Trinamool MLA from Kalchini removed as chairman of Jaigaon Development Authority

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BABUL SARKAR
Alipurduar
23 Jun 2018

The West Bengal government has reconstituted the Jaigaon Development Authority (JDA) by replacing Wilson Champramary, Trinamool Congress MLA from Kalchini as the chairman. Nikhil Nirmal, recently appointed district magistrate of Alipurduar, has taken charge.
Outgoing sabhadhipati of Alipurduar zilla parishad Mohan Sharma has been nominated as the new vice chairman of the body. Speculations are rife that Champramary has lost the post of JAD chairman following the ruling party’s ‘unsatisfactory performances’ in the Kalichini block in rural polls. The outgoing chairman, however, refrained from commenting in this regard.
Although removed as JAD chairman, Champramary would continue to be a member of the board along with former Kalchini MLA Pawan Lakra who has been inducted to the board. The additional district magistrate has been appointed the member-secretary of JAD, according to the notification issued by the state government.
JAD was constituted in 1990 by the state government for the development of Jaigaon and Kalchini block. The body is reconstituted after every three years.
DM, Alipurduar Nikhil Nirmal said, “I cannot speculate about the reasons of the change made in JAD. I have been asked to take over as the chairman and I would act accordingly.”
Notably, a gram panchayat in the Jaigaon area slipped out of the control of Trinamool in the recent rural poll. BJP won some seats in the block also. It is being speculated that Champramary lost the post owing to party’s unsatisfactory poll performances in Jaigaon and Kalchini.
Champramary, who was in Kolkata on Friday, said that he would pass no comment on the change made by the state government.
Sharma, the newly appointed JAD vice chairman, refuted speculations. “A new chairman has been appointed as the term of the former board is over. There should not be any controversy about the routine change. I would perform my duties for the development of the area,” he said.