CPRM to keep off 'drama' polls

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By VIVEK CHHETRI
  • Published 31.03.11
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Darjeeling, March 30: The CPRM has dropped the idea of “consensus” candidates in the three hill Assembly seats and decided not to “participate” in the elections, saying that different political parties have turned the democratic process into a “drama” to fulfil their agendas.

The CPRM is considered to be a force to reckon with in the Kurseong Assembly constituency, where its absence from the electoral arena is likely to ensure a head-on clash between the GNLF and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

Reeling off the reasons which shaped its decision, the CPRM accused the state government of stalling the democratic process in the hills.

“It (state government) did not allow the Morcha to take out a padayatra in the Dooars and refused to start a judicial inquiry into the Sibchu police firing. Besides, the state and the Centre were not ready to start negotiation on the Gorkhaland issue,” said CPRM president R.B. Rai.

The party did not spare the Election Commission either in its criticism.

“The Election Commission did not hear all voices before arriving at its decision (of certifying normalcy in the hills). Events leading to the release of the GLP members who were in possession of murder weapons (khukuris) also proves that there is no writ of administration in the hills,’ said Rai.

“In the given situation (where parties are fighting for the Sixth Schedule, interim council), the CPRM believed that the voices of Gorkhaland could not be heard through the elections,” said Rai. “Elections will only be a drama and the CPRM does not want to participate in this polls,” said Rai.

The CPRM had earlier tried to field common candidates with the ABGL in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong. But all its efforts were in vain.

Observers believe that with the CPRM sensing little chances of winning the elections, it has taken a middle path like in the past. “In this elections, it has received very little importance not just from the Morcha but also from the ABGL, which announced its own candidates. This has forced the CPRM to keep away from the elections,” said an observer.