JAP's scathing attack on TMC for playing "dirty" politics

Report by: 
Prashant Acharya
SILIGURI
7 Mar 2017

Jan Andolan Party president Harka Bahadur Chhetri, who is believed to be close to Mamata Banerjee, today came down heavily on the Trinamool Congress accusing the party of playing dirty politics in the hills.
Speaking at a press conference at the Siliguri Journalists' Club, he said two winning candidates of the JAP from Kalimpong College were forcibly confined in a hotel in Siliguri under orders from the TMC youth working president of Kalimpong district, Pranay Thulung. Chhetri also alleged that the hotel room was booked in the name of hill TMC leader Binny Sharma.
JAP youth president Pankaj Thulung said, "Manisha Rai and Pappu Biswakarma, the two JAP student leaders, were brought to Siliguri on the pretext of taking them to meet chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, but the real motive was to force them to join the Trinamool Congress."
Youth JAP leaders also gheraoed the residence of tourism minister Gautam Deb demanding the immediate release of the two student leaders.
Chhetri, who formed the JAP and contested from Kalimpong in the last Assembly polls with TMC support, said, "We are no more in any alliance with the Trinamool as its leaders are trying to split our party and forcing our supporters to join the TMC. The dirty politics being played by the Trinamool will no longer be tolerated."
According to the JAP chief, ever since his party won the students' union election in Kalimpong College last December, TMC leaders have been pressurising them to join the Trinamool.
He also accused the chief minister of taking the sole credit in the creation of Kalimpong district in a bid to stymie the JAP's growth.
"The chief minister claiming she was the person responsible for creating the new district is just a political gimmick because if she were to give credit elsewhere, it would mean the JAP's growth, and her party would not benefit," said Chhetri.