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BJP ,GJM and JMM - ABAVP and TMC alliances made tough for Congress in North Bengal

11:43 AM
Siliguri, March 24: Four years since Rahul Gandhi’s last visit to the Dooars, the region has seen the emergence of Trinamul as a force.

Alliances  have made tough for Congress in North Bengal
Alliances  have made tough for Congress in North Bengal
Rahul, party sources said, would attend a workers’ meeting on the playground of Zurantee Tea Estate near Metelli under Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri tomorrow morning, about 24 hours ahead of Mamata Banerjee’s visit to north Bengal.

The chief minister is scheduled to address two workers’ meetings at Gorubathan in Kalimpong and one close to Dooars, and in Birpara in the Dooars on Wednesday morning and afternoon.

On September 15, 2010, Rahul had been to Jalpaiguri to attend a convention of tea garden youths. “Back in 2010, the only considerable force that the Congress had to counter, was the Left,” a source said.

“But after 2011 when Trinamul came to power, it made bases in the Dooars. Also, the emergence of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad and its directive to the tribals to vote for Trinamul, the alliance of the BJP and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and JMM, have made the turf quite tough for the Congress.”

Source: Telegraph

Darjeeling - drama outside the DM’s office

11:27 AM
The Congress candidate for Darjeeling, Sujoy Ghatak, was accorded a rousing reception today by supporters of his rival from Trinamul, though unwittingly, when he arrived at the district magistrate’s office here to file his nomination.

Ahluwalia (in pink turban) with supporters of the Morcha, BJP and the Lok Janshakti Party after filing his nomination in Darjeeling on Monday. Picture by Suman Tamang
Ahluwalia (in pink turban) with supporters of the Morcha, BJP and the Lok Janshakti Party
after filing his nomination in Darjeeling on Monday. Picture by Suman Tamang

Ghatak was welcomed with claps from Trinamul supporters who were caught unawares in their bid to outdo the cadres of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

The supporters of Trinamul and the Morcha had gathered outside the district magistrate’s office to welcome their candidates, Bhaichung Bhutia and S.S. Ahluwalia, respectively. Apart from Ghatak, Bhutia and Ahluwalia, SUCI-backed candidate Gautam Bhattacharya also submitted his papers today before district magistrate Puneet Yadav, who is also the returning officer of the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat.

The Trinamul cadres were awaiting footballer Bhutia when they heard the slogan “Vande Matarm” from a distance. They started clapping just like the Morcha supporters had welcomed Ahluwalia an hour earlier.

As the claps grew louder, someone shouted from the Trinamul crowd: “This is not our candidate.” Ghatak, the Congress candidate, had by then finished flashing a smile with folded hands, probably surprised by the warm reception from his rival party. The Trinamul supporters could do nothing but merely laugh at the events that had just unfolded.

The drama outside the DM’s office started with a flag battle.

Around 10.30am, Trinamul supporters started gathering on the premises of the DM’s office. Even though Bhaichung was supposed to file his papers in the afternoon, the enthusiastic supporters had started flocking to the venue since morning.

Morcha supporters reached the DM’s office around 11am as Ahluwalia was slated to file his nomination within 30 minutes. Just when the Morcha supporters were gathering, Trinamul workers were seen holding aloft 10 party flags. The Morcha supporters soon managed to get 24 flags of the BJP, which fielded Ahluwalia in Darjeeling. Not to be outdone, Trinamul brought extra flags and assembled more supporters.

The Ahluwalia camp was, however, seen winning the flag battle as supporters of Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party also joined in with their flags. The Morcha flags also started to flutter outside the DM’s office.

The LJP is an ally of the BJP and its supporters were believed to have come from the plains. Interestingly, the battle of flags was fought without raising a single slogan.

When Ahluwalia came to file his nomination, the BJP-Morcha-LJP supporters merely welcomed him by claps. Nomination over, the BJP-Morcha-LJP members raised slogans trailing Ahluwalia who walked till Darjeeling town.

