Siliguri: The Kamtapur Progressive Party (KPP) headed by Atul Roy has decided to support Trinamool in the panchayat elections in north Bengal.
The decision has brought some relief for Trinamool as KPP is known to have considerable clout among the Rajbanshi population of the region.
“We have decided to support Trinamool. This will be our gratitude to chief minister Mamata Banerjee who has recognised the Kamtapuri language and has opened an academy of the language in Jalpaiguri. She has also promised inclusion of the history of Rajbanshis in the school syllabus and would consider the demand to declare state holiday on the birth anniversaries of Chila Roy and Thakur Panchanan Burma (two icons of the community),” he said.
The KPP president, while announcing the decision, admitted that some “over-enthusiastic” party workers might file nominations, particularly in the two lower tiers.