Yechury campaign in Darjeeling today

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.

Bengal CPI(M) Condemns Seperatist Activities Of GJM

IN a strongly worded statement, state secretary of the Bengal unit of the CPI(M) Biman Basu has condemned the counter-democratic, separatist, and segregationist activities of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).  The statement was issued in the afternoon of August 5.

Basu said that the Bengal CPI(M) had been witness for some time now and with alarm to the manner in which the GJM leadership was depriving the people of the Darjeeling hill areas of one after another democratic right.  An ambience of terror has been created that had left the hill people gasping in fear.

The GJM has issued ‘orders’ that unless the people participated in its ‘programmes,’ they would be the target of attacks, harassments, and even social boycott.  The Darjeeling CPI(M) office was once again attacked on August 4, ransacked, and but for the brave resistance offered by the Party members who were inside, would have been occupied by force.  

A brief attempt was even made to fly a GJM flag from the top of the CPI(M) office – the challenge was foiled.  The Bengal CPI(M) has strongly condemned this attack and the ill-gotten attempt to forcibly occupy the office of the CPI(M) in Darjeeling town – and elsewhere in the hills.

“The GJM is also found engaged in the dangerous game of indulging itself in acts of provocation to try to create segregation and then a rift between the hill people and the plains people. This is an extremely condemnable, heinous act, and all such attempts at disruption of the people’s unity should be opposed by every democratic-minded people. This sort of destructive activity will serve to complicate matters at the time when there was a process started for a tripartite meeting between the central government, the state government and the GJM up in Delhi”, the statement noted.

The Bengal CPI(M) has called for peace, amity, and people-to-people friendship in both the hill and the plains areas and has called upon the people at large to strengthen democracy and democratic norms everywhere in the district. (People’s democracy)