Binita Roka, a close associate of Bimal Gurung during the last phase of the Gorkhaland agitation, on Tuesday likened him to the mercurial Sultan of Delhi, Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq, and appealed to the Gorkhas across the country not to vote the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls.
Senior students who had been on strike for 12 days at Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College said on Tuesday that they would allow resumption of administrative and academic activities if the faculty member whom they wanted to be removed didn't enter the campus.
A delegation of state BJP leaders held a meeting here on Tuesday with their colleagues in north Bengal and passed a clear message that the organisation would not leave an inch of space to rivals, particularly Trinamul, in the forthcoming rural polls.
Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling and GTA head Binay Tamang on Tuesday agreed to herald a "revolution of development" in the region, which should sound like music to the ears of Bengal chief Mamata Banerjee.
Mayor Asok Bhattacharya and Congress councillors at the Siliguri Municipal Corporation are in the process of sealing a "deal" to make the Congress an ally at the Left civic board amid questions on whether an arrangement like this would get the seal of approval of Alimuddin Street.
BJP leaders across north Bengal have started drawing up comprehensive plans at micro levels for the coming panchayat elections so that they can brief party president Amit Shah on the electoral strategies during his visit to the region next month.
The authorities of Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College expressed concern over the ongoing strike that reached the 11th day on Monday and said it had halted several administrative and other works at the institution.