Trinamool Congress leader Arun Bandyopadhyay was on Tuesday elected as the chairman of the Bhatpara Municipality in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, two weeks after the party wrested control of the civic body from the BJP.
Earlier this month, the TMC had won a no-confidence motion against the municipality's former chairman and BJP leader Sourav Singh by a margin of 19-0.
"Our challenge is to restart regular services meant for the common people. Everything here was stalled. People were not getting their salaries, pensions, and allowances.
"All our councillors have become very active. We will look into the demands and complaints of people, and work for them," Bandyopadhyay said after being appointed the new chairman of the municipality.
Three names were proposed by the TMC for the post of the chairman -- councillors of ward number 23 and 24 Satyen Roy and Hemangshu Sarkar respectively -- and Arun Bandyopadhyay, who represented ward number 25.
Congratulating Bandyopadhyay over his win, state food supplies minister Jyotipriyo Mullick said, "This shows Bhatpara is united. The new chairman is hard-working.... I am confident the municipality will regain its lost pride."
Bhatpara Municipality has 35 wards but its effective strength is 32.
Currently, the TMC has 19 councillors in the civic body, the BJP 12, the Congress and the CPI(M) one each and an Independent member.
Scales had tilted in the municipality, after 26 TMC councillors joined the BJP after last year's Lok Sabha polls, with Sourav Singh, the nephew of Barrackpore Lok Sabha lawmaker Arjun Singh, being elected the chairman.
Over the past four months, however, several of them returned to the TMC, following which the party's councillors moved the mon-confidence motion against Sourav Singh.
Arjun Singh, a former four-time TMC assembly member, had held the chair in the civic body from 2010 till April last year, when he switched over to the BJP, ahead of the polls.