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TMC wins West Bengal municipal elections : opposition cries foul play

12:44 PM
It was evident that the Trinamool Congress (TMC) would retain number one spot in the polls, the bigger battle was to grab the second spot. The Left Front managed to reach the second spot by winning in 15 wards of the total 144 wards of KMC
TMC wins West Bengal municipal elections : opposition cries foul play
TMC wins West Bengal municipal elections 
In a major boost to the party ahead of next year's Assembly polls, the Trinamool Congress today scored a landslide victory in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation bagging 114 of the 144 wards, and also won 69 of the 91 civic bodies in districts across West Bengal.

The victory in the municipal polls, which was billed as the semifinal before the Assembly polls, will act as a shot in the arm for the TMC, which recently faced serious allegations of corruption, including alleged involvement of some of its leaders in the Saradha Chit Fund scam.

Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee termed the victory as "a befitting reply to the slanderous campaign carried out by the Opposition and a section of the media." The TMC, which in the last KMC polls had won 95 seats, increased its tally to 114 while the main opposition CPI(M)- led Left Front was reduced to just 15 from 33.

The BJP, which was hoping to replace the Left as the main opposition in the KMC, miserably failed, managing to increase its tally from three to just seven seats. Independents bagged three seats in the KMC.

Congress, which was fast becoming insignificant in state politics, managed to win five seats, down from eight in 2010.

Contrary to KMC, the results in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation showed the CPI(M)-led Left Front has managed to regain some of its lost ground capturing 23 of the 47 seats.

TMC bagged 17 seats in Siliguri Municipal Corporation, which was regarded as a prestige fight for TMC leader and state minister Gautam Deb and CPI(M) leader and former minister Ashok Bhattacharya.

Apart from its big victory in the KMC, TMC showed impressive results in municipalities across the state.

The party snatched Sonamukhi in Bankura, Baduria, North Dum Dum in North 24-Parganas, Mathabhanga and Tufanganj in Coochbehar, Gayeshpur municipalities in Nadia from the Left and the Congress.

The Left Front won just five municipal bodies-- Jangipur, Dinhata, Daihat, Siliguri and Taherpur-- whereas the Congress won five municipalities - Murshidabad, Kandi, Jhalda, Kaliagunj and Islampur. The BJP failed to win even a single civic body.

The fate of 12 municipalities is undecided as none of the political parties managed to get a majority.
Dedicating the victory to the people of the state, Banerjee said the results proved that the Opposition's allegations of rigging and violence by TMC cadres were "wrong".

"This victory is an answer to all the slander and canard that was spread against us. Even with so many TV channels you could not do anything. The polls were completely free and peaceful. Had there been rigging, we would not have lost the few seats," she said.

The CPI(M), on the other hand, claimed that the victory of TMC did not "reflect public opinion".
"The results do not reflect public opinion but are a reflection of muscle and money power. Wherever the Left has put up a resistance to the violence the people have blessed us. The results have also shown it's not the BJP, but the Left which still enjoys mass support and can fight for democratic rights," CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim said.

State Congress President Adhir Chowdhury said that the notion created in the media that Congress had become irrelevant was proved wrong.

The KMC results have shown that only two parties have grown in terms of numbers. One is the TMC which has used muscle and money power to increase its votes and another is BJP which has increased its tally," state BJP president Rahul Sinha said.

Mamata Banerjee has announced that party workers will not do any victory celebration in the wake of massive destruction in both India and Nepal due to earthquake. It will be celebrated on 9th May, which is the birth anniversary of  Rabindra Nath Tagore.

Via DNA News

CPI(M) to Demand Constitutional Guarantee for Autonomous Body in Darjeeling Hills

10:09 AM
A part of its efforts to strengthen the party’s organisational base in Darjeeling Hills, the CPI-M is preparing to visit people door-to-door and highlight an autonomy protected by the Indian Constitution for the development of the three Hill sub-divisions.
CPI(M) to Demand Constitutional Guarantee for Autonomous Body in Darjeeling Hills
A decision to this effect was taken during the 21st Darjeeling district conference of the party held at Naxalbari near Siliguri and that ended yesterday.

