Statesman News Service
SILIGURI, April 20: CPI-M politburo member Mr Sitaram Yechury will address a poll rally at Chowk Bazar in Darjeeling tomorrow morning in support of the party candidate Mr Jibesh Sarkar.
This is will be the first public rally in the Hills by any major CPI-M leader since the demand for Gorkhaland resurfaced in Darjeeling almost one and half years back. Keeping in mind the political hostility that persists between the Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM) and the CPI-M, the district administration has made elaborate security arrangements for Mr Yechury.
“The CPI-M leader would be escorted to the meeting venue from Siliguri in a convoy led by a DSP, while an executive magistrate too would accompany them,” the SP Darjeeling, Mr Mr Rahul Srivastava said. Besides this, necessary security deployments are being facilitated at the Chowk Bazar meeting venue and additional force would be on standby at the Sadar police station, the SP added.
Darjeeling DM and returning officer Mr Surendra Gupta too have assured adequate security measures for the meeting.
Meanwhile, Mr Yechury, while adressing a rally at Malbazaar and Chalsa in support of the Jalpaiguri CPI-M candidate Mr Mahendra Roy, said that his party would never allow a division of West Bengal to carve out Gorkhaland. “My party is ideologically opposed to formation of smaller states,” he said.
Trinamul-Cong for strong fight
The Darjeeling district Youth Congress and the Trinamul Youth Congress activists appear determined to make the CPI-M run for its money in the coming Parliamentary election in the Darjeeling constituency. “We would ensure this time that the ruling party does not get away with the electoral irregularities like booth jamming, false voting and intimidation of the voters it is used to practicing in polls,” said the district Youth Congress and the Trinamul Youth congress presidents Mr Sujay Ghattak and Mr Madan Bhattacharya today.