PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 5 Mar 2014: Kalimpong-based children rights organisation Bal Suraksha Aviyan today formed its 16th Children’s Club in Jaldhaka under Block 2 of the sub-division. Club representatives were also elected through voting. The new club has more than 85 members of whom Saurav Sarki and Karmila Lepcha have been chosen as president and secretary, respectively. The voting procedure was overseen by BSA activists and representatives from Maria Children’s Club.
The newly elected representatives were administered oath of office by BSA activists Francisco, Jyoti, Esther and Tejkumar Thapa. Thapa said the leaders of the new club will actively participate in social welfare work.
CAPTION: 16th BSA Children’s Club post-holders at the oath-taking ceremony.
Text and Photo by: EOI
Sabhasad Ghising lays foundation stones
MIRIK, 5 Mar 2014: Gorkhaland Territorial Administration sabhasad Arun Ghising today inaugurated a drinking water project at Murma Busty under the auspices of the GTA Small Irrigation Department. The GTA has allocated Rs9 lakh for the project that aims to eradicate the problem of drinking water and supplies for irrigation. Ghising also laid the foundation stone for a community hall undertaken by the GDIC department at Upper School Dara later in the day.
Hill TMC demands local candidate
DEEP MILAN PRADHAN, MIRIK, 5 Mar 2014: The Darjeeling district hill Trinamool Congress today said the party has sent the names of six candidates to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Hill TMC president Rajen Mukhia told reporters in Mirik that “the hill TMC maintains its stand and has appealed to the CM to nominate a local candidate for the Lok Sabha election”.
He claimed the CM has accepted the proposal after which they sent a list comprising the names of six candidates.
Mukhia said the Lok Sabha election will decide the strength and influence of both the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and TMC. He also urged GJM chief Bimal Gurung to support the TMC candidate.
“People here should support a national level party. Only a national level party can eradicate the prevailing problems of the Darjeeling hills. If our candidate wins and becomes MP, we can also think about making him a Union minister. Several schemes of the central government can be implemented in the hills after that,” observed Mukhia.
He appreciated the decision of the Tamang Youth Association to support the TMC saying this is in response to Banerjee’s fulfilling what she had promised to the Tamang community.
Trinamul ready for march to Delhi
Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 5 March: Declaring that Trinamul Congress will go it alone in the Lok Sabha poll, party supremo Mamata Banerjee said today no one can can stop her party from its march to Delhi despite “years of discrimination” against the state by successive governance in Delhi.
Miss Banerjee announced her party candidates for all the 42 seats in the state, that include 26 new faces, among them Arjuna award winner and former Indian soccer Baichung Bhutia, matinee idol Deb (Dipak Adhikary), film stars Sandhya Roy (Padmashree), Moon Moon Sen, Tapas Paul and Satabdi Roy. Her nephew and Trinamul Yuva state president Abhishek Banerjee will contest from Diamond Harbour.
Mr Bhutia has been fielded from Darjeeling, Ms Sandhya Roy from Midnapore, Ms Moon Moon Sen from Bankura, Deb from Ghatal, Tapas Paul from Krishnagar and Satabdi Roy from Birbhum. While referring to Diamond Harbour, Miss Banerjee said she did not ask the sitting MP, Somen Mitra, of Diamond Harbour to quit, but he had left on his own.
She described the candidates’ list as one of the best possible, as it includes candidates from different spheres of life.
The Trinamul chief said that she had chosen “candidates from all walks of life to give a proper representation to Bengal”. Miss Banerjee said out of 42 seats, 12 are from Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe, 11 female candidates and seven from the minorities.
The Trinamul announced five candidates for the by-polls in six Assembly seats ~ Mainaguri – Ananatadeb Adhikary; Kuamargram – Joakhim Baxla; Kotalpur – Shyamal Santra; Golsi – Gaur Mondal; Chakda – Ratna Ghosh.
