MIRIK, 27 Feb 2014: The major political parties of the Darjeeling hills are yet to announce candidate names and agendas for the Lok Sabha elections, but the CPM including some other smaller parties have already launched their poll campaign. CPM youth wing leader Kismat Tamang said his party has intensified activities to regain support base and is receiving positive feedback of late.
He said, “Communists do not believe in differences between sons-of-the-soil and outsiders. We will support the candidate in accordance with our party ideology.”
Tamang, who is also a member of the DYFI district committee, said prominent party leader Saman Pathak and former minister Ashok Bhattacharya will be invited to Mirik around the second week of March to speed up the campaign.
He said the CPM is at present discussing over its candidate from the hills and the name is expected to be announced by the first week of March.
The CPM district committee is also pressing for an increase in the wages of tea garden workers to Rs285 in the 87 tea gardens of the hills, according to Tamang. He
urged all parties to support this demand by rising above petty politics in the lager interest of the workers.
CAPTION: CPM leader Kismat Tamang (L) at the press meet in Mirik on Thursday.
Text and Photo by: EOI
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