Tuesday, 2 May 2017

TMC task Development Boards to Canvass and Secure Votes for its Candidates in Kalimpong

The Trinamul Congress has sought the active participation of representatives of various development boards to ensure the party's victory in the ensuing Kalimpong municipality elections.

Trinamul's minder for Kalimpong Mohan Sharma held a closed door meeting with representatives of various development boards here today and assigned them with responsibilities of different wards.

Even though Sharma denied holding meeting with the board representatives, reliable sources confirmed that he had sat with them in the office of the Tamang Development Board.

Sharma has been camping in Kalimpong since the middle of last month and is micro-managing Trinamul's election campaign.

"Today's meeting was called to specifically involve the board representatives in the campaigning. We have a community-wise break-up of voters of all 23 wards, and board representatives were given responsibility of galvanising members of their respective communities," said a source.

Citing an example, the source said since members of the Hindi-speaking community were in large in ward 1, representatives of the minority development board have been given the responsibility of ensuring the victory of the Trinamul candidate there.

"Similarly, we have given the responsibility of managing wards to different boards depending on the voters profile. The representatives of the boards have been told very clearly that they have to ensure the victory of our candidate in wards where their communities are in a majority," said the source.

Sharma, however, denied holding a meeting with the board representatives. "No. We didn't hold any meeting with boards. Since we could not find a suitable venue, we requested the Tamang Board to give its office and held our meeting. The meeting was attended by Trinamul workers," he claimed.

The Trinamul leader said he was confident that the people of Kalimpong would give Trinamul a chance this time.

(File pic of TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee holding meeting with the heads of various development boards on one of her visits)

Rajeev Ravidas
Telegraph