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Suraj brings cheer to hills

Calcutta, March 9: The decision to nominate Suraj Pathak as one of the three Rajya Sabha MPs of the CPM has brought cheer to the hill cadre.

Pathak, who was the CPM candidate from Kurseong for the coming Assembly elections, has been replaced by M.K. Chhetri, currently the secretary of the party's Mirik Zonal Committee.

Two CPM Rajya Sabha MPs have been denied re-nomination by the party for the Upper House polls scheduled later this month.

CPM MPs Dipankar Mukherjee and Nilotpal Basu will not be sent to the Rajya Sabha for the third time.

Left Front chairman Biman Bose said the CPM's decision is in keeping with the party's stand that its Rajya Sabha MPs would not be given more than two terms.

Five Rajya Sabha seats will fall vacant on April 2 and the Left Front is in a position to get four candidates ' three from the CPM and one from the Forward Bloc ' elected to the Upper House from Bengal this year.

The Trinamul Congress has the strength to get one candidate elected.

Besides Pathak, former CPM MP Mainul Hasan and Citu secretary Tapan Sen will contest the elections on CPM tickets while Barun Mukherjee will be the Forward Bloc candidate.

'I am just a party worker and am willing to shoulder any responsibility that the party gives me,' said Pathak.

Though Pathak is currently staying in Siliguri, people from the hills have always considered him a 'hill leader'.

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