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Changed Dooars for Rahul

Siliguri, March 24: Four years since Rahul Gandhi’s last visit to the Dooars, the region has seen the emergence of Trinamul as a force.

Rahul, party sources said, would attend a workers’ meeting on the playground of Zurantee Tea Estate near Metelli under Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri tomorrow morning, about 24 hours ahead of Mamata Banerjee’s visit to north Bengal.

The chief minister is scheduled to address two workers’ meetings at Gorubathan in Kalimpong and one close to Dooars, and in Birpara in the Dooars on Wednesday morning and afternoon.

On September 15, 2010, Rahul had been to Jalpaiguri to attend a convention of tea garden youths. “Back in 2010, the only considerable force that the Congress had to counter, was the Left,” a source said.

“But after 2011 when Trinamul came to power, it made bases in the Dooars. Also, the emergence of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad and its directive to the tribals to vote for Trinamul, the alliance of the BJP and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and JMM, have made the turf quite tough for the Congress.”