Trinamul’s hill survey
AVIJIT SINHA, The Telegraph
Siliguri, June 26: The Trinamul Congress will conduct a survey across 45 constituencies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) to know the party’s strengths and weaknesses for the elections on July 29.
The instruction to hold the survey was given by the Darjeeling district Trinamul at a meeting attended by around 50 party workers from the hills here today.
“Workers from the hills were asked to conduct a survey and do a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis in all 45 GTA seats. They will talk to residents of each constituency and find out the party’s prospects in the elections,” said Saumitra Kundu, the general secretary of the Darjeeling district Trinamul committee.
The announcement of the survey was made within 24 hours of a notification being issued for the GTA elections. Trinamul had recently made a foray into the hills by inducting disgruntled workers of other parties into its fold.
The new entrants into Trinamul had claimed that they were in a position to contest in 30 of the 45 seats. However, sources in the party today said north Bengal development minister Gautam Deb would decide on the seats where Trinamul would field candidates.
“The minister is out of station and he will reach here on June 30. He will speak on the party’s plan for the GTA polls, like the number of seats to be contested and the prospective candidates,” said Kundu.
Deb is the district Trinamul president as well as the chairman of the party’s core committee in north Bengal.
Asked if the proposed meeting between Morcha chief Bimal Gurung and Mamata Banerjee would have a bearing on the party’s plans, Kundu said: “Workers in the hills have been instructed to prepare for the polls and devise a strategy. We are aware that Morcha leaders will meet the chief minister within two-three days. If any new political equation develops then, we will change our decisions and plans.”
Today’s meeting — held in the conference hall of the north Bengal development department — also discussed prospective names for the posts of presidents and secretaries of Trinamul’s eight block committees in the hills.
Kundu also said the party would constitute a 15-member panel comprising eight block presidents in the hills and seven members of the district committee to work in the GTA area. “The new committee will oversee the polls. It will be above the block committees and under the district committee,” he added.
Gurung meets Pranab, Chidambaram in Delhi
Delhi: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung met Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaramin Delhi on Tuesday and told them about his party’s dissatisfaction about the Shyamal Sen Committee report on inclusion of maujas from Dooars and Terai in Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA).
Gurung,after meeting Pranab said, “The state government has done its duty by declaring elections on July 29 and we would participate in the elctions”. Asked whether GJM would vote for Mukherjee in the Presidential polls, he said that no decision has been taken yet.
Coming out of the meeting with Chidambaram, Gurung said that he will next talk to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to find an amiable solution.
KalimNews: Speaking to the reporters GJM chief Bimal Gurung said "P Chidambaram, Union Home Minister insisted and requested Gurung to participate in the GTA election as it is their achievement of their struggle"."The GJM core committee will sit and decide on the taking part in GTA election". He further said, that only after meeting Mamata Banerjee the Bengal Chief Minister we will come to a decision and the Fact finding committee is there for our grievance and we will talk with CM about it and the next course of action.
GJMM team meets PC in Delhi
Statesman News Service
DARJEELING , 26 JUNE: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha delegation led by its chief Mr Bimal Gurung today requested the Union home minister, Mr P.Chidambaram, at Delhi to look into the matter of state-formed fact-finding committee and verify the Shyamal Sen report on the territories to be included under the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) jurisdiction.
The five-member delegation first met the presidential candidate, Mr Pranab Mukherjee. One of the members of the delegation, Mr Amar Singh Rai, said: "The meeting was just a courtesy to wish him (Pranab Mukherjee) luck in the presidential poll."
However, the GJMM did not reveal whether they are going to contest in the upcoming GTA election. "Since the tripartite agreement of the GTA was signed by the state, Centre and the GJMM we wanted to inform the Central government about the Shyamal Sen report and subsequent injustice meted out on us,” said the Morcha president, Mr Bimal Gurung. After the meeting, Mr Rai said over phone: "We requested the home minister to look into the matter and he assured us help, though the matter rests with the state government." Mr Rai added that they have sought an appointment with chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee on 28 and 29 June to know more about the fact-finding committee. He added: "After getting more information on the committee we will take up the issue with the Central committee members to decide on the GTA election."