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GJMM to go it alone in by-polls

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 16, 2009

JALPAIGURI, 15 OCT(The Statesman): The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha would contest the Kalchini bypolls. Although the party had supported the BJP in the last Parliamentary elections in the Darjeeling and Alipurduar constituencies, its leadership today said they would go alone in the by-poll.
Speaking on the matter, the GJMM central committee member Mr Madhukar Thapa said: “The high command has instructed us to contest the Kalchini seat separately. The candidate would be selected in the next few days. Yesterday our leaders of the Dooars held a meeting and shorlisted a few names as probable candidates but the final decision is yet to come.”
The GJMM support to the Alipurduar BJP candidate Mr Manoj Tigga in the last Lok Sabha polls had enabled the BJP to excel in Kalchini block with around 46,600 votes while the RSP, which eventually won the MP constituency had come second with around 46,200 votes in Kalchini.
Refusing to comment why they were breaking away from the BJP, Mr Thapa said: “The decision has come from the top and we have nothing to say about it.”
The BJP Jalpaiguri district leadership is, however, not ready to give up hope immediately. According to the party’s district president Mr Dipen Pramanik, they are still hoping for an alliance with the GJMM in the Kalchini segment. “Our party high command is talking with the GJMM leadership and we hope a positive outcome. The GJMM has a good support base at Kalchini but we are ready for any situation. We have sent five names to our high command for the Kalchini seat. It is expected Mr Kamal Kujur would be the BJP candidate from Kalchini, Mr Pramanik said.
The RSP candidate for Kalchini Mr Binay Bhushan Karketta today submitted his nomination at Alipurduar. The district Congress leadership today claimed they have nominated Mr Bishan Munda as their candidate for Kalchini.


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