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Final day, but no final nod on GJMM-BJP alliance

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 21, 2009

SILIGURI, 20 AUG(The Statesman): Despite a successful alliance with the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha in the recent Lok Sabha elections, the BJP Darjeeling district leadership could not finalise a tie-up with the GJMM till the last day of filing nomination for the Siliguri Municipal Corporation election.
A section of BJP candidates, however, alleged that the local GJMM leadership had fielded its nominees as Independent candidates in some wards, where the BJP had also fielded its candidates.
The BJP won only the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in the state with active backing from the GJMM. After the victory, the district leadership was eyeing for an alliance with the Morcha as the corporation area has a sizeable number of Nepali speaking people.
“We have filed nominations in 23 Wards but have had no talks with the GJMM leadership,” said the BJP Darjeeling district president Mr Arun Sarkar.
Ruing the GJMM’s stand, BJP candidate from Ward number 41, Mr Shyamal Chakraborty, alleged: “The BJP won the Lok Sabha seat with the GJMM’s backing and our Central leadership is fighting for its demand.
But, the local GJMM leadership has fielded its activist as an Independent candidate in my ward.”
The GJMM Siliguri sub-division president, Mr Madhusudan Thapa said that the party would support an Independent candidate from Ward number 41.
“We have not had any discussion with the BJP leadership yet. But we may meet in the coming days,” said Mr Thapa.


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