Atul Roy, the president of the Kamtapur Progressive Party, (right) shakes hands with BJP candidate Jaswant Singh (left) in Darjeeling on Monday. Picture by Suman Tamang
Darjeeling, April 13: The Kamtapur Progressive Party and the Kamtapur People’s Party have decided to support the BJP candidate for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat as the national outfit has added their demands in its election manifesto.
Jaswant Singh, the BJP candidate for Darjeeling, today read out a statement in support of the demands: “The following issue is an addendum to the manifesto of the BJP declared on April 3. Further to the announcement of the manifesto, the BJP reiterates that it will sympathetically examine and appropriately consider the long-pending demands of Kamtapuri and of other people of north Bengal along with the issue of recognition of their language.”
Immediately, Atul Roy of the Kamtapur Progressive Party said Shanta Kumar Singha, the NCP candidate in Darjeeling who was being supported by his party, withdrew the nominations today.
“Since the BJP has decided to sympathetically look into our demand, we will support the BJP candidates across north Bengal except for Jalpaiguri,” said Roy.
Nikhil Roy, the president of the Kamtapur People’s Party, too, said they would withdraw candidates from Darjeeling and Alipurduar and would support the BJP in the elections. “We will make an announcement in this regard on April 15.”
Speaking over the phone from Delhi, S.S. Ahluwalia, the BJP leader in-charge of Bengal and Northeast, said: “We are in a dialogue with all agitating parties in north Bengal.”
The ABGL has urged the hill people to vote according to “their own conscience”. “The ABGL was in favour of a consensus candidate as it believes that even a single MP will be decisive in the elections. Certain parties have taken unilateral decisions, closing any scope for consensus,” said Madan Tamang, the party chief.
In Malda, the laptop computer of Mausam Noor, the Congress’s candidate of Malda North, has gone missing since April 10 while campaigning at Malatipur in the Chanchol area of her constituency.
Mausam discovered on Friday evening that the laptop was missing from her car while she was touring Chanchol and Harishchandrapur. “I had saved documents and election related matters in the laptop, some of them are very important,” she said. District police chief Satyajit Banerjee said they had not received any complaint. “We have heard it and are looking into it.”