GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy to file nomination papers for 2nd Term – a long standing & long neglected issue of ‘constitutional justice’ for the poor & downtrodden inhabitants of the region still under the colonialist adventures of Bengal ?!!
From our Special News Correspondent
Darjeeling, June 4, 2010: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy, a strong allay and supporter of the ‘Gorkha Cause’, as well as close confidant of former BJP Stalwart Jaswant Singh, formally announced his decision to file his nomination papers for his second term in office at the Rajya Sabha from Patna today, according to his PR department.
Meanwhile, LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan and senior RJD leader Ram Kripal Yadav today filed nomination papers for the vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar, polling for which is scheduled to be held on June 17, if required.
Secretary of Bihar Assembly Surendra Prasad Sharma said here that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi were present when Mr Paswan and Mr Yadav filed their papers.
State RJD president Abdul Bari Siddiqui and party MP of Rajya Sabha Rajniti Prasad were among others present on the occasion. RJD had already announced its support to Mr Paswan for the Rajya Sabha seat.
Five seats of Rajya Sabha from Bihar would fall vacant after expiry of the tenure of five Rajya Sabha MPs on July 4 this year.
Among those whose term would end on July 4 are R K Dhawan (Congress), Subhash Yadav (RJD), George Fernandes, Ejaj Ali (JD-U) as well as BJP Spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
The last date to file nomination paper is June 07 while scrutiny would be conducted the next day. The last date for withdrawal of the nomination papers is June 10, 2010.
BJP asserts Sino-India border in Sikkim safe – contrary to vested media reports and defense contractors ?!!
Gangtok, Monday, May 31 2010 IST: The BJP today said India’s border with China in Sikkim was absolutely safe and there was no reason to worry.
A high-level fact finding team of the party, led by former Utterakhand Chief Minister Bhagat Singh Koshyari, BJP national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Singh Rudi and party’s national secretary Tafir Gau, visited Changri at an altitude of about 18,000 ft at the Sino-India border in North district today.
Talking to newspersons after visiting the Sino-India border, the party leaders claimed that the recent media report about the Chinese incursions in the region was ”untrue”.
State BJP president Padam Bahadur Chhettri, who accompanied his party’s national leaders during the tour, alleged that the media reports was an indirect attempt by some persons with vested interests to create an undue fear psychosis about the Northern neighbour in the minds of the people.
He, however, said the leaders strongly felt the need for further strengthening of the infrastructural facilities in this side of the border.
The team will return tomorrow after the two day long tour to the state. – (UNI)
From Darjeeling Times
By DT Correspondent
(Report unedited but syntax remixed for clarity)
Darjeeling, Jamune, June 2: GJM held a highest level of its in-house Meeting with Central Committee members and its associates organizations, delineating the future strategies.
The meeting is expected soon between Adivasi Bikash Parishad and GJM in Dooars. The written invitation has been sent to Adivasi Bikash Parishad for the discussion and negotiation.
Gurung also appeals for the success of the public meeting in Dooars.
Written Oath was submitted by all the members, swearing their commitments towards Gorkha-Adivasi-Pradesh, which was more like the Oath for Gorkhaland on January 6 2008 at Gorkha Stadium, Labong. Weakness and drawback of the party discussed particularly after the fall out of Madan Tamang.
Strengthening from the grass-root level has been prioritized. Resolution also has been passed to implement seriously to collect ‘Fighting Fund’.
Membership fees, maintaining GJM’s Code of Conduct, submission of details of secondary level Meetings at Local level are mandatory.
The Meeting also passed the resolution for ‘Mass Arrest’ against random raids on their supporters by the state govt., alleging the murder of Madan Tamang. Nari Morcha, Ex-Armies, and associates organisations will be involved.
Party president Bimal Gurung stressed more on the ‘Gorkha-Adivasi-Pradesh’ to push further.
MEANWHILE in BRIEFS FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Interpol help in hill murder
Calcutta, June 3: The Bengal government may take the help of Interpol to catch the murderers of ABGL leader Madan Tamang, director-general of police Bhupinder Singh said at Writers’ Buildings today.
Singh said around 22 suspects might have fled to Nepal or Sikkim. “But Sikkim is a small place so it is likely they will take shelter in Nepal. However, before seeking the help of Interpol, we have to determine whether they are there. But it is quite likely that they (accused) may be there because at one side the Nepal border is open and through that a number of people enter,” he said.
