first week of September and if any Ward Commissioner from either group disgrace with the APCC decision, he would be suspended from the party. Meanwhile, Susmita had met Excise Minister Gautam Roy who clearly told her that she should act according to her brain, not according to her heart as in politics brain always rules over the heart. Roy explained that, if she does not accept the APCC decision that would not be good for her political future, “When you would seek nomination for Assembly, everybody would point out that you could not run a Municipal Board in spite of having a clear cut majority, now why the party should give you nomination?” Susmita could get the point but she was equally in a dilemma. Accepting someone from the rebel camp meant sacrificing her vice president Vijendra Prasad Singh, who was also voted out following the seven rebels supporting the no-confidence motion against Susmita and Vijendra. A reliable source hinted that, Susmita would offer the post of Chairman of Coordination Committee to Singh. (The Sentinel)

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