Apart from the film stars, theatre personality Arpita Ghosh, singers Soumitra Roy (Bhumi), Indranil Sen will contest from Balurghat, Malda (North) and from Beherampore respectively. The former RSP sitting MLA Dasarath Tirkey, Forward Bloc Sunil Mondal and Congress MLA, Saumitra Khan who recently joined the Trinamul Congress will contest from Alipurduar, Burdwan -East and Bishnupur respectively.
Miss Banerjee apologised to the electorate of Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat as the former MP ~ Kabir Suman ~ did little for the constituency. This time, she has fielded Dr Sugata Bose, grand nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and son of former MP Krishna Bose from Jadavpur constituency in place of Mr Suman. “He will leave Harvard University and stay here,’ she said.
Miss Banerjee also announced candidates for Tripura, Manipur and two seats in Jharkhand. The candidate is Tripura (West) is Ratan Chakroborty, that for Tripura (East) Vrigu Ram Riyang, Manipur (Outer) Ms Kim Gangte and Manipur (Inner) Sarangthem Manaobi Singh.
The two sitting MLAs of Jharkhand, Bandhu Tirkey and Chamra Linda who yesterday joined the Trinamul Congress as candidates will contest as MPs in Ranchi and Lohardanga.
Justifying her stand to fight the elections alone, Miss Banerjee said, “People have wanted us to go it alone. We are happy that we won’t have to see the political faces of the corrupt leaders.” “We hope to win from all seats and this time the Trinamul Congress will emerge as the third largest party,” Miss Banerjee said.
Asked, whether, if the situation demands, she is ready to become the Prime Minister, she said her party would be in the position to dictate terms and would frame new economic, industry and land policies. She said she is in favour of a stable and pro-people government at the Centre.
Expressing her happiness at the five-phase election announced by the EC, she said, “It will take two months and seven days. But this will give me time to campaign in all places.”
Miss Banerjee said the CPI-M, the Congress and the BJP had all these years been in an unstated understanding for which reason the Marxists could rule Bengal for the past three decades and more. “This time also the thee parties would join hand to fight against us in West Bengal. Everyone saw how the three came together to pass the Telangana Bill,” she said. “The Trinamul will bring out its manifesto after consulting Anna Hazare. Unlike all other parties we fulfil our electoral pledges contained in our poll manifesto and even we quit the UPA-government because we didn’t tolerate any deviation from our manifesto,” Miss Banerjee said.
Miss Banerjee sounded a warning to aspirants for tickets in the party and said only after working for the people for a considerable period of time one can hope to get a ticket. “I want the youth to do well in politics. But they mustn’t think by giving lectures on politics at home they can secure nominations for contesting polls,” she said.
Baichung to contest LS Polls From Darj
TMC hill leaders said a local candidate should have been chosen
Statesman news service
Darjeeling, 5 March: The Hills unit of Trinamul Congress today said it has no resentment against party supremo Mamata Banerjee when she announced that Baichung Bhutia, a non-local candidate, will contest the Lok Sbha election for the Darjeeling seat.
The TMC hill leaders had time and again said that the party’s top leadership must choose a local candidate to contest the polls for the Darjeeling seat on a TMC ticket.
“We had requested didi to appoint a local candidate within the workforce, but we had also said that we would accept whatever the party finally decides on. We will now work as a team to ensure that our candidate wins,” spokesperson of the Hill TMC unit, Binny Sharma, said.
Chief Minister Miss Banerjee today made public the names of 42 TMC candidates who would contest the polls. The list included the former Indian football captain, Baichung Bhutia’s name for the Darjeeling seat.
The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) has remained tight-lipped on the poll issue.
When asked about the new development, GJMM general secretary Roshan Giri today refused to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) chief, Bimal Gurung, has said that a slew of projects for the Hills, which have begun before the poll code of conduct for parties and governments comes in force, are expected to start soon.
The GTA decided to take ahead the projects in a meeting it held at the Gorkha Rangmanch bhavan.
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