According to a senior CPI-M activist and Darjeeling district secretariat body member from the Hills, KB Watter, party workers will start campaigning by highlighting regional autonomy within the state and guaranteed by the Indian Constitution.

“The autonomous body for the Hills must be more powerful than the present one, which does not have power like a panchayat body. The autonomous body within the state should be formed comprising all departments of the state, except two--Home and Judiciary,” Mr Watter said.

“After completion of the party’s state conference, a booklet will be published in the Nepali language on the subject and party workers will start campaigning door-to-door to create an organization base in the Hills. The booklets will be circulated among the people during the campaigning,” he added.

Source: SNS

Kurseong - CPIM denied permission for meeting

1:26 AM
The venue cannot be used for political meeting: says Admin

Kurseong April 6: The communist party of India Marxist (CPIM) was denied permission to hold their public meeting here on Sunday for reasons that the venue which falls under National Highway 55 cannot be used for public rally. The CPIM had sought permission for rally at Kurseong Motor Stand which ironically is used as a platform for delivering political speeches by every outfit in the hills since a decade.

CPI(M) rally in Kurseong today
CPI(M) rally in Kurseong today
The CPIM however turned the meeting into a rally with musical bands which incidentally attracted attention of people and voters. Saman Pathak, the CPIM candidate for the Darjeeling Parliamentary seat said, “If such is the case that a highway cannot be used for political purposes then we accept it. But we would not accept if the venue is given for other political outfits for the same purpose”.

He warned if the administration is found giving permission to other outfits, then he would write to the election commission. The party has decided to hold their meeting very soon at some other place in Kurseong. The CPIM however is harbouring for the sixth schedule status for the hills this election which incidentally was not supported by the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF). Apart the CPIM has also chartered that Darjeeling be included in North East Council, a demand made by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

CPM highlights Mamata's 'double role' with GJM

1:49 PM
The Darjeeling district CPI-M has started campaigning against the Trinamul Congress by highlighting the ‘double role chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been playing with the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha’ (GJMM) and why she was silent when the GJMM supported BJP's Jaswant Singh in the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in 2009.

CPM highlights Mamata's 'double role' with GJM
CPM highlights Mamata's 'double role' with GJM
"Jaswant Singh, who was elected with the support of the GJMM from Darjeeling in 2009, was the supporter of Gorkhaland. But the Trinamul Congress did not comment on the subject in any news paper from 2009 to 2011," the CPI-M says in a booklet titled 'Condition of Trinamul's Switzerland.'

"Not only that, the Trinamul Congress prompted the GJMM to continue with its movement and this was clear when it made an electoral alliance with the GJMM in the last Assembly elections," the booklet says.

The CPI-M leadership also points out to why Miss Banerjee came down heavily on GJMM chief Bimal Gurung on the issue during her recent election campaigning in north Bengal.

"Had the GJMM extended support to the Trinamul, Mamata Banerjee would have not come down heavily on the party at Gorubathan yesterday. Since the GJMM decided to stand by their decision, she started criticising it, fearing a loss in the Darjeeling LS seat," former state urban development minister Asok Bhattacharya said today.

In the booklet, the CPI-M mentions the number of railway projects that were taken up when Miss Banerjee was railway minister, and the present position of those projects in north Bengal, including Darjeeling Hills and Siliguri.

A comparative study on the Trinamul Congress' manifesto in 2009 was published in the form of questions and answers, where the CPI-M was critical on the non-implementation of some proposals.

The CPI-M even criticised the Cabinet meeting at Uttarkanya, the north Bengal secretariat, and the decisions taken there on various issues, including employment in the North Bengal State Transport Corporation and settlement of encroachers in Jaigaon.

The corruption in the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority and the role of the state government in tea plantations have also been highlighted in the booklet.