Raiganj: A group of students of Parbati Devi Girls’ School on Thursday blocked NH34 near Siliguri More demanding that all those who had been successful in the Madhyamik examinations this year be admitted to the Higher Secondary course of the institution.The agitation was withdrawn after the district inspector of schools assured the protesters they would get admission.
Alipurduar: Falakata police were assaulted by a mob on Thursday when they went to rescue three persons from Kalipur village. The trio had been caught stealing by villagers who had confined them. When the law enforcers asked the villagers to hand over the criminals, they roughed up the policemen. The mob also damaged the vehicle of the inspector in charge of Falakata who reached there with reinforcements. The three accused were brought to hospital and arrested.
Siliguri: The Siliguri Municipal Corporation will observe World Environment Day on June 5 and will also declare the civic area “plastic carrybag free zone” the same day. Mayor Gangotri Datta said saplings would be planted and an awareness rally would be brought out. The civic body will organise a seminar at Ramkinkar Hall on environment pollution of Siliguri and its remedies on Friday.
Bengal police may seek Interpol help to nab Madan Tamang killers – all on the basis of one incomplete YouTube posting ?!!
Kolkata, Thursday, June 3, 2010 21:54 IST (PTI): West Bengal Police may seek the help of Interpol to apprehend the killers of All India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang and said they might be hiding in neighbouring countries.
“It is being suspected that some of those involved in Tamang’s killing have fled and hiding in Nepal or Bhutan. Once it is confirmed, we will contact Interpol seeking help to nab the culprits,” DGP Bhupinder Singh said.
Tamang was killed on May 21 by unknown assailants when he was getting ready to address a rally in Darjeeling.
CID investigations into the killing of Tamang last month in Darjeeling was underway along with raids in parts of the hills but no one has been arrested yet, Singh said.
“The involvement of 20-22 people are suspected to be behind the killing. Some of them are absconding and may be hiding in neighbouring countries,” he said.
AND FROM THE PLAINS OF DARJEELING
Mamata seeks ‘poor show’ report – Chief admits reach-out failure – due to sheer neglect of the entire region and now hasty damage control on the “Bengal Can’t be Separated Again” sentimental hogwash issue ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Siliguri, June 3: Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has asked for a report on the party’s performance in north Bengal, where the winds of change blowing from the south petered out and failed to impact any of the seven municipalities that went to polls this time.
“We admit that unlike the south Bengal districts and Calcutta, the results in the north were different and we could not bag any of the seven civic bodies, where elections were held,” said Gautam Deb, the chairperson of the north Bengal core committee of Trinamul.
“Our leaders in the districts have already started analysing the election results to find out whether there were any shortcomings on our side and what were the factors because of which we lagged behind. We have been asked to submit a report by the party leadership. I will file a comprehensive report with Mamata Banerjee as well as with Partha Chatterjee (secretary-general), who looks after north Bengal.”
At a media conference at her Kalighat residence in Calcutta today, Mamata, however, said she was “happy” with the results in the Mathabhanga and Cooch Behar municipalities. Her party has bagged six seats this time against two in 2005 in Mathabhanga, although the Left Front has retained its hold on the municipality. In Cooch Behar, the number of seats has gone up to three from one last time. “(But) we could not reach out to the people in north Bengal,” Mamata conceded.
This time, the number of Trinamul wards in the seven municipalities has risen from 11 to 20, a marginal increase compared to the rest of the state. Elections were held in 127 wards in these civic bodies. Trinamul sources also pointed out that of the 124 candidates fielded by the party in north Bengal, the success rate is 16 per cent. The success rate is nearly 35 per cent for the Congress and almost 50 per cent for the Left Front.
However, Trinamul is now a deciding factor in forming anti-Left boards in the two civic bodies of Cooch Behar and Englishbazar in Malda.
“There are certain factors which I cannot reveal before the media but some people with vested interests have worked against the party,” Deb alleged. “There were no lacunae in our campaign and leaders paid visits to turn the mandate in our favour. As of now, what we could perceive is that there was a tacit understanding between the Congress and the CPM and the use of enormous resources.”
“In Malda district, the charisma of A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury and his family still works, while in Cooch Behar we feel our performance is standard, if not excellent. What has surprised us is the result in Jalpaiguri and we are looking into it,” Deb said.
K.K. Kalyani, Jalpaiguri district Trinamul president, has accused the CPM and the Congress of using money to buy votes. “We have specific information that the parties had disbursed money in slum areas to swing voters in their favour,” he said. “There was also an unholy alliance between the two parties.”