The venue was clear for the Trinamul candidate. Eager to show their strength and ensure a rousing welcome to Bhaichung, they lined up right up to the entrance to the DM’s office. But the claps reserved for the footballer went to Ghatak. It was around 1.45pm, when Bhaichung reached the DM’s office, accompanied by a large number of supporters.

In the battle, there were three distinct winners today.

In terms of footfall, the footballer emerged a clear winner. With three different flags to back him, Ahluwalia was the winner in the most varied flag fight. However, the overall winner seems to be Ghatak who was welcomed by not only Congress workers but also the rival’s supporters.

Unaware of the battle of flags, the candidates were seen prepared for the real battle. Soon after filing his nomination, Ahluwalia said he was “aware of the people’s aspiration and expectations”.

Asked about the opposition against division of Bengal by the BJP’s state committee, Ahluwalia said: “Wait for the manifesto and everything will be clear. Don’t jump the gun right away.”

Bhaichung, on the other hand, said: “The people of Darjeeling have supported me a lot when I was playing. Today’s support shows we will be the Number 1 both in the plains and the hills.”

Source: Telegraph

Darjeeling Congress candidate Sujay Ghatak met supporters in Kurseong

10:26 AM
For the past couple of days, almost all the candidates for Darjeeling Constituency seat have started their respective campaigning in Darjeeling hills. Following the same trend, the Congress candidate from Darjeeling Sujay Ghatak today visited Darjeeling hills and met his supporters at the party office in Kurseong.

Darjeeling Congress candidate Sujay Ghatak met supporters in Kurseong
Darjeeling Congress candidate Sujay Ghatak

Party supporters from different places in the hills were present at the meeting today, where they discussed on different polls strategies. The supporters also briefed the Congress leaders about various problems and issues related to the hills.

Talking to the reporters, Ghatak said that the main agenda of the party is to clear the psychological differences between the plains and the hills. He said Congress has planned many development projects to be implemented in the hills. He added many heavyweight political personalities of the Congress party including Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is expected to visit the hills and address the public here. 


Congress and the BJP planning to divide Bengal - Mamata Banerjee

10:54 PM
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday strongly criticized the Congress-led UPA Government for creating Telengana by dividing Andhra Pradesh and alleged that it also aimed at dividing West Bengal.

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress
chief Mamata Banerjee 
Addressing party workers’ meetings at Itahar in North Dinajpur district and Malda district, both of which are Congress strongholds in North Bengal, she alleged: “The Congress and the BJP aligned together to divide Andhra Pradesh. Their excuse was that small states can be governed better. They are now planning to divide Bengal too on the same pretext and the CPM is also in league with them.”

Banerjee said that under no circumstances would she allow the state to be divided and said the hills of Darjeeling were very much part of West Bengal.

There has been a long standing demand for a separate Gorkhaland state comprising the hill sub divisions of Darjeeling and it is now being spearheaded by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which has extended its support to BJP nominee S S Ahluwalia who is contesting from Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency.

Both North Dinajpur and Malda are Mulsim majority districts in West Bengal and the three Lok Sabha seats there were won by Congress nominees during the 2009 elections.

While Union minister of State for Urban Development Deepa Das Munshi won from Raigunj Lok Sabha constituency, Union Minister of State for Health A H Khan Chowdhury and Mausam Noor won from Maldaha Dakshin and Maldaha Uttar, respectively.

Trying to woo the minority voters, Banerjee accused the Congress of “organising riots in Assam and Uttar Pradesh”.

“The Congress always plays its minority card before each election and then they forget about you. The party has been doing this for the last 66 years. Their leaders are now raising the bogey of Modi just to woo Mulsim votes. But after polls, they will forget you and indulge in communalism just like the BJP,” she alleged.

Banerjee further alleged that the BJP too was trying to fuel communal tension in West Bengal. “Only during elections, they talk about Ram and Hanuman. But where were they during our main festivals like Durga Puja and Kali Puja,” she asked. 

The CPM, claimed to be a party of atheists, also indulged in communal politics, she alleged.


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