PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 12 Mar 2014: In a motivating development for independent candidate Dr. Mahendra P Lama, various social organisations and prominent citizens of town have pledged their support for him. A meeting was today held at the GDNS hall in the presence of BGP president Dr. Enos Das Pradhan, GDNS president Uday Kumai, Hill Social Welfare Society secretary Sobha Chettri, Kalimpong Sangrakshak Samiti Sonam T Bhutia, political analyst and educationist PK Pradhan and noted educationist TB Thakuri, among others.
Noted public figures and representatives of social organisations declared Lama the most eligible candidate and pledged their support to him.
Addressing media persons later, PR Pradhan said, “Dr. Lama is the only eligible candidate. In all circumstances I will vote for him.”
He added he may not be able to move around campaigning for Lama, but will encourage people to vote for him in his own way. Pradhan also lashed out at Mamata Banerjee saying the TMC chief has made “anti-Gorkha comments” on several occasions to expose her attitude towards the Gorkha community.
“The Trinamool government is not in favour of the Gorkha community. Besides it has nominated Bhaichung Bhutia as its candidate. Football is not played in Parliament,” said Pradhan amid laughter.
The educationist also rejected CPM candidate Saman Phatak’s ability to satisfy the people of the hills.
Pradhan said, “Even if Phatak wins, he will be obliged to follow the party dictums. He won’t be able to work for the people here even if he desires.”
BGP president Dr Enos Das Pradhan also spoke in strong support of Lama. Pradhan has been campaigning for Lama and he said, “A trend of hiring candidates from outside Darjeeling is being seen here. Last time we elected Jaswant Singh with a huge margin considering his heavyweight stature. We all know what he has accomplished for the people of his constituency.”
Dr. Pradhan added political parties have been forcing their candidates down voters’ throats and urged the electorate to think twice before casting their ballot. “We should elect a representative by using our conscience and not by a political party’s influences,” he noted.
The BGP president informed a meeting will be held on March 29 and it will include more organisations and noted individuals of town and its surrounding areas. He added the DDUDF will host a public meeting on April 12 while other campaigning activities will continue as planned.
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