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Lone opposer Subba refuses to stand back – Teacher flaunts local card for development in remote village seat
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Kalimpong, July 23: Sanchabir Subba, the Independent candidate from Gidabling-Nimbong in Kalimpong, is the only person standing between the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and its dream of a clean sweep in the GTA elections right now.
The 32-year-old schoolteacher in the remote Gidabling-Nimbong constituency, is flaunting his local appeal against the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s candidate Kalyan Dewan.
Subba was suspended from the Morcha on July 12 after he refused to withdraw his nomination as an Independent.
On Saturday, Morcha chief Bimal Gurung said the doors to the party would close forever for Subba but that has not made the schoolteacher relent.
The Trinamul Congress on Saturday said it would “withdraw” its campaign for the GTA elections, which made Subba the only one to contest against a Morcha candidate in the July 29 polls. “I am not contesting against the party, nor am I against Bimal Gurung,” said Subba, who lives in the remote village of Borbut, about 65km from here. Subba was the president of the Morcha’s Nimbong-Parbintar unit.
Gurung also said on Saturday that even if Dewan lost the election, the party would include him in the GTA Sabha as one of the five nominated representatives.
Subba said he has nothing against Dewan. “I am not saying he is not suitable. I am only saying that our’s is a very remote and rural area and it is the wish of the local people to have a local representative. Our representative should be someone who understands local problems,” he said.
FROM ISIKKIM.COM / SIKKIM MAIL
Darjeeling, July 11, 2012: After the ending of the nomination proceeding for the upcoming GTA elections, the scrutiny of the candidates under the three Sub Divisions was held today at Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong where two Independent candidates’ nominations were rejected.
The nomination of Independent candidate backed by the Trinamool Congress Indra Kamal Biswakarma from the Darjeeling Bloomfield Rishihat constituency was cancelled by the officers at the scrutiny held today at the District Magistrate Office under Darjeeling Sub Division. The reason for cancellation of nomination has been informed as documentation problem. Now GJM’s Binay Tamang and CPI (M) Jony Mukhia will contest against each other in the said constituency.
The Kalimpong Sub Divisional Officer LN Sherpa today announced that all the candidature of all 26 candidates who had filed nomination in 13 different constituencies under Kalimpong Sub Division have been accepted. The Trinamool Congress candidates were today brought under tight security at the Sub Divisional Office and were taken back to Siliguri under tight police protection. However, on the other hand GJM’s Samuel Gurung, the candidate for the 44 Number Samsing Kumai Constituency has filed a complaint to the SDO against his TMC opponent Urgen Sherpa for not resigning from the Sinkona plantation before filing the nomination.
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
BY VIVEK CHHETRI
Binay Tamang, the assistant general secretary of the Morcha, today said in Singamari: “Since everyone from the party wanted our president to contest the elections and head the GTA, he has decided to contest from Tukvar.”
Later in the evening, Gurung also said: “Yes, everyone wanted me to contest, so I agreed.”
The Gorkhaland Task Force, a grouping of five Morcha rival parties, has said it will not contest the elections.
Trinamul Congress has not yet clarified whether it will contest. The only significant political party so far in the contest other than the Morcha is the CPM, which announced 15 candidates from Darjeeling today.
From the Morcha, Roshan Giri, its general secretary, will contest from Sitong-Latpanchar in the Kurseong subdivision. Party vice-president Pradip Pradhan, who is from Kurseong, has been asked to contest from Darjeeling’s Poobshering-Pandam constituency.
Till yesterday, the Morcha had announced the names of 36 candidates, leaving the decision on nine more seats for today. However, the party announced names of candidates for eight seats today, leaving out the Chongtong-Marybong seat.
FROM THE STATESMAN
KOLKATA, 2 JULY: The state government is going to write to the Centre urging for central forces for the upcoming Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) even as the Union ministry of home affairs asked the state government to furnish a status report on Gorkhaland by tomorrow. Meanwhile, the state government today issued the requisite notification for recognising the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) as a recognised political party for the purpose of participating in the GTA elections.
The chief secretary, Mr Samar Ghosh today held a meeting with home secretary, IG (law and order), district magistrate and superintendent of police on preparations for GTA elections. The state government has already decided to post armed personnel for the GTA election and it will also urge the MHA for central forces to conduct elections in the Hills, though GJMM’s participation in the polls has eased the situation in Darjeeling considerably.
THE HIMALAYAN BEACON
DARJEELING: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) President Bimal Gurung yesterday made it clear that there was no doubt in the fact that the GJM will be contesting the GTA election. Speaking to scribes at Bagdogra Airport Gurung said, “We will contest the GTA election for peace in the hills.” When asked about the fate of the 396 mouzas that the party had demanded be incorporated into the GTA from the Dooars Terai and the Justice Shyamal Sen (Retd.) committee had only proposed the incorporation of 5 mouzas thereof, Gurung said that he had faith in the Fact Verification Committee that will be set up to look in Justice Shyamal Sen Committee’s report.
GJM’s desire to contest the GTA election has also boasted Trinamul Congress’s (TMC) desire to enter into electoral politics in the Hills. The party already bolstered with opposition leaders from the hills particularly from GNLF and AIGL making beeline for the party. The party will be contesting head to heat with the GJM in the hills during the GTA elections.
According to political observers in the hills TMC is keen on establishing a political base in the hills. Even if the party is able to win a handful of seats in the GTA Sabha it will be seen as a major political victory of the TMC.