Congress’s Raiganj MP and Mamata’s bete noire Deepa Das Munshi said the results had proved her party’s point.
“The results indicate that a strong Congress vote bank exists in the state and those who had scoffed at the party have been proved wrong,” Das Munshi said.
“Trinamul leaders can boast of their performance but they must understand that in south Bengal, we had surrendered several districts to them in 2001 as part of the alliance along with our vote bank. Trinamul had been nurturing those banks for the past 10 years and won on the basis of those votes. Had we stuck to triangular contests in the south like we did in north Bengal, the Congress would have won the seats there as well.”
Board fate hangs on civic chair claim – CPM and Congress to make strange political bed-fellows or GJM to step in with the Adivasis ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Malda, June 3: The hung verdict in Englishbazar has cast a cloud on the board formation with the Trinamul Congress making it clear that it wants the chairperson’s post in exchange for the support it is willing to extend to the Congress.
The Congress has bagged 10 of the 25 seats, while Trinamul has only four councillors.
In the previous board, Trinamul had four councillors and the Congress eight. But Mamata Banerjee’s party then had not hankered after the chairperson’s post. Narendranath Tiwari of the Congress had been made the head of the municipality.
This time, the Congress, which needs three more councillors to form the board on its own, is determined not to part with the chairperson’s post. The party had projected its MLA from Englishbazar Krishnendu Chowdhury for the post during the May 30 polls.
“Nomination of the chairman depends entirely on the discretion of district Congress president and Malda South MP Abu Hashem Khan Chowdhury. He is now in Delhi and is expected here within a day or two,” said Chowdhury who won from Ward 10.
State Congress working president Pradip Bhattacharya said in Calcutta that it was only normal that the party with the most seats would nominate the chairperson. “Englishbazar, however, is one of the few exceptions where local politics and equations play a role in the formation of civic board.”
But the outgoing vice-chairman of the municipality and a district Trinamul leader, Babla Sarkar, said Englishbazar needed a “full-time” chairperson since the “workload” would be quite high now, apparently hinting at the MLA’s prospect.
“Everything is being monitored by our state leadership. Union minister of state for shipping Mukul Roy, our party’s in-charge for Malda, is in touch with Kotwali (Khan Chowdhury’s residence in Malda),” Sarkar said.
Denied the chairperson’s post, Trinamul is ready to sit in the Opposition, Sarkar said. “If the Congress does not honour our demand, the only option they have is to form the board with the BJP’s three councillors. But that is not possible in the present situation,” he argued.
BJP councillor Amlan Bhaduri said they would do all that would be required to form an “anti-Left” board.
Jiban Moitra, the district secretary of the CPM, said the Left Front would participate in the election to the chairperson with eight councillors. “No single party can form the board on its own. So, what is the harm if we contest for the post?” he said.
Three face mom defeat fury – violence and yet more violence while Bengal media openly reports that only Darjeeling has an exaggerated law and order problem ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Cooch Behar, June 3: Three persons were beaten up last evening allegedly by two Chhatra Parishad members out to take revenge for their mother’s defeat in Ward 1 here.
Hundreds of Left Front supporters wielding lathis and carrying flags, led by local MLA Dipak Sarkar and Rajya Sabha member Tarini Roy, staged a roadblock at Gunjabari at 6.30pm for an hour. They also searched the area for Chhatra Parishad leader Rakesh Chowdhury and his brother Rajesh who had allegedly beaten up 60-year-old Forward Bloc member Jiban Chakrabarty and CPM workers Diptimoy Goswami and Ratan Dey.
Although police were caught off their guard initially, a team comprising personnel of the Rapid Action Force and the combat force, arrived at the spot and persuaded the protesters to lift the blockade. The agitation was withdrawn and normality returned after the two brothers and another Congress supporter were arrested at night.
District police chief Kalyan Banerjee said: “We have arrested three persons from the Congress.”
Chakrabarty, a veteran Bloc worker who earns a living selling lottery tickets, had left his home for the market, when the Congress supporters led by the two brothers thrashed him and Goswami. The reason for the violence was the defeat of their mother, Tapasi Chakrabarty, who had contested the polls as a Congress candidate. Bloc nominee Chandana Mahanto has been re-elected from the ward, the police said.
MLA Dipak Sarkar said: “We condemned this dastardly and pre-planned attack. Last evening, we had taken to the streets in protest. However, we withdrew the agitation after the arrests.” Congress leader Shyamal Chowdhury said the Bloc and the CPM were unnecessarily trying to create tension after losing the polls.
Police patrolling is on in the area.