GJM names Tamang as bypoll candidate

Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Tuesday declared the name of party president Binay Tamang as the candidate for the Assembly by-elections in Darjeeling. If Tamang wins, he has been promised the Ministry of Hill Affairs, declared GJM leaders.

A central committee meeting was held in Darjeeling on Tuesday, along with the frontal organisations of GJM.

Later while talking to media persons, Tshering Dahal, president, Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha (GJNM), said: "The meeting unanimously decided on the candidature of Binay Tamang. If he wins he will be given the Ministry of Hill Affairs. In the present political scenario, it is very vital that the Hill maintains a diplomatic relation with the state government."

The poll plank of the GJM will be land documents (parja patta), development, minimum wages and employment.

"Majority of the people in the Hills do not have land documents. The BJP has launched a conspiracy, whereby they will be implementing the NRC. They are trying to prove us as immigrants of 1950. To counter this, we should have the land documents," stated Dahal.

The GJM has assured that land documents will be handed over by 2020. Other than this, the upgradation of Darjeeling Municipality into a corporation, creation of Sonada and Sukhia Municipality and upgradation of Bijanbari block into a sub division are also on the cards.

At present, Tamang is the chairman, board of administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. "Under him and Anit Thapa, the development that the Hills have witnessed in the past 17 months, has been phenomenal," added Dahal.

Tamang will be filing his nomination on April 26. Darjeeling will go to polls on May 19 and the results will be declared on May 23. TMC will not take part in the poll fray but will be supporting Tamang.

Jan Andolan Party has declared Amar Lama as the party candidate for the Assembly by-election.

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