Source: thestatesman

CPIM set to poll campaigning for Dr. Mahendra P Lama

9:49 AM
The Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists is all set to put all its power behind independent candidate Dr. Mahendra P Lama. CPRM today formed a regional election committee in Kalimpong to launch poll campaigning for the DDUDF founder. Party general secretary Taramani Rai said, “We will back Dr. Lama with our entire support base to help him win the Darjeeling seat. He is not only a native from the Hills, but also a learned and capable candidate.”

CPRM general secretary Taramani Rai (R) talking to reporters in Kalimpong on Sunday.
CPRM general secretary Taramani Rai (R)
talking to reporters in Kalimpong on Sunday.
Rai informed the decision to support Dr. Lama was taken after holding two crucial meeting with DDUDF. The two parties have also decided to form a committee consisting of experts on Parliamentary affairs after the elections. “If Lama is elected to Parliament, he will take the expert suggestion of the committee in policy making,” added Rai.

The CPRM and DDUDF also has decided to raise various issues together including development in the Darjeeling Hills and the demand for Gorkhaland in the Parliament. Rai further said DDUDF founder Dr. Lama has also agreed to CPRM's proposal that if his voice goes unheard in Parliament, he will resign from the post and undertake a mass movement.

On the issue of supporting a particular party to form the government, he said if Dr. Lama wins the election he will consult with the expert committee and make a decision. Besides, Lama has also agreed to CPRM’s condition that the MP fund will be utilized only with consultation of the policy making body.

Rai said, “Soon the election manifesto will be out with Gorkhaland as the primary agenda. Issued related to development of the region, upliftment of farmers, forest dwellers and tea workers along with education, employment and other issues will also be included.” Rai was also confident that Dr. Lama as an independent candidate will win the Darjeeling LS seat.


CPIM Lok Sabha election campaign in Darjeeling

11:31 AM
The CPIM today started its Lok Sabha election campaign in the Darjeeling hills by castigating the Trinamool Congress for giving false hopes to the people for its political gains.

PM rally in Darjeeling's Chowk Bazaar area on Monday.
After submitting a 13-point demand list to the assistant labour commissioner here, the CPM trade union – the Darjeeling District Chiya Kaman Majdoor Union (DDCKMU), organised a public meeting at Chowk Bazaar in town.

Former Rajya Sabha MP and CPM leader Saman Pathak said, "Mamata Banerjee says Darjeeling is smiling, but this is far from true. Only inauguration and foundation-stone laying ceremonies are not development. Real development can come only with 'rajnaitik samadhan', but this is completely absent in the hills. The TMC is using the innocent people of the hills to leverage the general election. I urge everyone not to get swayed by its false promises.”

According to the former legislator, the need of the hour for Darjeeling is to be granted regional autonomy for ushering in overall development.

"At present, the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration is facing myriad difficulties in functioning because of state government interference. But with regional autonomy, that will not be the case. Besides, regional autonomy would also mean constitutional guarantee," argued Pathak.

Senior CPM leader Asoke Bhattacharya also launched a scathing attack on the TMC describing it as a dangerous party, one that can go to any level to usurp the people's democratic rights.

"The chief minister is vindictive and will go to any level to suppress the people's voice. There is not democracy in Bengal as the TMC uses state machineries to intimidate people. A case in point was the latest round of statehood agitation here, which she termed it as a law and order situation despite it being a political problem," noted Bhattacharya.

The veteran CPM leader also reached out to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and appealed to it to fight for tea garden workers’ causes and not trust the chief minister.

"The GJM is the largest party here and it must stand up to fight for the workers’ rights. I also urge Bimal Gurung not to trust the CM as she will only use him for the election and discard him later as was the case during the recent agitation," he alleged.

The CPM will announce its Lok Sabha candidate next month.

"We will make a formal announcement of our party candidate’s name in the first week of March. But one thing is sure this time; we will have a local Nepali candidate and our issues too will be region-based," said Bhattacharya.

Among the 13 demands submitted to the ALC, some of them are a revision to the existing wage of tea garden workers from Rs90 to Rs285, their inclusion in the BPL category, distribution of food grains, especially rice, in tea gardens at Rs2 per kg and granting of land pattas. The CPM is also against privatisation of the five tea gardens presently under the West Bengal Tea Development Corporation.


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