statesman news service
SILIGURI, 18 JUNE: The Jalpaiguri district Congress committee called a 12-hour bandh across the district in protest against attacks on the district Congress president Mohan Bose.
A few days ago, the Trinamul Congress allegedly attacked Mr Bose in Rajganj village under Siliguri police commissionerate area when he was campaigning for the rural polls. Mr Bose is still undergoing treatment in Siliguri.
The senior Congress leader and former Jalpaiguri district Congress president, Mr Biswaranjan Sarkar, said: “We have decided to continue an agitation against the Trinamul Congress&’s attack on our leader. We have called a 12-hour bandh tomorrow across the district in protest against attacks on the Congress district president.”
“Besides, we are demanding security measures for the protection of our party supporters and candidates who are contesting the rural polls,” he said.
Mr Sarkar also claimed that CPI-M had unleashed a reign of terror in different areas, including Alipurduar sub-division area, killing one of our former gram panchayat office-bearers a few days ago.
According to Mr Sarkar, owing to continuous terror and intimidation from both the CPI-M and Trinamul Congress activists, the Congress candidates could not file nomination papers in all gram panchayat and panchayat samiti seats.
The Congress has been able to file nomination papers in all zilla parishad seats in Jalpaiguri district.
According to party sources, the Congress could not file nomination papers in more than 930 seats for GP and nearly 120 seats for PS.
Though the LF leaders are yet to get a final official report from the district headquarters, source said that the LF candidates could not file nomination papers in nearly 30 seats at the GP level. The LF could not file nomination in a few seats at the PS level.
On the other hand, the BJP could not field nine candidates for ZP seats in Jalpaiguri.
Besides ZP, the Trinamul Congress could not file nomination papers for GP and PS level in this district.