DEBASIS BHOWMIK, Siliguri, 6 Mar 2014: Started his campaign for the upcoming parliamentary election, Darjeeling constituency CPM candidate Saman Pathak said his prime objective is to simultaneously work for the development of the hills and plains. While addressing the press today at the Anil Biswas Bhawan, Pathak said he is looking to propose the setting up of a permanent wage commission for tea workers in Parliament.
DARJEELING: The first press conference of Baichung Bhutia, Trinamool Congress' Darjeeling candidate for Lok Sabha polls, turned chaotic on Friday with the party's leaders in the Hills voicing their dissent over any possibility of allying with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
Darjeeling, 6 Mar 2014: The Additional Session's judge (second) court of Darjeeling today sentenced a man to rigorous life imprisonment after pronouncing him guilty of torturing and murdering his wife in 2011.
Judge Santanu Mishra read out the sentence to Bhim Kumar Subba (42) and also directed him to pay a fine of Rs10,000 failing which the sentence would be extended by two more years.
Hill TMC welcomes former soccer stars’ candidature
PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 5 Mar 2014: The announcement of footballer Bhaichung Bhutia by the Trinamool Congress as party candidate from the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency has laid to rest the demand of the hill TMC for fielding a local candidate. Nevertheless, most of the hill leaders have welcomed the decision of their party chief Mamata Banerjee.
Bagdogra, 6 March: Trinamul Congress candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency and former Indian footballer, Baichung Bhutia, today said he was confident about winning the elections. Mr Bhutia also said he wants to work for development of Darjeeling, while maintaining unity between the plains and the Hills.
While the Trinamool Congress has fielded footballer Baichung Bhutia from the seat, the GJM has made it clear that it will not support him.
Having decided against exploring the possibility of working out an alliance with the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the Congress is learnt to have sent out feelers to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) seeking its support for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat.
Sources in the Congress said informal talks are on with the GJM, but pointed out that the Morcha is yet to reveal its mind. The GJM had supported BJP’s Jaswant Singh in 2009, but Singh is learnt to be reluctant to contest from Darjeeling again. The BJP has not yet announced its candidate in Darjeeling.
While the Trinamool Congress has fielded footballer Baichung Bhutia from the seat, the GJM has made it clear that it will not support him. The move has come as a surprise as the GJM had earlier indicated it could support the TMC candidate.
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.
PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 5 Mar 2014: Gorkha Bharati Bichar Mancha founder CK Shrestha today defended his brainchild, a ‘Gorkha National Satellite Council’, which has been rejected outright by both political and apolitical organisations of the Darjeeling hills.