Jaswant Singh shown black flags in SiliguriApril 14th, 2009 - 9:52 pm ICT by IANS
Siliguri, April 14 (IANS) Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, who is contesting Lok Sabha elections from West Bengal’s Darjeeling hills, was shown black flags Tuesday when he came to Siliguri to attend a workers’ conference.
The members of the Save Bengali Language Committee (SBLC), a local outfit run by Bengali-speaking communities in Terai region, also raised slogans - “Jaswant go back”. They burnt an effigy of Singh, a former central minister, when he was entering a conference of party workers near Hillcart Road in Siliguri town.
“I felt bad when they showed me black flags,” Singh said while addressing a political gathering.
“I’ve come to Darjeeing following my party’s instruction,” he said, adding that he would convey the message of people in Darjeeling to the national capital.
Meanwhile, other regional political parties - the Kamtapur People’s Party, Kamtapur Progressive Party and the Shiv Sena - announced they would support the BJP candidate.
Singh’s rivals include sitting MP Dawa Narbula of the Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) candidate Jibesh Sarkar among others.
The GJM, the principal political outfit in the hills which is spearheading a movement for a separate Gorkhaland state, has supported Singh’s candidature after the BJP agreed to sympathetically consider its demand.
Three of the assembly segments in the constituency - Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong - are in the hills where the GJM now appears to have a stronghold. The remaining four parts - Matigara-Naxalbari, Siliguri, Phansidewa and Chopra - are in the plains.
Darjeeling goes to polls April 30.
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