Siliguri: Trinamool leaders based here have drawn up a plan to intensify political activities in the city and in the surrounding areas of Siliguri subdivision to foil any attempt by the BJP to regain support, particularly of the supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in the Terai.
Though panchayat elections will not be due in the sub-division this year unlike other parts of the state – rural polls here will be due in 2020 – Trinamool is not ready to take any risk and has decided to increase its activities.
Party insiders pointed out that the BJP’s activities had gained momentum in Darjeeling district after party president Amit Shah had visited a hamlet in Naxalbari and had lunch at the house of a tribal family on April 25 last year.
However, the party leaders fell silent as Bimal Gurung launched the agitation for a separate state in June last year.
Since then, the BJP has faced setbacks due to a number of reasons, including the absence of Darjeeling MP S.S. Ahluwalia from his constituency and gradual shift of support from Bimal Gurung to Binay Tamang, with the latter emerging as the new key leader in the hills.
It is this people that the BJP might set its eyes on and Trinamool is not ready to take any chances.
On Monday, the Darjeeling district youth Trinamool organised a “Sadbhavna Yatra” that started at Khoribari and ended at Baghajatin the Clark of city. Several party leaders and workers, including some former players, joined the event.