Siliguri, 18th July (Sanjay Malakar): Siliguri’s Mayor Ashok Bhattacharya took a dig at the role of State Tourism Minister Goutam Deb on the issue of illegal construction in Siliguri’s Bidhan Market. The Mayor said that the owner of the market is SJDA and the rent is collected by the Siliguri Municipal Corporation. He added that the SJDA allots the Enlistment Testimonials. And that there is no role of the Tourism Department in this and that the tourism department can only provide help in the whole matter.
Bhattacharya said that such activities are being done only for media publicity. This has led to a fierce controversy between Nantu Pal and Goutam Deb. Apart from this, the Mayor described the presence of Ranjan Sarkar, Municipal Corporation Opposition Leader, in the meeting called by Minister Goutam Deb with the Bidhan Market Business Committee on Wednesday as highly unethical.