PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 21 Mar 2014: GJM-backed BJP candidate SS Ahluwalia today kick-started his poll campaign in Kalimpong. After he arrived around noon, Ahluwalia marched from Jangabir Sapkota Park to Dambarchowk waving to supporters accompanied by GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang, GTA deputy chief executive Ramesh Alley, GTA chairman Lopsang Lama and other local GTA sabhashads.
Ahluwalia met the GJM town leadership, party workers, minority community representatives, Hotel and Restaurant Association members and RSS activists. He assured them all of working with diligence to fulfill the aspirations of the hill people if elected to Parliament.
Speaking on his familiarity with the issues related to the region, the BJP candidate said, “I am well aware of the aspirations and problems of the Gorkhas. When the GJM ignited the statehood movement, I played my part of stalling the Sixth Schedule bill in Parliament. As I am acquainted with the problems of the Gorkha community, Bimal Gurung proposed my name from Darjeeling.”
He added, “If elected MP, I will fulfill my responsibility by earnestly raising the issues of the region in Parliament.”
The MP hopeful also said it is certain the saffron party will come to power at the Centre this time. Admitting the BJP government crumbled back in 1998 as it could not win the vote of confidence by a solitary number, Ahluwalia said, “One Darjeeling seat bears a lot of significance. If we can bag this seat, Narendra Modi’s government is certain to form at the Centre and the BJP government that comes to power will be the decisive one for the Gorkhas.”
He also took a dig at the Mamata Banerjee government and termed the recent warrants against GJM leaders and activists as “terror” tactics. “Just a few days ago, GJM leaders Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri shared the dais with Mamata Banerjee at the Brigade Ground in Kolkata. Why didn’t the police arrest them then? But no sooner did the GJM announce its support to the BJP, the TMC government issued arrest warrants in the names of GJM leaders and workers to unleash a rule of terror,” asserted Ahluwalia.
He said he will submit his nomination papers on March 24 while hinting Narendra Modi may likely visit Siliguri next week as part of his poll campaign.
CAPTION: SS Ahluwalia in Kalimpong on Friday.
Text and Photo by: EOI PIKS
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