Darjeeling CPI-M candidate faces GJM protests

April 7th, 2009 - 12:26 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Siliguri (West Bengal), April 6 (IANS) Pro-Gorkhaland activists Monday greeted the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate for West Bengal’s Darjeeling seat with black flags when he went to file his nomination for the Lok Sabha polls.
Activists of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which is fighting for a separate Gorkhaland carved out of Darjeeling and other areas of north Bengal, waved black flags with ‘Go Back’ written on them when CPI-M’s Jibesh Sarkar arrived to file his nomination papers.

“A few GJM protesters with black flags demonstrated at Tindhariya in Kurseong, while the CPI-M nominee was on his way to file nominations. However, we could rescue him and helped him proceed,” police sources said.

The Darjeeling seat has become hi-profile with the GJM deciding to support the candidature of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajya Sabha leader Jaswant Singh, who is slated to file his nomination April 9.

Dawa Narbula of the Congress also filed his papers during the day.

The election to the seat is scheduled for April 30.

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