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CPI(M) councillor files appeal against Calcutta HC order on KMC (2nd Amendment) Bill

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

CPI(M) Monday filed an appeal against a single-bench order of the that dismissed her petition challenging the Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The amendment, which was passed by the West Bengal Assembly, paved the way for to be elected as the of without being a

The amended Act enables a person, who is not an elected councillor, to be made a of the Municipal Corporation (KMC). The person would have to get elected as a corporator within six months to continue in the post.

Bypoll in ward number 82 of the KMC was held on Sunday, where Hakim is a candidate. Counting of votes will be held on Wednesday.

The prayed for the nullification of the amendment, claiming that it is unconstitutional.

Justice had on January 4 dismissed the CPI(M) councillor's petition observing that the impugned amendment is within the competence of the legislature.

Challenging the single-bench order, an appeal was filed and is likely to be taken up next week by a division bench presided by Acting Biswanath Somadder, the councillor's said.

Hakim, the state's Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, was elected as the of the KMC on December 3.

The Trinamool Congress, which has a huge majority in the KMC with 122 seats out of a total 144, earlier elected Hakim as its in the civic body.

Front has 14, BJP five and the two seats in the civic body, while one seat remains vacant.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:10 IST