Kerala

UDF initiates no-trust motion against Kannur Mayor

Submits notice to District Collector

Setting the stage of a change of guard in the Kannur Corporation, United Democratic Front (UDF) members in the Kannur Corporation council on Monday submitted a notice to District Collector T.V. Subhash, seeking to move a no-confidence motion against Mayor E.P. Latha of the CPI(M)

The notice submitted to the Collector was signed by 26 of the 27 UDF councillors in the Corporation. The councillor who could not lend her signature is abroad on a visit, the UDF informed. Councillor and standing committee chairman T.O. Mohan said that the Collector had informed the UDF members that the procedure for convening a council meeting for discussing the no-trust motion had been initiated.

Decisive vote

The submission of the notice is the latest of the developments following parleys within the UDF to secure control of the Corporation administration from the LDF with the support of Deputy Mayor P.K. Ragesh, a rebel Congress leader who had contested as an Independent. In the 55-member Corporation council, Mr. Ragesh’s vote is decisive as both the LDF and the UDF have 27 members each. The death of CPI(M)councillor T.M. Kuttikrishnan here the other day has reduced the number of LDF to 26.

When the Corporation council meeting is convened to vote the no-trust motion, Mr. Ragesh is expected to vote for the UDF. Earlier, the Congress and the IIUIML had decided to share the Mayoral post in the remaining one-year tenure of the Corporation.

Once a loyal lieutenant of Congress leader and MP K. Sudhakaran, Mr. Ragesh had contested as an Independent after parting ways with the Congress over a dispute with the party leadership in connection with control over the Congress-controlled cooperative bank at Pallikkunnu here.

Opposition charge

A copy of the no-trust motion attached with the notice submitted to the Collector said that Ms. Latha was a total failure in delivering the powers vested with her as a Mayor. She had been leading the Corporation administration by keeping the councillors and standing committee chairpersons in the dark, it alleged.

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